Bloomingpedia:This week's featured article/2007 Week 1
Ashley was first enrolled in University Elementary School where he was a part of the Gifted and Talented program for the fourth through sixth grades. Here, he gained a reputation as both reserved and yet fiercely competitive, known for his vocal disbelief at having finished second in various reading contests in which he was convinced the first place student had forged the number of pages read to win the battle.
On one occasion, the NBC television network filmed his classroom as part of a series honoring the work of his teacher. This day, he was not on his best behavior, and NBC aired a clip of his teacher noting, "I'm not proud of Ashley...and Nick" Undoubtedly, such lack of respect fuelled the characteristic cynicism that remains an essential personal trait.
In sixth grade, Ashley first met James Nichols.