Champlain Valley Union head gymnastic coach Bob Abbott describes Megan Kloeckner as having a strong work ethic. Among other accolades coach Abbott shares that, “Megan is an independent, focused worker. She gets her work done quietly and always keeps herself busy,” he commented. “In addition to her great work ethic, she goes out of her way to be a wonderful friend and supporter of the other girls on the team.”
Born on July 2, 1995 Kloeckner has lived in Shelburne her entire life. Her family includes parents, Gisele and Andy, and younger sister Allie, an eighth grader at the Shelburne Community School.
Kloeckner began her gymnastics career at Gymnstar at a relatively young age. I remember watching the summer Olympics,” she mentioned. “I think that’s what sparked my interest in the sport.” She continued honing her skills on the Champlain Valley Gymnastics Team until she made the high school varsity team as a freshman.
A four-year varsity gymnast and senior captain, Kloeckner is an organized leader by her own admission, “I am incredibly organized. And I think that I’m very helpful in keeping us focused on our ultimate goal: winning a state championship.”
“My favorite gymnastic event is the floor,” Kloeckner responds in answer to a question. “Although I do not enjoy the dance aspect of the floor routine, I really like to tumble,” she said. She also admits to one pre-meet ritual. “I always eat raw red peppers as my snack. It started at Champlain Valley Gymnastics now it’s become a thing.” Although it is unlikely that this ritual has anything to do with the teams’ perfect season, this reporter is not willing to dismiss whatever is working.
This four-year varsity gymnast is also a creative seamstress. Her Graduation Challenge Project is re-designing vintage wedding dresses. “I like sewing, she explained. “And I’m interested in clothing and fashion. It’s something I really enjoy doing.”
In addition to gymnastics, Kloeckner has been involved in Key Club, the largest service organization at CVU, throughout high school and currently holds the office of co-president of the Senior Class Council. She is also gainfully employed as a retail associate at Harrington’s in Shelburne and has designed a website that provides volunteer opportunities for those interested in community-service. “I think my greatest achievement is the volunteer website I created,” she shared. “I’m not technology savvy but even Principal McMannon has stopped me in the hall to praise the website. I feel like I’ve made my mark on CVU and I’m especially proud of it.”
What will this community-minded senior do next year? For now she is considering all her options. Already accepted to Stonehill College and UVM, Klockner will wait to hear from Connecticut College, her top choice, before making a final decision. Undecided on a course of study, Kloeckner might pursue her interests in anthropology or sociology. But there’s plenty of time for academic pursuits…for now Kloeckner is looking to work hard, find a way to dig deep, and help lead the CVU girls gymnastics team win a state championship.