Friendswood High School 2015 graduate Shelby Allison has been given an Outstanding Performer award from the 2015 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Vocal Solo Contest.
Allison is one of only 287 students who earned the distinguished honor of being recognized as an outstanding performer. This is a mark of musical excellence given at the state level.
Approximately 100,000 students participate in the regional UIL music contests and 25,000 musicians performed at Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest.
Allison received a draped medal identical to those awarded to state champions in all UIL events.
The UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest is held annually, in May, at the University of Texas-Austin.
To be eligible to attend, students must first earn a Division One-Superior rating on a Class One solo or ensemble at the Region Solo and Ensemble Contest.
To earn the Outstanding Soloist distinction, a student must receive a Division One- Superior rating at the state level, and then be designation by the judge as an Outstanding Soloist.
Allison has received this honor each of the three years she has participated in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.
“Shelby is an incredibly talented singer; she is instinctively musical, and has a glorious voice. I hope that she will continue to share her talents with others,” FHS Choir Director Janwin Overstreet-Goode said.
Shelby played the part of “Miss Andrew” is this year’s FHS musical production of Mary Poppins. She has done musical theater since the age of three and plans to continue throughout her adulthood as much as possible. Shelby has competed in nationwide vocal competitions, ranking top 28 of her voice part in the state, and top 45 in the country. She will be attending University of Houston this upcoming fall, pursuing a law degree.