Accomplishments 2019

2019 UNITY Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Jordan Bridges (UNITY Alumnus, 2008-2017) made the Dean’s list this past semester at Purdue University. He is also a featured Keynote Student Speaker at The Respect Team’s M.aking A. D.ifference Leadership Event on Saturday, February 23rd.

Deojanique Gray (UNITY Alumna, 2016-2018) earned her drivers license. Congratulations DJ!

Tyela Tshimanga (Alumna, 2000-2004) gave birth to a daughter Taleiyah Love Tshimanga on January 11, 2019.

Matthew Griffin (UNITY Alumnus, 2001-2005) played the character Ronald Clifford in the Cruel Intentions Broadway Musical and the soundtrack will be available on March 8. Check out his songs in the album in iTunes! You can also find the song “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” on Spotify.

Deven Bridges (UNITY Alumnus, 2009) is running a pre-order on copies of his first official single, “Memories”, on vinyl. This will be a 7 inch vinyl with a secret unreleased song on the B-side. He also released the music video, mixed by Evan White (UNITY Alumnus, 2000-2008) on YouTube.

Gregory Perry (UNITY Student, 2013-present) competed with his Future City Team for the Indiana regional competition and won! His team of 6 will move on to Nationals in Washington, D.C. from February 16-19.

Maureen Bobilya (UNITY Board Member, 2018-present), made the Executive Council with New York Life Insurance. She has been a case rate leader for two years!

Amy Alfaro (UNITY Parent, 2016-present) spoke at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne about her nonprofit, Paul’s Place: Support For Families, Inc., an organization that helps families stay comfortable if they are having to travel for any type of medical care in Fort Wayne.

Melanie Hollingsworth (UNITY Student, 2015-present) is in a play at Concordia Lutheran High School at 7PM on Saturday, February 9 as they debut never-before-seen plays that didn’t exist 24 hours earlier. The students will gather on Friday, February 8 to begin the work on writing, directing, and acting out their original plays. Three-Four plays will be given on Saturday night. The event (24-Hour Theater Festival Showcase) is open to the public – tickets are $2 each or free with a canned good for admission.

Cydney Bridges (UNITY Student, 2008-present) is on the Leadership Panel at the Respect Team’s M.aking A. D.ifference Leadership Event. Cydney Bridges is an honor roll senior at Carroll High School with future aspirations to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Cydney currently holds the title of USA National Miss Northeast Teen 2018 for Indiana and Miss Indianapolis Black Expo Queen 2018.

Kendall Isadore (UNITY Alumna, 2003-2006) was featured in the music video for a present-day rendition of the Black National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” featuring Aloe Blacc with special guests, The String Queens – a collaborative arrangement imagined and produced by ESPN and ESPN’s The Undefeated in celebration of Black History Month! 

Sandra Logan (UNITY Parent, 2016-present) was accepted in the MBA program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Congratulations, Sandra!

Justin Sheehan (UNITY Contractor, 2014-present) and his wife, Alethea, welcomed their first child, baby boy, Remington on February 15, 2019. 

Cydney Bridges (UNITY Student, 2014-present) handed over her USA National Miss Teen Indiana crown on Feburary 18 and signed up for another year as USA National Miss Teen Hoosier. 

Fatima Washington (UNITY Alumnus, 2000-2001) is performing at the Embassy Theatre for Down the Line 13, presented by Chuck & Lisa Surack of Sweetwater Sound.

When: This Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

Down the Line is a one-night music tribute to legends of rock. The benefit for the Embassy Theatre is Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

The 2019 lineup includes:
Jess Flame Thrower – Sheryl Crow
Strange Waters – Nirvana
The Snarks – Green Day
Fatima Washington Music – Whitney Houston
Chris Worth – Alice in Chains

Melanie Hollingsworth (UNITY Student, 2015-present) is in the play, Newsies, at Concordia Lutheran High School. 

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM

It’s time to carry the banner with Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students in high school or younger. They may be purchased at the door.

Isabel Alfaro (UNITY Student, 2016-present) earned a Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in MASC Agency, Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Advanced Spanish, and Business Education at Towles New Tech Middle School. Isabel’s speech was also chosen as one of the top 10 in her school to represent her school at the FWCS Speech Contest in May!

