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Lunch lady turned NFL cheerleader?

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-28 20:10:04-05

HUNTINGBURG,  In.  (CNN)- An Indiana high school cafeteria worker is leading an online cheer leading contest. This isn’t just any cheer leading competition though, the winners of this contest get to audition for the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’ve been wanting to be a Colts cheerleader for a long time,” Tella Toney, the hopeful cheerleader, says.

Twenty-year-old Toney currently works as a ‘lunch server’ at South Ridge High School, but she’s hoping to become a Colts cheerleader through an online competition.

“I had to upload pictures on there of me, one for voting and then three to five for the judges to see, I guess.”

Toney says the judges will allow the top-ten vote-winners to audition to be a Colts cheerleader in March.

Right now Toney leads the pack with over 7,000 votes.

Oralee Cotton, the food service director at South Ridge, says the whole food service staff is excited for Toney.

“She showed me how to get to the website, where to go, and I’ve been voting daily,” Cotton says.

Cotton and Toney both say the students here are especially interested in the competition and that some are very surprised to have a ‘lunch lady’ like Toney.

“They’ve never had a lunch lady, as far as being this young, to do something that neat,” Cotton says. 

Audition training will begin in February but the actual auditions begin March 23.