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Ashley

Ashley

Name: Ashley

Hometown: Friendswood, Texas

College & Degree/Major: Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Midwestern University; Midwestern University, MS Speech-Language Pathology, anticipated graduation May 2018; Florida State University, BS Communication Science & Disorders, Interdisciplinary Social Science, 2015; Kilgore College, AA General Studies, 2012
Name: Ashley

Hometown: Friendswood, Texas

College & Degree/Major: Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Midwestern University; Midwestern University, MS Speech-Language Pathology, anticipated graduation May 2018; Florida State University, BS Communication Science & Disorders, Interdisciplinary Social Science, 2015; Kilgore College, AA General Studies, 2012

Occupation: Full-time graduate student at Midwestern University studying Speech-Language Pathology and a fitness instructor at barre3 Scottsdale

Years on the team: Second year

Dance experience: Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, 2016-2017; Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, 2015; Florida State University Golden Girls, 2012-2015; Kilgore College Rangerettes, 2010-2012

Three words that best describe you: Committed, organized, and self-sufficient

Favorite part of being a Cardinals Cheerleader: I love being allowed the opportunity to go out into the community and give back. Whether it is visiting an elementary school to read to a classroom, serving hot food at a shelter, or giving a high five at the Special Olympics, being an Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader is so much more than what many people see on gameday. 

Something on the top of my bucket list is: I have always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis lights.

Place I’d most like to travel to: I would love to travel to Santorini, Greece.

Besides dancing, I’m a very talented: I am a talented fitness instructor. I love guiding people through their workouts while providing positivity, promoting mind-body awareness, and teaching a balanced lifestyle.

What famous person would you want to have dinner with & why? I would love to have dinner with USA Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin. I look up to her as an athlete, intellectual, and entrepreneur as well as a positive role model to young girls. She is dedicated to her sport and worked hard as a young child to get to the highest level she possibly could. She was humble throughout the Olympic Games, and she still continues to practice her sport as she performs on tour with other Team USA gymnasts. I love that she utilized the platform she created for herself to start her own brand of gymnastics wear and equipment and has created a gymnastics meet that she attends and speaks at every year to encourage the athletes there to keep chasing their dreams. Most importantly, I admire that she did not let her fame get in the way of obtaining her college education. (She is also from Texas, so I think we would get along just fine!)

First job: Dance camp instructor

What are you most proud of in your life? I am very proud that my dreams are bigger than my fears. I will admit I was scared to move out of my home state by myself at twenty years old without knowing anybody at all. However, the goals I set for myself were more important to me than these fears. Once I made the move, things fell into place, and I realized what an amazing experience this provided me. Taking this risk motivated me to take on more adventures. I then had the courage to study abroad, and move to another state immediately following graduation. I am thankful that since then, my dreams of getting my master's degree and being an NFL cheerleader have led me here to Arizona!

Leidan Mitchell Stylist: Jaclyn C., Leidan Mitchell Model Citizen

Personal motto/Favorite Quote: "A dream is a dominant idea that awakens a desire to do all that we can to be more than we are."