Meet Alixandria Taylor ...

School: Mountain View High School

Parents: Robert Jr. and Lisa Taylor

Plans: To attend Temple University, major in biology, then attend dental school.

Alix Taylor gets a gold star for multitasking.

Not only has Alix been a starter on Mountain View's girls soccer team since her freshman year, she also plays softball and runs cross-country. She volunteers with the Lions Club and is a Raiders Softball Camp counselor in the summer.

"Alix works harder than any student I know. In short, this young woman does it all," Alix's school counselor Kathleen Farrell Kurosky, said. "She accepts challenges with enthusiasm and fierce determination, and completes all of her other commitments with skill and grace,"

Throughout her soccer career, Alix assisted as her team won three league and two district championships. Last summer, Alix and her traveling softball team, went to California to compete against the top 64 traveling teams in the country. She helped pitch their way to gold.

Back East, she took on another challenge, cross-country racing. There was a shortage of women on the team and her friend needed to add more in order to compete.

"I had never run long distance before, and each meet was physically and mentally challenging to compete (in). However, it was so worthwhile and rewarding to see how much it meant to my friend," Alix said.

As if being a combination of Mia Hamm and Jennie Finch were not enough, Alix has the brains to match. The future salutatorian - come graduation June 1 - and veteran class president mentors younger students in academics and sports in her spare time. She also is a hostess at a local restaurant.

Alix praises her parents for "giving me great opportunities and supporting me in everything I've ever done and every decision I've ever made."

After turning down offers to play softball at Division I and Division II schools, Alix decided not play collegiate ball at all. Come fall, she is taking her passion and commitment on an academic route. Two hours down the Turnpike, to be exact, to Philadelphia, where Alix will major in biology at Temple University before attending dental school.

Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com