Ellington High grad is a finalist for pro cheer squad

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Tue., May. 17, 2011
Hayley Wolverton will be competing for a spot on the Hartford Colonials' cheerleading squad on May 21. Photo courtesy of Hartford Colonials. - Contributed Photo

Ellington may soon have one of its own on the Hartford Colonials’ cheerleading squad.

Hayley Wolverton, a 2010 graduate of Ellington High School, is one of only 37 to advance to the final round of try-outs, after the second round of preliminaries on May 7.

Wolverton, who was on the dance team at EHS, and is currently on the dance team at Eastern Connecticut State University, said she decided to try out after some ECSU teammates had shared their experiences last year.

“They told me it was very fun,” she said. “It was really a last-minute decision, and a couple of my friends are doing it, too. I'm a little nervous, but more excited than nervous.”

Wolverton said she would be excited to be part of the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials.

“I'd love to be part of it,” she said, “because they've only been going for two years now. I've done some research, and they seem like a really good team. It would be nice to be on the cheerleading team and help promote them.”

About the game of football itself, Wolverton admits she's still something of a novice.

“I don't fully understand it yet,” she said, “but I'm getting there.”

A communications major, Wolverton said she welcomes the chance to represent the team at charity and promotional events. She plans to pursue a career in television broadcasting, and will continue to dance.

“I probably won't dance for the rest of my life, but I'll do it as long as possible,” she said. “It's a good stress reliever.”

Wolverton said she has been dancing for 13 years, and began at Aprille’s Danceprint’s Studio. She was a captain of the EHS dance team her senior year, and has won team awards, including “most improved.”

The final round of try-outs will be held at the Black Bear Saloon in Hartford from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 21, and are open to the public.

The team has a maximum number of 32 members, so potentially, as few as five finalists will miss the cut.

The finalists will perform a 40- to 60-second solo, as well as a choreographed routine.

“They seem like a very image-prone team,” Wolverton said, “so we're all going all out getting all fancy for it. I've never done anything like this before, so I'm excited to try something new, and try out for something I wouldn't normally do.”


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