WAHS Valedictorian Clemson bound

WAHS Valedictorian Clemson bound
June 05 17:06 2018 Print This Article

Although her parents both graduated from the University of South Carolina, West Ashley High School (WAHS) Valedictorian Mary “Emmy” Stokes will enroll at Clemson University as an engineering student. Stokes had grown up as a Carolina fan. She even wore a Carolina cheerleading costume for Halloween when she was a child, but her love of math has led her to pursue an engineering degree at Clemson University. Stokes said, “This is something my parents are getting used to.”

Stokes grew up in West Ashley, attending Orange Grove Elementary Charter School, Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (grades 6 – 8), and West Ashley High School. All 7th graders at Charleston Math and Science take a pre-engineering course. Stokes’ teacher for this class, Meredith Temples, pushed Stokes into joining the Robotics Team. Stokes’ parents had always encouraged her to seek a career in engineering. This was not something she was particularly interested in until she joined the Robotics Team. She has been on her school Robotics Team every year since 7th grade. Stokes stated that Temples inspired her to love engineering.

Stokes has two other passions. One is swimming. She has participated on the Northbridge Terrace Swim Team from 2005 – 2017. She also swam for the WAHS Swim Team and may try out for the Clemson Swim Team. Another passion is dancing. She has been dancing since she was 3 years-old for Susan Causey School of Dance. She loves jazz, pop, hip hop, and lyrical dancing.

Stokes is a master of time management. In addition to all of her extracurricular activities, she worked at Lions’ Den, Addlestone Hebrew Academy’s after-school program, three afternoons a week and will work as a lifeguard at James Island County Park’s Splash Zone this summer. When asked when she has time to study, she stated she is a night owl and studies late at night. She is entering Clemson as a sophomore, having earned 33 college credits by taking five Advanced Placement and four dual credit classes while at WAHS. Stokes is a true West Ashley success story.