A member of A Capella Choir, Bel Canto and Tempo, Ashlee is co-president of choir.She's
been part of Wylie choirs since the middle of sixth grade; she
auditioned for the high school show choir, Tempo, as an eighth-grader and was given a place behind that group's microphones as a freshman; she's
been in two choirs every year since then.
"The most appealing thing about choir is just the ability to entertain people," Ashlee
said."It's very nerve racking to get on stage, but once I am done and I see that the audience has enjoyed the performance, I get a great sense of joy."Ashlee
has been providing that sense of joy to those around her
performed for her
family as a little girl, sometimes singing, sometimes dancing, sometimes doing both. She was a member of the Sweethearts Drill Team in junior high and it was also in junior high when she discovered, she said, that she had "actual singing talent."She
performed with Sean Smith, currently her
co-president of choir; they performed "a song that we had heard on the Disney channel for the entire class."
It was moments like that, she
said, as she
classmates' response to their performance, that she
wanted singing to be a "major part of her
is progressing up the choral competition ladder this year in the district's tough road to all-state choir.
All-state competition has four rounds: Phase I, Phase II, Pre-Area and Area.She
had already aced Phases I and II; and, at Pre-Area on Nov. 13, she
was ranked first chair out of 15 competitors.
At Pre-Area, Ashlee
sang a cut of prepared music , all students worked on the same selection , for a panel of judges who were behind a curtain.She
also had to sight-read a short line of music. She
will compete at the Area level on Jan. 5.If she
ranks at this level, she
will make the All-State Choir which performs in San Antonio in February.
, always leads by example and gets things taken care of without being asked," Newcomb said.
...To prepare for competition and other singing opportunities, Ashlee practices at least 20 minutes a day and has taken private voice lessons for the last two years from former WHS choir director, Lisa Newby.
has also excelled in UIL Solo & Ensemble competition.For the past two years, she's
gone to state; both years she
took a solo and, as a junior, she
took a solo and an ensemble. She
will compete again this year; competition starts in early spring.
In addition to choir, which, she
admits, "is most of my life," she
also keeps her
academic standing up where it needs to be as college approaches: she's
in the top 10 percent of the senior class of over 500 students. She's a member of the National Honor Society as well as student council; she was vice president of STUCO as a junior.Ashlee's
also a member of the International Thespian Society
.Though this is only her
first official year in the WHS
theatre department, she
landed the role of Charlotte in the October production of "Pride and Prejudice." She was a chorus member in last year's production of "Grease" and enjoyed the experience so much that she auditioned for the Main Stage theater production class. She
was accepted and will soon audition for "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
As if this isn't enough on the proverbial plate, Ashlee
has a part-time job at Shape It Up fitness center in downtown Wylie where she
works in the kids' area.