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Homeless, abandoned teen bound for Harvard University
WBTV ^ | May 03, 2012 | Dedrick Russell

Posted on 05/20/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by magellan

LAWNDALE, NC (WBTV) - 18 year old Dawn Loggins has an amazing story to tell. She has been homeless, abandoned by her parents, and called a high school dropout.

But she didn't let those challenges stop her from living her dream of one day attending an Ivy League University.

She was accepted to Harvard University. She said her motivation came from her experiences.

"When I was younger," Loggins said. "I looked around at my family and I saw the neglect, the drug abuse, the bad choices and I saw my family living from paycheck to paycheck, and I just made a decision that I was not going to end up like my parents. I wasn't going to end up having to decide should I buy food this month or should I pay my rent."

The graduating senior's struggles started when she was forced to live with her grandmother. Her parents abandoned her.

"When I lived with my grandma," the senior said. "There was trash all over the house. She never really explained to me like that it was important to shower - it was important to take care of yourself, so I would go months at a time without showering. I would wear the same dress to school for months at a time."

During that period, she says that's when the teasing and bullying started at school.

"They would say you are pretty, pretty ugly," Loggins said. "It actually got so bad at a point in middle school, I would go home everyday and just cry."

At 13 Loggins' mother and step-father came and she lived with them. Things didn't get better.

"We were evicted several times," the senior said. "I went to three different middle schools, three different high schools."

The graduating senior said when she and her family did have a place to stay, it was still rough.

"There would be times we went without power or water for months at a time," Loggins said. "I remember doing my homework by candlelight cause I am that determined to succeed."

And she did succeed. She gasped when she opened her acceptance letter from Harvard.

"I was proud of myself," the student said. "Because not only was I able to get into Harvard, but I was able to distinguish myself from the other 36,000 other applicants."

When Loggins enrolled into Burns High School as a 10th grader, she was considered a high school drop out. She had missed two months of school. She says she took online classes so she could catch up in her work. Now she is taking AP and Honor classes.

"If there is anybody at all who has a dream," Loggins said. "Then they can definitely make it happen. There are no excuses. It depends on you and no one else."

Loggins wants to major in Biology.

"I want to help with new discoveries," Loggins said. "And I want to help make the world a better place."

The student is now on her own. She makes a living as a custodian at Burns High school.

Harvard is giving her some scholarship money - to get the rest of the money she will have to work for. She says the community has helped her get this far and is grateful for all they have done.

"There is always help for those who ask for it," Loggins said. "There is always help for people who need it. The generosity of this community is amazing."

Anyone who wants to donate to the fund established for Dawn Loggins at Burns High School may do so at this address:

Burns High School/Dawn Loggins Fund
307 East Stagecoach Trail
Lawndale, NC 28090

Make checks payable to "Burns High School/Dawn Loggins Fund"


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; harvard
I don't know if this was posted back when this story was first broadcast. I did search a could not find it.

This young lady is the antithesis of the Occupy Wall Street clowns.

Definitely watch/listen to the video.

1 posted on 05/20/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

No child should have to go through that hell. May G-D be with her. The occupansies could learn a lot from a bright yound lady like this.


2 posted on 05/20/2012 3:56:58 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: magellan
Headline in the Cleveland Sunday Plain Dealer today: "From homeless to Harvard." Not about this girl in NC, but a local yout' in Cleveland. Basically the same story only the names and places are changed.

Something is up. I smell some kind of demogogic eruption in the making. The coincidence is too much. I bet there are other similar headlines around the country, or will be soon.

3 posted on 05/20/2012 3:57:47 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: magellan

No child should have to go through that hell. May G-D be with her. The occupansies could learn a lot from a bright young lady like this.


4 posted on 05/20/2012 3:57:54 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

>> No child should have to go through that hell. May G-D be with her. <<

Harvard’s not THAT bad.
(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Bad Dangus! Bad Dangus!)


5 posted on 05/20/2012 4:04:44 PM PDT by dangus
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To: hinckley buzzard

You bring up an interesting point. Leftist do make long term preparations for political stings. They lay the groundwork, so you are right to be suspicious knowing of a similar event in the works. Just too convenient.


6 posted on 05/20/2012 4:04:44 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I too am on high alert. These stories used to impress me, but Obama’s composite created persona of a “foreign student:” who some how got a degree from Columbia and Harvard law without ever meeting anyone. To me they are all suspect now. This girl needed told about showers? Blames grandma. Come on! If she is so smart, figure it out. House always messy? Can she clean? Sounds like a garden variety victim to me. And how is Hah-vahd going to help her? Turn her even more Lib.


7 posted on 05/20/2012 4:06:44 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: hinckley buzzard
Something is up. I smell some kind of demogogic eruption in the making. The coincidence is too much. I bet there are other similar headlines around the country, or will be soon.

