Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Taylor Belyeu

We are always proud to spotlight our 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Richard Coca from California. Next up is Taylor Belyeu from Longwood, Florida!

Currently a senior at Smith Prep Academy, Taylor is a soccer stand-out with aspirations of serving the United States as a member of our armed forces. She is currently active in the Civil Air Patrol, and has received recognition for her leadership ability and dedication. She hopes to contribute her talents in the field of cyber security, which she has already demonstrated by being recognized for her achievements at the Patrick Henry College Intelligence and Foreign Policy Camp.

Read more about Taylor below in her own words.

Taylor Belyeu

Longwood, Florida

Smith Prep Academy

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…that I manage the family cattle ranch. This includes taking care of a herd of cattle and a few goats.

For fun, I like to…read good books, both fiction and nonfiction, and go skydiving.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…George Washington. He was an amazing military and political leader. Plus, he’s one of the Founding Fathers.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…my math teacher, Mrs. Tiller. When I started with her, I hated and feared math, but through her tutelage, I’ve come to enjoy it as one of my favorite subjects!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Slack. I use it for my robotics club and my internship with DFW Speech and Debate.

After high school, my next step is to…attend a four-year college, preferably a military academy, and major in computer science.

In ten years, I see myself...as a Cyber Operations Officer in the military.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…the connections it makes between colleges, businesses, scholarships, and students. It makes life so much easier, and it’s really nice to have profile set up for easy access.

We hope for the best for you Taylor! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Richard Coca

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was Neha Chava from Northville, Michigan. Next up in the limelight is Richard Coca from California!

Richard currently attends Reseda Senior High in San Fernando Valley while also dual-enrolled at Los Angeles Mission College. The AP Scholar is highly involved with HOSA where his team was named as one of the state’s Top 10 for biomedical debate. But certainly his most “thrilling” accomplishment was winning first place in the Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Proposal Competition in which competitors design a roller coaster from scratch!

Read more about Richard below in his own words.

Richard Coca

San Fernando Valley, CA

Reseda Senior High School

Something you wouldn’t know about me is…Something you wouldn’t know about me is that I’m very Twitter savy. Follow me on Twitter @richcocacola

For fun, I like to…get out of the house, especially to travel and visit new places.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne. He seems like a down-to-earth guy and his previous research interests me.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…Dr. Wendy Wooten. She was the one who gave me so opportunities in science and allowed me to get my foot in the door to research.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Attendify. I had to download it for CAL HOSA’s State Leadership Conference. HOSA is a great club for future health professionals because of the networking opportunities, workshops, and events.

After high school, my next step is…to go to Stanford University. I’m nervous but even more excited. #FearTheTree #GoCardinals

In ten years, I see myself...doing some type of scientific research. As to what kind, I’m not sure but I do know that I want it to have real world applications.

My greatest dream is…being part of the generation that solves cancer, or even Alzheimer’s, or any other disease. The future is limitless and I am really excited that I’ll get to be a part of a change that hopefully benefits the world.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…its easy to use platform and how simple it is to highlight all of your accomplishments.

We hope for the best for you Richard! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Neha Chava

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Meigan Wu from Bakersfield, California. Next up is Neha Chava from Northville, Michigan!

An extremely involved member of HOSA, Neha has participated in several of the organization’s leadership conferences. She is an extremely talented tennis player who has laid claim to multiple regional and state championships. Her passion for tennis led her to establish and coordinate a summer youth tennis camp; proceeds from the camp went to charity. She has also volunteered for the American Red Cross and her local food bank. She recently enrolled at the University of Michigan where she will being pursuing her goal of becoming a cardiologist.

Read more about Neha below in her own words.

Neha Chava

Northville, MI

University of Michigan

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…I have a twin brother!

For fun, I like to…bake! I love to bake anything and everything and even started a baking club at school.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor. I would love to meet her because of the perseverance she exhibited when faced with the adversity in her life.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…my high school English teacher because he fostered great class discussions and taught many valuable analytical skills!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…”I Love Hue” – a color game! It’s challenging but fun!

In ten years, I see myself...being a cardiologist and treating patients!

My favorite thing about Tallo is…how a student’s profile can be entirely customizable to reflect their own interests, activities, passions, and – best of all – their personality!

We hope for the best for you Neha! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Meigan Wu

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo  platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Anna Weinstein from Denver, Colorado. Now – hailing from Bakersfield, California – it’s Meigan Wu’s time to shine!

