“Taiylar exemplifies more than an everyday school goer,” said Mistie Mayfield, Hibbard’s soccer coach and physical education teacher. “She is not only a great leader in the classroom and in the school, but also on the playing field.
“Her peers look up to her and she is very positive,” said Mayfield. “She will do anything you ask of her.
“Taiylar is infectious.”
The 10th-grade student is the daughter of Mary and Robert Hibbard. Her brother, Christopher, 17, is also a student at New Manchester High School.
Asked if she had a philosophy she lives by, Hibbard said, “Live every day to the fullest, because you never know how long it will last.”
As an athlete, she plays soccer, basketball and softball. According to her coach, Hibbard had never set foot on a soccer field until last season.
“She has a natural, never-give-up attitude to be the best she can be,” Mayfield said.
Hibbard also excels academically, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She was also recognized for achievement as a freshman as a recipient of a Superintendent’s Scholar Award.
Her favorite subjects are social studies and history. She exhibits leadership in the classroom by helping peers understand material she may have already mastered.
“In sports or studies, whenever someone needs help, I help them with it,” she said. “People come to me, and I try and give them friendly advice.”
Along with academics, sports and family, Hibbard is also active with St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and by volunteering in the community.
She helps with pancake breakfasts at her church as “a way of serving others and making them feel special.”
But it is not only people who the student makes feel special.
Hibbard also puts in hours volunteering at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, where she cleans cages, walks dog and plays with them.
In her spare time, Hibbard also enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She attributes her love of cooking to her “Granny” who taught her how to cook.
“She’s my inspiration,” said Hibbard. “I love baking cakes.”
Studying the culinary arts after high school has been considered, but the sophomore said the thing that has consistently stuck with her is to become a physical education teacher.
Mayfield said, “You have people come and go in your teaching career but Taiylar is special. I think a lot of teachers at New Manchester would say that. She makes our job easier.
“She represents New Manchester very well.”