Jamarie Ballard- Spirit of the Sport
Posted on 04/10/2024
Jamarie Ballard- Spirit of the SportChattanooga, Tenn. - In a testament to the spirit and resilience of our students, Tyner Academy's Jamarie Ballard has been honored with the National Federal of State High School Associations National High School Spirit of the Sport Section Award. This prestigious accolade recognizes Jamarie's exceptional character, perseverance, and dedication on and off the field throughout his four years as a student-athlete.

From his freshman year, Jamarie has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence, balancing the demands of his sport with his academic ambitions. Football, for Jamarie, has been more than just a game; it's been a sanctuary— a means to channel stress and maintain focus on his future. Beyond the field, Jamarie is an advocate for the excellence at Tyner Academy, crediting his teachers for their pivotal role in his academic and personal development. Their support has been instrumental, ensuring he never fell behind and always felt encouraged, especially during the most challenging times.

Jamarie provided advice to younger students, saying, "Make sure you engage with your teachers and don't get behind. Freshman year is important."

Jamarie's journey is one of remarkable dedication and perseverance. As the starting quarterback for the team this year, he has shown exceptional leadership and determination, attributing his motivation to his family. His aspirations reach beyond the football field, with dreams of pursuing electrical engineering at MTSU—a decision inspired by his participation in the Technology EPB Future Ready Institute at Tyner and the guidance of his technology teacher.

Dr. Earvin, Principal of Tyner Academy, describes Jamarie as "very intelligent, resilient, and amazing," with a supportive family and mentor network that has been pivotal in his success. Jamarie stands as a beacon of inspiration, not only to his peers but to the entire community. His engagement in projects such as the Christmas Meal Donations project underscores his commitment to serving and uplifting those around him.

Jamarie's success is a celebration of the collective effort of his family, teachers, and the broader community, reinforcing the belief that student success is a shared responsibility. Congratulations to Jamarie on this well-deserved honor. Your Tyner Academy family and the entire Hamilton County Schools community celebrate you.