Avery’s Domingue races her way to A&M-Commerce

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By Allyson Pebsworth
Staff Reporter

Big opportunities and changes come to many high school graduates each year, this year being no exception. Shelby Domingue, a high school senior at Avery ISD recently signed a letter of intent to attend Texas A&M University at Commerce with a full ride scholarship for rodeo.
Participating in rodeo since she was a small child, Shelby believes the sport is a family thing that has provided endless opportunities and, “it’s just in my blood.”
She trusts that she will continue to excel in the sport, with the ever continuing support from her parents, Paula and Mitch, brother Tyler, grandparents, Gail and Paul White, other family members, mentors such as Barry Braden, and her many friends. Domingue states she has been blessed to have strong influences in and outside of the rodeo arena who push her to be the best she can be.
Believing that the rodeo world, “produces genuinely good people,” Shelby looks up to many, with two rodeo royalty being members of her own family. Her brother, Tyler Domingue is one of the best ropers in rodeo today, and uncle, Mike White, is a former champion bullrider, and both are at the top of the chain when it comes to rodeo, but “have hearts of gold, always so humble, and are always keeping God first.”
Attending school at Avery ISD since she was in the second grade, Shelby attributes a lot of her success to the support group she has at the school. While she states the teachers and coaches have not made it easy over the years, everything they have done for her has made everything worth it. Learning perseverance and hard work, Shelby has balanced keeping high grades and participating in several sports and extracurricular activities, all the while continuing her rodeo schedule.
When making the choice as to which college she would attend, Shelby said the decision wasn’t easy, but after visiting the college and meeting rodeo coaches Dameon and Courtney White, “I knew it was the school for me. It just felt right.”
As far as the future is concerned, Shelby plans to complete college with a degree in Agribusiness or Speech Pathology along with working in the field of Special Education. Continuing to rodeo during and after college, she aims to “Chase my dream, reach my goals, and always keep God number one in my life.”


In the photo, AHS graduate Shelby Domingue signs her Letter of Intent to continue her stellar career as a rodeo cowgirl for Texas A&M-Commerce.


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