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Living A Life Full Of Good Cheer

University of Oregon alumna Savannah Wolfe of Waipahu. Nathalie Walker photo

University of Oregon alumna Savannah Wolfe of Waipahu. Nathalie Walker photo

For 22-year-old Savannah Wolfe of Waipahu, family always comes first.

So, after graduating from University of Oregon in 2013 and then staying on as an assistant coach for the school’s cheerleading squad this past football season, she decided to come home. “My brother (Shayne) is a senior at Kamehameha, and I moved back to support him with his school and athletics, and be here for his last year,” she explains.

Wolfe, who graduated from Kamehameha in 2009, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human anatomy and physiology with a minor in psychology. She attended UO with a Dean’s scholarship for her academics, a Na Ho’okama a Pauahi scholarship from Kamehameha and an athletic scholarship as cheerleading captain for two years.

Since moving back in December, she’s also been busy preparing for next month’s tryouts for the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading team. She even got a taste of the NFL during the recent Pro Bowl, where she worked with production company e2k at the Pro Bowl draft, all-star block party and Ohana Day.

“What also was special was four of the cheerleaders went up to Kamehameha and my high school coach invited me up, and I got to ask them more in-depth questions,” she says. “They said to just go for your dream and don’t hold back. Even if you don’t make it the first time or even the second time, if it’s what you really want to do and are passionate about it, go back and keep trying. They like to see that you’re determined.

“Since I cheered from a young age, it’s always been a goal to make it all the way to the professional level. I’ve always loved California, and the Niners are my favorite out of the three teams there.”

Wolfe also recently was hired by 24 Hour Fitness as a personal trainer at the Pearl City facility, and she eventually hopes to continue her education to become a physical therapist or an athletic trainer.

“I’ve just always been interested in health, the human body and fitness,” she says. “I think health and fitness is more of a lifestyle choice. I love to go out on runs. I do some light lifting. I also love to participate in group fitness classes, such as Zumba, step and spinning. And I really enjoy yoga when I want to just relax and clear my mind, and it really helps, too, with overall core and flexibility.”

Wolfe also dreams of traveling the world, but home always will be Hawaii, where she plans to one day settle down and raise a family.

“My mom passed away from a brain aneurysm when I was in high school, and my dad (a city bus driver) has been a single parent,” she shares. “He’s been an awesome dad, works really hard and always put family first. Through the hardships and struggles, we were always there for each other, which is why family is so important to me.

“I’ve learned to never take anything, especially time, for granted and to always let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them and how much they mean to you.”

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