Kelvin Byers (UNITY Alumnus, 2002-2007) is featured in the TV Show, Droppin’ Cash Los Angeles (Season 1 Episode 12: Justine Skye & Creek Boyz). You can find this show on Netflix!

Aryanna Swopshire (UNITY Student, 2012-present) performed a vocal solo and earned a gold medal and perfect score at the ISSMA Finals in Indianapolis!

Jordan Bridges (UNITY Alumnus, 2008-2017) sang the National Anthem at the women’s Purdue basketball game vs Northwestern. He also sang a duet at the men’s game against Nebraska.

Deven Bridges (UNITY Alumnus, 2009) was featured in SoundDigest’s article “Get to Know Emerging Hip-Hop Artist Mickey Young.

Windy Cobb Johnson (UNITY Staff Member, 2007-present) made the President’s List at Crossroads Bible College for the Fall 2018 semester.

Hannah Mossburg (UNITY Member, 2018-present) created a piece of art displaying one of Mr. White’s quotes that is displayed at the UNITY Program and Training Center. Hannah is in 8th grade and enjoys acting, drawing, leading, speaking, and writing.

Nia Weary (UNITY Member, 2016-present) is competing in the National American Miss Pageant Junior Teen Division (ages 13-15) on August 30 – September 1 in Indianapolis, IN. She will be in the formal wear, casual wear, interview, personal introduction, community service, and photogenic portions of the pageant. Nia is in 8th grade and likes to spend time reading, drawing, singing, cheerleading, sleeping, and hanging out with friends.

Faith Logan (UNITY Member, 2016-present) was in the band concert at her school. She plays the clarinet and has been playing for 2 years at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Faith is in 5th grade and is a part of the Kids Pointe Crew at her church, The Pointe.  She helps run the computer for children’s worship, demonstrates the Bible memory verse of the month, leads the motions for a worship song, and partners with the younger kids to help them learn dance motions. This position helps kids develop leadership skills by giving them special responsibilities.

UNITY was gifted 20 tickets from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to “An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamiliton Star” on Saturday, March 2nd at the Embassy Theatre. These tickets were awarded to perfect attendance students, youth council members, volunteers, and top Praise Celebration ticket sellers. Thank you, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, for your generous donation!

Congratulations to our “$5 for an A” students! These students earned a combined amount of 31 A’s for the Spring Semester!

Hannah Mossburg (3 A’s), Jaylan Doughty (6 A’s), Jaya Swopshire (5 A’s), Johelga Portela (6 A’s), Nia Weary (2 A’s), and Faith Logan (9 A’s)

Marshall White was nominated for the Greater Fort Wayne Champion of Change Awards. The awards, which will be distributed at a luncheon on April 24, aim to celebrate those who mentor and empower women in Allen County.

Aryanna Swopshire (UNITY Member) is in the musical, 42nd Street, tonight (March 22) at 7:00 PM at Snider High School. Tickets are $8.00.

Snider High School – 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Nyiann Bennet (UNITY Member, 2011-present) is Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast at New Haven High School March 22 – 24.
Friday, March 22 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 23 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 24 – 2:30 PM

New Haven High School – 1300 Green Rd., New Haven, IN 46774

Cydney Bridges (UNITY Member, 2008-present) was selected to model for Louie’s Tux shop advertisements. They had a photoshoot day in South Bend, Indiana and her photos are now featured on Louie’s Tux shop website! Check out the video below from their photoshoot.

2019 New Members

Age: 9
Registered: Jan. 25
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Acting, Dancing, Drawing
Age: 12
Registered: Jan. 29
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Making Crafts, Singing, Sports
Age: 12
Registered: Feb. 2
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Crafts, Music, Painting, Drawing, Singing, Writing Songs
Age: 9
Registered: Feb. 9
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Drawing, Painting, Sports, Singing
Age: 8
Registered: Feb. 9
• Voices of Unity Youth Choir
Hobbies: Dancing, Decorating, Singing, Writing Songs

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