Oct 6, 2017

PHSC’s Taylor Thompson Wins 2017 Athena Award

Taylor Thompson and other winners of the Athena Award

Congratulations to Pickerington High School Central senior Taylor G. Thompson, recipient of the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Youth ATHENA Awards competition. (Thompson is shown, left, in the photo, along with Emerging Athena Award winner Michelle Cook and Athena Leadership Award winner Alison Forche.)

“Taylor is one of the most talented young women to come through Pickerington High School Central I have seen in the 11 years I have been teaching at PHSC,” said nominator Levon Thomas, PHSC teacher. “She has gone far outside her comfort zone to grow as a person and a leader to not just better herself, but to be able to better the people around her.”

Thompson is a member of National Honor Society, is a three-year varsity letter recipient in marching band, and has performed with the school’s concert band wind ensemble. She serves as the first female president of the Tiger Tech engineering club, where she has been the first female driver on the robotics team to qualify for the State VEX Competition, as well as win tournaments, including an invitation to nationals.

She also is a member of the Tiger tech soap box derby team, which received first place in the 2017 Columbus qualifying competitions, earning a spot at the 2017 World Championships in Akron. “Taylor is an amazing role model for other young women in our engineering program and in our school as a whole,” her nominator said.

Other activities include the PHSC Theater Department, Orchestra, and Sunny Side Up student leadership program. Also nominated for this year’s ATHENA Award was PHSC student Madilyn Epley. The winner was announced during the ATHENA Awards luncheon Oct. 6.

The Youth ATHENA Award is given a deserving young female student who lives in Pickerington and attends PHSC or PHSN; demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her school activities; provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

Congratulations to each of these young women, and thanks for making Pickerington proud!