Honored as valedictorian of her high school class, Meigan is undeniably a “renaissance woman.” She was named as both the top instrumental music student and top science student of her high school, and her contributions to her tennis squad earned her the distinction of “most inspirational player.” She was also presented the Good Citizens Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution  for patriotism and service to her community.

It is no surprise then that she received the 23rd Congressional District of California Merit Award personally presented by Congressman Kevin McCarthy for demonstrated excellence in academics, citizenship, and leadership skills.

Meigan recently enrolled at UCLA after spending her summer interning with an environmental consulting firm. She intends to major in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics.

Read more about Meigan below in her own words.

Meigan Wu

Bakersfield, California

UCLA

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…I am obsessed with Walt Disney films and characters. My favorite Disney movies are Peter Pan and Mulan.

For fun, I like to…play music on my flute! I especially love playing with others in duets, small ensembles, orchestras, and bands.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Empress Wu Zetian, the only female ruler in Chinese history.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was…my AP Calculus BC teacher and high school band director. Both are very passionate about the subjects they teach and are always there to help and support me!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Pinterest.

In ten years, I see myself...living a comfortable lifestyle in a suburban area. I imagine myself as a classy researcher making discoveries in a well-known institute.

My greatest dream is…to travel the world with my friends and family.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…being able to organize my information in an easily accessible way, and I really appreciate the resume Tallo generates.

We hope for the best for you Meigan! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Anna Weinstein

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Jonathan Banks from Oak Park, Illinois. Now, it’s time to shine it on Anna Weinstein from Denver, Colorado!

Anna recently graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado – a suburb of Denver – where she was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and an AP National Scholar. Her nimble footwork on the pitch also earned her All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition for women’s soccer.

She was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will begin classes this fall and continue her soccer career.

Read more about Anna below in her own words.

Anna Weinstein

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…I kick box in my free time

For fun, I like to…spend time in the mountains camping, kayaking, skiing, climbing fourteeners, and just enjoying the fresh air

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…L.L. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. He holds a unique position as the creator of the most widely spoken constructed auxiliary language in the world, and as such presents an interesting character.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…either my 6th grade Math teacher or 11th and 12th grade English teacher because they both created an environment that encouraged students to independently confront issues in creative ways. In English, about a third of the class would stay after class to continue discussing different topics with the teacher

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Duolingo and Morse Coach to continue learning Esperanto and to start learning German and Morse Code

After high school, my next step is…to attend MIT and major in Computer Science and possibly Brain and Cognitive Science as well. I also hope to travel and study abroad in Spain, Ireland, or really anywhere

In ten years, I see myself...working with a company that allows me to work on creative solutions to intriguing questions connected to psychological and physical health. I may also have completed graduate school.

My greatest dream is…to build a machine that can shrink and enlarge matter to resolve any problem ranging from pollution to resource competition. But more realistically, I aspire to contribute to society on a large scale by working on programs that help research, diagnose, or treat different aspects of mental and physical health. Current apps like Sea Hero Quest which generates data for Alzheimers research and fantastical creations like the psychoanalytic game in “Ender’s Game” fuel these goals.

My favorite thing about Tallo is…the opportunities it provides to connect with different organizations that align with my goals and interests.

We hope for the best for you Anna! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

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Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Jonathan Banks

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Kaylee Smith from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Now, it’s time for Jonathan Banks from Oak Park, Illinois to shine!

For Jonathan, it’s all about making people smile. That’s one of the reasons he aspires to attend dental school and become an oral surgeon. He was recently recognized as an Illinois State Scholar, an honor given to the top students in the state. However, his most impressive academic achievement may be his perfect 36 score on the ACT!

When it comes to creating smiles, it’s not just about dentistry; Jonathan also authors a blog aimed at inspiring young people to live their best lives.

Read more about Jonathan below in his own words.

Jonathan Banks

Oak Park, IL

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…My family and I have kept a vegan diet for over 6 years! Since we watched the documentary Forks over Knives that taught us about healthy lifestyles, we decided to change the way we eat and live, and it’s been great!

