INDIANAPOLIS – Brianna G. is a student nurse who is attending IUPUI. She is one of six new cheerleaders for the Indianapolis Colts.
The 2014 season will be her first with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders.
Questions and Answers with Brianna G.:
What is your educational background and occupation?
College: IUPUI; Degree: Nursing; Occupation: Student Nurse.
What is your dance experience?
I have been dancing since the age of 3! In the sixth grade, I began dancing for my school team. Between middle and high school, I have seven years of team experience. I competed in jazz, pom and hip hop. My high school studio experience most notably included my senior year lead as Veruca Salt in our production of Willy Wonka.
Images of Brianna through the entire cheer audition process.
What are your significant awards/achievements?
I graduated with academic honors in high school. In Kappa Alpha Theta, my IU sorority, I was the new member coordinator which involved welcoming new members into Theta and organizing events for the whole house. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau at IUPUI, the nationally-recognized academic honor society of nursing.
Do you have any athletic or fitness accomplishments of note?
I ran the 2013 Mini-Marathon in downtown Indy last May.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment was this year in nursing school. I have been going to school full-time, worked two jobs, made the greatest squad in the NFL and kept my GPA high enough to be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
Last summer my friend and I drove across the country to see some United States gems like the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon!
What is your favorite thing about Indianapolis?
The way Indy has grown with shops and expanding the culture of the city has been a beautiful transition to see.
Why did you decide to audition for the Colts Cheerleaders?
Born and raised in Indiana, I have been a Colts fan since I was young, and my dad had me watching the games every Sunday with him! That tradition, accompanied with my passion for dance, led me to follow my dream to become a Colts Cheerleader!
What was the most difficult part of the audition?
The most difficult part of the audition for me was the waiting between judge decisions. It was the point where all of my hard work and determination had already been put in front of the judges and I could not do anything more but wait.
What did you take away from the audition process?
I learned to be confident in my abilities throughout this process. We were put in uncomfortable or new situations where you have to put everything you have into it, and I learned to love the pressure!
What are you looking forward to the most being a Colts Cheerleader?
I am looking forward to everything we have the opportunity to do through the Colts' organization. We not only dance at the games, but we have the chance to be highly involved with our community and fans across the state.
What does the Horseshoe mean to you?
First, it means pure happiness! I have not yet been able to look at anything with the Horseshoe on it without grinning ear to ear! Secondly, the Horseshoe represents pride. I am proud to now represent the Indianapolis Colts with all that I have this upcoming season!
Explain your feelings and thoughts about your first game day.
I am so excited to be on the field in our gorgeous stadium in front of all the loyal fans! The one thing I must be sure to remember is to try to take it all in and remember every second possible. Being a part of this squad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I am very blessed that I have the chance to share it with such wonderful teammates!