Emory Ware

The Distinguished Young Woman of Madison County for 2021 is Ashley "Gracie" Bassett, from Madison.

Ashley "Gracie"’s achievements include: The Congressional Award, gold medal • President's Volunteer Service Award, bronze • Full academic scholarship to Mississippi College (Honors College) • Maxima Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam (2x) • Magna Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam • Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Academic All-Star • 12 consecutive Superiors in Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs • 5 year consecutive Superior Medal in Bach Festival • Leadership Award from Premier Tumble and Cheer • Outstanding Achievement Award from Mississippi Music Teacher's Assn.

In addition, Ashley "Gracie"’s activities include: 30+ ACT Club • Mississippi Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Alumna & Junior Staff • Student Leadership University • 12th year piano student (classically trained) • President of National Honors Society, MS Federation of Music Clubs • Recreational tumbling and team coach at Premier Tumble and Cheer • Competitive cheerleader at Premier Tumble and Cheer • Congregational, choir, and youth band pianist for Colonial Heights • Pianist for Jackson Classical Productions • Secretary of Beta Club
300+ hours of community service in high school • Founder, "Hair for Her" • Coordinator, "Stock the Stations" for Emergency Medical Service crews • Domestic & international missions projects with RESET & Colonial Heights Church • Re-election campaign volunteer for Brenda Wiggs (last 2 terms)

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