For fun, I like to…make music. I have played saxophone for over eight years, and I just love the feeling of playing music. My favorite is jazz, and playing in my school jazz combo is one of my favorite extracurriculars. I also like blogging, and I try to keep my site updated as often as I can with inspirational blog posts. You can find me at www.jbgreatday.com

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Pythagoras; he seemed to be right about a lot of things.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…Ooh. That’s tough. My teachers have been great for pretty much my entire educational experience, and I credit them for my academic success thus far. I’d have to say one of the classes I enjoyed the most was my sophomore honors chemistry class taught by Ms. Cheryl Rulis. She helped make chemistry fun, and every day in that class I felt my understanding grow. She never failed to challenge and push all of her students so we could learn and grow.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…”Really Bad Chess.” I saw it in the app store, and I think it’s pretty cool. It’s a fun spin-off of chess, and I like it because it forces me to think about the game I’ve played for years in a different way. I recommend!

After high school, my next step is…to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (Go flames!!). I will study biological sciences and go on to dental school so I can ultimately become an oral surgeon. I like smiles a lot, so I want to go into a profession that revolves around helping people smile easier.

My greatest dream is…To help as many people as possible, as much as possible. I want to help people smile more.

The thing I like about Tallo most is…how it connects students with opportunities that help them grow into the wonderful people we all will soon become. The connections which Tallo provide are powerful.

We hope for the best for you Jonathan! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Kaylee Smith

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Our last spotlight was on Mika Domingo from Mililani, Hawaii. This week, it’s time for Kaylee Smith from Stillwater, Oklahoma!

Music is a big part of life for this aspiring biomedical scientist; Kaylee is a member of three different bands, and can play several instruments! She has been honored as Musician of the Year three times by her high school, and she even serves as Assistant Band Uniform Manager! But her world doesn’t revolve solely around sharps and flats. She is also a highly involved mock trial participant, a HOSA member, and Vice President of her National Honor Society chapter.

She hopes to one day find the cure for some of the world’s most debilitating diseases. In fact, she’s already decided to get a head start by serving this summer as a laboratory assistant at Oklahoma State University – a school she is currently considering attending. She also is interested in Washington University in St. Louis as well as the University of Tulsa.

Read more about Kaylee below in her own words.

Kaylee Smith

Junior

Stillwater High School

Stillwater, OK

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…that I play 6 instruments: oboe, flute, euphonium, English horn, piano, and ukulele!

For fun, I like to…watch videos from my favorite drum corps, Carolina Crown, and hang out with my mini golden doodle, Gus.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Martin Luther King Jr. He made a drastic change in the world, and I think that is so inspiring.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…Mrs. Anderson. Her English class was super fun, and she is still my mock trial coach today!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…Google Sheets. I used it in my Environmental Sustainability class as we were doing different tests, like fecal coliform, pH, and ammonia on water sources

After high school, my next step is…pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering with possibly a minor in statistics.

In ten years, I see myself...working in the biomedical research field researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. after completing my Ph.D.

My greatest dream is…to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The thing I like about Tallo most is…how students can showcase themselves. I can tailor my platform to be unique for me, and it lets colleges and employers see a little bit about me in a new way.

We hope for the best for you Kaylee! We’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Mika Domingo

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Last week, the spotlight was on Matthew Frost from Hood River, Oregon. This week, we’re headed way out into the Pacific to shine it on Mika Domingo from Mililani, Hawaii!

Mika envisions for herself a career in healthcare, and her passion for the field has already taken root. She has already served on the Teen Advisory Council for the Hawaii Meth Project and was involved with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii. She has also been a reliable volunteer for Kaiser Permanente, assisting in various departments such as the pediatrics ward. Recently, Mika was a qualifier for the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference for prepared speaking.

She recently graduated as valedictorian of her high school and will be attending Santa Clara University next fall as a Presidential Scholar.

Read more about Mika below in her own words.

Mika Domingo

Senior

Mililani High School

Mililani, HI

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Something you wouldn’t know about me is…that I am a competitive gymnast! I’ve been doing competitive gymnastics for about 12 years and I am currently a level 9 gymnast. This year I won the all-around state champion title for my age group, and qualified to compete in the Western National Championships.

For fun, I like to…read and listen to musicals.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Vera Cáslavská. She was an Olympic gymnast, and at the 1968 Olympics she protested the invasion of her home country of Czechoslovakia on the podium.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…my calculus teacher. I’ve had him for AP Calculus BC last year and Calculus 3 this year. He makes math class so enjoyable and I’m very grateful for him. This week, we are using differential equations to make mathematical models where vampires, humans and other species may peacefully coexist.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…the Tamagotchi app

After high school, my next step is…to attend a four-year University (still undecided) to major in biomedical engineering.

