Country singer Chevel Shepherd and winner of The Voice Season 15 is finally a senior in high school. But like most 2020 seniors across the nation, she is currently facing the reality of not having a graduation ceremony.
When she appeared on The Voice, Chevel was only a 16-year-old from Farmington, N.M. As the winner, she received $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group. She beat fellow country singers Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze, along with teen pop/R&B singer Kennedy Holmes for the win.
The Voice star Chevel Shepherd’s life as a 2020 senior
The now 17-year-old’s positive spirit and joyful attitude made her a fan favorite. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chevel will more than likely not have a graduation ceremony this year.
She told People, that it has become a challenge to keep a smile on her face these days. Chevel finished her high school classes in February and has just been waiting to walk across the stage in May. The sadness she feels is completely understandable, and thousands of teens across the country are feeling the same. Students across the country are mourning the cancellation of their memorable school events such as sports seasons, proms and graduations. My heart really goes out to this year’s students of all ages, especially the seniors.
Chevel continued, “It’s sad because I really wanted to graduate in May and see all my classmates, but I know it’s safer this way so that the virus doesn’t keep spreading,” she adds. “I’m just trying to keep looking at the positive side. My family really has been a rock for me and supported me through all this.”
Through the pandemic, Shepherd and other students across the world are doing their best to stay connected and positive through social media.
Finding the silver lining in quarantine
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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone❤️ i’m so so thankful for all of y’all that have been supporting me from the beginning, y’all are amazing and i’m super grateful for you! I wouldn’t be here without y’all. All my friends, new and old, and all of my family. So thankful to Jesus for guiding me and giving me such amazing opportunities. Hope y’all ate lots of turkey! ❤️ #thanksgiving
Chevel is social-distancing with her family in Farmington, New Mexico. During this difficult time, Chevel has started to appreciate the little blessings that come with an unscheduled extended break.
She said, “Since I travel a lot, I’m not home much, so getting to sit at the table with my family all at once is really amazing. We are watching movies together and doing activities together and just loving each other. It’s an even stronger connection than we have ever had because we are all in it together.”
Chevel has an extended play (EP) record debuting later this summer. An EP basically contains more tracks than a single but is usually smaller than an album.
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