People who know Ashlee Fullerton believe she has a great future ahead of her in music.

The 17-year-old Alvarado High School senior has performed the national anthem in several different venues, the most recent being at the dedication of Parkway Park on Nov. 17.

“Ashlee was always a little shy when she was younger, but since she has been in the (high school) choir, Mr. (Edward) Smith (the choir director) has really brought her out of that in the past couple of years,” said Patty Fullerton, Ashlee’s mother.

Fullerton said Ashlee and Lane Kight, also a senior in the choir, were the first high school sophomores ever to receive a first division rating at the Texas Music Educators Association competition in Austin in 2005.

“Ashlee is also very excited about going to South Padre Island this spring with the honor choir to sing in a contest,” Fullerton said.

The Fullerton family moved to Alvarado from Grand Prairie in 1997, when Ashlee was in the first grade.

“We love living in Alvarado,” Patty Fullerton said. “It’s a great town, and a great school - I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have friends who have their children in schools the Metroplex area and they say that their children are just a number, but here in Alvarado, the kids receive more one-on-one attention from the teachers.”

Ashlee, who plays clarinet in the Alvarado High School band, is making plans to attend Tarleton State University.

“She has a couple of options she’s looking at, but we feel confident that she will get a full ride in music at Tarleton. She knows the professor real well there,” said Mike Fullerton, Ashlee’s father. “She has sung the national anthem at the Shriner’s Circus for several years and she also tried out for ‘American Idol’ a couple of times.”

Fullerton said his daughter, who has been a member of the North Texas Country Music Association, has performed in Fort Worth’s Cowtown Colliseum and also at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.

“She loves a wide variety of music, but she especially loves to sing country,” Fullerton said. “As a father, I never try to push her in her music. I just want her to have fun.”

The Fullertons, who own and operate an automotive glass repair company, have four other children, Erin, 11, Amy, 10, Michael, 7, and Ryan, 3.