Reason to cheer: Meyer earns spot on all-FCIAC team

After several years competing in High-level All-Star competitive cheer, Megan Meyer donned the Wilton blue and white once again her senior year, rejoining old teammates she had started out with in the Wilton Youth Cheerleading program.

She made her first competition for Wilton High one to remember earlier this month by earning all-FCIAC honors at the FCIAC Cheer Championships on Feb. 3 at Wilton High School — the first Warrior to do so in five years.

“It’s been a long time since a Wilton cheerleader has had a presence on the FCIAC team, so I’m proud I could do that for Wilton,” said Meyer of the all-FCIAC honor. “It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

The last Wilton honoree was in 2013.

Only 20 Fairfield County cheerleaders are chosen for the all-FCIAC team. Up to three cheerleaders per team may be nominated and then scored by a separate panel of judges. Seniors Elizabeth Costello and Caitrin Masone were also among the nominated FCIAC contenders for Wilton.

Warrior once again

Meyer cheered with the Wilton Youth program through the seventh grade, before transitioning to All-Star cheer, a nationally recognized organization of competition cheer consisting of gymnastic tumbling, choreographed dance and acrobatic stunting. Meyer said in All-Stars she was able to build on the basics she learned in Wilton, adding jumps, tumbling and flying to her skill set.

Now back on the Wilton squad, she’s been able to bring those flying and tumbling skills onto the mat.

“I was very excited to get back into the Wilton uniform,” she said, speaking of how fun it’s been to reunite with the girls she started out with, with a single focus: “for Wilton cheer to improve on our skill set while making the best impression at competitions as we work together to accomplish our goal.”

Meyer said she hopes to continue as a competitive cheerleader after high school but is still weighing her post-Wilton options.

“Cheer is a very large part of my life. I’m very passionate about the sport and all it encompasses,” she said. “It leaves very little time for anything else, yet it’s very rewarding, and I’ve learned so much more than just cheer. It’s taught me discipline, time management, and above all, teamwork.”

States up next

Meyer expects her team to produce an even higher placement at the state championships on March 3 at Hillhouse High School.

“I think Wilton has great potential,” she said.

The team will use the practice time until March 3 to enhance its stunts and sharpen its choreography.

“I think it’s one of the most talented Wilton teams we’ve had in many years. The seniors have been cheering a long time together and mesh nicely. There’s also some very talented underclassmen to look out for as well. We should have our best performance yet at states,” Meyer said.

“We want to make the best impression with the judges and max out the score sheet to its highest potential. Individually, I would really love to make the All-State team. That would be a great accomplishment and a terrific way to end the season.”