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Willa Johnson to receive honor from the Foundation of Oklahoma City Public Schools

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will add three new members to its Wall of Fame.

Benton C. Clark III, Willa Johnson and Kathy Taylor will be honored Nov. 10 during the organization's annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards dinner at the Skirvin Hilton downtown.

The Wall of Fame celebrates the long, rich history of the school district and includes some of the nation's most influential alumni and community leaders.

Clark went to Cleveland Elementary School, Taft Middle School and Classen High School and later obtained his bachelor's, master's and doctorate. He has spent a long career with Lockheed Martin, working with NASA to study Mars, the sun, comets, asteroids and the vacuum of space. In 2011, he received the Harold Masursky Award for Meritorious Service to Planetary Science.

Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson, a Douglass High School alumna, was the first black woman to be elected to the Oklahoma City Council. She served 14 years on the council representing Ward 7, and twice has been re-elected county commissioner. She founded First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, which uses golf to teach young people character-building and life skills.

Taylor, a John Marshall High School alumna, is a business executive and
corporate attorney. In 2003, she was appointed Oklahoma's secretary of commerce, tourism and workforce development and executive director of the CommerceDepartment. Beginning in 2006, Taylor served one term as mayor of Tulsa. She later served as the governor's chief of education strategy and innovation.

Mary Melon, foundation president and chief executive officer, said Clark,
Johnson and Taylor "embody everything that is possible within the Oklahoma City Public Schools district, both in the past and for the future."

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