Fluvanna County High School Salutatorian for the Class of 2018
PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2018
Parents: Levi and Jessica Taylor
Destination after High School: Virginia Tech
Plan of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Dual Enrollment/AP Credits: 38 with six Pending
- AP Scholar with Honor
- Excellence in Aerospace Engineering: 2016
- Excellence in AP Biology: 2015
- Excellence in AP US History: 2016-2017
- Excellence in English 10 Honors: 2015-2016
- Project Lead the Way: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- Project Lead the Way: Aerospace Engineering
- Project Lead the Way: Principles of Engineering
- Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Engineering Design
- College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA)
- Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
- W!SE Financial Literacy
Activities: Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School
Athletics: JV and Varsity Football, Varsity Track, Varsity Tennis
Employment: Phillip’s Discount Furniture
- Hands on Fluvanna
- FCHS Career and Technical Education Night
Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
I chose Virginia Tech partially because I was raised as Hokie. I have been to several football games and some wrestling matches at Tech, and Blacksburg has always felt like another home to me. I love the mountains and the campus, so Blacksburg makes a good fit for me. I want to be an engineer, and Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is among the best in the nation, so for me, Blacksburg is where I was meant to be.
What will you remember most about being a Fluco?
I will probably remember football games and pre-game with my teammates the most. I have played football since I was eight years old as a Fluco, and that is something that will always stick with me. There is nothing like a home game at FCHS as a football player.
Who are some of the people that you would like to thank?
First off, I’d like to think the good Lord for making all of this possible. I would also like to thank my mom and my dad for helping me to grow and succeed in life. They have helped me to become a hard-worker and they have done so much to help me to be the best that I can. I also want to thank Deanie and Doris Duncan, as well as Deana Duncan, for helping me get to and from practices when I was younger, and everything that continue to do for me today. I want to thank my coaches that I have had over the years, including Coach Pace and Coach Carter, for helping me to become who I am now, and giving me a love for sports and competition.
What advice would you give to rising 8th Graders?
I would tell the rising 8th Graders to always work hard in everything that they choose to do, whether it’s school or sports, or a job, do everything to the best of your ability. And I would also tell them to enjoy their time in high school, because it goes by faster than you think.
What is something humorous that happened while you were in school?
This past semester, a friend of mine was going to ask a girl that we are all friends with to prom, and everyone knew that the girl was getting impatient. So we got another one of my friends to ask her before he did, and he asked in front of our AP Government class as a joke. The look on my friend’s face when he saw what had happened was priceless. The girl was in on the prank, and only a few of us knew about it. It was really funny to everyone except my friend, until we told him it was a joke. It was actually one of the funniest things that happened to me in high school.
What are your best memories of school?
Most of my favorite memories of school involve football. Winning our home opener against Blue Stone this past season was really special. The homecoming game and festivities before the game were also really special, as was Senior Night. Walking the field for the last time on Senior Night was special after having spent 5 seasons on that field.
What is a Fluco?
A Fluco is someone who either attended Fluvanna County High School, or someone who lives in Fluvanna County. All of us that graduated from FCHS will always be Flucos, no matter what path we take after high school.
Submitted by: Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance