Throughout all of her various activities, Fishers High School senior Taylor Webb was not looking for recognition for her involvement in various school and community activities, but on April 23, she was named the 2012 Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service Award winner.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Webb. “While listening to the accomplishments of other students, I didn’t think I compared to them at all.”
Webb is the sponsor for the Make a Difference Club at Fishers Junior High School, which consists of a group of eighth0grade students who want to make a difference in the community. At the school, she also helped out with the recycling club, was a cadet teacher and served as a role model for younger students.
At FHS, Webb is a member of the National Honor Society and a peer tutor, where she helped students who have mental or physical disabilities. In her senior year, Webb was picked to participate in the school’s student leadership retreat, where she was one of 80 students invited to improve their leadership skills to help keep the school drug-free.
Webb says her greatest accomplishment was her work with the Fishers Dance Marathon Committee. As committee president, she set a goal to raise $20,000 through many community-wide fundraisers, including the kid-friendly All Treats No Tricks event. The event was a huge success, and in March, Webb announced the committee had raised $20,116.30 for Riley Children’s Hospital.
“It’s an awesome feeling to know you are doing something for people who truly need it,” she said.
Webb’s guidance counselor, Matt Swain, described her as an outstanding young lady who has demonstrated character and values that help young people stay drug-free.
“She has held many leadership roles while a student at FHS. As a peer tutor, she developed many influential relationships with developmentally-disabled students and helped navigate them through their high school experience,” said Swain. “Taylor is an example of how we hope all students will embrace life and give back to the community that has supported them along the away.”
Webb, the daughter of Kim and Brian Webb and stepmother Dawn Webb, plans to attend Purdue University and major in special education. Webb credits her time in FHS’ Best Buddies program to her future occupation.
“I’m not very patient, but being with them (the students), I’m super patient. They show so much love back,” she said. “Friendships last forever with them.”