Holy Spirit 777 Inc., a 501 C (3) charitable organization, has announced that the first Earnest Simes Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Takeyshia Johnson.

Holy Spirit 777 Inc., a 501 C (3) charitable organization, has announced that the first Earnest Simes Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Takeyshia Johnson.

Simes was a former educator and administrator in the Helena West Helena School District who had a deep love for children and quality education.  This annual scholarship will be given in his memory and for his struggles to improve education in Phillips County.

Johnson is a senior at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has maintained 3.08 GPA with a major in English and minor in media and business writing.  As an aspiring lawyer, Johnson interned in Judge Simes’ office this summer, working as a trial court assistant. 

Besides her duties as a trial court assistant, Johnson founded and operated an organization called Sisters in Solidarity to Achieve Success (SISTAS).  This is a Christ-based organization whose purpose is to provide young girls in underserved geographic areas with tools necessary to grow into virtuous, educated women. This summer, girls participated in reading, writing and oratory skills to develop effective communication skill while learning and interpreting Bible scriptures. Participants also received instructions on making healthy food choices. Several educational and fun field trips were built into the SISTAS activities.

Johnson is the granddaughter of Mae Johnson Douglas and Milton Johnson and the step granddaughter of the late Willie Douglas.