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Sawyer Taylor-Arnold Named Asheville High School's Salutatorian
Finishing second amongst her classmates, Sawyer Taylor-Arnold is Asheville High School’s Salutatorian. The daughter of Laurel Taylor and Dan Arnold, she is a member of the National Honors Society and was part of Asheville High School/SILSA’s Speech and Debate Team for Public Forum all four years of high school. Taylor-Arnold was also part of the Student Government Association as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior. She was Class President her Junior and Senior year as well as Student-Body President for the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, she helped co-found Asheville High School’s Girl Up Club, serving as President her Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. Throughout high school, Taylor-Arnold took 10 Advanced Placement classes and two A-B Tech courses. She volunteered with Our VOICE as a Rape Crisis Counselor as well as worked for Girl Up as an advisor her Junior year. She’s also worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to help organize their high school conference. And, as a Senior, she worked at Youth Empowered Solutions as well as interned at Planned Parenthood. Taylor-Arnold also organized the 2018 Women’s March on Asheville and helped orchestrate it her Senior year. Throughout high school, she received the Economics Award, the George Washington Book Award and the 2019 Superintendent’s Award. She has a twin sister, Hadley Taylor-Arnold, who is also graduating with the Class of 2019. Sawyer plans to attend Harvard University this fall and major in either Women’s Studies, Government or History.