Quitman High School color guard member, Shelby Bettis left Friday morning on the first leg of her journey to New York City.

She is the only color guard member in the state of Texas to be selected to participate in the Macy's Great American Marching Band on Thanksgiving.

She entered a contest, posting a video of what she can do on YouTube, about 3 months later a letter arrived. She made it!

Her days will be spent practicing and sightseeing.