SOW: Senior takes charge of many leadership posts
Grand Junction High School Senior Julia Traylor is a leader.
She is president of three organizations at her school:
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), Latin Club and the Principals Student Advisory Council.
And she has encouraged her fellow students to be more earth-friendly by starting the school’s first recycling program.
Traylor said the idea to start the recycling program came last summer during a trip to El Salvador, where she was helping build the foundation for a new school.
When she returned to the classroom in the fall, she proposed the project as part of her FCCLA program.
“It was really embarrassing that all these other high schools have recycling programs, and we didn’t have one,” she said.
It took four months to get the program up and running, and it has been a big task to organize disposal and pickup of the bottles, cans and paper.
“I did the budget myself. I picked what receptacles we were going to get,” Traylor said.
The 20 enormous replicas of 20-ounce soda bottles that serve as receptacles for plastic and cans must be emptied and their contents delivered to the Waste Management facility.
Paper bins have been placed in every classroom in the school, and they need to be emptied and readied for pickup.
Next year, when Traylor attends the University of Colorado, she said she hopes library aides continue to help and the special-needs students, Granola Club and FCCLA will pitch in.
However, no exact plan has been put in place to ensure the program will continue.
She has been accepted to CU’s engineering school and already has declared environmental engineering as her major, although she admits that may change.
“I don’t think you have to have a plan before you go to college,” Traylor said.
Her Latin teacher, Pat Holcomb, said Traylor works hard, and she does the work expected of her. In the future, Holcomb expects Traylor to do grand things.
“Academically, socially, extracurricular involvement, etc., she excels and sets her own standards as very high benchmarks,” Holcomb said.
Parents: Robert Traylor and Karen Hayashi.
Preferred college: University of Colorado, Boulder.
Where she sees herself in five years: Out of college, traveling the world.
Favorite music: Jack Johnson.
Favorite television show: “The Office.”
Hero: My grandfather. Why?: Because of his leadership abilities, community involvement and success.