NAME (MAIDEN NAME?): Amy Cooper
WHAT TEAM YOU WERE ON WITHIN THE SPIRIT SQUAD?:
WHAT YEARS DID YOU CHEER/DANCE?:
SHARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOITE SPIRIT SQUAD MEMORIES:
The best sports squad memories: Stepping onto the ice for my first collegiate game. Winning the National Championship in Hockey in 2002 and 2003. Being a part of the first hockey cheer performance and choreographing 2000. Our ESPN interview and show in 2003 as well as the American Cheerleader magazine coverage in 2002.
Meeting my closest friends and growing as a person during my entire career.
WHAT HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SPIRIT SQUAD DONE FOR YOU IN YOUR POST-COLLEGE LIFE?:
My involvement as a team member really helped me in my professional and personal life.
The regimented practices, schedule and demands of a collegiate team prepared me for the demands of real life and people you meet daily.
Being a successful part of the U of M Cheer team depends greatly on attitude which is everything in terms of performance and results. Moreover, attitude toward life determines life's' attitude towards us.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO CHEER/DANCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE?:
I competed at a the State Competition my senior year of high school. The U of M cheer team performed. Afterwards, the coaches approached me regarding the program. I was absolutely on “cloud 9”. From that moment, I knew I would do anything to be a part of the U of M Spirit Team.
APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE ON THE TEAM WHEN YOU WERE?:
HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SPIRIT SQUAD AS AN ALUMNI?:
Yes, I have participated in the Alumni events. I have also assisted with new members preparing for crowd presence and with conditioning through aerobics.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH US SOME THINGS ABOUT YOUR LIFE NOW?
Currently, I am a full-time 1st grade teacher for St. Anthony/New Brighton. I also teach cheer camps, aerobics and figure skating.
I’m also an editor for Pearson Publishing and review various educational editorials.
I completed my Master’s in Education at the University of Minnesota and also hope to further my education in the near future at the U of M.
In my free time, I enjoy running marathons, golfing, skiing, reading and spending time with family and friends.