WJBF Scholar Athlete: South Aiken’s Eme de Graaf

Scholar Athlete Award

South Aiken’s Eme de Graaf is a star on the field and in the classroom. Graaf is a member of the national honor society, a Palmetto fellow, an AP scholar and won the Wendy’s High School Heisman, and she hopes to follow in her parents foot-steps in the medical field.

She’s achieved accolades on the soccer field as well, in 2017 she helped lead the Thoroughbreds to a state championship. 

” Both of my parents always instilled in me the importance of hard work and dedication, said Graaf, “I have been able to bring that to my academics, athletics and extracurriculars which has helped me become successful and helped me lead by example for other people”. 

” Whatever she does, She is challenged to do her best in both environments,” Laurie de Graaf, mother, “She is not really one to lose focus on either one but has great determination”. 


David Mihoulides – South Aiken Girls Soccer Coach
” She is definitely a good role model, she is such a team player, It’s not all about me myself and I,” South Aiken head soccer coach, David Mihoulides said. “She is one of those that is going to come out intense on the field but she is not one of these yellers or screamers and all that but she is going to lead by example through her style of play” 


Graaf wants to be a pediatric oncologist after finishing medical school. 

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