Socastee High teen has eyes set on business

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Just a small glimpse into the life of 15-year-old Taylor Blankenship is all it takes to see she has the mind of an entrepreneur.

After English class at Socastee High School, she packed her bag and headed to lunch, but not before sharing her passion for business. She's a member of DECA, a national organization that prepares emerging leaders for careers in finance, hospitality, marketing and management.

Taylor explains what happens at competition. "We are dressed professionally, and they give us a prompt; for example, you are a franchise owner and you are trying to sell your franchise to your judge. You have the common core values of the franchise, and there will be five core points you have to settle with your judge, and that's what you're scored on."

In just two years on the team, Taylor says she has won several awards including second place at regionals last year, fourth at state, top ten in role play at the international level and she's currently the VP for Business Partnerships for the state.

"I was the first freshmen to be elected VP for the state and it was such an honor to show my love for DECA with other people in the state."

It's a love the sophomore plans to purse at her dream college, USC. "We are huge USC fans. Our whole living room is dedicated to USC," says Taylor, who also has 13 years of studio dance under her belt, is involved in several other clubs at school, and is active in her church.

When asked if she could change anything about the world, this is what she said.

"I would want to give people opportunities that I've been given, like being nominated for this for example, or being able to do stuff with DECA or having the money to have opportunities or anything in that nature," says Taylor.

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