Class of 2017
Dual pageant with Miss Southwest
Director: Jodi Swaja
Pageant Date: November 19, 2016
Platform: ‘Helmets saves lives, a Child’s Guide to Safe Play”
Taylor Otis is a 13-year-old that lives in New Ulm, MN. She was crowned Miss Southwest 2017 in Hutchinson in November. She is the daughter of Bill & Lori Otis and is enrolled and an honor student at Cathedral High School in New Ulm.
Taylor told her mother starting at the age of three that she wanted to play the harp. Sensing the magnitude of such an instrument, and the limitations of lesson availability in a rural community, her mother insisted she start with the piano. She has been studying piano since 1st grade and has advanced and competed at a state level two consecutive years. She is a percussionist in band, participates in jazz and marching band as well. Taylor plays Volleyball and is on the Varsity Track Team. She is a member of the Math Team and has advanced to State at the Science & Engineering Fair in Minneapolis.
Taylors passion is the theater. She has enjoyed theater and has been a cast member for local productions for many years. Her most recent role was ‘Maude’, a tax collector, in the production of “Robin Hood and Ye Merry Men” at her High School.
After a devastating skiing accident to her childhood best friend, Taylors platform is based on safe play and the importance of wearing a helmet during activities. ‘Helmets saves lives, a Child’s Guide to Safe Play” helps educate children and parents about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s), concussions and the importance of protecting your head and wearing a helmet during some physical activities.
On Wednesday nights during spring and summer, Taylor can be found at Junior Pioneer Park in New Ulm caring for a 4.5-acre park which had been neglected and for many years.
After seven years of hard work, the park is a treasured city jewel. Raised in the country,
Taylor has had many ‘pets’. Dogs, cats, Hermit crabs, racoons, deer, wild turkeys, ducks, geese, birds, worms, turtles, and many other woodland creatures. She loves anything that you can do in the water. Swimming, tubing, skiing, boating, and paddle boarding. Her parent’s occupations have given her the opportunity to travel extensively. Jamaica and its people are her favorite.
Taylor aspires to become a Pediatric Physician. But, she is not ruling anything out!