Taylor Loyd '19
Published August, 2015
Taylor Loyd '19 is entering her second year at Woodlawn and already, she says, she feels like she's been part of the community forever: "My peers and teachers have made my experience so welcoming, and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. The whole school functions like a family." Taylor says she truly appreciates those moments that make Woodlawn unique: every student in a history class, for example, embracing culture and costumes for an educational skit, monthly service opportunities at a local nursing home, and a pair of visiting guinea hens who found their way to Woodlawn and made it their home. An advantage of being part of a smaller school, she continues, is the opportunity for everyone to participate in athletics. "We practice athleticism not to win -- though of course it's nice when the school soccer team wins the state championship! -- but to improve our sportsmanship and well being," she says. "I signed up for cheerleading -- which I knew nothing about other than the fact that I would use some of my childhood dance training -- and I had the time of my life." She also joined the golf team, honing what she describes as "limited skills" and enjoying the support of her teammates. A classically trained vocalist who took part in the school musical and wowed the nursing home residents with her singing, Taylor says she's grateful for the opportunities that Woodlawn gives her to grow as a performer, and to share her passion for the performing arts. "No matter how much I write, I can't really express the amount that I've learned -- and not just educationally -- at Woodlawn. All I can really say is that you have to experience it for yourself."
Taylor is currently a sophomore at Woodlawn.