Caldwell native makes Patriots cheerleading team | May 25, 2017

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).”

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