Quitman High School senior twirling her way to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Published on Sunday, 2 July 2017 22:56 - Written by

A Quitman High School senior is headed to the Big Apple.

Shelby Bettis, 17, will head to New York to perform with the 2017 Macy’s Great American Marching Band during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Bettis is the only high school student selected from Texas to perform with the color guard, according to a news release from the district.

The band is made up of 185 musicians and 30 color guard and dancers from all over the United States.

Bettis is raising money to offset the $5,000 cost of the trip, which would cover her uniforms, meals and transportation.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so by making a check payable to Shelby Bsettis Fundraiser: “Spinning My Way to NYC Account.” Checks can be mailed to Bettis at P.O. Box 578, Quitman, TX 75783, or donations can be made directly to the account at City National Bank in Quitman. The deadline for donations is Aug. 1.

“My Godmother and cousin were in the color guard at Quitman High School - they taught me how to twirl, but most importantly, the love for twirling,” Bettis said. “While the other little girls were all dressed in their cheerleading outfits and chanted along with the cheerleaders, I was with the band (in my cheer outfit) watching my idols, the color guard. I would twirl my mom’s broom to my softball bat. Twirling is my passion.”

Bettis has been captain of the color guard for three of the four years she has been on the squad. She also plays trumpet in the marching band. For more information, email shelbybettis36@gmail.com

-Cory McCoy