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Islanders Cheerleader Receives Surprise Marriage Proposal during Halftime

December 09, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A half-time surprise leads to a full-time romance for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Cheerleader Faith Veroneau. During halftime of the Islanders men’s basketball game on Nov. 13, Veroneau’s boyfriend, Colton Moorhouse, proposed to her.

“I wanted it to be special, something fun and exciting, and something bold,” said Moorhouse. “Of course, just asking her to marry me would have been good enough for her, but on that day, I was the cheerleader for my cheerleader.”

During regular half-time performances, Islanders cheerleaders perform stunts on the court, while holding up signs to pump up the crowd. On the night of the proposal, Veroneau, a sophomore nursing major, was cheering in front of the group when mascot Izzy the Islander spun her around where Moorhouse was waiting, on bended knee. In the meantime, the cheerleading squad was holding a series of signs that read, “Will you marry me?”

“I was so focused on the performance that I didn’t even see Colton,” said Veroneau. “I was so surprised. It was absolutely perfect.”

Moorhouse had been planning the engagement and custom ring for more than five months. Like a true gentleman, Moorhouse had asked Veroneau’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage and had visited a jeweler to have a ring made for his future bride. Moorhouse also enlisted the help of Islanders cheer coach, Melanie Lowry, to coordinate the surprise proposal. To divert attention from the video cameras on the court, Lowry came up with the idea of telling Veroneau that the team was shooting a television commercial.

“I have known Faith for almost two years,” said Lowry. “She is a great person and she and Colton are a great couple. They are overly in love, excited. I wish them the best for their future.”

Moorhouse and Veroneau are looking forward to their spring 2016 wedding. Veroneau is also looking forward to continuing her education at A&M-Corpus Christi as she prepares to apply to the nursing program.

“Once I have my degree, I would like to go on mission trips and use my training to help others with medical problems while also helping them spiritually,” Veroneau said.

Moorhouse, a trained survey technician, plans to furthering his career opportunities with an online degree in digital information mapping.

“I am a better man just for knowing her,” said Moorhouse. “God has truly blessed my life and I will do whatever it takes to honor that blessing. I look forward to my future life with my best friend.”