When John Ross was hired as an agriculture teacher and Shelby began her graduate school career, Shelby was confident the ring would come soon. Somewhere along the way (after visiting Wilmington with her State Officer team), Shelby began watching One Tree Hill.
The show followed a group of friends navigating life (with a little basketball thrown in) and was extremely popular, especially amongst NC natives, because it was filmed in Wilmington!
John Ross swears he still remembers what she was wearing.
The dates continued even when John Ross started college and Shelby began her junior year of high school.
John Ross loved her candid, hilarious response and so their friendship blossomed.
After RLC, Shelby was transferred into a Natural Resources class taught by one of South Johnston’s agriculture teachers, Mr. On her first day in class, she quickly realized that she was one of the only underclassmen, a sophomore, surrounded by seniors.
Despite this, they continued to talk every day and their friendship continued to grow.Throughout the summer months, Shelby and John Ross tried dating other people, but quickly realized the special bond between them.Upon this realization, John Ross decided to give it another shot.She was distraught because she worked so hard on the project and it was due the next day. Since that day, John Ross and Shelby have enjoyed their journey through the good times and bad, NC State and adulting together.Although he wasn’t feeling so confident in his plan anymore, he still called her over to talk. After around five years of dating, Shelby was ready to seal the deal.
Sneakily trying to “fix” Shelby’s phone, John Ross put his phone number in her contacts and texted himself. Over the next few months, they were inseparable, constantly texting and finding any moment in the day they could be together.