Accomplishments 2018

2018 UNITY Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Jordan Bridges (UNITY Alumni, 2008-2017) spoke to several young men at the Bloom Project, Inc. last weekend on the importance of goal setting. Bloom Project, Inc. is a not for profit organization that provides mentoring, service projects, college preparation, character building, and career exploration opportunities. They currently operate in Indianapolis & Fort Wayne.

Jordan’s mom, Paula, says, “It was definitely a valued program for Jordan for his last 2 years of high school.”

High School Senior, Samia White (UNITY Member 2017-present), won 1st place in her school wide essay contest titled, “I Too Have a Dream”!

Click here to watch her speech. 

Aspen Hill (UNITY Alumni, 2012-2017) is the new President of the Ball State HOSA- a national student organization for all future health professions students focusing on health-based, hands-on volunteering activities and participating in competitive events against other HOSA chapters. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for students who are interested in or pursuing a career in health professions.

Camille King (UNITY Member, 2011-present) was featured on Insight ABC21’s Bishop Luers Highlight! Congratulations, Camille!

Click here to view the video.

Isaiah Gibson (UNITY Alumni, 2016-2017) has completed his basic training and has started on his AIT (Advanced Individual Training).

Johelga Portela (UNITY Member, 2017-present) is the youngest and only girl from her 3rd grade class that is participating in the STEM program at her school.

Jackson McCullough (UNITY Member, 2017-present) won two gold medals for the regional ISSMA percussion solo & mallet trio. Jonathon McCullough (UNITY Member, 2018-present) won a gold medal for the percussion ensemble. Jonathon will be competing in the State competition February 24th.

Daven Johnson (UNITY Alumni, 2006-2013) had his first day working at Sweetwater Sound on Monday, February 12.

Rose Gaspar (UNITY Member, 2017-present) (8th grade) and Gregory Perry (UNITY Member, 2013-present) (6th grade). They both received Future City awards through their schools.

Future City is a nationwide program and is part of National Engineers Week. It offers students a fun way to learn about engineering and cities of the future.

Kendall Isadore (UNITY Alumni, 2003-2006) performed with her group, The String Queens, on Great Day Washington. “Teachers by day and concert performers when school is out! The String Queens create beautiful music that inspires people to love, hope, feel & imagine!” Click here to watch their performance.

Three of our UNITY alumni, David Alvarez (UNITY Alumni, 2006-2017), Dalyn Johnson (UNITY Alumni, 2005-2017), Tyson Chambers(UNITY Alumni, 2007-2017), and UNITY Singing Mentor, Tyrone Chambers sang the National Anthem on Wednesday, February 14th for the Fort Wayne Komets! Click here to watch their performance!

Andrew Shade (UNITY Alumni, 2000-2005) is a creator, editor, and actor and started his own website, Broadwayblack.com in 2012.

Broadway Black is an organization that fosters and inspires artistic diversity and excellence in theatre. Dedicated to highlighting the achievements and successes of Black theatre artists on and off the Broadway stage, Broadway Black, founded in 2012, has continued to grow into a one-of-a-kind multimedia venture. Editorial content showcases the best and the brightest stars across the industry. Click here to ready more.

Niyoki Chapman (UNITY Administrative/Donor Relations Manager), is competing in the Reason to Dance, Reason for Hope – a ballroom dance competition modeled after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television show.

Local celebrities will be paired with professional dance instructors, from local ballroom dance studios, to learn and refine a ballroom and freestyle dance routine. The celebrities will then compete at an elegant event, being held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, to win one of several awards. Three judges will score the performances. All profits for this event will go to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health located in Indianapolis. The evening will begin with a silent auction, followed by a three-course dinner, and then the ballroom competition. The evening will conclude with open dancing.

Awards include:

  • Grand Champion – goes to the celebrity who raises the most money
  • Judges’ Choice – goes to the celebrity who has the highest combined judges score
  • Runner Up – goes to the dancer who has the second highest judges’ score
  • Riley Children’s Choice Award – goes to the dancer who earns the most votes from the Riley children

Join us as we support Riley Hospital for Children with an evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction.

Friday, March 9, 2018, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

Congratulations Tiffany Blevens (UNITY Alumni, 2007-2008) and Clendell Sims Sr.! They welcomed baby, Jy’Aire Lendell Blevins-Sims, on February 26th, 2018.

Congratulations Nakia and Tyrone Tolbert (UNITY Musician, 2003-present)!

They are expecting their first baby in August 2018!

