Hannah Taylor

      Hannah Taylor wants to travel the country and she has a plan to do so while helping others.

     After graduating from Logan Elm High School this month, she will study nursing at Wright State University in Dayton. Her goal is to become a traveling nurse and see the country while she makes a living.

     Hannah’s aunt is a nurse and she gained an understanding of the job from her and from watching videos about the nursing profession.

     “I just thought it was really interesting. I watched ‘a day in the life of the travel nurse’ and I found it very interesting. I started following (the videos of) different couples that were travel nurses and I liked seeing their adventures.

     Hannah is the 2022 recipient of the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award for Pickaway County. The award honors Walter, a former longtime state superintendent of public instruction, and was established in 1989 by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their schools and communities. 

     Eligible applicants must be a high school senior enrolled in a public school within an ESC’s service region. Recipients were required to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as indicated by high school grades, test scores, school activities and awards.  

     While Hannah said she was surprised to learn that she won the award, her grades and extracurricular activities make it clear why she was selected.

     In addition to completing advanced placement and honors courses, Hannah also was enrolled at Ohio Christian University, taking English Composition I and II her senior year.

     An honor roll member all four years of high school, she also received awards for her work on the Logan Elm varsity basketball team and was active in 4-H: club secretary in 2019 and president from 2020-2022.

     Hannah is the first in her family to go to college, an accomplishment that makes her parents, Todd and Lisa, happy.

     “They’re really proud of me. They’ve been saying how proud they are,” Hannah said.

     In addition to the $750 that comes with the Franklin B. Walter Award, Hannah also was this year’s recipient of Pickaway WORKS’ Ula Jean Ater Metzler Scholarship, which provides $1,000 to a first-generation college student.