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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.”

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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.

CONGRATULATIONS Alexis!!!

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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