AMCS valedictorian can do it all

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 08:49
  • Hudson Taylor (Photo by Fitzgerald Photography)
  • Hudson Taylor (Photo by Fitzgerald Photography)

Hudson Taylor is a human Swiss Army knife: he can do just about anything.

Taylor recently graduated as valedictorian of the Alaska Middle College School, is an accomplished trumpet player and even carried a 170 average for Eagle River High’s conference champion bowling team. And this summer he’s heading to Dallas, where he’ll take part in a summer research program in biomedical engineering.

“I’ll be sort of getting a head start on the whole college experience,” he said.

Taylor has been getting a head start for most of his life. He started classes at AMCS his junior year and has already earned enough college credits through the formerly Eagle River-based program to earn an associate’s degree.

Taylor said taking classes at AMCS — which was based in the UAA building in Eagle River until it was displaced by the Nov. 30 earthquake and eventually moved permanently to Anchorage — helped him gain some degree of independence at an early age.

“I definitely liked being able to design your own schedule,” he said.

That’s both because he’s a busy guy and because he’s a typical teen — when asked what he liked most about setting his own schedule, Taylor was quick to answer.

“Not having to go to school at 7 in the morning,” he said.

The son of Eagle River’s Robert and Teresa Taylor, Hudson was also a National Merit Scholar finalist and the principal trumpet player for the Anchorage Youth Philharmonic.

He plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and hopes to go into the medical field after college in order to use his skills to make the world a better place.

“I know I’m good at math and science so obviously engineering is a good field for me, and I also want to help people,” he said.

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