Ever since she can remember, Meredith Wells has participated in multiple activities to stay busy. It started with gymnastics, then basketball, diving, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and most recently, learning how to fly private airplanes.
So when it came time to choose a college to attend and which activities to partake in, the senior at Lewisville’s Founders Classical Academy decided on Baylor University. She signed a letter of intent to join Coach Felecia Mulkey’s six-time champion acrobatics and tumbling team.
“It is so very exciting to be able to receive a scholarship for something that I love to do,” she said. “Throughout my whole life, I have worked so hard to get to where I am now, and I could not be prouder of myself for overcoming the obstacles that have been thrown my way.”
Baylor was the third school she visited after Fairmont State University in West Virginia during spring break and Oklahoma State University in August. It was during her OSU tour in early August that she received a text from Baylor. Since she had been attending acrobatics and tumbling summer camps in Waco for about five years, she was quite familiar with everything and everyone there.
“I told my mom while at OSU that ‘I think I’m just going to go here,” she said. “It just makes sense. It’s close, I really like the campus.’ Ten minutes later, I got a text from Baylor.
“At Baylor camp this year, I asked assistant coach Alia Nolan if there’s was a spot available for me for next year, and then the other assistant Kelsey Rowell came up and said, ‘we would never discount you.’ It made me feel good.”
“Out of all of the schools except for the cost, Baylor made the most sense. One of the big things that mean a lot to me is having good coaches who really care, and I found them at Baylor. I know a lot of the athletes at Baylor from being at the camps, and they are all super friendly. For me, it was the whole package.”
Though Baylor has an aviation program, she plans to major in nutrition. However, she still might go into flying as a career. She’s currently taking flying lessons at Marcair Aviation at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth. She hopes to solo in December following her father Corey Wells, a member of the Texins Flying Club in McKinney.
Her journey started at age 3 in gymnastics at the Arlington gym where her mother was coaching. In the years after moving to Highland Village, she went to Excite, Denton Gymnastics Academy, U.S. Gold, Southlake Gymnastics, and for the past three years at Flower Mound’s WinKids.
“Mentally, I think I’ve been the happiest at WinKids,” she said. “Jack Lee is my coach. He’s really good at knowing when to push me. He’s been really helpful. Gymnasts can get some mental blocks. When I came to WinKids, he helped me overcome that.”
She got into cheerleading in fifth grade two years after her mom started the cheer program at Founders. Her mom continues overseeing that program in addition to serving as the school’s assistant athletic director.
Wells began playing basketball between fourth and fifth grade and also competed in diving for 18 months with the national champion CG Divers in Southlake in 2014.
At Founders, Wells captains the basketball and cheer teams and is a member of the Lynx Science Honors Club, Eagle Leaders service club, and National Honor Society. At Founders, she is a straight-A student with perfect attendance.
Wells said her biggest success has been a second-place at nationals in trampoline with WinKids and as a member of two national cheer champions, including last April.
With her college decision done, Wells can concentrate on doing her best in all her senior year activities.
“Before I decided on Baylor, I was sending emails and texts to all sorts of coaches, and now I’m just hanging out,” she said. “The whole process between them and other schools where I was asking them, and Baylor was saying ‘we want you’ made the difference.”