Calling & Career: Signing Night


On Monday night, our Calling and Career Ministry celebrated six of their college-bound students with the ministry's very first Signing Night. It was a night full of food, fellowship, and celebration as they honored the graduating seniors and their families. And just like it was done that night, we will proudly introduce each student and show off their hard-work, determination, achievements, and future dreams.

Robryah is graduating from Fulton High School. She has been part of Emerald Youth since 1st grade. For 11 years, she has been attending the Justlead Ministry at Western Heights Baptist Center and is moving on to be a Pellissippi State Community College student. She is majoring in nursing and wants to eventually be a nurse at UT Medical Center. We are happy that our Calling & Career Ministry was able to help her navigate and find the best path for her post-high School.


Tayrohn is graduating from Central High School and will be attending Carson-Newman University in the fall with a full-ride scholarship. He plans to major in business and marketing and, "wants to be an entrepreneur/multi-billionaire!" Our Calling & Career Ministry in Mechanicsville became a place where he could focus on studying, doing homework, and easily find tutoring assistance when needed.


Natalys is will also be graduating from Fulton High School (where she was 2nd in her class) and is planning on attending East Tennessee State University in the fall, majoring in nursing, and wants to one day become a travel nurse. She has been involved with Emerald Youth for 3 years.


Marissa will be a Fulton High School graduate and will be attending Middle Tennessee State University. She plans to major in political science, and continue her studies to one day become a lawyer. This summer she will also become an AmeriCorps member serving with Emerald Youth, which she has been a part of since she was 6 years old.


Our staff at the Calling & Career Ministry Center was able to help Marissa and Natalys navigate the college search and application path by giving guidance on the process and helping them fill out applications.

Shelley, who will also graduate from Fulton High School, plans to attend Walters State Community College and major in nursing. She found her calling after a close family member became sick, and she had to help take care of them. Her future plans are to be a nurse in the military and travel to Spain. 


Yudi is our final Fulton High School graduate. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University. Originally from Colombia, when she arrived in the US her main focus was to learn English as fast as possible while maintaining a good GPA. She accomplished her goal and now looks on to majoring in forensic science to become a forensic scientist one day and help solve crimes.


Both Shelley and Yudi took advantage of Calling and Career's ACT prep workshops, which they attended for about 6 weeks and raised their scores. Our staff was also involved in helping them arrange college visits and find transportation for them.

Once each student is in college, our Calling & Career staff will continue to be there for them to help provide mentorship, resources, and advice. "We are all really proud of the accomplishments of these students and are expectant to see how they continue to transform into young adult leaders," said Keightly Moody, the Calling & Career Ministry Director for the north area.

Christopher Rivera