Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Connie Etter Photography Indiana
The Nomination: Where shall I start with this beauty? She's beautiful, intelligent and talented! Taylor attends Cardinal Ritter High School in Indiana. She has been on a travel softball team for the "Indiana Gators" for 9 years and is also a pitcher on her high school softball team. Taylor has a GPA of 4.340 and will be attending Denison University where she will be playing softball and will be pursuing a career in dermatology. In her spare time she is the President of Riley Dance Marathon for children, leader of Service Learning (a community service club, Student Ambassador and is on the National Honor Society.
Her Story: Softball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always loved the game and everything that has come with it – from the people that I have met along the way, the coaches who have taught and inspired me, and the opportunities that I have been given. At around eight years old I was beginning to start fastpitch softball and I loved the idea of being a pitcher. Looking back now, I would not have it any other way.
Halfway through the season of joining my first travel softball team, my coaches told my parents and I that I should stop playing softball and find a new sport to play. From this moment, I have been driven and inspired to be the absolute best player that I can be. Being a pitcher is so amazing because you have control of the game. You can decide how fast or slow you want the game to go, and great responsibility relies upon you. It is not easy to be a pitcher, or a good one in that sense, so the challenge and learning new pitches is one of the greatest aspects of the game.
For my future plans, I will be attending Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I will be continuing both my academic and softball career. Playing sports has been a major part of my life, but my academics have always come first. Even from a young age, I have always taken pride in my education. I strive to do my best in all things in the classroom, while also being an elite level athlete.
Doing so requires great balance, which I have learned to do over time. Being an elite level athlete demands continual practice, position lessons, and dedication. Maintaining a 4.3 cumulative grade point average with such high demands involves long dedicated days. I believe that being able to compete at such a high level in both the classroom and on the field is what makes me so inspiring.
My favorite non-profit organization is Riley Dance Marathon. I have been a part of this club at my school for the past three years, and now I have the wonderful opportunity to be the president of this club. Every year we have surpassed our goals and raised thousands of dollars for Riley Children’s Hospital.
When it comes to classes, my favorites have been anatomy, AP calculus, and organic chemistry. They were all difficult, which made every day a challenge. I have taken as many honors, advance placement, and dual-credit classes that I could while being in high school. Because my grades are so important, I make it a priority to excel in those classes, thus resulting in a very high grade point average.