Meet Our Judges

Each year, judges score the dancers on a set of criteria. This is an important task and one that requires sharp attention and calm under pressure. We thank them for serving in this role.

The Mirrored Ball trophy is awarded based upon 50% on the judges’ score and 50% on votes earned from the audience. The Judges Award will be based on a preset of criteria.


Deb McPherson-Doyle

Debra McPherson is a Sault native, a 1970 graduate of Sault Area High School, and a 1974 and 83 graduate of Northern Michigan University where she majored in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and completed a masters in Educational Administration. She is retired from Lake Superior State University.

Deb Gardner

Deb has been the coach and math teacher at Sault Area High School for 21 years. She has given great opportunity to her students over the years by providing them a wonderful outlet for dance as the mentor and advisor for Sault High’s Pom Pon Squad. She leads her students with grace, humility and gentle guidance. Deb is a great contributor at Poms summer camp each year not only with her team, but she is interested in the growth of other teams and coaches alike. She serves as a mentor to all she has touched, always with positivity and kindness. Deb was honored in 2009 as she was inducted into the Badgerette Hall of Fame.