Nominated by Regina English
“Taylor is the YES M.A.A.M. Teen Queen and she is a great mentor and leader within the program. She has served countless hours of community service including toy drives and collaborations with other organizations. Taylor excels in school and plans to attend college. She has represented with grace and class and it is an honor to nominate Taylor to be featured in the My Black Colorado Magazine.”
My Black Colorado Interview
What schools do you attend, and what grade you are in?
I attend Fountain Ft Carson High School in Fountain, Colorado, and I am a Freshman.
What do you think others would say that they like the most about you?
My parents have always taught me to find the good in every situation and treat people how you would like to be treated. I have tried to be nice to everyone because you never know what a person is going through. I think that others would say that I am a friendly and helpful person with good manners. They would also say that I’m a fun person to be around.
When you are not in a class, what are the things you enjoy being involved with?
I enjoy being on my Church’s Dance Ministry Team because I enjoy dancing. I also love to make different desserts and work on learning new ideas. People enjoy my desserts, so I will be starting a dessert business along with my Mom in February.
What is the best advice someone has given you recently?
Mrs. Regina, our Director for My African American Miss Pageant system, in which I hold the title of Teen Queen, consistently mentors and encourage everyone involved whether they win or lose. She recently told me that attitude is everything and that it can change a room. She also told me to try and be my best self and to “Be You and to Be Fabulous on purpose!”
What is one thing you want to get better at?
I am already good at what I do, but I want to learn new and different techniques for my business to continue to be successful.
What is one piece of advice that you think adults needs to hear to help them connect with the younger generation better?
I think that adults need to know and accept that we are stressed too. With the recent change in the way we live, we are concerned with school and how things will be in the future and not being able to see our friends daily as we used to do. They should be open to communicate with the younger generation and the way that we learn since we are the future.
What accomplishments or awards are you most proud of?
I am currently the reigning Teen Queen, in the My African American Miss Pageant. I hadn’t competed in pageants in a few years, and I won the title. I am also a part of the Elevated Program at my school. It’s a mentorship program for students who have maintained a specific GPA throughout their middle school years. I am proud of this accomplishment because I am one of only three other students from my school chosen by name for this program. I am enjoying being a part of this program because it prepares me for college and other areas of life.
What impact have you made in the community that you are most proud of and why?
Last Christmas, I volunteered along with my pageant sisters in giving out toys to children who are underprivileged in two different areas of Colorado Springs. I was proud to participate because we could do this for children who, under other circumstances, may not have had such a great Christmas. It was also great to see how happy the children were when they left because we had so much to choose from.
What do you think you want to do for a career?
After graduating, I plan to attend college to become an Analytical Chemist. I have always loved science, and I love learning new things and figuring out new ideas about it. Therefore, I know that I have something to offer, and I would like to contribute to the world.
What role did your family play in where you are today?
My Mother and Father have always encouraged me to do things out of my comfort zone so that I may stand out. They have ever let me know that I am intelligent, well-versed and that it’s okay for me to fail. They taught me to learn from it and not let anything stop me from accomplishing my dreams. Because of them, I can now step out of my comfort zone and do things that I usually would not.