'Wonder teen' Jessica Clifford takes off during first semester at Wake Forest

Feb 14, 2017
Jessica Clifford

WINSTON-SALEM — Noted “wonder teen” Jessica Clifford was named to the 2016 fall semester Dean’s List at Wake Forest College.

A 2016 graduate and valedictorian of Tuscola High School, Clifford was named to the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.75 while carrying a 16 credit hour semester. She also made the cheerleading squad at Wake Forest, which is a Division 1 ACC university.

Clifford was honored this past fall with the William K. Stamey Wake Forest University Endowment Scholarship for $18,500 and the Gertrude McDaris and Sydney H. Ruskin Scholarship for $6,800 for the current school year. She has additional scholarships from various foundations.

Currently, Clifford is taking 18 credit hours. She is working toward dual majors, computer science and psychology, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. Addiontally, she was just accepted into the university's Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Clifford furthered her passion for service work this fall by participating in both the Brian Piccolo 'Hit the Bricks" Run for Cancer Research and Wake Forest University's Project Pumpkin, which is a Halloween Festival held each year for local Winston-Salem children.

During her spring break in early March, Clifford will travel to New York City as one of the cheerleaders selected to cheer on the Wake Forest University basketball team at the ACC Basketball Championship Tournament.