Caldwell native Kelsey Cornwell knows she needs to tone down her Patriots fandom a bit if she’s going to maintain professionalism at her new job.
It’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make.
The 24-year-old Vallivue High graduate grew up dancing at Nampa’s Centre Stage Studios but had never been a cheerleader until a few months ago. That includes her time at Vallivue and the University of Nevada, where she took a break from dancing completely and focused on attaining her biology degree.
Cornwell also grew up a New England Patriots fan, rooting for quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick from the time she was 7.
Fast-forward to April 1, 2017, when Cornwell was named a member of the team’s cheerleading squad, and the whole journey still seems a little surreal.
“People always accuse me of being a bandwagoner, and I’ll admit that,” Cornwell said. “I’m going to have to be focused on not yelling (during games).”