Sponsored by Darren Rich, DDS
My name is Taelor Hire. I am 17 and a senior at Exeter Union High School. I am proud to say I’m a small town country girl who was raised in Exeter. I have grown to love this town and the people in it. I consider myself fortunate to be surrounded by many friends and family. The memories and relationships I have established within this close knit community are ones that have shaped me to be the person I am today.
Living in a small town has given me the opportunity to try many different extracurricular activities. With the support of various organizations, teachers, mentors, coaches, family, and friends, I have found a confidence in myself that has led to success and discoveries. You may have heard me sing the National Anthem at local baseball games, fundraiser dinners, or the opening of the livestock sale at the Tulare County Fair. The first time I sang, I was terrified, so I asked my brother to stand with me. His support is one example of the people in my life that have helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new things. I was recently awarded the role of “Gerdie” in the play “Oklahoma” performed at the Lindsay Community Theater where I sang, danced and acted in front of a live audience.
Thanks to my Ag teacher, I recently discovered a passion and talent for Floriculture. I’ve managed to create flower arrangements for two weddings, boutonnieres and corsages for formal and prom, and have another wedding coming up next month that I am planning the flowers for. My other “love” is soccer, and this small town is where it all began. My first soccer game was through the Exeter City Recreation Department when I was five, and I have enjoyed the sport ever since. I have managed to compete on a high-level club travel team for the last six years, and I was recently selected to the 1st Team All-League for the Central Sequoia League for high school. This last summer I went back to the very beginning and decided to volunteer as a soccer coach with the city. It was quite a challenge to coach the little ones, but in the end, it was all worth it when I saw them improve.
My favorite outfit is my soccer t-shirt, running shorts and cowboy boots. I can often be found running from soccer practice out to our barn to work with my cattle. My parents bought me my first heifer for my eighth birthday and I grew that one animal into a small herd that I have raised, bred, shown, and sold continuously since then. I have traveled to many cattle shows and the Tulare County Fair with my beef projects, where I have placed first in showmanship and market many times. My expertise is in fitting and showing cattle and I can often be found in the cattle barn during shows and the fair, helping out other showmen by giving tips and helping to prep their animals for the show ring.
My cattle experience led me to seek out opportunities within the Exeter High School FFA program, where I have participated and have been a leader in the beef program. I have also been involved in many other high school activities such as volleyball, track, California Scholarship Federation, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I work hard to maintain a high GPA and managed to get a 3.83 the last semester of my junior year.
I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given and realize that this community and my family have pushed me towards a bright future. Darin Lasky, my high school soccer coach, warned me my freshman year that the four years of high school would go by quickly. I did not believe him, but here I am running for Miss Exeter and looking at my future goals. I am in shock and now I see how right he was.
I am working hard to reach my goal of pursuing a college soccer career and plan to study Biology. I also have a personal goal of turning my State FFA Degree into an American Degree. Beyond college, my plan is to become a large animal veterinarian and have my own practice in a town that has the same country and close-knit feel as Exeter does. Who knows…..maybe my path will circle back to this place I call home.