Troy and Gabriella earn the lead roles, somewhat angering the drama department's president, Sharpay Evans.
When the two settle in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gabriella's mother promises they will not relocate until she graduates high school.
Her first friend at East High is Troy Bolton, whom she had met at a ski lodge karaoke party on New Year's Eve, however she quickly makes friends with Taylor Mc Kessie, who finds out about Gabriella's various academic accomplishments and urges her to join the school's nation decathlon team. Having unearthed a passion for performing at the karaoke party, Gabriella decides to audition for the school musical, but is too late. Darbus, overhears Gabriella singing with Troy that she gives them both a callback.
Gabriella is uncertain about perusing the lead role, especially when Taylor and the other members of the decathlon team tell her that the musical will take her focus off the upcoming decathlon event.
In the franchise's third film, Troy once again feels uncertain about his future as high school graduation draws near.
While Troy is set to attend the University of Albuquerque, he begins to have second thoughts about other schools he and his father talked about.