Take Note

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Thurs., Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel; free and open to the public

Taylor Blackwell 2017

photo of Taylor Blackwell

Taylor Blackwell 2017

It’s half-time of a Huntingdon Hawks football game. Ambassador Taylor Blackwell ’17 climbs a ladder to a platform above the field. The crowd hushes. The Marching Scarlet and Grey stands fixed on her movements. She raises her arms. Instruments, flags, and bodies snap into place, and the downbeat brings on the music. As drum major during her senior year, Taylor’s super-busy—not to mention she’s a part of Huntingdon Winds, the Concert Choir, Huntingdon Harmony, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu, the Math Club, Phi Eta Sigma, Order of Omega, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Alpha … that’s enough to make a Hawk chip a Talon. And, by the way, she isn’t even a music major. She’s a mathematics major with aspirations to teach at the secondary level in a rural high school. (Can we just say, she’ll be an inspiration?) Things she likes most about Huntingdon: “Being able to walk into the DH and always having someone to sit with … the atmosphere of a Saturday morning game day … the way the campus looks in spring … the people.” Asked what she does during her free time, she says, not surprisingly, “What free time?” But she does enjoy geo-caching and adventuring with friends around Montgomery. Taylor’s three words for Huntingdon are “Family of Hawks.” She hails from Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Alabama, and says, “The second I stepped on campus, Huntingdon felt like home. I enjoy the family atmosphere. Once I received word about my scholarship I knew my dream of attending Huntingdon was going to become true.” It has, and now that dream is about to give way to those after-Huntingdon dreams of profession, graduate school, and family. No worries, though. Whether she’s heading a whole marching band, a high school classroom, or her own life, Taylor’s in full command.