Local dancer receives prestigious scholarship
HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Midland High School graduate Shelby Nelson has been named a Trustee Scholar to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The scholarship is valued at $56,000 and recognizes the highest level of student artistic and academic achievement, according the school. They are awarded to students who have shown extraordinary promise during their high school years.
Nelson, daughter of Philip and Jill Nelson, has studied dance, for more than a decade, with Marlo Shaver Preston from Elite Performance Academy in Huntington. She was a member of Elite's Senior Dance Company.
"Shelby was an inspiration to train, and I am so proud of her," said Preston, in a news release. "Her dream was to study dance in college. She is not only going to college to dance, but she is going to college to dance after receiving an amazing scholarship. As Shelby enters this new phase of her dance career I want wish her much success and hope she will visit her Elite dance family often."
Nelson's dance training includes ballet, pointe, contemporary/lyrical, jazz, acro-tumble, tap and hip hop. As a high school student, she auditioned and was selected for West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts (for dance) in 2012.
She is a graduate from Cabell Midland High School where she maintained a 4.46 grade point average. While attending Cabell Midland, Nelson was the Secretary of the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Student Body, served on the Student Council and Key Club and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta.
Nelson is looking forward to leaving for The University of the Arts on Aug. 19.
"I will miss my fellow Senior Dance Company and the rest of the Elite dancers, who have become like my second family and life-long friends," Nelson said. "I'm thankful for my family who has always supported me in dance and other aspects of my life, and I am thankful to God, for the gift of dance."
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