Shelby Rougier, a graduate of 2013, really enjoyed music and drama class in which brought her to the conclusion that she wanted to be a performer in the valley area since her family lives in the valley. Theresa, a janitor, was the one who convinced Shelby into going to school for Performing Arts. Shelby worked as a secretary and a manager of a clothing store when she was in high school.
Shelby was apart of the musicals, Jazz Band, Blues Guys, the school choir, Reach for The Top, spirit committee, Environmental Action Committee, prom committee, and the drama productions when she was in drama class.
Shelby applied to St. Lawrence College, Sheridan College, and St. Clair College. She had to audition to possibly get accepted into St. Lawrence and St. Clair, but she was accepted to Sheridan right away so that was her first choice. Shelby took Performing Arts Preparation, which is a one-year certificate program. Shelby graduated from Sheridan in 2014.
Shelby is working at Pet Valu right now. She didn’t expect to work there after graduating from college.
“But the fact that I get paid to pet people’s dogs is super cool!”, Shelby said.
Shelby is possibly coming to SJHS to volunteer with the production this spring.
Shelby’s favourite teachers from SJHS were Mrs. Vice, Mr. DeBruyn, Mr. McSheffrey, and the rest of the drama teachers. Shelby loved being in Mrs. St. Lois’s calculus class and enjoyed being in Mr. Jones class.
Every teacher of music, drama, and art had inspired Shelby, she wouldn’t have had the passion to become a performer if it weren’t for them.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without SJHS. The staff, the students, the opportunities the school gave me… I would be a totally different person”, Shelby said.
Shelby has many hobbies now like performing, reading, and writing. Shelby was in a show not long ago and is hoping to be in one this spring. Life is good for Shelby right now, it may not be what she expected but it’s good. Shelby has been a successful student and been full of joy and loved from many of her close teachers! Shelby is enjoying life and might be back in the spring to help with the SJHS Production.