Sasha claims that being a Raiderette has been a dream of hers since she was 12 years old. According to family and friends, Sasha has always been a go-getter and sets goals for herself in every aspect of her life. She accomplished her goal of becoming a Raiderette in 2014 and is now in her third season with Football’s Fabulous Females. Though she is dedicated to accomplishing any goal she sets, Sasha knows there are times you have to ditch the plan and listen to your heart. As a high school student, Sasha was determined to become a lawyer. She worked as an intern at Sacramento District Attorney’s office two summers in a row. In college at the University of California, Davis, Sasha studied political science and held a position at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office where she worked in both the Misdemeanor Division and Stalking and Sexual Assault Division. Sasha was responsible for writing motions, transcribing, attending trials with the attorneys, and accounting for evidence. As another calculated move in her plan to become a lawyer, Sasha joined the debate team at UC Davis - an activity that allowed her to develop and perfect her public speaking skills. When it came time to take her LSAT test, Sasha stopped to reflect on all her experiences in the world of law and policy and realized that it wasn’t a career she was passionate about anymore, “I went into life after college as a nomad, essentially,” Sasha said. After bouncing around and trying to figure things out career-wise, Sasha found success in the competitive arena of sales at Oracle, Inc. Perhaps her success is due partially to the fact that she has 94 Gameday MAGAZINE Raiderette Of the Week: Sasha Veteran By Jenna Angelo never been intimidated by competition. She earned her first degree black belt when she was 15 and was awarded the title of Miss Redwood City and Miss San Mateo County in 2011. “Competing in the program was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I didn’t grow up competing in pageants. At first, this was merely another way for me to raise money to pay for my college tuition,” Sasha said. “I had no idea how much I would gain from my experience. From answering controversial questions gracefully on the fly, to handling a room of ten judges, to owning who I was on stage whether I was feeling vulnerable in a swimsuit or gorgeous in an evening gown; I learned a lot about myself.” The highlight of the whole experience for Sasha was being able to get involved in the community. Through her experience in the Miss America program and her ongoing community involvement as a Raiderette, Sasha has been inspired to aim for a new goal these days. “I want to be an example to my siblings, future Raiderettes, and little girls in general pursuing their dreams,” Sasha said. Being a positive role model for young girls everywhere keeps her motivated and focused. “You can be an NFL cheerleader, be intelligent, and have goals. The Raiderettes are comprised of smart, driven, and caring women. Setting this example for our younger generation is very important,” Sasha said. By aspiring to be the best role model she can be Sasha has created a perpetual cycle of inspiration. Individuals are encouraged by her go-getter example, and in turn, Sasha is motivated to do right by those looking up to her, and ultimately, everyone succeeds. That is Sasha’s ultimate goal.
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