STEPHENS CITY — One of Taylor Fogarty’s strongest qualities is leading by example.

“I don’t tell people what to do, but show them what to do,” she said. “I’m very dedicated and persistent in what I do.”

Taylor, 18, is the daughter of Deborah and Timothy Fogarty. She has a 4.6 GPA and ranks fourth in her class of 358 students at Sherando High School.

Taylor will attend the University of Virginia with plans to major in psychology as well as economics or business. Her goal is to work as a consultant for businesses.

“I like the idea of helping companies to not be tied to one task,” she said.

Taylor is the president of Sherando’s Interact club, a member of the board of directors, a senator with the Student Government Association and captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

She is also the captain of the Loudoun 98G Black soccer team, part of the Loudoun Soccer Club based out of Leesburg. When she is playing, she remembers advice from her mother.

“My mom says there are no losses, only lessons,” she said. “Every loss on the soccer field teaches a new lesson.”

One of those lessons came when Taylor tried out for the Olympic Development Program her freshman year of school. The program helps soccer players increase their success and move on to national and international teams.

When she didn’t make the program, she was motivated to seek out other opportunities to play and joined the Loudoun team.

“It changed my outlook,” she said. “They are talented girls [on the Loudoun team] and I work hard to be at the same level as them.”

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