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UI Graduate Now A Cowboys Cheerleader

(Nicole Bulcher) (Nicole Bulcher)

MOSCOW, Idaho - Vandal alumna Nicole Bulcher recently joined the 2010 Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad, and is one of eight girls new to the team this year.

Bulcher is from Twin Falls, Idaho and graduated in 2009 with a degree in history and justice studies and a minor in sociology.

She started as a UI cheerleader, but when cheerleading and dance split, she chose the dance team from 2005 to 2009.

Emily Carter, a current UI dance team member, said Bulcher always displayed a positive attitude.

"She was always so sweet and nice to everyone, always positive and kept the team sane so we could get through practice without getting distracted," Carter said.

Bulcher was also involved in the Greek system. She was in the Kappa Kappa Gamma house, and was described as the "perfect fit," for the Dallas Cowboys cheer squad, by her sorority sister Karissa Haxby.

"Whenever Kappa did skits, Nicole would choreograph and teach us the dances we used. She is very talented, and we are excited to watch her on the series this fall," Haxby said.

Bulcher's decision to try out as a Dallas cheerleader, came from the encouragement of her best friend, who also tried out.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I didn't know very much about football, but I always watched the dances on the sidelines," Bulcher said.

Bulcher said the tryout was separated into three sections. She said it was an open audition, where about 600 girls tried out and each girl got to freestyle for one minute in front of the judges.

Afterward, there was a list of girls who could continue on in the audition.

"Then were semi-finals, and finals were a couple weeks later, performing a solo of our choice, and the choreography we learned," Bulcher said.

Bulcher said in this year's finals, about 75 girls remained, including the 27 veteran girls. She said veterans always have to re-audition.

"Having the veteran girls re-audition definitely keeps the quality of the program, because the girls have to fight for their spot every year," she said.

Bulcher said the final girls chosen had to go through training camp in June and July.

"We would dance every day, and we never knew who was going home, or if we would come back the next day," she said.

"The final squad, announced at the end of July, consisted of 34 girls," Bulcher said.

Of the 600 girls who tried out, only eight new girls made the squad, including Bulcher. She said it's the smallest rookie class they've ever had.

"My first game was most exciting to me because I had no idea what to expect," Bulcher said "The Cowboy(s) stadium is huge, the game was on a Sunday, and all the chairs were full."

Bulcher said her favorite part about being a Cowboys cheerleader is making close friendships with the other girls on the squad.

"My advice for UI students would be not to get discouraged just because the state of Idaho doesn't get a lot of media coverage. Don't let that get in the way of doing what you want," she said. "I went to an Idaho school and they took a chance on me, which I'm thankful for."

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