School: North Rockland
Athletic accomplishments: Aylmer, the team captain has 10 goals and seven assists as of Thursday. She’s received all-league, all-section and all-state honors. Aylmer was invited to the Puma Elite Showcase, US National training sessions and a US National Camp.
Academic accomplishments: Aylmer has a 95.9 GPA and is in the top 10 percent of her class. She’ll be attending Rutgers University next year. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Math, Science and World Language Honor Societies.
School and community involvement: Aylmer is a member of Varsity Athletes against Substance Abuse, Key Club and Best Buddies. She’s worked with Buddy Ball Sports and Kid’s Closet. Aylmer’s a peer mediator.
Getting to know Taylor Aylmer
The Journal News: What made Rutgers the right choice when you verbally committed last year?
Taylor Aylmer: It’s a Big Ten Conference so it’s a competitive conference, which is what I was looking for in soccer. I wanted to go to a conference that I was going to compete and make me work harder. There was such a family atmosphere with the coaching staff and the players. I really felt comfortable with them. It was a good experience overall visiting them.
TJN: Did playing travel soccer help influence you in wanting to play college ball at a high competitive level?
TA: Yes, as I got older, travel soccer got more competitive and I always loved the competitive aspect of it. It was one of the main reasons I wanted to play at such a high level and in a competitive conference.
TJN: What did it mean to you to be invited to the Puma Elite Showcase?
TA: It’s a great honor. It was cool to play at such a high level so I can showcase what I’m capable of. I learned a lot of the different coaches at the showcase.
TJN: What’s your biggest goal for your final high school soccer season?
TA: Winning the state championship. I’ve been there the last two years and it’s so heartbreaking to lose in the finals for the second year in a row. For this final season, I want to get there for the third time but have a different outcome.
TJN: On the other side of the coin, what did Rutgers offer you academically?
TA: I want to be a physical therapist. At Rutgers, I’ll be majoring in the exercise science program. When I looked into it, the program sets you up so well for the future. You learn a lot and they set you up with internships while in school. I’ll be working in the field so it sets me up well for the future.
TJN: Why do you want to be a physical therapist?
TA: I think being around so many people who’ve been injured playing sports and myself with a few, I want to be that person who helps them out and get them back to playing at their full ability.
TJN: What’s been your experience like with Buddy Ball?
TA: I love Buddy Ball. I’ve been doing it for five years. I think it’s nice to go out and play with the kids. Meet different kids and teach them each week. It’s fun for both of us.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.