Gyneiya Davis (UNITY Member, 2013-present) received a “Full-Tuition Promise Award” from the University of Indianapolis!

Cydney Bridges (UNITY Member, 2008-present) was crowned Miss Indiana Teen at the 2018 USA National Miss Indiana Teen State Pageant this past weekend.  She will compete in the Nationals competition in July.

Ani King (UNITY Member, 2011-present) recently participated in the Model United Nations program at Indiana University with a group of students from her school.

Bridging the Education Gap and Creating Global Citizens Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in Model UN, students research the particular global problem to be addressed. The problems are drawn from today’s headlines. Model UN delegates learn how the international community acts on its concerns about peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization.

Camille King (UNITY Member, 2011-present) was accepted into Bard College in Dutchess County, New York and received a $2,000 Leigh Ann Palmer Cheer Scholarship. Congratulations, Camille!

Audrianna Cobb (UNITY Member, 2011-present) was accepted into East Allen University! Students may obtain both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree within the four year (grades 9 – 12) program. The associate degree is granted in partnership with Vincennes University, and the credits earned can transfer to any public university within the state of Indiana.

“Audrianna’s journey has been hard, yet she is driven to do her best! Tragedy struck our family not once, but twice. She has been in a wonderful Christian school, homeschooled & skipped a grade. NOW – She has been officially accepted into high school & college for the 2018-2019 school year! She keeps sharing this will cut her 8 years of college needed to 6 to be an attorney! I am so grateful for the love, support & encouragement Audrianna Licia Love has received over the years from Unity Performing Arts (member of the Voices of Unity since 6 years old), Horizon Christian Academy (2nd grade – 8th grade) & YMCA (volunteer at Renaissance Pointe for almost a year). We will continue to watch her soar.

Jimmie Jones (UNITY Alumni, 2001-2008) was featured in the Disaster Recovery Journal (delivers how-to, in depth knowledge into business continuity planning). Click here to read more.

James McGlaston Williams (UNITY Alumni, 2011-2017) sang with Pathway’s worship team on Sunday, April 8.

Check out the great comments James received!

Jordan Bridges (UNITY Alumni, 2008-2017) was selected as the new Co-Chair of the Exploratory Studies Ambassadors at Purdue University. He also recently received the Sue Aufderheide Scholarship of $1,000 for the 2018-2019 school year at Purdue.

The Exploratory Studies Ambassadors is a select group of students who are dedicated to the positive promotion of the Exploratory Studies Program and Purdue University. The group is comprised of current and former Exploratory students who wish to share their experiences with prospective Purdue students at orientation and admissions events throughout the year. Ambassadors have the vital role of communicating their knowledge of what it is like to be a beginning student without a major. The program allows talented Exploratory students to meet, interact, and network with future Boilermakers, their families, and fellow peers.

Kendall Isadore (UNITY ALUMNI, 2003-2006), of the String Queens performed at the March for our Lives concert on March 24 with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Andra Day, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Vic Mensa, and Lin Manuel (writer/composter of Hamilton). The March for our Lives #MFOL is the biggest anti-gun rally in history and has largely been led by students in cities all over the nation.

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Cydney Bridges (UNITY Member, 2008-present) and Aryanna Swopshire (UNITY Member, 2012-present) were both selected to sing the National Anthem at the Fort Wayne Tin Caps this week. They both did an amazing job! Take some time to watch their videos below.

Cydney’s Video

Aryanna’s Video

Congratulations to our Band Director/Musician, Lance Tolbert. He received his 1st The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Certified Gold plaque as a songwriter for his work on the Britney Spears album entitled #BritneyJean!

“It’s a surreal moment to hold a literal dream in my hands. When I started to compose & produce music, I had no idea where the road would lead. Faith in God, hardwork, and the amazing people in my life are the reasons I can celebrate days like this. To my brother Keith Harris this is our 1st Gold Album together! Thanks for believing in me & always giving me an opportunity to do great work. But more than that, thanks for being family. Thank you to my fam & friends for the encouragement all along the way. I’m just getting started!!”

Jeremy Jones (UNITY Alumni, 2000-2004), released a new music video for his song, Road, on April 27! Click here to watch.

Brooke Person (UNITY Member, 2008-2016) has been nominated for “Best Actress” for her role as Mama Morton in CHICAGO. She’s also the recipient of several scholarships, including one from Akron Urban League, and will be attending American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City to further her craft and pursue her dreams!

