March 4, 2010
Full Name: Heather Danielle Mahassek
Nickname: H bomb
Year in School: Senior
Year on Squad: 4th
Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL
High School: Edwardsville High School
College Major: Biology
I chose Illinois because: It's a great school in general with a lot of tradition. The campus is large without being overwhelming with so much to do, and far enough away from home to feel independent. Also, being a part of the Big Ten has been a great experience and a lot of fun.
My favorite place on campus and why: The quad. I love the lo/langs/en.js">ok of the buildings, and it is a great place to relax or hang out.
My best memory as an Illini cheerleader is: getting to walk in the Rose Parade and cheering at the Rose Bowl!
Skill to watch or perform? Double ups or any traditional stunt or cheer where the whole crowd participates such as overheads or the ILL-INI cheer
Athlete? Shawn Johnson
Illini Athlete? Bubba Chisholm
Movie? When Harry Met Sally
TV Show? Top Chef, Whose Wedding is it Anyway, What Not to Wear
Activity outside of cheerleading? Stunting, working out, sand volleyball, or laying out
Famous people you've met: Jeremy Piven and Dick Butkus
I have been told I look like: my sister Tori
If I was on a reality show it would be: Real World/Road Rules Challenge
What sport would you play if you weren't a cheerleader? Either sand volleyball or track
One thing most people don't now about you - I'm not a fan of ice cream or popcorn. I try to avoid telling people so they don't give me a hard time about it
Plans after Illinois: There are lots of things I want to do, but I would love to spend a whole summer traveling throughout the country and around Europe which will hopefully happen sooner than later. I also plan to go to dental school and become either a general dentist or an orthodontist and maybe one day open my own practice.