Cooper Hamill, Sports Writer

Grace James, the oldest of 3 children, discovered her passion in life at the age of 10. She starred in her first play, a play about American history she can’t quite remember. She was soon hooked and decided to pursue a life of acting. Born on March 14, 2001 in Chattanooga, TN, Grace knew she wanted to be an actor. She wanted to shine under the bright lights of Hollywood, but for a person from Chattanooga this would be no easy task. Even in the times where she thought she couldn’t make it, she thought of her idol Marilyn Monroe: Grace says that she looks up to Marilyn because she was strong and never gave up on her dream.

Grace grew up watching plays and musicals. She just wanted to absorb everything about acting, and she wanted to perfect her craft. Grace also said some of her favorite plays include Heathers, Phantom of the Opera, as well as See How They Run. Grace got involved in many extra-curricular activities such as National Honor Society, Beta Club, Drama Club, and Literary competition. Grace takes her grades and academic success very seriously, and she is soon to graduate from Heritage High School with Honors. Grace knows exactly what she wants to do with her life, and it’s clear that she won’t stop until she makes her dreams a reality.

Grace is also a very family-oriented person: sure, she may always be busy with school, especially because of all her academic clubs and honors classes, but she still makes sure to spend time with her mother, a teacher at Boynton Elementary, her father, a football coach at East Ridge High School, and her two 12-year-old twin sisters.

Grace wants to travel the world, and her favorite place in Florida is St. Augustine. Her favorite memory with her family is in Florida on one of their annual trips. Grace also wants to travel all of Europe and she says she loves the culture, and she really wants to see the Eiffel Tower. When Grace becomes an actor, she plans on moving her family to California and traveling the globe doing what she loves.

Grace James is a self-driven woman who will stop at nothing to accomplish her dreams of acting.