In ten years, I see myself...hopefully working in the medical field doing a job I truly enjoy

My greatest dream is…to become a doctor. I’ve had this dream since I was about five years old, and it hasn’t changed yet. I’m not sure what I’d like to specialize in yet but the fields of immunology and infectious disease especially interest me.

The thing I like about Tallo most is…the endless opportunities that you can find on this website. I initially joined to explore HOSA’s opportunities, but I have encountered many other opportunities while using Tallo.

We hope for the best for you Mika, and we’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Matthew Frost

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

Last time, our spotlight was all about Laura Mulrooney from Raleigh, North Carolina. Today, we’re shining it on Matthew Frost from Hood River, Oregon!

An avid robotics enthusiast, Matthew has been a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics World Championship competitor for two years running, and recently competed in Houston, Texas against other teams from all around the world.

His love for robotics drove him to design a mobile “Fab Lab” which he uses to visit local elementary schools to promote STEM and robotics. As a high school student, his proficiency in mathematics and science has allowed him to tutor college-level students. Talk about flipping the script! It’s no wonder that he was voted “”Most Likely to Become The Next Einstein” by his classmates

Read more about Matthew below in his own words.

Matthew Frost

Senior

Hood River Valley High School

Hood River, OR

For fun, I like to…WORK WITH ROBOTICS! So much learning and life skills come out of these activities, and the innovation is so exciting.

Something you wouldn’t know about me is…I love writing “To-Do” lists for just about anything. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to recycle the piece of paper with a bunch of completed tasks on it.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Albert Einstein or another scientist who has changed today’s world. Watching them invent a brand new technology would be amazing.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…either my 8th grade math teacher who taught us calculus or my 11th/12th grade English teacher who “sometimes” gets off track to teach my class life lessons and important skills.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…a game called Psych to play with my robotics team. I highly recommend it for parties or large groups of people!

After high school, my next step is…to go to college and get a degree in engineering.

In ten years, I see myself...if all goes well, sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, watching the sun appear over the horizon. In reality, I’ll probably be sitting at a desk late at night trying to finish up some cool engineering project.

My greatest dream is…helping humanity through engineering.

The thing I like about Tallo most is…the endless opportunities it has.

We hope for the best for you Matthew, and we’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!

Tallo Top 100 Spotlight: Laura Mulrooney

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 Tallo Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the Tallo platform!

We caught up with Top 100 student Tyler Blake for our most recent spotlight. This week, it’s all about Laura Mulrooney from Raleigh, North Carolina!

Laura is an enthusiast of the great outdoors who loves to get her hands dirty while exploring the world around her. She is a volunteer with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she has spent the past five years conducting research and presenting her findings.

She also enjoys the fine arts, spending her free time in choral performance, playing the piano, and practicing several styles of dance.

She has committed to attend the University of Florida where she intends to major in Geology and Earth Science.

Read more about Laura below in her own words.

Laura Mulrooney

Senior

Millbrook High School

Raleigh, NC

For fun, I like to…hang out and watch HGTV with my younger brother.

Something you wouldn’t know about me is…I have fought Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD) in my right leg for years. But I have beat it and am able to walk again despite a time when I was told it was unlikely I would be able to.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet…Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt -they seem like such interesting people who managed to have such a humongous impact on the world and life I know today.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is…was my 6th grade English teacher- I still use his tricks and techniques today, even in AP English!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s, ‘Seafood Watch’ app. If that doesn’t describe me, I don’t know what would lol.

After high school, my next step is…to go to college in order to learn and explore the different pathways within geology, in order to best determine what I would like to devote my time and research to.

In ten years, I see myself...having built a strong career, that is ready to grow with a good circle of friends and family by my side.

My greatest dream is…to work at the Smithsonian museum as a paleontologist. Wouldn’t that be the life!

The thing I like about Tallo most is…that it allows me to keep all of my accomplishments in one place for whenever I need to pull them out for an application. It also helps me to hold myself accountable and keep everything I do up to my personal standards, all the while allowing me to see the future I am working towards. It’s my constant reminder of why I do what I do!

We hope for the best for you Laura, and we’re proud to have you be a Tallo user and part of the 2018 Tallo Top 100!