Cheerleaders

Tessa

Years on the team: Rookie Year

Spalon Montage Location and Stylist: Edina - Abbey

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Profession: Account Manager - Advertising Agency

Favorite

Vikings Player:

1.    Current: Adam Thielen

2.    Alumni: Chad Greenway

Movie: What Happens in Vegas

Book: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Quote: "A day without laughter is a day wasted" - E.E. Cummings

Place I’ve traveled and why: Italy. Experiencing different cultures is so refreshing, the history is astonishing and of course the food!

Charity and why: American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation. Cancer is such a horrible disease that affects so many people in one way shape or form, I've always liked volunteering and giving back in any way I can. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society here in MN and was on the staff for Dance Marathon while in college where we raised money for kids with cancer.

My dream job: I used to tell people my dream job was to become an NFL cheerleader! Now that it came true I have to think of a new one, but it would probably be related to fitness and helping others achieve their goals.

On the top of my bucket list is: Traveling! I'd love to hit all 50 states and continue traveling to new countries for new adventures.

My hero: My dad. I don't think I know a harder, smarter worker than my own dad. He has given our family the best life and just an added bonus that he is all knowing on everything sports and history.

Name an inspiring/influential woman in your life: My mom. She is my biggest cheerleader and has attended every event in my life. She has traveled near and far and always does it with a smile on her face. I hope I can be the mom she is one day.

How do you define empowered? I define empowered as someone who is strong and confident in their own decisions and actions.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 5 years, I see myself continuing to be successful in my career, owning a house, and raising a Siberian Husky or a Bernese Mountain Dog...or both!

Where are you in your family line up? I am the youngest of three and have two older brothers who were basically full time bodyguards growing up.

What was your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school was my Italian class in high school. Although I can't speak much of it anymore, I loved being able to learn a new and different language that also ties to my families heritage.

Do you have any pets? Unfortunately no. :(

What is your favorite workout tip? My favorite workout tip is to take advantage of strength training. Once you start incorporating more strength training into your mix of workouts, that is when you really start to see the changes.

My best beauty secret is: My best beauty secret is dry shampoo! #Lifesaver and the Oribe Swept Up volume powder spray that I get from Spalon Montage! It's great for everyday teasing as well as for when my hair needs to be glam for a game day.

Why did you decide to audition to become an MVC? When people used to ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, my go to response was an NFL cheerleader. After moving to Minnesota and learning more about the Vikings organization, I knew that I didn't just want to be a part of any cheer team, I wanted to be a part of the MVC and be surrounded by strong, confident, and extremely talented women.

What are you most looking forward to your Rookie Year? As a rookie, I am most looking forward to the first steps onto the field during our first regular season game alongside 41 amazing women. I can't wait to have that moment when I get to take it all in and reflect on the hard work and passion I have put into my dream.

Most valued lesson learned as an MVC: Be a sponge! Take in every moment, every lesson, get involved with as many appearances and team bonding events as possible and make a moment with each person on the team!