Reaching Her Goals Matters; and That's Why She Won the African-American Youth Achiever Award for 2006

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For a long time, she's had a favorite saying.

She repeats it to herself often. She lives by it.

"Your feet can move, but only your heart can dance."

Shaunte Yates of Arlington says she has loved dancing for as long as she can remember. Now she wants to spend the rest of her life helping others enjoy it. She hopes to someday open an affordable dance studio so more children can have an opportunity to explore and share her passion for dance.

"Given the opportunity, I would enjoy sharing this beautiful art form with others for the rest of my life," she said.

Yates, 18, is a lifelong overachiever. She's now at Florida State University planning to major in exercise science with a minor in dance.

Her way at FSU will be made a lot easier by the 2006 North Florida African-American Youth Achiever Award she just received.

The award is presented on behalf of Jim Moran, founder of the Jim Moran Foundation, and his wife, Jan, foundation chairman and president. It is a needs-based four-year scholarship to FSU based on grades, attitude, school acceptance and financial need.

It's little surprise Yates earned the award.

Yates was student council president, captain of the Terry Parker Jazz Dance Ensemble, captain of the varsity cheerleaders and Miss Terry Parker High.

She was also first runner-up in the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville's Enterprising Youth of the Year competition, and was selected as a participant in the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

A member of the National Honor Society, Yates volunteered at First Coast Support Services, a group home agency for people with developmental and physical disabilities. …


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