Friday August 18, 2017

2017 Memorial Presbyterian Graduates


Stephen & Michelle Pass are the proud parents of Kennedy Michelle Pass who is graduating from Mallard Creek High School. She was recognized by the National French Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Kennedy received scholarships from Delta Sigma Theta Debutante Cotillion, Delta Sigma Theta Cotillion Book Award, EB Newberry Award, and Bell-Ranson. She plans to attend the UNCG to major in Psychology with a minor in Biology, in hopes of becoming a Child Psychologist.


Jonathan & Leslie Turner-Edwards are the proud parents of Maya Kristen Edwards graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University. She received the Barnard Bear Pin Award and the Bryson Award Nomination Award. Maya is also a Senior Marshal. She received the Athena Scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science.

Eric and Angenette Figueroa are the proud parents of Eric Malcolm Figueroa, Jr. who graduated from the UNCG. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration with a minor in Classics.

Judith Cowan is the proud parent of Frantzcise Prince who graduated from JCSU; summa Cum Laude (3.8). She received the Highest GPA in Community Health. Frantzcise received scholarships from Academic Achievement, United Nego College Fund General and E-Duke Endowed. She earned a degree in Community Health.

Kevin & Janyce Wardlaw are the proud parents of Morgan Janay Wardlaw who graduated from Randolph College. She received the Edith Stritch Scholarship for study at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Gilbert Williams and Teresa Johnson are the proud parents of Gabon Ttosam Williams who graduated from JCSU; Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Some of his awards and recognitions consists of: Dean’s List (2013-2017), CIAA Southern Division Men’s Basketball Champion 2016, All Conference CIAA Men’s Basketball Team 2017, National Society of Black Engineers, Omega Psi Phi Rho Chapter Basileus, and he was also a member of the JCSU Choir. Gabon received scholarships from UNCC M.S. Computer Science, Notre Dame PH.D Computer Science and Engineering, and Georgia Tech School of Engineering. Gabon plans to attend Graduate School to pursue a PhD in Computer Science.

Dorothy Counts-ScogginsWhen Dorothy Counts-Scoggins walked into Harding High School in 1957, she was looking for a better education.

Instead, she said, she was pushed, spat on, called racial slurs and relegated to the back of the classroom, where teachers and administrators ignored her.

Counts-Scoggins, now 72, was one of four African-American students who were part of the integration of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1957. On Sunday, she talked about her experiences to a congregation of about 50 people at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church during a sermon titled “A Journey in My Life to Change America.”

“As a 15-year-old, starting a new journey in my life to be one of four students in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools System to change the course of education in this country was a daunting experience,” Counts-Scoggins said Sunday.

She said her family prayed for her in the days leading up to her first day at Harding. “I remember the words of my father that morning: ‘You can do anything you want to do, and no one can stand in your way,’ ” she said.

She found the determination to walk to school that first day from her father’s words, the support of her loved ones and her own inner strength, Counts-Scoggins said.

“I continued to walk with dignity, remembering that I was not alone,” she said. “I carried the love and support of my family and the African-American community. I truly believed that I was doing what was right, and I was inferior to no one.”


WBTV Emmy Award

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the WBTV New This Morning crew, including Memorial Presbyterian's Alexis Mitchell, heard that they had won an Emmy for the "Best Morning Newscast in the MidSouth Region - Alabama (Decatur, Florence, Huntsville), North Carolina (Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, New Bern, Raleigh, Washington, Wilmington, Winston-Salem) and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville).

The Emmy judged them on excellence in a regularly scheduled morning newscast and overall content, presentation, enterprise, writing, format, teases, etc.

Alexis is News Content Specialist for WBTV News 3 and has been in the industry since 2000.


Selena Johnson

In 1955, when gas was 29 cents a gallon and the average car was less than $2,000, Selena Johnson came to Charlotte City Schools as a librarian. When the school district merged with the county schools five years later and formed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Johnson was operating an elementary school library and she continued to do so since that time.

But, on Thursday, April 1st, Johnson assisted her last student at Villa Heights Elementary. Johnson retired from CMS after 55 years of service. She leaves as the district longest-serving employee.

Her legacy is one that will be long remembered, said Villa Heights Principal David Legrand. "Words cannot describe what Ms. Johnson means to Villa Heights and to  education", he said. "She has meant a lot and has been a fixture here at Villa Heights".





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