Elizabeth Romero's parents enrolled her in piano, singing and ballet lessons when she was small.
By nudging her toward these activities, they hoped to coax their daughter out of the shell of her shyness. Today, it's clear that the parental decision has helped Elizabeth gain a foothold in finding the buds of her self-esteem.
The Fountain Valley resident, who just turned 18, is on the verge of graduating, not only as a standout student from Huntington Beach High School, but as one of the brightest stars to come out the campus' Academy of the Performing Arts (APA), according to school officials.
Nowadays, whenever she steps onto a stage and smiles that smile of hers, "You can tell that she is the happiest person at that moment," said Tony Romero, her father.
If you were to watch the video of Romero singing solo April 28 in front of an audience of 3,000 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, she showed no lingering traces of her early childhood terror of facing strangers. In a red dress on a settee at the L.A. Music Center stage, she sang "Gimme, Gimme" from the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie."