2006 James F. Paschal Award citation for Margaret "Peggy" Gregory
Arizona Interscholastic Press Association
When enrollment at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) workshop was down to 65 participants in 1993, Peggy Gregory remembered the excitement the workshop once inspired when she was a new teacher. She decided to help breathe new life and enthusiasm into the event and became co-chair in 1994.
As co-chair, Peggy helped outline goals and objectives, write a curriculum and establish the workshop as a vital learning experience.
Peggy had first held the position of AIPA president in 1980-81 and in 1999, she was again elected president of AIPA. She revived the AIPA executive board; and. established the AIPA Hall of Fame to honor advisers and friends of scholastic journalism. Because of her hard work and dedication membership in the organization has increased to over 120 schools.
In addition, she forged a partnership with the Arizona Newspaper Association, a professional group of newspaper owners who now give AIPA office space and after 50 years, the organization finally has a home. She also co directed the AIPA Summer Workshop for seven years and attendance has doubled. She also led the board in co-hosting the NSPA Convention in Phoenix in 2001.
“Certainly it is to her credit and hard work that the association has flourished during her tenure,” said Dave Cosgrove who served as co-director of AIPA with her in 1994. This she did in addition t o all of her other duties as a mother and adviser to the national award-winning Demon Dispatch.
“Along the way I have encouraged younger advisers to get involved. As my high school journalism teacher did for me, I have always taken my students to conventions.” Peggy says, “In fact when I introduced myself to a new adviser at a state convention a couple of years ago she gasped, “'Oh, you’re a legend.'” Gregory jokes that legend was spelled O-L-D.
“Power means teaching those entrusted to me so they can make an impact and be in command of their own lives yet help others along the way,” she says. And Peggy exemplifies her own definition because she has certainly made an impact.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association is proud to present Margaret "Peggy" Gregory with the James Frederick Pascal Award for 2006.
This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.