Outstanding Gonzales student wins national award

Greg Fischer
Skye Milan Taylor

An eighth-grade student at Gonzales Middle School, Skye Milan Taylor, was recently featured in the United States Achievement Academy's (USAA) Official Yearbook.

Taylor was a US National Award Winner in mathematics. She was nominated by Linda Smith, a teacher at Gonzales Middle, for her A-student performance in the seventh grade. Criteria for achieving the honor of which Taylor has earned includes academic performance, aptitude, leadership and cooperative spirit.

Taylor is the only child of Richard and Dr. Michelle H. Taylor. The family has always lived in Gonzales, and Taylor has always attended Ascension Parish schools, according to Michelle. Mom, as one might guess is extremely proud.

"It takes hard work and dedication," mom said. "She's always on honor roll. She participates in different clubs."

Taylor indeed participates in many clubs, both school-based and non. She is a member of Beta Club, Film Club and track and field, where she throws the shot put. She is secretary of the Young People Division (YPD) at Trinity AME Church. She is also a member of the STEM Club at school, which focuses on science and technology.

Moreover, Taylor won an "oscar" through the Women's Missionary Society for community service. She is musically inclined, having achieved superior ratings for piano solos.

"Her favorite music changes from day-to-day," mom said. "She's a big fan of NCIS. She's always been really great at problem solving. She's the kind of kid that listens to what she did wrong and what she needs to do to correct it."

Taylor will be attending East Ascension High School next year. Her interests for college study are leaning towards engineering and pharmacy. Michelle says that she does not allow Taylor to put too much pressure on herself.

"I'd rather have a healthy child than one that's obsessed about grades in the eighth grade, who has a balance between school, friends and church. Academics comes first, of course, but it has to be a complete package."

Something about this formula appears to be working.

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