Jayla Taylor
North Region
Chapter 1197 – Sheldon High School
Adviser Nichole Cecil

Jayla Taylor attends Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California where she is the President of her CSF chapter.

“I knew Jayla had to be the President while doing the interviews for CSF because she has shown loyalty and dedication in CSF by being a member for three years and her passion for wanting to bring more community and opportunities for our members to be involved” states Nichole Cecil the CSF Adviser at Sheldon High, “When we decided to run workshops for our members on various topics like job skills and writing college essays, Jayla elected people who would run the workshops and delegate tasks to make the workshops work.” And you can see this leadership quality in the many activities that she participates in, such as  the Biotechnology Academy, Black Student Union, THEATREworks Costumes Crew, Toy Making for Dog Shelters, and the Academic Decathlon. 

Rochelle Ariola, the UC Davis SMASH Site Director, discusses Jayla’s time in the program, “In this past summer, scholars researched problems that have arisen because of COVID-19. Her team’s AR-integrated app explored new ways to virtually connect students and teachers for a more personal and interactive distance-learning experience.”  You can see that a career in the Medical field is where she plans to go. 

In the fall, Jayla plans to attend either UC Berkeley or Stanford University, where she will continue studies in Molecular and Cellular Biology or in the Biological Sciences, but also plans to work in Ethnic Studies and African American Studies.