The Distinguished Young Woman of Kansas for 2020 is Ainsley Smith, from Sabetha.
Ainsley’s achievements include: Valedictorian / All-State Academic Team Nominee / High Honor Roll (4.0) / 7 Semester Letterman • 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate / Governor's Scholar / Kansas Honor Scholar • 2019 Kansas Electric Cooperative Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Contest Winner • Duke Youth Academy / One-year Duke University Divinity School program • 2018 Foundation for Rural Service Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Contest Winner • 2018 National Theater for Student Artists / Theater Program in New York • 2017 Kansas Ambassadors of Music European Tour Performer • 2019 KSHSAA 3A State Speech and Drama Championship Duet Acting 4th Place • 2020 & 2019 League Speech and Drama / Duet Acting 1st Place • 2018 VFW Post 7285 Voice of Democracy Speech Contest 2nd Place
In addition, Ainsley’s activities include: Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) / 2019 - 20 President • Student Council / 2018 - 20 Communications Committee Chair • Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) Club / School and Community Service • United 4 Youth Student Leadership Council • Marching, Pep, and Concert Bands / 2018 -20 Drum Major / Letterman • Speech and Drama • School Musical and Play Productions / Performer and Choreographer • Show Choir / Dance Choreographer/ State I Ratings / Letterman • Yearbook Photographer • National Honor Society
First United Methodist Church
• United 4 Youth Leadership Council
• Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) • Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) Club • Grains for Hope