For Maya Scheitel-Taylor, the chief orders to shut colleges statewide in an effort to flatten the curve meant she’d by no means compete in a highschool monitor meet. She had supposed to be a three-sport athlete this yr, and was already coaching with the sprinters.
She was going to attend promenade for the primary time — had even bought her gown — and was inducted into the college’s Nationwide Honor Society, minus the ceremony after all.
The grandest ceremony of senior yr — highschool commencement — gained’t be a gathering of classmates on the WHS fitness center flooring, surrounded by the cheers and, maybe, tears of household and mates. The ceremony, like lessons these previous two months, is now scheduled to go digital on Could 29.
Maybe the best impression for Scheitel-Taylor, although, is that every one of her school visits had been cancelled this spring. They’ve but to be rescheduled, which suggests she doesn’t but know the place she’s going to attend school this fall. She is going to seemingly must decide primarily based on digital campus excursions of her prime decisions.
“I need to main in biology and minor in psychology,” Scheitel-Taylor mentioned. “I need to be a genetics counselor.”
She envisions a profession through which she will help individuals monitor genetic illnesses by means of their household tree and be capable of calculate the dangers for them.
“I’ve at all times been fascinated by human biology,” she mentioned. “It’s fascinating to find out about how we work and our genetics.”
Scheitel-Taylor already has a robust basis within the sciences, due to academics who made the topic fascinating and provoking. She credit Kathy Rain, her seventh grade science instructor, with making science enjoyable and fascinating and even perhaps fueling her curiosity in science as a profession. As an eighth-grader, Scheitel-Taylor joined the center faculty’s Science Membership, and in highschool, she enrolled in lots of the science choices — rules of biology with Ellen Baker-Merrigan as a junior, and biology, human anatomy and medical terminology with Ann Mills.
Earlier this yr, Scheitel-Taylor helped kind Future Well being Professionals (the HOSA Membership) at Worthington Excessive Faculty, and served as its president.
“We didn’t get to do a lot as a result of we deliberate to do extra fundraising within the springtime,” she mentioned. “We had been making an attempt to get individuals launched to it and get individuals within the well being area.”
Along with her science academics, Scheitel-Taylor mentioned her mother’s profession as a nurse could have additionally swayed her towards a profession within the medical area. She is the daughter of Jill Scheitel and Trey Taylor, and has a youthful sister, Brooklyn, who’s a sophomore at WHS, in addition to two half-siblings. She, her mother and sister dwell along with her grandparents, Karen and Herbert Scheitel, in Worthington.
Athletics consumed a big share of Scheitel-Taylor’s extracurricular actions. She performed volleyball, basketball and softball all through her center faculty years, leaving softball behind as a sophomore so she might consider basketball. She’s competed in AAU (Beginner Athletic Union) basketball for the reason that eighth grade, and spent the previous two summers along with her dad in Minneapolis to compete in an AAU league there.
With a lot of her time spent on both the volleyball or basketball courtroom, Scheitel-Taylor appeared to lose her second residence with the closure of the college and it’s fitness center.
“To not go to the fitness center is tough,” she mentioned. “That’s simply my go-to place for the whole lot. I believe the toughest factor for me will not be being within the fitness center.”
Along with sports activities, Scheitel-Taylor was a member of the A-OK Membership and served on the WHS Scholar Council throughout her senior yr.
Whereas her senior yr was something however regular, Scheitel-Taylor commends her academics and workers for all they’ve performed to assist college students get by means of these final two months of college.
“On-line studying goes manner smoother than I anticipated it to go,” she mentioned. “It’s been, whereas not best, it’s been OK.”
Doing digital lessons has shortened her faculty day, and as a substitute of sitting in a classroom amongst her friends, she’s becoming a member of Zoom conferences, calling academics to verify in and delivering on-line assignments. Scheitel-Taylor mentioned she realizes she hasn’t acquired the identical high quality of schooling that she would have, if she had been within the classroom.
“I believe it’s actually vital to be head to head with my academics and friends as a result of it helps me study higher,” she mentioned. “Even now, with children consumed by expertise, it’s good to have that point away (from gadgets) — to be in a classroom with individuals.
“I discover it laborious to do my work now as a result of I don’t like gazing my pc all day,” she added. “I believe the academics are doing the perfect they’ll to get us the data we’d like.”
As the college yr nears its finish, Scheitel-Taylor will commerce in her digital lessons for some digital excursions of these school campuses. In any case, she nonetheless has her resolution to make.
She plans to attend a two-year group school first within the hopes of saving some cash, and has narrowed her decisions right down to Anoka-Ramsey within the Twin Cities or Kilgore Neighborhood Faculty in Kilgore, Texas. After that, she’d wish to attend an HBCU (Traditionally Black Faculties & Universities) program. She toured a number of campuses in Georgia and North Carolina throughout a week-long journey over MEA break final October, and has already been accepted into Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, N.C. The college “has science program, however (doesn’t provide) genetics,” she mentioned.
“Solely 10 colleges within the U.S. and Canada (have) genetics, and it’s actually laborious to get into these colleges,” she mentioned, including that she’s going to pursue her bachelor’s diploma in biology after which deal with genetics for her grasp’s and doctoral levels.
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