Photography by Kim Box Photography
This Trojan football defensive captain is known for his dualistic talents on the field and on stage. He's been nominated for the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award and has danced for the Montgomery Ballet.
17, Senior at Saint James School, Montgomery, Alabama
Defensive captain for the Trojan football team
Dancer with The Montgomery Ballet
All State Show Choir
Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Nominee (recognizes Christian leadership and academic excellence in athletes)
“Everybody in my family says, ‘Find a way.’ I use that if I’m struggling to dig deeper, to win from within,”
How It Began
Much like Zach Efron’s character in “High School Musical,” Zach Taylor balances his passion for the performing arts with his love of football. “I used to get teased a lot at first, but I’ve earned a lot of respect from my peers,” he said.
Zach’s interest in performing started in 3rd grade when he was participating in the Halcyon School Show Choir. Since then, Zach has showcased his versatile talents, doing choreography for and performing on stage with Saint James Performing Arts, the Drama Club, Soundfx, the Show Choir and The Montgomery Ballet.
Zach was exposed to football in the 7th grade when his dad was a referee. He decided to give it a try, and discovered that he loved the sport; he’s been playing ever since and is now defensive captain for the Trojan football team. He has won the Football Defensive Award and is a member of FCS (Fellowship of Christian athletes and students). Zach was also among the handful of seniors chosen at his school to be a Peer Leader and mentor incoming freshmen.
Next Step, Disney
Zach has hopes of majoring in Performing Arts and Musical Theatre. He’s even interested in spending some time with Mickey. “In college I would love to spend my summers working at Disney.”
PG (Parental Guidance) Rating
Zach is proud of his entire family. “I have great parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. They have helped me have the confidence to bridge the gap between athletics and performing arts.”
Zach’s parents Scott and Debbie Taylor agree that Zach’s level of commitment to his many activities is impressive. “Zach has an incredible passion for whatever he commits himself to. He is all in, giving as much of himself as possible to make it successful.”
Scott and Debbie believe their parents helped to establish a faith-based foundation in them, one they’ve used to teach their own son. “We watched two of our parents die at young ages fighting cancer. Watching them attack that disease showed us how to live with grace,” said Debbie.
The Taylors encourage others to, “raise your child with an open hand. The children we are given truly belong to the Lord, and we are here to guide and direct. The more we close our fist and hold on, the more we squelch their dreams and desires.”