Name: Taylor Clark
Title: Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen
Hometown: St. John, Kansas
Education: St. John High School, St. John, Kansas
Platform Issue: STEAM for Teens!
Scholastic/Career Ambition: Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education; Band Director
Talent: Drum Set “In the Mood/Sing, Sing, Sing!” Glenn Miller, Lois Prima
Scholastic Honors: High School GPA - 4.0 (Honor Roll); National Honor Society; Yale Science and Engineering Award; In Vitro Biology Award for the Promotion of Science and Engineering; Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair in Engineering and Inventions, Silver Medal in Division One and Gold and Silver Medals in Division 2; Mu Alpha Theta Math Award; FHSU Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Gold Medal (5 Years); Gifted Enrichment Program; High School Scholars’ Bowl, Varsity Squad (3 Years).
Leadership Roles: Middle School Band Aid; Tiger Mentoring Program, Mentor; Junior High Scholars’ Bowl Coach; KAYETTE Officer (3 Years); 4-H Energy Management Project Leader (2 Years); 4-H County Council Treasurer; 4-H Club Secretary (2 Years); 4-H Citizenship in Action delegate (2 Years); 4-H Club Treasurer (2 Years); County 4-H Council (4 Years); 4-H Sunday Committee Chair (5 Years); 4-H Day Program Committee Chair; Stafford County 4-H Leadership Award; ABLE BCC Leadership Seminar; Lettered in HS Varsity Tennis (3 Years); Lettered in Color Guard (4 Years); Student Council; FCCLA; First United Methodist Church Bible School Volunteer and Greeter/Usher.
Accomplishments: Kansas State 4-H STEM Spokesperson; Judge at Fort Hays State Regional Science and Engineering Fair; Performed with Yamaha artist Allen Vizzutti; I Dare You! National Youth Leadership Award;
Drum Solo, 1 Rating HS State, Regional, and League Music Festivals; Vocal Solo, 1 Rating HS State, Regional, and League Music Festivals; Perfect Ratings on Snare Drum and Marimba Solos at League Music Festival (2 Years); Kansas 4-H Energy Management State Champion; Martin Cemetery Research placed on National and State Historic Registers (Researcher); KMEA District HS Band, Principal and 2nd Chair; Prairie Winds Concert Band BCC, 2nd Chair; Great Bend City Band; Barton Community College Orchestra; FHSU Band Camp Honor Concert and Jazz Bands; Top Blue Drum Solo Regional and County 4-H Day (3 Years); Top Blue Vocal Solo, Regional and County 4-H Day; Kansas State University Concert Band Clinic; HS Musical (3 Years); County 4-H Champion in Energy Management, Buymanship, Citizenship, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Leadership; 4-H Gold Guard Pin.
Interesting Facts: As a fan of local history, I have filmed and edited a series of oral history video diaries. I have also researched the Martin Cemetery for Exodusters. I presented my national research application, placed on the
State and National Historic Registers, in front of the Kansas State Board of Historians. I have performed as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, as well as the Stage Manager in Our Town.
Marketing Plan: I will continue to raise funds and promote Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through appearances, classroom visits, speaking engagements, and social media I will expand the MAOTeen brand and
establish a “network of teens and STEAM champions”. I will advocate positive scholastic achievement by promoting my platform of STEAM for Teens and the importance of personalized learning opportunities.
Legacy: A year from now, I will have positively impacted the lives of teens across the nation by introducing them to personalized learning through STEAM. MAOTeen will have more social media followers and more teens will know about the organization.
Why should I be Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018? I want the job and my leadership roles have prepared me to do the job. I want to serve as a role model for teens across America, continue to promote CMNH and
MAOTeen, and positively impact and excite teens about personalized learning and scholastic achievement.