Rookie cheerleader heads for Super Bowl to back Patriots

Betsy Levinson

With 400 to 500 applicants for 24 spots, becoming a cheerleader for the New England Patriots is as tough or tougher than getting into a top-flight college.

Littleton resident Corie Mae Callaluca made the cut, and is heading to Arizona this week to participate in the Super Bowl.

Nicknamed C-Mae, she is a rookie, or first year cheerleader who comes from Littleton where her father and “a ton of friends” still live. She is a student at Southern New Hampshire University who will graduate in May with a degree in small business management.

“I still can't believe it,” said Callaluca, a lifelong football fan with a background in dance.

She said there were 11 openings last year when she auditioned, and 300 young women tried out.

“It was a long stretch,” she said. “It wasn't easy. It was a vigorous, competitive tryout with all different types of dances.”