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Jessica Taylor
Position: Western
Year: Senior
Hometown: Granger, Iowa
High School: Woodward-Granger H.S.
Major: Biochemistry

2014-15: Exhibition rider vs. Minnesota-Crookston (10/18) before injuries cut her season short ... named an Iron Jack and strength and conditioning equestrian athlete of the year for her work in the weight ... co-chair of the Horse Care Committee ... team SAAC representative and member of the FCA leadership team ... Honors College Dean's List honoree in both semesters ... Earned the Arthur W. Dobberstein Achievement Award from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ... presented her biochemistry research in chemotherapy for melanoma to multiple audiences ... La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll selection

2013-14: Rode in one meet as a sophomore in horsemanship, carding a score of 71 in a loss against Minnesota-Crookston (2/22) ... rode as an exhibition rider in horsemanship vs. North Dakota State (10/19) and vs. Kansas State (2/1)... rode as a demo rider in Horsemanship vs. South Carolina (11/23) and in the Independent Championship Tournament (3/28-29)... won the team Workhorse Award at the North Dakota State, Minnesota-Crookston meet (10/19) ... served as co-chair of the Horse Care Committee ... Iron Jack selection ... named Strength and Conditioning Female Student-Athlete of the Month for November 2013 ... earned the 2013-14 Strength and Conditioning Most Outstanding Equestrian Athlete Award ... acted and danced in Capers ... team SAAC representative ... LeadState participant ... member of the SDSU Student Affiliation of the American Chemical Society ... member of SDSU FCA ... Honors College Dean's List selection in both semesters ... awarded the DeHaan Scholarship from the College of Ag and Bio ... NCEA Academic Honor Roll selection

2012-13: Showed as a demo rider in horsemanship vs. Oklahoma State (10/13), at Kansas State (10/20) and vs. Sacred Heart (2/23) ... won the team spirit award vs. Texas A&M (9/22) ... won the Webster-Klug award for the most outstanding freshman chemistry major ... named Iron Jack for her work in the weight room ... Dean’s List honoree in both semesters with a 4.0 grade point average

Before SDSU: Earned numerous awards and citations in American Paint Horse Association, Iowa Paint Horse Club and Iowa Pinto Horse Association shows from 2010-12 ... named IPHA Senior Cowgirl Queen in 2011 and 2012 and Iowa State Fair Junior Cowgirl Queen in 2010 ... won numerous high-point rider honors at the Polk County Fair from 2006-12 ... also competed in track, drama and speech in high school ... 'A' honor roll student from 2006-12 ... Iowa Governor's Scholar ... valedictorian from her graduating class ... member of the National Honor Society ... National Merit Scholar semifinalist