Community Champion: Taylor Neyland
Taylor Neyland is a native of Byram, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Dr. Timothy and Tracey Neyland, and has two brothers (Timothy Jr. and Titus). Taylor is a recent graduate of Terry High School. This is where she received the honor of being named the 2016 Valedictorian, with a GPA of 4.38. That accomplishment, along with her score of a 30 on the ACT, helps set the stage for success in her college endeavors.
In high school, Taylor has displayed leadership through extracurricular activities. These activities are Student Council Vice President, Not Here Club Vice President, Interact Club Treasurer, Cheerleader, Band, Color Guard, Spanish Club, Superintendent Student Advisory Committee, and Tennis Team. Being inducted into the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, and the Terry High Academic Hall of Fame all serve as examples of leadership through scholastics. Within the community, Taylor has volunteered with the Mississippi Food Network, Willow Creek Nursing Home, American Cancer Society, Angel Tree, and the Salvation Army.
Within the church, leadership has been displayed in many ways. Memberships in the Holiness Youth Ministry and Daughters of Ester are two examples. Taylor also performs in and assists with the choreography of the Praise Dance Team. The C-LIFE (Children Living In Faith Everyday) Ministry is another activity in which she participates. Within the Drama/Theatrical Ministry, Taylor has played the role of Mary Magdalene and other characters. She has also participated in the Bible Bowl, Youth/Mass Choirs, Nursery Ministry, and currently serves as the Sunday School Secretary.
Taylor feels that being active in so many organizations allows her to prioritize and manage time as efficiently as possible. Following a set schedule for classes, tennis practice, student council, community outreach and etc. allowed her to be as productive as possible within a 24 hour day. Therefore, when in college, she will be able to effectively participate in organizations such as Student Association, Fellowship of Christian Students, and the Study Abroad Program. Being involved in various organizations will allow her to stay on top of her studies, as well as become socially involved with people who share similar interests.
Taylor’s objective is to become a physician and establish a Medical Clinic that provides holistic family care. She states that this clinic will serve the underprivileged/economically disadvantaged. Acts 20:35 tells us “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’”. Through cooperating with local churches, she will address—not only Heaven and Hell issues—but issues that deal with keeping our bodies (temples) healthy. God created and wishes to dwell in our temples. So we must help keep our “temples” healthy.