ACE Mentors of Charleston Host Banquet, Project Showcase


Mekhi Smith, Staff Writer

On May 17, 2017, ACE Mentors of Charleston hosted a year-end banquet and project showcase at the Wolf Street Playhouse to celebrate students’ achievements. Burke HS is among the three participating CCSD schools in the ACE Mentoring program; both St. Johns HS and RB Stall HS are also involved in the program.

ACE Mentorship ProgramThe ACE Mentor Program consists of a group of professional architects, contractors and engineers in the Charleston area who work with local schools to provide students with exposure to project management in building and construction. Students work with the mentors to choose projects and then develop a project plan or even a scale model for their chosen project.

Burke’s ACE group consisted of 13 students who were advised by Mr. Michael Crosby, Construction Science and Clean Energy Instructor, and Mr. Roy Kemp, PLTW Engineering Instructor and CTE Department Chair. Our ACE group included:

  • KyJuan Brown-Singleton
  • Tyrese Council
  • Chanquasia Drayton
  • Vashti Gathers
  • Terrell Judge
  • Jocelyn Kenley
  • Kardan Smalls
  • Mekhi Smith
  • James Snipe
  • Khyree Thompson
  • Andrew Williams
  • JaQuan Williams
  • Traquan Winns
  • Joshua Wright

Together with their ACE Mentors and school advisors, students worked on a pavilion for the International African American Museum. Their project  included sketches, CAD drawing and a scale model.

“I was proud of their efforts, and realized that the ACE Mentoring program, along with select educators from the CTE Department of Charleston County Schools was helping them develop our community’s future through solving real world development problems,” said Mr. Kemp.

In addition to volunteering time and expertise, the ACE Mentoring Program also gave three $1,000 scholarships to deserving students.