Each Monday and Tuesday, The Paducah Sun publishes profile stories on area high school seniors chosen from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week consideration. Around the end of the school year, a selection committee will pick one of these students for Teen of the Year, which carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive the Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
Taylor has earned a cumulative weighted GPA above 3.6 at Paducah Tilghman and stays busy with dance classes at Market House Theatre, his part-time job and extracurricular clubs and activities, such as the all-male a cappella group Prime Rib, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Drama Club. He also attended the Governor's School for the Arts program, which he described as an "amazing experience" that made him a better person, performer and actor.
After high school graduation, Taylor plans to earn a degree in musical theatre. He's looking at several schools, which are mostly out of state, and is particularly interested in Montclair State University in New Jersey and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
"Paducah is a very good place to try acting and performing, even if you're not sure you want to do it in life or even if you just want to do it sometimes like at Market House," he said.
"I know a lot of the people that work downtown and like lawyers and bankers - they go and they do theatre in their spare time because they love it and it's fun. If you want to try it, just try it. You can do it."