Student Spotlight: Taylor May-Smith, Class of 2023

Zoe Zamora
FBCA Junior, Taylor May-Smith, started riding horses at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since. What started as a hobby has now turned into many life lessons, friendships, and a lot of joy.
Taylor has been attending FBCA since her freshman year of high school. She is in her third year of participating in the theater program and her first year of costume design. 

“I enjoy being a part of the FBCA Theatre Production class, the community of girls in that class, being a part of the theatre program, and especially the close bond I have formed with Mrs. Thompson, FBCA Theatre Director,” shared Taylor. 

Mrs. Thompson and Taylor have a wonderful student-teacher relationship. Taylor admires Mrs. Thompson, because she is a light at FBCA and is a teacher who cares so much about her students. 

“There is not a kinder or more selfless person on this Earth than Mrs. Thompson. If I ever need anything, she is always there willing to help. She gives advice and ministers to everyone around her. We bonded so much over the past few years and especially this year in Theatre Production. Mrs. Thompson has made me a confident person and actor, and I don't know what I would do without her,” Taylor said.

Outside of FBCA, Taylor spends many hours a week in a Magnolia, Texas arena working on her equestrian training. She trains on her trainer's horse, Partini, who is a 7 year old sporthorse, pony and warmblood cross, and they show in the jumpers. 

“Partini is an incredible little horse with a big heart, and he loves his job. We have grown together as a team, and I can't wait to see what progress we can make in the next show season,” shared Taylor. 

Taylor started her riding career in the western category, but soon after took a liking to english riding and started jumping. She began competing at low levels when she was young, but now has a plethora of experience and confidence. Taylor has many tricolours and blue ribbons from her competitions. Her favorite memory from her career was when she moved up to a higher division for the first time and ended up taking overall grand champion out of 15 riders.

Throughout her life, she has had many great moments. Her family has been there every step of the way, especially her mom. 

“My mom has set an incredible example for me, of how to be an incredible person. She is always encouraging me to pursue my dreams, and she has guided me through everything in life. My mom is always there to support me at every horse show and competition. I can confidently say I would not be the person I am today without her,”  Taylor said.

Taylor’s long-term vision of pursuing a career path in physcology. She has always found the subject interesting and thinks that it fits her personality well. She also hopes to continue to ride throughout college either on a college team, or at a private facility.

As she approaches the holidays, Taylor has been praising God for her family and the close-knit friendships she has made at FBCA. She is also praying for the upcoming Shadow Play, As It Is In Heaven. 

“Being in Theatre Production means I get to be a part of this special performance, and I am praying
we put on an incredible show for the deaf community,” expressed Taylor.

Taylor will be spending the holiday season with her parents, Darryl and Marie May-Smith, her sister, Kennedy May-Smith, a fourth grader at FBCA, her dog, Bella, and her horses.
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