Jackson native, child star heads to college at 14

By Edelia Dr. Jay Carthan ,

Contributing Writer,


Jackson native, Trinitee Stokes who is a television Disney child star, is headed to college at 14 years old.

Stokes is making history as the youngest student to attend college at the young age of 14. The college she was admitted to has never had a student her age before. 

Stokes graduated high school with honors and a scholarship. “Soooooo, I found out mid school year that I had enough credits to graduate high school and with honors. I also have 29 college credits to take with me:o). As of last month, at age 14, I have been accepted in college and with a merit scholarship,” Stokes wrote on her Facebook page. 

“Y’all, I am so excited and can’t wait to share with you my school choice and major. Being in quarantine wasn’t all bad. LOL,” Stokes wrote.

Stokes said that she is excited about starting her college career at an early age. “It is exciting. I will be the youngest person to attend and be admitted at the age of 14, so that’s really cool.”

The American child actress, singer and fashion designer plans to major in political communications with a minor in public diplomacy. 

Stokes is keeping it tight lip on which college she is attending. Her parents are proud products of HBCUs. Her father, Taronta Stokes, is a graduate of thee Jackson State University. Her mother, Kia Stokes is a graduate of the historical Tougaloo College. 


“My mom would tell me if you make bad grades, you’re not going to set today. So that helped me make all A’s and B’s,” Stokes said. 

The young Hollywood actress plays Tamika on ABC’s Mixed-ish. Stokes has been acting since she was three years old starting out at local theaters. Her first major acting role was in the 2014 feature film, Tempting Fate.”

She has appeared in several television shows including Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally, TV Land sitcom Teachers and was casted as Judy Cooper on Disney Channel K.C. Undercover.

Stokes’ voice can be heard in the Disney movie The Princess and the Fog as Princess Tiana. She also guest starred on Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.

Stokes has released two singles, an independent gospel single entitled Win Now and an independent pop single entitled Miss Me.

Stokes is also a fashion designer. She designed a line of clothes called Designs by Trinitee which features colorful, fun and sparkly clothing for tween girls which she is often seen wearing on the red carpet. 

When asked what inspiring words she has for young people, Stokes said, “I would say to find what makes you passionate and go after it. All things really are possible with God.”

Watch Stokes on ABC Mixed-ish Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30 central. Follow her on all social media at Trinitee Stokes for her college announcement. 

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