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YME Banquet brings fun, food, fellowship, funding

   To date YME Ministries has given four $500 scholarships and one $100 scholarship, and sponsored a ball team that will wear the YME logo. The ministry has also paid all expenses and will continue to follow the four $500 scholarship winners and help them throughout college.


YME member Shimere Ballou receives Warrior Ministries scholarship

Shimere Ballou was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987 to Ms. Belinda Ballou and Mr. Roy Ramsey.  She later moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she currently resides with her mother and brother.  Her brother name is Patrick Chriss, whom is a freshman at Tennessee Tech University studying Business Administration.  Shimere is a member of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Shimere graduated with honors as the valedictorian and senior class president from Twenty First Century Academy on May 2005.  During high school, Shimere was involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities.  She was the Captain of the Volleyball team, which she played all four years of her high school career. Also, she was a cheerleader her 9th grade year of study in high school.  She was on the governing committee of the Student Council.  She was on the Principal’s Advisory Committee where she represented the junior and senior class in her junior and senior year.  The Principal’s Advisory Committee served as the bridge between administration and the student body.  She was an active member in Project Explore, which is an organization that combines leaders from three different high schools that travel and explore different cultures in an attempt to become better leaders in their own schools and communities.   She also was a staff writer for “Valley Voices” which is a student newspaper inserted in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  She served as the class president for both her senior and junior class.  In addition, she was the head of the prom committee.  Shimere was also in Youth Leadership Chattanooga, Speak Out, Vocal Ensemble, 21st Gospel Choir, and Science Club.  Shimere was very active in her community with activities such as tutoring at Clifton Hills Elementary School and being a teacher’s aide at the YMCA daycare.

After applying to many prestigious colleges and universities such as Emory University, Oxford at Emory University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, at which she was accepted to all, she decided to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She received a myriad of scholarships, some include Coca-a-Cola Scholarship, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Scholarship, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship, Community Foundation Scholarship, Sam Walton Scholarship, Tennessee Alumni Valedictorian Scholarship, Full Minority Scholarship to UT, HOPE Scholarship, Gertrude Scholarship at Vanderbilt University, and the 100 Black Men Scholarship.  Additional Awards and honors include Academic Excellence in all classes taken, Published Poetry, All-District in volleyball, All-tournament in volleyball, and Superintendent Scholar.          

Shimere is currently a Sophomore at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development and pre-medicine.  At Vanderbilt University, she is a faithful member of Jeremiah Generation where she serves as the Dance Ministry Leader.  Jeremiah Generation is an on-campus Christian ministry run by students.  She is also a member of Dancing Off College Stress, C.A.R.S., and Black Student Alliance where she is currently serving on the intra-campus relations committee.   She is also a speaker in an organization called R.E.A.L.I..T.Y., which is a program geared at middle school students, and in this program Vanderbilt students tell their “story” about their life.  This program is very important to Shimere because she feels it is very important to let other people know that Vanderbilt and schools alike are not just for students that fit a certain stereotype.  She is also in Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science (VSVS). 

Shimere plans to attend an Ivy-League medical school and practice dermatology.  She aspires to practice in a low-income area, because she wants to provide her services to those who may need it but may not have affordable access to it.  Her career mission statement is : “To help the helpless, and to find a cure for those thought of as incurable.”

YME member Aurelia Owens 2nd Runner up
in Miss Clayton County
Teen Pageant

Voted Most Photogenic & Miss Congeniality
by her peers

Aurelia Owens platform is ADHD which she manages daily. This was her first competition. We are very proud of this YME member. Great Job!

Warrior Ministries and the YME youth participated
in the Fort Deposit Christmas Parade on Dec. 9, 2006



YME Member, Chardarius Lewis

This ambitious third grader at Greenville
Elementary School  is getting
an early start in politics!!

 Chardarius “Bubba”  is the son of
Jason Lewis and Katrina Durant,
 the grandson of Tommy and Jewel Tyson.