Shaylee Ewing is the youngest of five born to Dirk and Ronda Ewing. She has danced since the age of three and has had the opportunity of learning many different styles of dance (clogging, ballet, point, jazz and hip hop). She loves them all!
When not dancing, Shaylee is out doing any kind of service she can find. Last summer she was able to earn her own money to go on a humanitarian trip to Tonga. It was an experience she will never forget. Shaylee learned the complete joy that comes from service. While she was there, the youth taught the volunteers the traditional Tongan dance that closely resembles a hula. It was a unique and rewarding experience.
Shaylee is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, track, drill team and recently she organized the Collin Raye Benefit Concert for Brennan Trussell where over $33,000.00 was raised! Shaylee has always tried to set high goals for herself. To date, this concert was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things she has ever done.
Shaylee takes her school studies and grades very seriously and had always hoped to try out for Sterling Scholar. During her junior year, she took a break from drill team so she could focus on some demanding college classes. When trying to decide which Sterling Scholar she should apply for, she was naturally drawn to the dance category because dance has always been a big part of her life. But when try outs came around, she was extremely nervous. She had a lot of work to do in order to sharpen up her technique. Making Sterling Scholar has kept her motivated in all areas throughout her senior year. She has learned that nothing is impossible!
Shaylee’s advice for those thinking of being a Sterling Scholar in general would be to make a list of every leadership and service activity you have done throughout high school, whether or not those activities were school related. Take the ACT as many times as you can to get the highest score possible.
For anybody thinking of doing the dance Sterling Scholar, learn all technique you can. If you are confident in your dancing, go back and relearn all the basics again. You can never have too much technique. Also start now in practicing improv dancing. Play a song and dance to the words or the mood of the music. Look up prompts for improv. When she auditioned she was given no music. She was told a topic and the judges said to begin and end whenever she wanted.
While many seniors develop “senoritis”, she feels that the Sterling Scholar has made her rise to a higher bar of expectations for her peers. She wants to be an example by getting good grades and by developing strong leadership skills. She has been able to aid in various things such as the sophomore’s Reality Town and help hold a blood drive. Shaylee has volunteered to do more service in the community such as volunteer at McKay Dee Hospital, help with different school club’s events, etc.