I'm with you. I think we've just seen the invention of yet another urban myth. LIES for whatever reason are still lies. This one is FEMALE, homeless but Harvard bound. Maybe they'll "discover" that she's native American or some such tragic minority.

8 posted on 05/20/2012 4:07:10 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: magellan

I wonder who the next Obama will be after Obama.


9 posted on 05/20/2012 4:14:52 PM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comiĆ³ un perro)
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To: magellan

Obama? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


10 posted on 05/20/2012 4:15:03 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Havard doesn't smell so good right now after the Princess Warren Affirmative Action fiasco came out. When you add in another AA pick, Obama, who is turning out to be, shall we say, less than the Harvard level of intellectual, this is putting the whole 'diversity' scam in a bad light.

This girl is white, and sooner or later someone is going to wonder why Harvard should give preference to, say, Obama's daughters over this white girl.

11 posted on 05/20/2012 4:18:55 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: hinckley buzzard

Good catch. NC and OH...2 crucial states to win in November.


12 posted on 05/20/2012 4:21:13 PM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I wonder if any of these sob story students ever get bounced from the colleges that give them a free ride.

(Do colleges wash students out anymore? The place I went to seemed proud to tell us at Freshman orientation: Look to your left and look to your right. One of the three of you won't graduate.)

ML/NJ

13 posted on 05/20/2012 4:31:19 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: magellan
Homeless...bound for harvard...

pity. She started off so strong...

14 posted on 05/20/2012 4:41:29 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Oh, must have been an editorial error. They will correct the names of the states, countries and all other locations to legitimatize the scam. When do you think she’ll run for president?


15 posted on 05/20/2012 4:46:49 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: hinckley buzzard
Agree. I don't think the whole story is being told here (typical of the "news" media).

She did her homework by candlelight (couldn't do it during daylight hours - after school)?

She took online courses to keep up? Where, the public library? Or could her family afford internet?

Does the girl claim Cherokee ancestry?

16 posted on 05/20/2012 4:48:15 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: magellan

Just to let people know. If you have a family income of sixty thousand or less you do not pay a single penny to go to harvard. No money for books, tuition, room and board or health insurance. Harvard has a very large endowment fund and can afford to be very generous. I am sure the donations will be put to good use but not for harvard education as that will be gratis.


17 posted on 05/20/2012 5:18:54 PM PDT by cdpap
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To: magellan

I am so sick and tired of this phrase “living paycheck to paycheck” as though it is bad, unfortunate or unusual. The ones with paychecks are the lucky ones. And most families live paycheck to paycheck. So what?


18 posted on 05/20/2012 5:51:08 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: magellan

yes, but was she at least 1/64 Cherokee Indian?


19 posted on 05/20/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT by super7man
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To: yldstrk

“I am so sick and tired of this phrase “living paycheck to paycheck” as though it is bad, unfortunate or unusual.”

It is bad; not pointing fingers (I do it), but living without savings is stressful. I don’t waste money; I just don’t want strangers caring for my children. It is difficult, though not unusual.


20 posted on 05/20/2012 6:16:00 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: magellan

My Spidey Sense is tingling.


21 posted on 05/20/2012 6:31:30 PM PDT by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Well, if all these kids did in fact rebel against their lousy upbringings...where they were being brought up to be one of Obama’s daughters, the one named Julia...this is a good thing. Whatever the motivation, even having the press tell their stories is a good thing.

These are stories of individuals triumphing over welfare and the dependency model. Personally, I think this is something to praise and encourage.


22 posted on 05/20/2012 6:50:03 PM PDT by livius
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To: magellan

There isn’t a line of this touching story that doesn’t sound phony.


23 posted on 05/20/2012 6:53:17 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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Freepers, Just a little note.

Where is the YELLOW?



24 posted on 05/20/2012 7:02:37 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: magellan

She’d be better off going to a community college most of which have a good reputation.


25 posted on 05/20/2012 8:18:36 PM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG)
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To: magellan
The student is now on her own. She makes a living as a custodian at Burns High school.

This is a little strange. How many custodian jobs open up? When they do, how many apply? Do they typically fill these jobs with fresh High School Seniors?

"...I would go months at a time without showering. I would wear the same dress to school for months at a time..."

A dress? The same one? For months?

BS--Then again, I'm not Harvard.

26 posted on 05/20/2012 8:22:40 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: rockinqsranch; hinckley buzzard
The sob stories could very wll be connected with the pending cuts in Pell grants:

www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2886102/posts

27 posted on 05/20/2012 8:46:17 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Interesting. As Shakespeare put it, “Something is rotten in Denmark”
28 posted on 05/20/2012 9:31:14 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: magellan

I don’t believe this at all...another “composite”.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 4:19:36 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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