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Miss O’Fallon candidate Taylor Dockins

Miss O'Fallon candidate Taylor Dockins

The Miss O'Fallon Pageant will be on Friday, July 28 at the OTHS Milburn Campus.
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The Miss O'Fallon Pageant will be on Friday, July 28 at the OTHS Milburn Campus.

Taylor Dockins is the oldest daughter of Tim and Jennifer Dockins and comes from a family of lifelong O’Fallon residents. As a matter of fact, Taylor was selected as Homecoming Princess of O’Fallon in 2005, representing the town she loves so much.

She will begin her senior year at O’Fallon Township High School next month and has already been accepted in to Murray State University, planning to attend after graduation to pursue a career in political science/pre-law.

During her years at OTHS, Taylor has been a part of the National Honor’s Society, French Honors Society, Friends of Rachel, HANDS Club, and is vice president of the French Club. In addition, she played on the school’s soccer teams, Ultimate Frisbee, and participated in the fall play, “Magda’s Story.” Even with all of these extracurricular activities, Taylor has managed to maintain over a 3.5 GPA for the last three years.

Her passion for French comes from her role models, Madame Pilackas and Madame Grossmann, who have been instrumental in her desire to learn about French culture and to continue pursuing the language throughout her college career. This love is what has prompted her to host a French exchange student this year. She is also planning to study aboard for a semester at Murray State.

In addition to working hard in her academics and extra-curricular activities, Taylor works two part-time jobs (Aeropostale and Tropical Sno), which allow her to become independent and develop friendships outside of school and home. Her love for people allows her to thrive in a work environment while helping others. Taylor plans to continue her love of helping others by becoming an attorney after college. However, Taylor’s love does not stop with people. Taylor also routinely volunteers at the Metro East Humane Society, playing with and caring for kittens, puppies, and other animals of all ages.

Taylor also has an understanding of dealing with hardships. When life becomes difficult, she rises to the challenge to help others. Two years ago, Taylor lost her aunt, which completely changed her life structure. While dealing with the loss, she was an instrumental part of helping the family cope with multiple life changes. She has welcomed her younger cousin into her home and has been a positive role model for both her cousin and younger sister.

If she is selected to represent the city of O’Fallon, Taylor will hold this commitment with the highest honor and will use the opportunity to help the younger and older generations, because age does not define a role model. Becoming Miss O’Fallon would allow Taylor the opportunity to use her interests in theater, academics, athletics and learning about other cultures to motivate the younger residents of the town she calls “home.” In addition to teaching the younger generation of her interests, she also possesses the unique knowledge of dealing with difficult life situations. This will specifically help Taylor reach the children in need of a “big sister” and help them to positively re-focus their goals, utilizing everything O’Fallon has to offer.

About the Miss O’Fallon Pageant

Date: Friday, July 28

Place: O’Fallon Township High School Milburn campus auditorium.

Time: Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the pageant will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $8