Taylor says being a good citizen is about giving something back

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2001

Trinity Episcopal Day School senior Taylor Young said being a good citizen is all about &uot;giving back.&uot;

Young was recently named the Good Citizen for Trinity by the William Dunbar and Natchez chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was chosen by her peers from a group of achieving students nominated by Trinity faculty, and Young said she is honored by the recognition.

&uot;It’s important to give back,&uot; Young said. &uot;This school has meant so much to me.&uot;

And the memories will not be lost when Young goes away to school this fall. She plans to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she will study dance under scholarship.

Dancing from the age of three, Young has studied at the prestigious Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts in Kentucky and performed with the American Ballet Theatre satellite program at the University of Alabama.

Even dancing can be another outlet to give back to others.

Recalling a quote she once read, Young said &uot;every dancer wants to make people feel they way they felt the first time they saw a dancer.&uot;

But being a good citizen not only helps others, it helps yourself, Young said.

&uot;There’s a point where you give so much that giving gives back to you too,&uot; she said.

Young said she will never forget the satisfaction she felt seeing the smiles of needy children helped by the Trinity Student Council’s Christmas sweater campaign.

And what can others do to give back to their communities like she has? Taylor shrugs her shoulders.

&uot;I don’t think you can try to be a good citizen,&uot; she said. &uot;It comes from the heart; it’s involuntary.&uot;

Young is the daughter of Jim and Gwendolyn Young of Natchez.

Other local students named Good Citizens by the DAR are Plezetta West of Natchez High School, Claire Cothren of Cathedral High School and Amanda Gore of Adams County Christian School.