14 | people |the roar
friday, may 13, 2011
Student Body President Taylor Whittlesey seeks focus on service to others BY EMILY NELSON
One of the projects that Whittlesey has engaged the high school and community in is Project Minga. After a senior editor visit last summer with the Borlaug Institute, she had the opportunity to interact with children who live off of approxiFrom a little girl with blonde bouncy curls who loved mately 20 cents. to be unique to a young woman graduating high school with “After visiting the Scheel Center, which is a school diverse experiences, senior Taylor Whittlesey has used her for lower economic students, I just knew that God placed talents and knowledge to serve others. it upon my heart to do something to help out the people,” “As parents, your greatest joy is to see your child grow Whittlesey said. their wings and fly,” Taylor’s mother Lisa Whittlesey said. Whittlesey will be returning to Guatemala this summer “It makes me so proud to see the young woman she has to present the money raised to the Scheel Center. become.” “I don’t want people to think that this is a project I Whittlesey’s character is one of independence, service started,” Whittlesey said. “I want them to know that this is and passion, she said. a community helping out another community, one school “One of Taylor’s strongest strengths is that it doesn’t helping another school.” bother her to do her own thing and to be her own person,” Along with her passion for Guatemala, Whittlesey has Lisa Whittlesey said. “She does not worry about what the begun to pursue a love for music and plays the guitar and crowd is doing, but instead does things the way she knows g chilviolin as well as sings, she said. some youn Christ would have her do.” teracts with work in is y Th se t. le tt ec “I think the thing about oj Taylor Whi a service pr r fo Student Council Advia al m te music that makes it so great dren in Gua Project. sor Tiffany Rutherford views nosl’s Minga inspired Co is that God gave us two ears “When people look at me, I want them for a reason, and He gave me Whittlesey similarly. “Taylor is one of those to see a follower of Christ and to know two ears to love and appreciate people who will take on any- that I love them and that I am somemusic,” Whittlesey said. “He’s thing, even if it is to the detri- one who wants to serve them.” given me a talent, and I am goment of her personally,” Ruthing to use it to the best of my senior TAYLOR WHITTLESEY erford said. ability to glorify him.” The qualities that WhittleWhittlesey is also an acsey posses have helped her in the activities she has been tive member of the Brazos Valley County 4H, Student involved in. Council, Cntral Church of Christ youth group, her band: “She has definitely grown as a leader between her [Insert Name Here] and high school choir. Taylor Whittlesey perform freshman and senior year,” Rutherford said. “She has als in “Taylor is one of those kids that when you look at her Consolapalooza on Mar ch 25. ways been a very bubbly and caring person with a heart for credentials, like everything she can do, she paints, she’s in service and it has been fun to watch” AP classes, she’s stunningly beautiful, that when on the surWhittlesey has known Rutherford since her freshman face she is one of those people that you would love to be year in high school and has developed a special relationable to hate, but you know that after talking with her for ship, she said. two minutes, you can’t because she is genuine and she is “Ms. Rutherford is like my soul sister,” Whittlesey everything she advertises to be,” Rutherford said. said. “Her room is my safe haven and she is the only person While Whittlesey is involved in much, she too has her besides my mom who has seen me cry at school.” limits, she said. During Whittlesey’s sophomore year she struggled “I have had so many instances where I have had to stop with body image and coping with her mother’s health, she doing school homework because there are only so many said. Rutherford was there to offer comfort. hours in the day, and if you don’t take time to have a bal- Taylor Whittlesey shows her “Ms. Rutherford is one of the people who influenced anced life, you cannot put forth your best effort,” WhittleSteer at a 4-H Competition. me when I was at a very low point in my life and inspired sey said. me to pursue helping others through servant leadership and Whittlesey’s favorite verse and life song is Proverbs for that I am forever grateful,” Whittlesey said. 27:19 that states “as water reflects a face, so does the Whittlesey’s leadership and determination has led to man’s heart reflect the man.” several projects she has started to help others in both the “When people look at me I want them to see a follower community and internationally. Taylor W of Christ and to know that I love them and that I am somehittlesey smiles fo “Taylor is the type of person who does things behind senior pic r her tures take one who wants to serve them,” Whittlesey said. n by senio Katy Wal the scenes that others don’t see,” Lisa Whittlesey said. “She lace. r does it not for the glory, but because she wants to serve the Lord.” PHOTOS PROVIDED BY TAYLOR WHITTLESEY
The Favorites Of...
Female Artist: Mandy Moore
TV Show: One Tree Hill
Bible Verse: “As water re-
flects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Proverbs 27:29
Mountain or Beach: Beach Author: Nicholas Sparks
Snack: Nutrigrain Bar
Movie: “Walk To Remember” Compiled by Emily Nelson
The last issue of the Roar for the 2010-2011 school year, including senior pages.