REV GIRLS ADDITION: Twenty-three-year-old Christina Attaway of Walpole has been a cheerleader more than half of her life, putting in a dozen years on the sport, mostly on all-star competing teams, including Cheer Factor All Stars in Foxborough.
Now she’s gone pro. Attaway, a photographer and freelance graphic designer who graduated last year from the University of New Haven, snagged a spot as one of the Rev Girls, the cheerleading squad that will perform at all 17 New England Revolution soccer games at Gillette Stadium.
She had been working as a photographer at Fenway Park, snapping pictures of fans, which the fans could then buy. She liked the job, liked meeting new people, and being part of the baseball scene, but didn’t like traveling into the city.
“It was kind of far and I wanted something close,” she said. “So I looked around for jobs, and saw the competition for the Rev Girls, which looked exciting.”
She made it through a first round of interviews with the squad’s coach and public relations person, and passed muster, showing good people skills, she said. The second round took place at the Ri Ra Irish Pub in Providence, where 10 young women were vying for three spots on the squad. Their performances were assessed by celebrity judges, including Miss Rhode Island, Kelsey Fournier, and Will Gilbert, host of WPRI-TV’s “The Rhode Show.”
The Rev Girls are the team’s official promotional team, which makes appearances at home games, community and charity events, photo shoots, and other programs.
Attaway is also starting work for Wakefield-based Peter Noel Dance Photographers, taking pictures of children dancers. She was a dancer as a child, in addition to playing softball and basketball at Walpole High School, and said she wants to pursue a career in sports and news photography and videography.
For now, the Rev Girls gig — a paying job that will include doing chants for the fans and firing off a cannon that blasts Revolution T-shirts into the crowd — is a good fit for her, she said.
“I get to meet a bunch of new people, and I enjoy meeting people,” she said. “And the squad is just a great group of girls.”
DESIGN ASSOCIATION: Hingham’s Nicole Hogarty, owner of Nicole Hogarty Designs of Boston, was named president of the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association, a professional alliance of leaders in residential and commercial furnishings and design. Her work has been showcased in such outlets as New England Home, Rhode Island Monthly, and New England Dream House.
ELDER ADVOCATES: The Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has honored several people for their advocacy of elder services, among them Sue Scheible, a reporter for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, who received the Arthur Stavisky Award. The honor is given annually to a non-attorney who has helped seniors in their community. Scheible writes a weekly column, “A Good Age,” and hosts a blog by the same name, focusing on matters related to aging and retirement.
The award was presented at the chapter’s annual meeting, which included the election of officers for the year: Holly Harris of Norwell, president; Judith Flynn of Rockland, president-elect; and Phil Murphy of Milton, immediate past president.
SERVICE AWARD: Milton resident and attorney John J. Regan received the Distinguished Service Award from Shelter Legal
Services. The agency delivers legal services at veterans and homeless shelters. Regan, a partner at the Boston office of WilmerHale, is co-chairman of the firm’s pro bono and community service committee and served as president of the Boston Bar Association.
SOUTHCOAST HONORS: Several residents south of Boston received the 2012 Southcoast President’s Award for Excellence from the Southcoast Hospitals Group, which includes Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Nominations are made by co-workers. The award recognized 12 people and one team. Among the recipients was Kevin Solomon of Middleborough, information services coordinator for Southcoast Physicians Group, and Lisa Holden of Rochester, resource nurse at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
The Master Patient Index Integrity Team took the winning team award. The team includes Deborah Carvalho of Rochester, and Ronald LeFleur and Joanna Wheeler, both of Marion. The team was created to ensure patients are properly identified in electronic medical records, and developed a system to eliminate duplication of orders and tests.