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Jefferson Award February winner Tylar Watson

Columbia, S.C. (WACH)- It takes a strong village to raise a strong child, and that village raised a strong, confident, caring young woman with high-school student Tylar Watson.

Watson is a senior at Spring Valley High school whose heart and hard work is seen inside as well as outside of the classroom.

If there is an academic club or organization, more than likely Watson is involved in some way or another.

Whether she is tutoring a student in mathematics, planning a blood drive, or completing science experiments, this Viking is charging through her senior year with a purpose and a plan.

Outside of the classroom, the secretary of the Math Honors Society has been very involved in her local Girl Scouts Troop.

Watson created a project focused on body image and self confidence, earning her the Gold Girl Scout Award, the highest honor in the organization.

Her project is aimed to encourage and inspire young girls to love themselves by posting self motivating quotes throughout school hallways to remind girls of how important they are.

"So I went to three local elementary schools and I put up inspirational posters that I designed and I put them up for about a week or two weeks so that the girls would be able to see the posters." said the senior.

When asked what can someone do to help impact other young girls the social butterfly expressed how digging deep into your life experiences can help someone else.

" It's really just deciding what impacted you, when you were younger."

The community that raised her inspired her to love herself which is why she wants to encourage other young girls to do the same, "for me, when I was growing up, the saying it takes a village to raise a child.

I've had like multiple villages and I've always been inspired into being confident ,into knowing who I am and being self assured and I knew that not everyone had that same experience growing up."

WACH FOX is dedicated to celebrating volunteerism and public service in our community.

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