The class attempts to define what leadership is and how each student-athlete can influence those around them in a positive way using their innate style and along with the skills they learn in the class
The 30 summer graduates will join the 104 Tide student-athletes who graduated following with the fall and spring semesters, pushing the athletics department's graduation tally at 134 for the 2012-13 academic year
ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 | Redshirt Senior Returns as the second fifth-year senior in Alabama gymnastics history ... president of the Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... graduated in December of 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish ... currently pursuing a master's degree in sport management ... first Alabama gymnast to earn an undergraduate degree and start a master's degree while still competing.
2012 | Senior First team Balance Beam All-American ... Second team All-Around and Uneven Bars All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... Second team All-SEC ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... team co-captain ... earned the Tide's Lewis Each Courage Award ... clinched the Tide's sixth NCAA Championship title by tying her career-high score of 9.95 on the balance beam in the Super Six Team Finals ... finished seventh off the balance beam at the NCAA Championships Event Finals ... anchored the Crimson Tide's uneven bars in every meet of the season ... competed on the balance beam and floor exercise in 13 of 14 meets ... anchored the Tide's beam lineup 13 times ... competed in the all-around for the first time since the 2010 season against Florida with a winning score of 39.550 ... won the all-around against UNC with a career-best score of 39.625 ... also went in the all-around against Missouri and the entire championship season ... scored a 9.9 on the uneven bars to win the event against UNC ... clinched each of the Tide's first three meets as the Crimson Tide's last gymnast in its last rotation - against Georgia, she scored a 9.9 on the floor for the win; at the Penn State Quad meet, she scored a 9.85 on the uneven bars to beat Penn State; and she scored a 9.925 on balance beam to beat Auburn ... also clinched the Tide's win at LSU, scoring a 9.925 on the balance beam to win the event and the meet ... won the balance beam against Arkansas with a score of 9.925 ... won the vault with a career-best 9.95 at Oklahoma ... won the floor exercise with a 9.95 against Arkansas, matching her career high ... finished the season tied for first on the team in number of events competed with 49 ... returned to the lineup for the first time since the 2010 NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals following surgery on both ankles prior to the 2011 season in the Tide's opener against Georgia ... named to the President's List (4.0 grade point average) for the spring semester, her first in graduate school ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) honors for the fall semester.
2011 | Junior Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... surgery on both ankles after the 2010 season, one in the summer and one in the fall, sidelined her for the 2011 season ... named to the Dean's List (3.5 or better grade point average) for both the fall and spring semester.
2010 | Sophomore First-team All-American on the balance beam ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... won the balance beam with a 9.875 and was second in the all-around at the NCAA Lexington Regional Championships ... 2010 SEC All-Around and Balance Beam Champion ... first team All-SEC ... SEC Gymnast of the Week (3/23) ... posted the highest balance beam score on both night's of the NCAA Championships with a 9.925 in the semi-finals and a 9.95 during the NCAA Super Six Team finals ... won 18 event titles, including six uneven bars and 10 balance beam titles during the season ... she won the balance beam in the season opener for the second year in a row, scoring a 9.9 to once again clinch a season-opening win at Auburn ... earned the Tide's Spirit of the Week award after Arkansas and Kentucky and Performance of the Week award after LSU ... produced 20 routines of 9.9 or better ... earned the team's Lewis Each Courage Award ... named the Crimson Tide's co-captain along with Morgan Dennis ... earned Dean's List honors (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester.
2009 | Freshman First-team All-American on the balance beam and the uneven bars ... second-team All-American in the all-around and floor exercise ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... posted a career-best 39.575 in the all-around during the NCAA Super Six Team Finals ... won the all-around and the balance beam with a career-high 9.95 at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships ... earned Second Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC honors ... became the first gymnast to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors (the award was in its first season during 2009), earning the honor after the Tide's meet at Auburn ... was named SEC Freshman of the Week five times, as much as all the other honorees combined, including the last three weeks of the regular season ... won 15 events during the season ... scored 9.9 or better 22 times during the season, including six routines at the NCAA Championships ... scored career-highs of 9.9 on the vault and 9.95 on the floor exercise against Stanford ... matched her career high of 9.9 on the vault against Oklahoma/UNC, at the SEC Championships and during the NCAA Super Six Team Finals ... went in the all-around the last 10 meets in a row after making her debut against LSU, scoring 39.250 or better seven times ... scored a career-high 9.925 on the uneven bars against Kentucky, a score she matched against Denver ... competed in 57 events during the season, the second highest total on the team, including the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise in every meet ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) honors for the fall semester.
PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy ... seven-year member of the USA National team ... a Senior International Elite, she was a member of the 2006 USA World Championship team, finishing 10th in the all-around and helping the U.S. to the silver medal ... took second in the all-around at the 2008 International Exchange ... competed with current Alabama All-American Kassi Price on the 2006 U.S. World Cup team in Lyon, France, winning the balance beam and uneven bars ... earned a silver and bronze medal in the balance beam and floor exercise respectively at the 2006 World Cup event in Ghent, Belgium ... earned a silver medal on balance beam and was seventh in the all-around at the 2005 Massilia Gym Cup in Marseilles, France ... finished fifth on the balance beam and sixth in the all-around and on the uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2006 USA Championships ... 2004, 2005 and 2006 U.S. Classic all-around champion.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Ashley Elizabeth Priess ... daughter of Mel and Linda Priess ... her sister, Courtney, is a former Alabama gymnast ... undergraduate degree in Spanish ... pursuing a master's degree in marketing ... born March 8, 1990.