2018 Miss Thompson High School Shelby Robinson is an active member of her school and community. Shelby, 18, is the daughter of attorney Edward and Miranda Robinson of Alabaster. She has two sisters, Kelsey and Averie. A senior at Thompson High School, Shelby is a Warriorette (dance team), a member of Mu Alpha Theta, 300 Leadership Team and Peer Helpers. She attends Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where she’s an active member of the Liturgical Dance Ministry, Youth Choir and Sunday School.

What was your reaction to being named 2018 Miss Thompson High School?

Winning Miss THS was very shocking! I did not think I was going to win. This year I focused on having fun and making it about the experience, not about winning.

Why did you decide to compete?

I have participated in the Miss THS Pageant for three years. Each year I have made friends with people that I probably wouldn’t get the chance to meet during a regular school day. So to me this pageant is a fun way to meet new people.

What was it like to participate in the pageant with your sister, Kelsey?

It actually wasn’t planned for my sister Kelsey to do the pageant; it just kind of happened (although I really wanted her to do it in the beginning). I’m so glad she decided to do it. She really made this year’s pageant the best one ever, and I’m also so proud of how well she did!

What were some of the highlights of the pageant for you?

The day of the pageant was the best, seeing everyone all dressed up and taking pictures, but one of the best highlights was seeing the light on my sister when she did her formal walk. She was beautiful.

What lessons have you learned from it that you’ll carry with you after high school?

Throughout all three years of my pageant experiences I have learned not to focus so much on what other people might think and to just be yourself.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to attend Tennessee State University and study in physical therapy. I eventually want to open my own clinic where there may not be many physical therapy clinics around.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

The one thing that is at the top of my bucket list is to travel to Jamaica! Aside from how beautiful it is, I also want to experience its culture and atmosphere.

What’s something interesting people might not know about you?

One thing interesting that people might not know about me is that I haven’t taken an actual dance class since I was about 7 years old. Everything I needed to know to try out for middle school and high school dance team I actually taught myself!

If you could meet a famous person today, who would you choose, and why?

If I could pick any famous person to meet it would be Michelle Obama because she always goes out of her way to connect with people that look up to her, especially young people (girls) and women. I think that is really important. She also knows Beyoncé so it could be like a 2-in-1 type of thing!

What do you love about Shelby County?
Aside from being named after Shelby County, Shelby County has a lot of beauty in it, including the people, education and nature. My parents moved to Alabaster when my mom was expecting me. The community is truly family-oriented. I’ve had the best educational experiences. As I get older I appreciate my parents, sisters and community more and more, which makes it even more of an honor to be named Miss THS 2018. I represent a great school and a great community.