Standout student-athlete Tristen Jones will continue to fulfill a dream of passion she loves on the collegiate level at Southern Arkansas University.

Standout student-athlete Tristen Jones will continue to fulfill a dream of passion she loves on the collegiate level at Southern Arkansas University. Jones recently signed a National Letter of Intent to cheer at SAU to be apart of the Mulerider cheerleading team in Magnolia. 

Jones has developed an thoroughly impressive resume of accomplishments during her time as a Hope High School cheerleader. 

She will represent in Conway for the 63rd anniversary of the Arkansas Army National Guard AHSCA All-Star games hosted at the University of Central Arkansas campus in June.

Jones was selected as a 2018 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star West Team Cheerleader and will cheer during the football and basketball games in Conway.

She joins a host of former Bobcat cheerleaders of Hope selected to cheer at the all-star games in Conway while Turner has been head cheerleading coach at HHS. 

Jones has won the High Jumper award every year since the 10th grade. She made All-American 11th and 12th grade years, received the 5A All Conference Cheer Award for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Jones was also asked to tryout for the NCA (National Cheer Association) Staff and made the team. She will be working at cheer camps throughout the state this summer.

Lydia Lindsey, head cheer coach at SAU is very thrilled to have Jones be apart of the cheerleading team. Lindsey expressed how talented and advanced skill level ability Jones showcase as a cheerleader.

"Tristen is an amazing cheerleader and she'll be a huge asset to us," Lindsey said. 

Jones will participate in several activities and community service projects with the SAU cheer team.

Lindsey also said the SAU cheerleaders will compete at the National Cheer Association Championships in April 2019 which is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Jones hasn't been shy of performing well on the big stage of cheerleading in high school as she's cheered at the Arkansas State Cheerleading Championships for Hope in the 5A Division since 2015.

During competition season, she has helped HHS place first in several contests leading up to the state cheer championships each year in high school.

Although it will be a transition from competing in high school to college, Jones' abilities will allow her to be an asset for SAU on the collegiate level at Nationals. 

Jones is following into the foot steps of her high school cheer coach Kirby Turner, who also was apart of the SAU cheer team in the 2000's.

Turner is a graduate of SAU and had the opportunity to cheer at Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in college. Turner is apart of SAU cheer team finishing fourth place in 2007 and fifth place in 2008 in their division. 

Coach Turner is very excited for Jones to have the opportunity to continue cheering in college as well as receiving an education at institution where she attended.

Turner commented that [Tristen] Jones is a fine example of what cheerleading is about and admired her work ethic all years being apart of HHS cheer program.

She will be of many to join several other great Hope cheerleaders to be selected at an All-Star and cheer in college, Jones also hopes to leave a motivated and inspiring legacy for the future generation. 

Jones will cheer at all home and away football games and home basketball games at SAU.