GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Throughout the month of March, WNCT highlighted the contributions women have made across the United States and here in Eastern North Carolina. Four women were nominated to participate in Nexstar Media’s Remarkable Women contest. On April 5, WNCT announced this year’s winner. Congratulations to Kinston’s Carolyn Dawson. Dawson will move on to become a finalist for the National “Nexstar Women of the Year.” 

Dawson said she was “honored” to have been nominated and to be the winner. Dawson explained how she felt to receive the award. She said, “it feels remarkable it really does.. venturing out and figuring things to do to get accomplished in the community. Normally I am active in City Council. I am just honored … it’s an honor I am just humble to receive this award.”

Dawson offered words of encouragement for those who would like to make a difference or impact in their communities. She explained, ” I would say what they can do, basically, if you put god first and humble yourself, be concerned around yourself and especially your community. There is always something you can do to better where you are and just put your best foot forward and strive do your research and see what needs to be done and go about doing it.” Dawson also explained, “make sure they write their vision and make it plain…. and not to be anxious for anything, but make sure that they are going to follow their plan.” 

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We wanted to recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities.

Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

Ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), we highlighted four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

Based on your nominations, we have four semifinalists who were selected. Each Tuesday in March, we’ll highlight a nominee leading up to the announcement of the overall winner.

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Shirley Mitchell

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Carolyn Dawson

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Kimberly Williams

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Katie Nixon