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Ashley was diagnosed at age six with a disease called CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome), which is a neuro-muscular degenerative condition that causes progressive deterioration of the muscles in the feet and lower legs, hands and forearms. Despite this obstacle Ashley maintains a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #1 out of 159 students in her class. She is President of the Student Government, a Member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club B.A.D.D Student Impact Team. She volunteers for T.E.A.R.S (The Emergency Animal Rescue Service), and the Salvation Army among numerous other volunteer and academic pursuits.