Taylor Evans – Maryland Nomination & Photography by Heather Soskin Photography Issue 53 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Taylor joined my class of 2022 senior model team this year and has been such a blessing to get to know. She is always smiling, a natural beauty, is super kind and has a down to earth, genuine good heart. In school, she is in the National Arts Honors Society and FCA and during her personal time, she is an active participant in her local YoungLife and shows dairy cows and pigs with her 4-H club. Taylor plans to major in the field of Business Administrations after high school and is a total inspiration for any young girl to look up to!
Photography by Heather Soskin Photography
My favorite thing about the 2022 senior model team with Heather Soskin Photography is getting to do something that is out of my comfort zone. I have never done anything like this, taking photos along with girls I hadn't met prior, is something new for me. However, this experience has helped me become more confident in myself. I love that the girls on the model team have become friends. There are 7 girls on the model team, and multiple of us go to different schools. Although we have different styles, it is cool to come together and do something so enjoyable.
My favorite memory on this team so far is when we got to pick out chocolates from a local chocolate shop, and Heather got them for us. We were able to take photos with the candy that we picked out, and eat them. It was super fun to be there with all the girls, as well as Heather.
Some of my roles in this model group are helping pick out ideas for possible places to go and take photos, as well as helping with the poses when we are out taking photos. We also participate in charitable events that heather has set up for us in the community.
Photography by Heather Soskin Photography
The Howard county 4-h Dairy club has helped me grow into the person that I am today. I have participated in 4-h since about 4th grade. In my first year of 4-h, the pigs that I was raising to show at the fair, unfortunately died in a devastating accidental barn fire. This was a rough start to this 4-h for me, but families in the local community donated 2 pigs to me, so that I could still show animals at the fair.
4-H has helped me understand the importance of community, friends, responsibility, and so much more. However the most important thing that I've learned while participating in 4-h is that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Within my time in 4-h I have had many trials, but sticking with it and staying with something I love has helped me understand that things do get better.
If I was going to debate the topic of agriculture with anyone, my opening line would be, “ Although you may believe that agriculture is not needed in our society, the things that you use on a daily basis wouldn't exist.”
My favorite accomplishment in 4-h was getting first place in Dairy showmanship. This is when the judge looks at how good you are at showing your animal, as well as how well you groom and prepare your animal for show. This is something that was important to me, and something I will never forget.
Image by My mom
I think that the leading cause of anxiety and depression among teens my age is comparison. Social media is a scary place, and makes people believe things about others lives that aren't true. I think that girls are so guilty of comparing themselves to that model, or a friend they think is “prettier” than them. I think that another key component is the school system, and teens feeling overwhelmed with the amount of pressure that is put onto them.
Something that I think can be done to help the anxiety and depression crisis is to help promote the realness of life, rather than just “perfect” photos. I think that also putting less pressure on teens about school can also help. I do think it's important to do well in school, however the insane amount of pressure that is put onto teens can be too much.
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In FCA, I am a member. FCA stands for Fellowship of christian athletes, and at my high school, FCA is one of the biggest clubs that we have. During our meetings we have a study about a specific lesson, and peers from my grade. We also participate in athletic games in the gym during some of our meetings. It's a super enjoyable experience!
YoungLife is an organization that I participate in outside of school. In YoungLife, I help plan events such as club, and trips. Being in YoungLife has helped shape me into the person that I am today, and high school being such a hard time for me, Young Life has given me that outlet to feel included in something. My leaders have become my best friends and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I plan to go into Business marketing after high school. I would like to eventually own my own boutique. This has been a dream of mine since I was young. Going into boutiques my whole life, it inspired me to open my own boutique. I love clothing and style, and opening my own boutique is definitely a goal of mine in the future. Look for Taylor in issue 53 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!