Observer columnist receives top SC honors

Longtime teacher and Observer columnist Kay McSpadden was awarded South Carolina’s “Order of the Silver Crescent” Friday for her contributions to her students and the community.

McSpadden has written a biweekly column for the Observer for 17 years. She teaches English at York Comprehensive High School in York, S.C.

The Order of the Silver Crescent is the state’s highest civilian award for “significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism and lifelong influence within a region or community,” state guidelines say. McSpadden's selection was approved by Gov. Nikki Haley and the award was presented by state Rep. Gary Simrill on her behalf at an annual opening ceremony attended by all the school’s employees Friday morning.

“We treasure McSpadden’s contributions to our community dialogue,” Observer Publisher Ann Caulkins and Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten wrote in a letter of recommendation. “She tackles the toughest subjects … with wisdom, passion and an obvious love for her students.”

Staff reports