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Posted: Thursday January 8, 2009 2:14PM; Updated: Thursday January 8, 2009 2:14PM

Cheerleader of the Week

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Meet Lauren, an NC State sophomore and proud Wolfpack cheerleader

Lauren has a weakness for gymnastics, dessert and Dennis Quaid

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If Lauren had to watch one movie on loop forever, it would be 'Ocean's 11.'
If Lauren had to watch one movie on loop forever, it would be 'Ocean's 11.'
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Name: Lauren McKinney
Durham, N.C.
School: North Carolina State University
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology and Spanish

Click here to see photos of Lauren in action.

I love my school, but I almost went to:
Nowhere else! I only applied to NC State. I knew I wanted to be part of the PACK.

My best physical feature is:
My hazel eyes. Sometimes they're green, sometimes they're brown.

If I had to watch one movie on loop forever, it would be:
Ocean's Eleven. Every time I watch it, I always notice something new. My second choice would be Breakfast at Tiffany's.

If you looked at the "most played" songs on my iPod, you'd see a lot of:
Variety. I have everything -- rap, country, techno, rock, alternative, etc.

My worst habit is:
Leaving wet towels on the floor after I shower.

My gameday superstitions are:
My checklists. I always make a gameday list of what I need, ranging from pompoms to granola bars.

I'd love to trade places for a day with:
A New York City Rockette, to see what it's like to perform on stage at Radio City Music Hall.

The talent I'd most like to have that I don't possess is:
The ability to sing. My vocals are a tad off.

These three things top my bucket list:
I really want to write a children's book with my Mom, run a half-marathon and have a photography business on the side.

I'd want my last meal to be:
Homemade mashed potatoes, green beans and filet mignon with roasted red peppers. Plus all the bread I could eat.

The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a game is:
My graceful entrance during my first NC State home football game. As fireworks went off by the goal post to bring in our football players, the cheerleaders ran out to tumble down the field. In the rush of excitement, I ran to do a round-off backhandspring full, and simply over-rotated. I missed my feet on the landing and rolled backwards once before I stood up. I tried to play it off but it was still pretty funny.

Three things I'd take to a desert island are:
My best friend, a good book and a package of bottled water.

My favorite sport and professional sports teams are:
I will always be a gymnastics fan. My favorite pro sports teams include the Boston Red Sox and the Dallas Cowboys.

My one guilty pleasure is:
Dessert. My all time favorite is the "Bittersweet Brownie" at Chesca's on Martha's Vineyard. The brownie is covered in warm milk chocolate sauce and paired with cappuccino ice cream -- yum!

My celebrity crush is:
Dennis Quaid
. I know you're probably laughing out loud right now -- he's a little old for me, but I think he is adorable.

Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead) are:
Audrey Hepburn
, Nastia Liukin, Princess Diana, Donald Trump and JFK.

My friends would be surprised to know that I:
Won the third grade spelling bee at my elementary school.

The next risk I want to take is:
Traveling abroad to study Spanish.

The reality show I'd do best on is:
The Amazing Race. My boyfriend and I would make a dynamic duo.

The worst date I've ever been on was:
I've never had a bad date. (Knock on wood.)

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