Brittney Culhane has been actively involved in rodeo and Girl Scouts her senior year at Stephenville High School and is a passionate animal lover who aspires to major in animal science.

Culhane was one of four recipients of the Girl Scouts Gold Award and her project focused on helping animals.

“I did an animal microchipping clinic at Pet Supplies Plus,” she said. “I’ve always loved animals, I’ve grown up with animals, I’ve taken care of them, so I’ve just always had a passion for them.”

Culhane has also been involved in rodeo since she was six and now competes in barrel racing through the Texas Junior Rodeo Association.

“Last year I ended up getting Reserve Champion in my age group,” she said. “I practice a lot. I try to ride every day if possible and my mom helps me a lot with just telling me what I need to work on even outside of just focusing on my horse.”

She travels all over the state to compete, but it doesn’t get in the way of her studies.

“A lot of times they’re good about them being Friday nights after school or Saturday and Sunday, so it’s pretty easy to do both and work on homework while we’re driving or while we’ve got some down time there,” Culhane said.

After graduation Culhane will attend Tarleton State University to major in animal science and continue her rodeo career.

“I don’t think I’ll rodeo my freshman year so I can get my feet under me and figure out what college life is going to be like,” she said.

As far as a career goes, Culhane said with her animal science degree she would like go into the direction of food an nutrition.

“In the livestock class here we actually made a bag of feed, figured out all the proteins and minerals that needed to go in it and I loved it,” she said. “It was a lot of hard math, but I’ve always loved math and have been really good at it. It was fun trying to figure out if it was a show animal or like a rodeo animal and see what kind of proteins they need and meeting those standards with one bag of feed.”

Though Culhane is excited, and possibly a little nervous, about meeting new people in college, she will miss the friends she’s made at Stephenville High School.

“I’m really bad at getting outside of my little bubble,” she said with a laugh. “I’ll definitely miss seeing all of my friends. I have one friend going to Tech and another who’s going to A&M, so I’ll miss just getting to see them, talk to them and getting to have the daily lunches that we have.”