Senior Gracie Beardsley from Summit High School is so honored to receive this award. Throughout her time in high school, Gracie has competed on the Speech and Debate team every year and has received numerous awards in various events. Also, she has received the NJ State Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, as well as received Magna Cum Laude. In addition, she is a part of her school’s theatre program and serves as the drama club president, as well as currently plays the role of Katherine Plumber in Summit’s production of Newsies. She has been seen on multiple television shows including Blue Bloods on CBS and The Blacklist on NBC and played the role of Annie Who in the Broadway National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Finally, Gracie will attend TCU- Texas Christian University in the fall with a double major in Strategic Communications and Theatre. She hopes to pursue film and television after college because she loves using her voice to create change in the world. Gracie would like to thank her speech and debate coach, mentor, and friend, Anne Poyner, for allowing her to grow as a performer and competitor these last four years.