Austin Taylor Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination by Stephanie Taylor Photography by Amanda Reed West Virginia Issue 17 | Volunteer
The Nomination: Austin Taylor is a senior at Mingo Central High with a 4.7 GPA and is an exemplary student and outstanding citizen who is very committed to his academics and serving our community. Austin is very involved in community service but one dear to his heart is the We Can program that assists underprivileged children in our community.
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How did you become involved in the We Can program, and can you tell us a little about it?In 9th grade I was recommended by several teachers to join the We Can Camp. The We Can program is a three-day camp where as a counselor I attempt to make the kids have one of the best summer experiences of their life from taking them swimming to sneaking them midnight snacks.
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What other kind of community service projects have you done? I have worked throughout my school years with things like student government, student ambassadors, beta club, and HSTA club. I also help around the community with the food drives, seasonal community dinners, and the Mingo Kids New View. The Mingo Kids New View is a foster program where we look at cases and attempt to help the child. This can sway from helping with the actual case to providing comfort to the child. What are some of the benefits of maintaining a 4.7 GPA and what tips can you provide to maintain such good grades? With a 4.7 GPA I have more opportunities in college and more colleges are interested in me because of what I can do. My biology teacher taught me how to study my sophomore year and since then my grades have improved tremendously. What I have noticed is that most kids read over the material, which is not a good way to study. She taught me how to write things out repeatedly to really learn the material.
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What do you plan on doing after high school? After high school I will be attending the University of Charleston for a degree in dual Biology and Chemistry pre-professional. After that, I will be learning at the medical school in Lewisburg with a focus in Pathology. After med school, I will focus in on Forensic Pathology and take the board exams which certifies me as a Forensic Pathologist and work my way to become a Medical Examiner.
Austin will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!