Taylor Thornburg - Grade 8, Incarnation Catholic School
The Arts Are My Inspiration For Success
As I grow older, the blueprints of my life start to become more complex and precise. My future is becoming clear in the occupation I want to pursue with the support of my family and the inspiration of the performing arts.
Experiences with irregular spinal curves and irregular foot properties have led me to realize that I aspire to be a radiologist. I feel called to help people reach their potential and utilize their God given talents. Ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated by the way that the bones of the body work and the complexity of the gift of creation. Recently, I have been diagnosed with Scoliosis and will be getting a brace to improve my back as I continue to grow. I was fascinated by the x-ray of the spinal curve as well as the structure of the bones surrounding my spine. I was also informed that I have an extra bone in my right foot which I had diagnosed myself before my doctor visit. I researched the foot structure, causes of pronation, and why there is a bony prominence on the inside of my foot just above the arch. I learned that I have Accessory Navicular Syndrome.
I was first introduced to dancing when I was three and have loved it ever since. At the age of ten, I started training professionally, and I am now in my second year as a Junior Company member at the Ballet. Over the years I have had so many first class opportunities such as performing in the Nutcracker at the Schuster Center, attending summer intensives at Kaatsbaan (a dance facility in New York founded by former American Ballet Theatre principals), and Ballet Met (which I was awarded a merit scholarship to attend). I have performed in six Muse Machine productions including the spectacular “American Mosaic” collaboration. These amazing performance opportunities also inspired my interests in acting and art.
I have taken art classes at the Dayton Art Institute and the K 12 Art Gallery, and I recently won the Air Force Museum helicopter drawing contest for grades 7-9.
Being an active member of my school has always been important to me too. I currently participate in the morning broadcast news, the Merit Society, and Girl Scouts just to name a few. By participating in these activities, I am preparing myself to be a well-rounded student and developing my leadership abilities that will later help me attend an Ivy League college.
All of these opportunities would not have been possible without the support of my family and my faith. My family helps me tremendously when it comes to helping build a strong foundation for my future. They have introduced me to the performing arts, and in doing so, the framework of my life has a strong foundation that will one day be an intricate masterpiece for all to see!