One of the judges for the 2004 Miss Teen USA pageant that Shelley participated and won in, was Allison Sweeney who plays Sami Brady on Days of our Lives.
Shelley's parents are divorced.
Shelley is involved in the organization Buzz Free Prom, which promotes taking alcohol completely out of Prom nights.
Shelley hosted the Miss Teen USA 2008 pageant that was held on August 16, 2008 along with her co-host Seth Goldman.
Shelley landed the role as "Stephanie Johnson" on Days of our Lives 2 months before her graduation from SFT.
Shelley's prize for winning Miss Teen USA was a scholarship to attend The School for Film & Television, which inspired her undying love for acting.
Shelley's favorite TV shows are The Office and Gossip Girl.
Shelley was a judge for the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant.
Shelley has an older brother named Glenn.
Shelley wrote a blog for Pageantry Magazine's website.
Shelley has had several of her poems published in the Young Author's Book of Poetry.
Shelley works with a number of non-profit organizations, including Seeds of Peace, D.A.R.E., Sparrow Clubs and SHiNE.
Shelley attended Destrehan High School where she was an Academic Excellence Student.
Shelley's first modeling shoot was with famed photographer, Fadil Berisha.
Shelley's brother Brad was killed in a drunk driving incident. Since his death, Shelley is active in getting the word out about under-age drinking.
Shelley has said that some of her most favorite memories from high school are from performing at pep rallies and Friday night football games.
Shelley has done work with the Louisiana non-profit organization C.A.D.A (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse).
Shelley won the Miss Louisiana Teen USA in 2004.
Shelley: (On her work with Buzz Free Prom) The organization's mission is to take alcohol out of the prom equation. You get teenagers, kids in high school, to sign a pledge that they won't drink on prom night. They all get together and make this pact.
Shelley: (On dealing with her brother's death) I went through four years of high school without ever feeling it. I never showed my emotions, ever. My parents kept asking me if I wanted to go to therapy, but dancing was my life and I just did that.
Shelley (on her DAYS audition) I bombed the rehearsal. I couldn't remember one line for the life of me. Nerves just got to me and Mary Beth Evans was very comforting. I went into my dressing room and had a nervous breakdown because I was overwhelmed. I had just gotten there the day before, hadn't slept in two days. I went back out for the screen test and nailed it.
Shelley: (on winning Miss Teen USA) It was like winning the lottery. Everybody dreams of it, but nobody ever thinks it can happen to them!
Shelley: Every time we'd go eat somewhere, my friends would be like, "She's Miss Teen USA. We should probably get 50 percent off or something." I would turn beet red.