Rockwall High School student receives Gold Presidential Service Award for volunteering

Austin Taylor, Rockwall High School Robotics

ROCKWALL, TX – August 28, 2020 — Austin Taylor, a junior at Rockwall High, was awarded the Gold Presidential Service Award for the second time for his volunteering efforts in and around Rockwall.  The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a volunteer award program that encourages citizens to live a life of service. To earn the Gold level, one must volunteer 250+ hours in a single year. Austin has achieved this twice.

While Austin participated in several programs for volunteering, but the majority of his time was spent spreading STEM.  Austin has created two robotics teams one for elementary students and one for middle school students  He mentors both teams in robotics by leading practices and attending competitions with them. Austin volunteered at FIRST and VEX robotics competitions throughout Texas, and with some local organizations: Lone Star Casa, Rainbow Room, Bikes for Tykes, Dobbs Elementary, and North Texas Giving Day for Rockwall County.

When asked why he volunteers, Austin said, “I have some amazing mentors that help me on my robotics team, and I wanted to find a way to help others.”

Austin is a proud member of FRC 1296 – Full Metal Jackets and is the son of Terry and Danna Taylor of Fate.

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