Magnolia West Senior Named Student Hero

Congratulations to Magnolia West senior, Dylan Taylor who was named a 2020 State Board of Education Student Hero for District 8. He is among only 14 other students statewide.

The Student Heroes program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do an outstanding volunteer service that benefits their fellow students, schools, or their communities. One student from each of the 15 State Board of Education (SBOE) districts is recognized for this award.

“Dylan is the definition of what it means to be a Student Hero,” said Magnolia West assistant principal, Zach Lytton. “He wants what’s best for others and will do whatever it takes to make others feel special.”

Last year, Dylan spent countless hours volunteering with many non-profit organizations including Martha’s Kitchen, which serves meals to the homeless; Special Olympics, Team THUMP whose mission and goal are to improve the lives of children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities through programs that build a healthy mind, body, and spirit; and volunteers his time at his church on a regular basis. Additionally, he helped raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which directly supported a fellow Magnolia West student. He spearheaded a mentor program at Magnolia West that worked with at-risk elementary students once a week, outside of the regular school day. Dylan even used sidewalk chalk to spread inspiration messages around the community during the COVID-19 pandemic to help spread cheer and positivity.

“I have no clue as to how he finds time to be involved in so many things,” said Lytton. “In addition to his volunteer work, he is extremely active in school activities.”

Dylan is a member of numerous clubs and organizations at Magnolia West including National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish National Honor’s Society), the IB Diploma Programme, and varsity football, just to name a few. He has also been elected as Class President for 2 consecutive years. He is currently ranked #2 in his class and plans on attending Notre Dame University upon graduation.

“Dylan may have very high expectations for himself when it comes to academics, but those expectations pale in comparison to the expectations he has for himself as a member of this school, and as a citizen in the community,” said Lytton. “He just wants to make a change in this world. He is not just a “Student Hero”, he is a Superhero.”