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Moravian College student selected for Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader squad
Amanda Wynn, all-academic student athlete, selected for 2003-04 team
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College senior Amanda Wynn has been selected by the Philadelphia Eagles to join the 2003-04 cheerleading team. Wynn was one of forty-one women selected from a group of 500 who auditioned for the squad, which will feature 24 returning veterans and 17 newcomers. Wynn anxiously awaited the Eagles decision on Wednesday, April 23, as the names of the selected few were posted on the website www.philadelphiaeagles.com.
Contestants were judged in a choreographed dance performance, the fitness-wear portion, as well as on their public speaking skills. According to the Eagles website, the women hopefuls came from as far away as Japan and their occupations encompassed everything from fitness manager to chemical engineer. Others were students pursuing degrees in a variety of different fields, including accounting, business finance, criminal justice, kinesiology and psychology
Wynn will graduate from Moravian College in May with honors (summa cum laude). She is a Psychology and Spanish double major with a 3.9 QPA. Wynn serves as president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society for students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership in campus activities and organizations, and service contributions to the College and community. She is also president of Psi Chi, Moravian’s chapter of the national honor society of psychology majors advances the science of psychology. Wynn is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. As an All-Academic member of the track and field team at Moravian, Wynn held the record for the pole vault during the 2002 season.
Wynn is a native of Saucon Valley Township in Pennsylvania. She was on the cheerleading squad while at Saucon Valley High School. Her mother encouraged her to audition for the Eagles squad and even traveled with her to Philadelphia for the sessions. Amanda was appreciative of the moral support given by her mother, family, friends, and sorority throughout the process.
For Wynn who models professionally and also is a personal trainer at a gym in Bethlehem, the dance routine was the hardest part. “I don’t have a professional dance background,” she says. “I come from a cheerleading background.” So she hired a woman from Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory to make her moves softer and more lyrical, like a dancer, and to teach her dance terms.
The Eagles were not the first to notice Wynn’s dazzling smile and winning form. Wynn, a fitness model with an Allentown-based modeling agency, was featured in the November 2002 issue of Muscle and Fitness Magazine in an article highlighting “college hard-bodies.”
Wynn says the Eagles job includes several practices a week, participation in the nine home games at the new Lincoln Financial Field, and the possibility of end-of-season playoff games. (The first game of the season, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be televised on Monday Night Football.) The cheerleaders are also part of the team’s public face and are required public appearances, going to schools and malls, meet and greet the public after games, sign autographs, talk to children about the dangers of drug use.