On February 11, 1999 Candace was born to Lori and Gary Hill and is the firstborn of their two girls. In her formative years Candace attended Marbut Elementary Theme School in Lithonia GA. She demonstrated a love for learning early in life by making all A’s every year on her report card. Candace was a competitive little girl. Her gift for speed was evident back then as she would always win first place with a huge lead at the school’s Field Day racing events.
Candace’s first sanctioned racing started at age 13 when she made the track & field team in 7th grade at Davis Middle School in Conyers Georgia. Later she also joined Dynamic Speed Elite track club where she won gold, silver, and bronze medals at AAU and USATF Junior Olympic National Championships.
In 2014, her first year of running for Rockdale County High School, the 5-foot-8 freshman won the 100-meter dash at the Girls Track & Field State Championships with a state-record time of 11.44 seconds. She also eclipsed the old record in the 200-meter dash with a state-record time of 23.21 seconds. That following year as a sensational sophomore, Candace successfully defended her title and broke her own state records in the 100m and 200m dashes, with times of 11.34 seconds and 23.05 respectively.
On June 21, 2015 Candace Hill made history when she became the fastest girl in the world. She was the first high school girl to ever run 10.98 seconds in the 100 meter sprint. She continued making history when she became the first American to win the International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championship sprint double in the 100 & 200 meters. During Candace’s high school career before turning pro she only lost one race. She has won over 96 consecutive races through 2015.
Candace has won a plethora of distinguish awards including Track and Field News “High School Athlete of the Year Award,” the “IAAF Rising Star Award,” the “USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Award,” and the “Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year Award,” in 2015. She is only the second sophomore girl ever to win national Gatorade honors in any sport.
At age sixteen Candace became the youngest track and Field sprinter to turn professional when she signed a 10 year deal with ASICS.
Academically Candace is equally as phenomenal. She is an exceptional academic scholar attending Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. Candace has maintained a weighted 4.9GPA in the classroom. She is ranked in the top ten percentile in the county and received the Superintendent’s Academic Award in honor of the top ten academic scholars. Candace has been accepted into The National Society of High School Scholars. During the Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair Candace was awarded first place winner and grand champion for outstanding scientific research on Cellular & Molecular Biology by Rockdale Country Board of Education. She was awarded for outstanding scientific research at the statewide science and engineering fair. She has received the “Georgia Certificate of Merit,” by the state of Georgia & The University of Georgia, for superior scholastic endeavors through outstanding achievement in the first three years of high school. Candace is a Magnet Ambassador and became a finalist while on the Magnet’s speech and debate team.
She later graduated from the Rockdale Magnet School of Science and Technology in 2017 with summa cum laude honors in May of 2017. She now resides and trains in Athens, Georgia where she’s also attending the University of Georgia majoring in business finance.
She has volunteered locally on behalf of food, toy and clothing drives as well as anti-bullying initiatives. She’s also donated her time at a shelter for women and children. Candace was selected as one of Berean’s Best of the Best among students where she is a member of Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.