Week 9: Lexie
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There are certain people who are destined to be successful. You can’t put your finger on what qualities they may possess to make you feel that way; you just know that one day they’ll be living a dream. After spending a few minutes with Lexie, you might get that feeling.
Lexie, now in her second season as a member of RPD, actually failed in her first attempt to make the squad. That didn’t discourage her – she returned prior to the 2004-05 season and made the cut and just had to return for another season.
“I came back because I really needed to have the veteran experience,” Lexie said. “I worked so hard as a rookie, and I couldn’t pass up returning and employing the skills I had learned. It was a good decision for me and as of right now, my plan is to return for a third year.”
Returning to RPD is not the only plan Lexie has for her future. While many members of RPD have been schooled in dance or other fine arts, Lexie is on a career path in sales thanks to her accounting background. It’s a decision that was influenced by her family.
“My parents have always played a major role in my life by giving me advice whether I wanted to hear it or not, and constantly giving me emotional support,” Lexie said. “My father is just a barrel of laughs, cracking silly jokes and comments all the time. I’m actually a lot like my dad. We are both very social and we both have a great sense of humor. He got his accounting degree and then topped it off with a law degree. He encouraged me to take a similar path because the education and degrees themselves are valuable no matter what I might decide to do.”
While her parents did lead her to accounting, Lexie has yet to be sold on pursuing a law degree and has other plans when she graduates from the University of Houston with her accounting degree.
“Law school isn’t for me,” Lexie said. “I would like to get my Masters in Accounting and pursue a career in sales. I can make a conversation with just about anyone, and I sometimes surprise people with how talkative and open I am. Where’s the fun in being quiet and reserved?”
You would think that Lexie’s love for the Rockets comes from her family. That’s not necessarily the case. Lexie went to a Rockets game a few years ago and was hooked all on her own and has been a huge fan ever since.
“I became a Rockets fan when I dated a guy several years ago who loved basketball,” Lexie said. “He took me to one home game, and I was hooked. I never thought I could be so interested in sports, but the games were so much fun. Shortly thereafter, I started watching Rockets games regularly and learning about other NBA teams.”
While her parents have yet to join in Lexie’s love for the Rockets, they support her in whatever she does, and if they’re not impressed with her RPD celebrity, her brother certainly is.
“My family has always supported my passion for dancing,” Lexie said. “My brother is a basketball fan, so he thinks what I’m doing is awesome, and my parents encourage me to be involved with things outside of school. They occasionally make it out to games to cheer me on.”
It’s that passion for dancing that that ultimately led to her pursuing a spot on RPD.
“I’ve been dancing on and off since I was seven, starting with ballet,” Lexie said. “I joined the drill team in high school, and I can honestly say that after high school, I didn’t miss the catty drama from drill team, but I did miss the rush of performing for large crowds. A couple years after high school, I felt that it was a good time in my life to be on a pro dance team if given the opportunity.”
Since Lexie doesn’t have any sisters, another season with RPD also offered her an opportunity that she has never had before.
“The most memorable thing about this season was having the chance to assist and guide the rookies with learning the traditions of the team,” Lexie said. “I don’t have any sisters, so it was as if I had 12 little sisters and I could play the part of a loving big sister for the first time in my life.”
Other than guiding the rookies on a game night, it’s not just the performing that Lexie enjoys about a game night at Toyota Center.
“I’m a romantic, so one of my favorite things about a game night is seeing couples heat things up on the Kiss Cam,” Lexie said. “Whether they’re just dating or have been married for 30 years, it’s charming to see two people show affection for one another.”
By now you might have figured out that Lexie has an eclectic taste for everything in her life. Still, you might be surprised to find out what her favorite television show is.
“Most people are very surprised when I tell them that I love Battlestar Galactica,” Lexie said. “I don’t always like Sci-Fi shows, but this is the absolute best TV show I’ve ever seen. The first and second seasons were both fantastic, and now that the second season is over I’m forced to wait several months before the third season begins.”
Until that much anticipated third season of Battlestar Galactica begins, there is still time to catch Lexie and the rest of RPD at Rockets home games this season and at appearances throughout Houston.