Briana Alvarez (UNITY Alumni, 2006-2014) completed her senior art show and is graduating from IUPUI on May 12!

Singing Mentor, Bekah Noack, graduated on May 12th from Grace College with a Masters in Clinical mental health counseling!

Concordia Lutheran High School recognized senior, Tysen Chambers (UNITY Alumni, 2007-2017) for his servant heart. One of the nominations read: “Tysen helps me remain calm and if anything is a reminder that I can encourage others as well. He is a well-spoken individual who I know I would be able to confide in. Despite his high influential level, he doesn’t let that go to his head. Tysen is an optimistic soul who I am lucky to know.” Click here to read more.

Camille King (UNITY Member, 2011-present) 

“I committed to Earlham College as a Bonner Scholar, and accepted my Full Financnial Package.”

Gyneiya Davis (UNITY Member, 2013-present)

“On April 24, I officially enrolled in the University of Indianapolis.”

Congratulations to our

Class of 2018

College Graduates!

Alex Eady

Graduated from Indiana University on May 4

Major: Journalism, Minor: Spanish

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2005-2012

Aliyah Byrd

Graduated from Ball State University on May 5

Major: Social Work

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2004-2014

DaShaen Jordan

Graduated from Ball State University on May 5

Major: Critical Science

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2005

Briana Alvarez

Graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis on May 12

Major: Photography

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2006-2014

Janiesha Menson

Graduated from Indiana State University on May 12

Major: Health Administration, Minor: Business

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2005-2008

Tiffany Blevins

Graduated from Indiana Tech on May 12

Major: Health Care Administration

Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2007-2008

Isaiah Gibson (UNITY Alumni, 2016-2017) was accepted to Vincennes University!

Tysen Chambers (UNITY Alumni, 2007-2017) is heading to Greencastle, IN to continue his athletic career with DePauw. Chambers helped Concordia go 7-5 last fall. The Cadets won the 3A state title his junior year. Click here to learn more.

Jordan Bridges (UNITY Alumni, 2008-2017) is interning with Pathway Community Church for their worship team! Click here to watch his video.

Samia White (UNITY Member, 2017-2018) has been named Valedictorian at Cornerstone Christian College Prep International Day and High School!

CLICK HERE to learn about our Class of 2018 High School Graduates.

CLICK HERE to learn about our Class of 2018 High School Graduates.

We were featured on INSight WPTA21. Click the image above to learn more about our End of Season Tribute to Disney Concert.

Cydney Bridges (UNITY Member, 2008-present) was crowned the new 2018 Queen of the Miss Indianapolis Black Expo Scholarship Pageant!

Tyler Shawler (UNITY Alumni 2011-2014) welcomed new baby girl, Willow Sune Shawler on July 1st at 6:41 am. 19 inches / 7.46 lbs

Eboni Johnson (UNITY Alumni 2004-2012) and Brian Stewart welcomed their new baby boy, Brian Michael Lee Stewart Jr., on July 13th.

Megan Yates-Ross (mother of Mya Ross) was awarded Director of Psychological Health of the year for her region from the National Guard Bureau!

DJ Gray (UNITY Alumni 2016-2018) received her learner’s permit!

Mr. White was featured in Visit Fort Wayne’s “Faces of Tourism”!

2018 New Members

KARMA-CASH
Age: 9
Registered: Jan. 12
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, Drawing, Painting
DESARAY
Age: 14
Registered: Jan. 17
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Decorating, Painting, Playing Sports, Singing
HANNAH
Age: 13
Registered: Jan. 18
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir & Expression Creative Writing Program
Hobbies: Acting, Decorating, Drawing, Writing, Reading
TAHTIANA
Age: 11
Registered: Jan. 30
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Crafts, Singing, Playing Sports
MYA
Age: 13
Registered: Feb. 1
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Decorating, Crafts, Sports, Singing
JONATHAN
Age: 14
Registered: Feb. 2
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Playing Sports, Music
AARON
Age: 9
Registered: Feb. 7
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Computers, Drawing, Crafts, Music, Painting, Sports
ALEXIS
Age: 19
Registered: Feb. 17
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Acting, Crafts, Painting, Music
CAESON
Age:
Registered: Feb. 16
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, Playing Sports
ALYSSA
Age: 13
Registered: Feb. 23
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Decorating, Leading, Making Crafts, Playing Sports, Writing Poetry, Singing
TAYLOR
Age: 13
Registered: March 3
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Drawing
AMARION
Age: 15
Registered: March 21
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Sports

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