A Second Chance at a Once in a Lifetime Dream

It was just an average day, for Mary Ross, a cheerleader at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Wolf Pack cheerleaders fluffed their pom-poms and tidied their uniforms in preparation for an American Idol commercial break gig. Little did Ross know that she would be having more time in front of the camera than just a twenty second break.

“Singing began early for me. It definitely runs in the family.”

Ross claims that she first fell in love with singing when she was young, listening to her mom sing in her garage style band at various events around town.

Growing up, Ross began doing a lot of performances; everything from the Aces Stadium to the Reno Rodeo. She began singing the national anthem at the age of 8, and continues to do so to this day. She has done an estimated thirty different local performances.

Ross tried out for American Idol when she was 15 years old in San Francisco and got denied during the first round. Ross describes the competition as “exhausting” with a three-step process just to get past the preliminary phase.

Ross’s positive attitude landed her a golden ticket to Kansas City on Aug. 21, 2015. “I was shocked,” says Ross on receiving the ticket.

“I wasn’t going to try out but then my teammates encouraged me, so I went for it.”

After landing in Kansas City, Ross went through two more rounds before she was eliminated one round shy of performing infront of the celebrity judges, which includes names such as Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Christina Aguilara.

Although Ross did not land a spot on the final season of American Idol, she still plans on singing at events locally and chasing her dreams as becoming a physical therapist.

“I think I have finally accepted the fact that I‘m not going to be a famous singer,” says Ross.

She continues to cheer at the University and is going into her senior year of college.

“I am going to chase my dreams.”
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