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Student musician opts for alternative education to focus on her passion

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you close your eyes for a moment and just listen to 16-year-old Shelly Sasser, you'll soon see why she hasn't been to go to a traditional school since 4th grade.

Sasser attends South Carolina Whittemore High School, an online public charter school, in order to make time for her music. Sasser sings and plays guitar and drums. She says the feeling of rocking out is indescribable.

"Oh there's nothing like," said the tenth grader. "It's incredible just to hear people applaud and you get so into it as well; you just loose yourself and it's incredible, there's no real way to explain it."

The online school allows the musician to work at her own pace. She takes Honors Geometry, Honors English, U.S History and Career Development and she's awfully smart.

Her mother says she won first place in the state of South Carolina for 'Letters about Literature' and her letter has advanced to the national level.

It may not be a typical academic upbringing, but it's working for Sasser.

"I wanted to make more time for my music because ever since I was a young child I've had a dream of becoming a professional musician," she said.

And Sasser is well on her way to making that dream come true. She plays with a band at the School of Rock in Myrtle Beach, where she also takes lessons, and this summer you can catch her four days a week at Broadway at the Beach rocking out to her favorite tunes.

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