SULPHUR — Around the halls of Sulphur High School, it’s not uncommon to find students who are excelling in the classroom and more than one area of athletics.

Editors Note: This is part of a series profiling the finalists for the 2019 Cheerleader of the Year award, which will be announced at the Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet in May. 

SULPHUR — Around the halls of Sulphur High School, it’s not uncommon to find students who are excelling in the classroom and more than one area of athletics. 

Senior cheerleader Jordan Goodman fits this description to an absolute detail.

Whether it’s shining as a member of the Lady Bulldogs cheer team, excelling as captain of the girls golf team, or helping the three-time defending state champion Bulldogs powerlifting team, Goodman manages to balance all of her athletic responsibilities as well as represent her community and her school proudly. 

“Being a cheerleader has meant everything,” Goodman said. “To say I’m blessed is an understatement. Having the connection with the team has showed me how to be apart of something very special. It’s taught me about dedication and hard work, and it’s shown me how to be a better leader for sure.”

Goodman’s cheer career is only scratching the surface of what she has done since attending Sulphur High School. 

Aside from being a four-year member of the varsity cheer team, as well as a three-time academic state cheer champion, two-time All-Star selection, and a two-time All-Ardmoreite cheer selection, Goodman has also been a member of the Sulphur golf team since her seventh grade year, where she has been a three-time state qualifier as well as captain, and a two-time member of the All-Ardmoreite girls golf team.

Jordan has also been a three-year manager for the Bulldogs powerlifting team, where she has been apart of three consecutive state championship squads. 

Academically and in the community, Goodman also stands out in more ways than one. 

Along with maintaining a 3.94 GPA, Jordan is currently serving her third consecutive year as the FCCLA President, and is also a member of the Sulphur Student Council, as well as the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils, where she served as a delegate of Sulphur High School this year at the 77th state convention for the OSAC. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Who’s Who Among High School Students. 

She is also the head chair of the Chickasha Pelchi Ikbi, which is a leadership program through the Chickasaw Nation, where she has been awarded an Outstanding Leadership Award, as well as a member of Interact Club. 

In the community, Jordan has volunteered with the Children’s Christmas Celebration in Ada, as well as helping start a foster care awareness project which donated more than 50 handmade bags and supplies to Oklahoma Families First in Ardmore. 

“Honestly I have to say the people that are on my team and my coaches have worked so well with my schedule,” Goodman said. “My family has also been a huge influence in showing me that you can do more than one thing. I’ve been very fortunate to be apart of everything I’ve been involved with whether it’s golf, cheer, powerlifting or anything else in the community or with the school.”

“These last four years wouldn’t have been the same without Coach (Destiny) Baker,” Goodman added. “She’s like a second mom to all of us. Part of being a team and a family is dealing with the hard times, the frustrations but also the good times. She makes up our team, who we are, and what it means to be dedicated and work hard. She is the only who shows us what those truly mean because she works so hard but yet still manages to be apart of her families lives in such a strong way.”

After having made history from being the first female athlete to ever be named to All-Ardmoreite cheer and golf in the same calendar year, Goodman now has her sights on making more history by being the first ever Cheerleader of the Year.

“I can’t even put it into words what it would mean to win the award,” Goodman said. “I’d be so honored and blessed. Cheer has defined who I am as a person and its shaped me to who I am today. Receiving it would be a great way to represent my community and a great way to give back to Sulphur.”

Jordan will be attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the fall, and plans to major in political science with a preference towards pre-law.