Grace is the daughter of Doris Gipson. She attended Centennial High School where she was a member of the African-American, and Asian-American Clubs. Grace was also a member of the National Honor and the French Honor Societies, Upward Bound College Prep Academy, the Concert Band and Marching Bands, the Principals Scholars Program, Interact, and was very involved in the Student Government of her high school. Grace was a Mentor-Protege, involved in the Youth Leadership Network, Thespian and Drama Clubs, was on the Speech Team, the Senior Advisory and Graduation Committees, and the NAACP Youth Council. After graduation, Grace attended Hampton University in Virginia and majored in Humanities, Pre-Med., and Pre-Pharmacy. Grace is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was active in the Youth Choir; Director of the Children's Choir, was a member the Pacers Outreach program for new members, attended Sunday school, and the Baptist Youth Fellowship. She was a recipient of the Daughters of American Revolution award (DAR) and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award. She was named Student of summer for Upward Bound, received a Delta Sigma Theta Academic Achievement Award, and an Academic Letter for achievement. Grace also received the Ideal Student Award, sponsored by the Urban League, an award for French Scholastic Achievement. She remained an Honor Roll student since her freshmen year. Grace was named Centennial High School Senior of the Month by WAND and WICD television stations. She was employed at Best Buy in Champaign. Her escort was Marcus Moore. Grace was presented by her uncle, Oscar Gipson and received by her mother, Doris.