Cheer – Junior High
The Smackover Varsity Cheerleading program has a long legacy of excellence and is well respected throughout the state! With a tradition of achievement, the team excels both inside and outside of the classroom. The current team is composed of 19 athletes: nine (9) seniors, six (6) juniors, and four (4) sophomores with a combined 3.7 GPA.
The cheer season starts each summer when the squad travels to Hot Springs to participate with the National Cheerleaders Association. While there, athletes are trained in cheerleading safety and become stunt safety completists. In 2023-2024, the team received excellent marks in dance, all Superior ribbons, and had a total of nine athletes nominated as All-American Cheerleaders with three nominated to the All-American Team. The team was also awarded “Best Showmanship” of the camp. Other awards include 1st and 2nd places at the El Dorado Invitational for the past 2 years, 2nd place at the Southern Spirit Association, and a long history of State championships. The most recent being the 2021 3A Arkansas State Champions, 1st place in the 2022 3A State Championship, and 4th place overall in the 3A-4A division State Championship for 2022. The team received the highest performance score of all 3A teams in the state for the past two years.
The team is active in the community as well as the school district. They maintain a strong history of school traditions such as hosting alumni cheerleaders each Homecoming, Future Buckaroo Cheerleaders, "Meet the Bucks'' pep rally at the park, an annual Homecoming bonfire, Snake Walk, participating in the Homecoming parade, and holding a mini cheerleading clinic for basketball season. Participating and arranging the annual “pink out game” to bring awareness for cancer survivors. In addition, volunteering in the community and district is an important aspect of the team. Athletes welcome students to school on game day mornings and host pep rallies for the district in order to engage the entire student body. They also perform during "Saturday on the Square'', volunteer to paint faces, and apply tattoos to elementary students on Friday mornings all while leading fans in cheering on the Buckaroos each Friday night.
As a program, athletes strive to continue the legacy set by the amazing athletes of the past, present and future. They are to uphold school spirit and pride each and every day. Athletes work to develop a sense of good sportsmanship and to act as official representatives of Smackover-Norphlet School District.