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Scholar of the Week: Potomac High School Student Ashantie Pernell

Scholar of the Week: Potomac High School Student Ashantie Pernell

PGCPS senior Ashantie Pernell is a firm believer that making small steps can have a big impact— and that’s exactly what she has done as a top student at Potomac High School.

As a dual-enrolled student at Potomac, Ashantie takes college classes at Prince George’s Community College while also maintaining a 4.2 GPA in courses including Advanced Placement English/Language Arts, World History and Biology.

Outside of the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Art Society (she loves painting, drawing and sculpting) and Service Learning Club.

Ashantie is also a leader of the Green Team where she is involved in implementing earth-friendly features around school and helping start a recycling program. It is in this area where she plans to focus and expand her impact, studying architecture, environmental studies and sociology at Clemson University in South Carolina — her dream school and one where she has already been accepted.

“I’m a very hands on person and I want to improve the world with a career that incorporates renewable and sustainable features into building,” Ashantie said. “I chose Clemson because of the architecture program. I love where we live, but want to explore more.”