Celesse Louise Smedley was born in Washington, Missouri. For a short bit of her life, she lived in Owensville and then moved to Illinois, MO with her father. In Illinois, she attended a private elementary school called Montessori until the end of second grade. She moved to New Haven at the beginning of third grade and has lived here ever since.
At New Haven High School, she is involved with FBLA and FCCLA. She is also a student ambassador at the Four Rivers Career Center. After school, she is involved with Girls on the Run, because she has a passion for helping girls become who they are meant to be. Celesse says, "Being able to participate in all the different types of organizations is extraordinary and is a blessing. I find joy in all the things I do that revolve around school. Girls on the Run was a big impact for me when I was younger and all I ever wanted to do was impact somebody the way one of my coaches did."
In the future, Celesse wants to be a neurosurgeon, and hopes to help Parkinson's patients. Her desire of wanting to be a surgeon stemmed from her step-father’s diagnosis of Parkinson's. She always disliked how he couldn't be considered "normal." To accomplish this goal, she wants to go to Beloit College in Wisconsin and afterwards she hopes to go to John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Celesse wants to send a shout-out to all the people who stuck by her side so far through high school and all the teachers who really helped her along her way to her path of success.
In her own words she stated, "Don't let anybody tell you what to do with your life; you do what you want to do and don't let anybody stop you. If you want to be an author, be it. If you want to be a unicorn, be that too. Don't just let your path to success stop. Become who you want to be, and don't give up on that one thing that makes you happy. Dream it. Pursue it. Live it. You only get this one life so you might as well make it your best."