Torienne Emery, front center, recently signed a scholarship to play tennis at Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University. She is flanked by her mother, Tamiiko Emery, and her father, John Emery, and backed by Chriss Aull, the founding head of the Wye River Upper School, and school athletic director Ron Vener.

CENTREVILLE — Wye River Upper School graduate Torrienne Emery recently signed a Division II scholarship to play tennis for Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

Emery never lost a singles match while at Wye River, which played an exhibition schedule.

“She was a complete student,” said Wye River head coach Joe Brannegan, who noted Emery often played two singles matches on match day. “She was certainly our top player. It was hard to say whether she faced a top player, but she did play an awful lot of good ones. The hardest thing for us was to find her daily competition. She’s a very intense player.”

Brannegan said two or three times a week after school, Emery attended private lessons under the direction of Aime Ngounoue. Emery is ranked 70th out of 550 players in her high school region.

“Playing college tennis in the South has been a lifelong dream,” Emery said. “I am really excited to take my tennis to the next level at Southern Wesleyan. Wye River has done so much to help me academically. The people at school really helped make this dream a reality.”

Emery has been an invaluable asset to the Wye River community as a leader in athletics, a performer in theater and music programs, a dedicated scientist, and a coach to younger tennis players. Brannegan honored her contributions and congratulated her for this outstanding achievement at a recent awards ceremony.

Wye River Upper School is an independent, coed high school offering a curriculum for bright students with learning challenges, including ADHD, dyslexia, and anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties, including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent and Prince George’s. For more information visit or contact, or 410-758-2922.

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