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On August 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., our CWIL organization donated $1,000.00 to the Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Statue and Scholarship Fund to ensure that any West Virginia State University student who applies will have a financial burden lifted from them while attending college.
Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson once attended West Virginia State University. She is one hundred years old and seventy-five family members came to see the unveiling of her statue and her first scholarship recipients.
Our CWIL Members are proud of the $1,000.00 donation that was donated to the Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Scholarship Fund at West Virginia State University.
Senaia "SiSi" Harris and Astronaut Yvonne Cagle hold up a reward given to her during the Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Statue unveiling and Scholarship Fund Ceremony at West Virginia State University.
Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is taken to see her beautiful life size statue located on the campus of West Virgina State University for the first time by a relative.
Rev. Frederick Hightower, who is shown in the blue suit, created this beautiful bronze colored life size statue of Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson surrounded by her family at West Virginia State University.
Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle speaks to a large audience at the ceremony and the unveiling of the Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson's Statue and Scholarship Fund Ceremony.
From Flight Surgeon to Astronaut, Air Force Colonel Dr. Cagle serves as NASA's lead scientist on the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program.
In 2017, Dr. Cagle had the honor of escorting 98 year old Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson across the country and onto the stage of the 89th Academy Awards. Dr. Johnson, a pioneering African American mathematician famous for computing the launch window and trajectory for Freedom-7, which made Alan Shepard the first American in space and calculated the safe return of Astronaut John Glenn, had been portrayed in the blockbuster movie Hidden Figures.
Dr. Cagle said, "I like to say I was the hidden figure behind the hidden figure," she said while escorting the icon on stage.
Senator Joe Manchin congratulates Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson for her many outstanding accomplishments at NASA by being the woman who was responsible for her role in getting Astronaut John Glenn back to earth during his return from orbit. She has just celebrated her one hundredth year old birthday.
Dr. Johnson's calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U. S. manned spaceflights.
Dr. Johnson earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped the space agency pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks.
Her work included calculating trajectories, launch windows and emergency return paths for Project Mercury spaceflights, including those of astronauts Alan Shephard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American in orbit, and rendezvous paths for the Apollo lunar lander and command module on flights to the Moon. Her calculations were also essential to the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program and she worked on plans for a mission to Mars.
Dr. Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from our 44th President Barack Obama in 2015, the highest medal or honor that a U. S. citizen can receive from the U. S. Government.
Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is a native of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia who first came to Institute at the age of ten years old to attend high school that was a part of West Virginia State's campus. Dr. Johnson excelled in school and graduated early, enrolling for college classes at West Virginia State by the time she was fifteen years old.
Dr. Johnson excelled in her studies and graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia State in 1937 at the age of eighteen years old with Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics and French.
CWIL group picture at the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Statue.
CWIL Executive Board Members at the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Statue: From left to right: Mrs. Versie Hill, Treasurer, Twana White, Vice President, Lisa Bradley, Parliamentarian, Mrs. Natasha Hairston-Tyson, President.
Our CWIL members went to Genesis Health Care Nursing Home located at Northgate in Charleston, WV and sung Christmas Carols to the tenants and staff. Clarence Terrell is on the left also enjoyed his time with us.
Our CWIL members went to Genesis Health Care Nursing Home located at Northgate in Charleston, WV to sing Christmas Carols to the tenants and staff. This was our first time and we had a wonderful time.
Our CWIL members went to Genesis Health Care Nursing Home located at Northgate in Charleston, WV to sing Christmas Carols to the tenants and staff. We had a wonderful time and plan to do this every year.
Our CWIL members Mrs. Annette Jones and Mrs. Lynette Terrell enjoyed having lunch after the CAMC Run For Your Life Event. CWIL Members participating in this charitable event for CAMC.
Our CWIL members Mrs. FranJeanna Howze-Harris and Mrs. Versie Hill enjoyed having lunch after the CAMC Run For Your Life Event.
Our CWIL members Shawna Lewis and Mrs. Debbie Staples enjoyed having lunch after the CAMC Run For Your Life Event.
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