Ty Taylor is making the most of his senior year by being involved in as many activities as much as possible.
And his schedule certainly proves that. He’s active as chapter president in Future Farmers of America and a involved member of his school’s academic team while devoting time to showing school spirit. Plus he somehow finds the time to help out in the family cattle business.
For all of his endeavors, Oklahoma Union High School has named Taylor the Examiner-Enterprise, Patriot GMC Hyundai, and Truity Credit Union February Student of the Month.
Each month, 12 participating schools in northeastern Oklahoma will submit seniors who have an excellent grade point average, display community leadership qualities, active volunteerism and high moral integrity.
The students will be honored at a banquet this spring and will be eligible for scholarships and a Hyundai Elantra donated by Patriot GMC.
“It’s a great honor. I know several of my classmates have gotten this recognition, and I honestly didn’t think I’d be running for it just because how great those students are. So it’s a really great honor to be selected,” said Taylor.
He’s an active member with the FFA and often judges competitions, participates in public speaking, exhibits livestock at nearby fairs, including the Tulsa State Fair, Interstate Fair, the Nowata County Livestock Show and so on. He’s also raked up a lot of awards on state, national and international levels. In fact, his team placed first while he got an individual second place in beef at the Royal Highland Livestock Judging Contest in Scotland.
“It was a really neat experience. The livestock judging contest was only day, but we were overseas for two weeks so we got to see and participate in a lot of the livestock agriculture practices over there and do a lot of farm tours and things like that. It was really interesting,” said Taylor.
He recently signed a livestock judging scholarship at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and said he plans to major in agriculture education. At some point, he said he’d love to be a state senator or lawmaker due to his interest in politics at a young age.
“It actually started during the presidential elections when President Obama was elected and ever since then I just developed a passion for it. I’ve been selected to several positions of my own. I’m our chapter FFA president and then I was elected as our class president my junior year and so it’s just kind of been a passion of mine to follow up on politics and political issues,” said Taylor.
At last year’s FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Event, Taylor was nominated to assist with opening ceremonies for the northeast district where he served as treasurer. He was also chosen to the be chapter representative to the Legislative and VIP Banquet at the FFA State Convention.
To me, the most enjoyable thing is just getting to lead the chapter in the direction it needs to go. My brother was a president of our chapter two years ago and he’s now serving at the state level and is running for state FFA president.
School officials described Taylor “as one of the finest” and someone that his peers look up to. His leadership and commitment to friends helps set the tone for the school, officials emphasized. Even though he doesn’t play football or basketball, Taylor makes a point to be at every game, leading the charge in cheering for the school teams.
Through his church youth group, Taylor has served breakfast for church members and helped with a fall festival making food and cleaning dishes. He also volunteers numerous hours in the summer to clean the school, helps teachers move into their rooms and works in the gardens at the elementary school. Plus, he also helps out at the elementary school carnival and enjoys doing community outreach projects through his church youth group.
“I’ve picked up quite a few community hours through my church in Coffeyville and mainly that involves just serving the community food and just volunteering at different events. I enjoy the community coming to our church and hopefully seeing what we can do and get those members of the community who don’t belong to a church and invite them in,” said Taylor.
Taylor works hard in the classroom and friendly and respectful to everyone, school officials said. He often helps out with the family cattle company and spends valuable bonding time with his grandparents.
He commented on how he enjoys his leadership roles in school and appreciates his teachers.
“I’ve had several great teachers here,” said Taylor.