SPRINGER — During her time as a Springer Lady Cardinals cheerleader, Tatum Jolly has never been shy about blazing a new trail for herself, or her teammates.

SPRINGER — During her time as a Springer Lady Cardinals cheerleader, Tatum Jolly has never been shy about blazing a new trail for herself, or her teammates.

Wednesday afternoon, she made sure she left a lasting legacy.

In front of her friends, family, and Springer cheer coach Jessica Richards at Walker Gymnasium, the Lady Cardinals senior put her signature down on a National Letter of Intent to cheer for the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm in Durant, Oklahoma.

Jolly is the first cheerleader from Springer High School to ever go cheer at the college level.

“This feels amazing and is just so great for me,” Jolly said. “I get to continue my cheer career, and I’m just so happy because I never want this part of my life to end. It’s been so much fun cheering in this area. Cheer has always been my escape from things, and it’s where I can just let go and be myself.”

This season, Jolly made history by becoming the first ever representative from Springer on the All-Ardmoreite cheer team. 

In addition, Tatum is the Class of 2019 Valedictorian for Springer High School, as well as an FFA officer, she was also a volunteer coach for the Springer Middle School cheer team, which placed second overall at the state competition this season.

On top of being the captain of the Lady Cardinals cheer team, she is also a member of the Senior Co-Ed squad for the Ardmore based Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer and Tumble Gymnasium.

In the community she has devoted her time to washing dogs at the animal shelter as part of her duties as a member of the student council, and has also volunteered with the A2A in picking up trash.

There’s also the small matter of her being concurrently enrolled at Murray State College while keeping her grades in high school at a solid GPA.

Jolly said that she had to mentally prepare herself before the tryout process which took place at the end of March, she said in addition to overcoming that obstacle, she is very grateful for all the support she has gotten.

“Mainly everything was in my head going into the tryout process,” she said. “Once I got past that then I was good to go. Having my best friends and my family here felt so special to me today. I’m sad to be leaving Coach (Jessica) Richards, because she’s been so supportive of me and we’ve become so close. I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done for me.”

Tatum plans on majoring in education while attending Southeastern, with the hopes of becoming an english teacher as well as a high school cheer coach.