Alumni Student Snapshot: Slam Dunk for Success

Once a student becomes a part of the YEScarolina family through participating in an Entrepreneurship Class in middle or high school, they are forever a part of our family and community of entrepreneurs. We are proud to have so many students that have completed our YEScarolina curriculum move on to become successful in college and beyond.

In our Alumni Student Snapshots, we’re giving a shoutout to these extraordinary young people.


YEScarolina Alumnus from West Ashley High School


Jan 3, 2018; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears forward Dekeiya Cohen (1) shoots over Iowa State Cyclones center Kristin Scott (25) during the second half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Where is she now?

Upon graduating from West Ashley High School, Dekeiya was recruited as a post player for the Baylor Lady Bears Basketball team. She chose Baylor not only for their basketball program but also “because of the academics,” she said. Though she wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to study in college as a senior in high school, she “fell in love with business” after taking Ms. Rutiri’s YEScarolina Entrepreneurship class, where our current President of Programs “opened [Dekeiya’s] eyes up to the possibilities of business.”

Currently a senior, Dekeiya is in her final year on the team, having made a name for herself as South Carolina Player of the Year as a junior when she averaged 23.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. On a competitive team with a great shot at being in this year’s Final Four, Dekeiya is also a sort of renaissance woman skilled at tackling multiple positions, earning her praise for being one of the team’s most valuable players.

In May, Dekeiya will be the first person in her family to graduate college, and she’ll be doing it with a communications major and a minor in entrepreneurship. While she’s focused on her basketball career now, Dekeiya lists running a Fortune 500 company and starting her own business as career goals in the future.

We are so proud of her hard work and dedication as both a student and an athlete. Help us wish her continued success in her career and her life!

The Lady Bears are currently ranked #3 nationally in NCAA Women’s Basketball. Watch Dekeiya play tonight against #6 Texas at 6pm EST on ESPN2.