Katie Taylor is a senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas. She is an honor roll student and has been recognized as an East Kansas League Scholar Athlete. She is involved in the Spirit Club, Invisible Children's Club, Clean Team, and Key Club. Katie has participated in cross country running, soccer and cheerleading and now plays soccer for the KC Fusion Soccer Club. Katie currently works as an account manager at Prospect Image and plans to attend The University of Kansas next fall to study business. Eventually, Katie would like to attend medical school and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.
Katie has also been modeling since she was in eighth grade. She has trained with Emmy Award winner Jennifer Plas and casting director to sharpen her acting and modeling skills. She was signed on as a model in the Kansas City and Nashville, Tennessee markets prior to being crowned Miss Kansas Teen USA. In July 2011, she participated in Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ in Orlando, Florida and ranked third in her division for commercial modeling.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys volunteering in her community. She works at local food kitchens and volunteers at Hope Lodge, a free housing resource for cancer patients. Katie is passionate about supporting programs for cancer research and prevention and has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Catwalk for the Cure. She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House.