Cheerleader of the Week: North Carolina's Rachelle
March 12, 2009
Name: Rachelle AcitelliHometown: I was born in Atlanta, but my family now lives in Charlotte.School: University of North CarolinaYear: SeniorMajor: Double Major in Exercise and Sports Science & Psychology
Here is a photo gallery of Rachelle in action, and here is SI.com's Cheerleader of the Week archive.
I love my school, but I almost went to: UGA ... it's very similar to Carolina in curriculum and campus culture, just not as breathtaking!
My best physical feature is: My teeth ... I used to get picked on for them being really big, but I grew into them. And my eyes -- they are the exact color of brown M&M's.
If I had to watch one movie on loop for ever, it would be: Wedding Crashers. It has a lot of funny one-liners and I love Rachel McAdams.
If you looked at the "most played" songs on my iPod, you'd see a lot of: Miley Cyrus and Top 40 Rap if I'm working out; The Fray, Jack Johnson, Sister Hazel and Rascal Flatts if I'm studying.
My worst habit is: Being anxious about being late. I get that from my parents!
My gameday superstitions are: I'm always very anxious and ready 20 minutes before my roommate and I need to leave. And I prefer not to warm-up tumbling!
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Nastia Liukin at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The talent I'd most like to have that I don't possess is: Singing. I love singing in the car, but I'm basically tone deaf!
These three things top my bucket list: This is pretty cliché, but traveling the world, starting my own physical therapy office and having children and a loving husband.
I'd want my last meal to be: Chocolate chip brownies with funfetti (rainbow chip) icing and a glass of really cold milk.
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a game is: My partner last year popped me off from a stretch directly onto his megaphone. Let's just say I crushed the megaphone and rolled both of my ankles. It was especially devastating, since we were in front of the student risers in the Dean Dome during overtime of an important game.
Three things I'd take to a desert island are: My BFF and roommate Morgan, my toothbrush, and Jack Bauer from 24 (he could save me in any situation).
My favorite sport and professional sports teams are: I grew up around sports, so I love watching my siblings' games. My favorite sport to watch is definitely football, with gymnastics coming second. I'm also a huge fan of Carolina Basketball!
My one guilty pleasure is: Eating funfetti icing straight out of the container and taking naps in the middle of the day.
My celebrity crush is: Chad Michael Murray and David Beckham.
Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead) are: Jesus, Bill Gates, Roy Williams, Albert Einstein and Dane Cook.
My friends would be surprised to know that I: Would love to be an editor for the New York Times, and I used to play piano in middle school.
The next risk I want to take is: Applying to graduate school for physical therapy and moving outside of my comfort zone.
The reality show I'd do best on is: MXC Japanese Game Show ... it's very entertaining.
The worst date I've ever been on was: I've been on a few bad dates, but this one really stands out: Freshman year I got talked into going to a fraternity cocktail with a friend of a friend. I had only met the guy once. Little did I know it was the parents' cocktail -- I sat next to his dad in the back seat on the way to dinner, his mom thought we were seriously dating and was upset that I wasn't in a sorority, the guy was a professional ballroom dancer and I wasn't, and of course my dress malfunctioned on the dance floor. I haven't spoken to the guy since!
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