Gators cheerleader featured on magazine's cover
PLANT CITY - University of Florida cheerleader Tarin Moses appears on the August cover of American Cheerleader magazine, the largest publication of its kind in the nation. Moses, a 19-year-old Plant City resident, is the magazine's cheerleader of the month. She's shown in her orange and blue Gators uniform on the cover of the publication, which claims 1.2 million readers. The honor is the latest for Moses, a former Durant High School cheerleading captain who is preparing to start her second year on the sidelines for the Gators. She started cheering at 4 years old and won her first national cheerleading award when she was 6. In total, she has won about 60 national cheerleading awards.Moses couldn't be reached for comment, but she has previously said she wanted to cheer for the Gators in part because her older sister, Tori, was a member of the Gainesville-based university's Dazzlers dance squad. The magazine includes a three-page spread featuring Moses, including photos of her cheering at a Florida football game and a childhood cheerleading shot. "Cheering for UF is one of the most exciting things about college for me," she said in the article, written by Brittany Geragotelis. "Everyone knows who you are. And leading over 90,000 people in a chant of 'orange and blue' is incredible." The article includes such tidbits as her favorite food (French fries with ranch dressing), her favorite vacation spot (the Bahamas), and her love for country music. Her mother, Lori, said she was nominated for the honor by one of the coaches. The magazine flew Tarin to New York in May for a photo shoot. Lori Moses, who owned a gym before going into the real estate business, taught cheerleading to both of her daughters. Tarin, a sophomore who wants to be an orthodontist, worked hard at cheerleading over the years, she said. "I'm very proud of her," her mother said. The article quotes Tarin as saying the most important things in her life are family, friends and faith. The article said she's active with such causes as March of Dimes and breast cancer awareness. Lori Moses and her husband, Chip, also have a son, Taed, who recently signed to play baseball at Florida State University. To view the magazine's website, including photos of Moses, go to www.americancheerleader.com.
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