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Taylor O’Neal returns to Davie to work

The Davie Community Foundation is sharing a continuation of the “Where Are They Now?” articles. Enjoy learning about former scholars and the things they are accomplishing.

By Madison Hartness

Davie Community Foundation

“Home is not only a place that brings you comfort, but it is a place where you are surrounded by people who care and genuinely want the best for you.

“People in Davie are willing to help and will not stop until you have what you need. Being part of this community is a blessing and I love every minute of it.”

Taylor O’Neal, former recipient of the James E. and Lelia N. Essic Scholarship, describes her love for Davie County that way.

Following her graduation from UNC Charlotte with a degree in accounting, she returned to Davie County and began working in the county finance office in March 2018.

Her first role was the human resources assistant and finance technician. Now she serves as a finance and budget analyst and is able to put her degree into practice and experience the real world side of accounting. She prepares financial reports, conducts financial analysis, makes journal entries, conducts cash flow analysis, and assists in budget preparations. Her long hours of studying in the Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte prepared her for her role. While in college she also enjoyed exploring campus, trying local restaurants, and attending sporting events.

Her time at Davie High was marked by her experience on the yearbook team. She worked alongside peers spending countless hours photographing and editing to create the perfect yearbook. Their hard work paid off when Davie High’s 2015 Yearbook was chosen to be in the Jostens Look Book, an accomplishment for only the best yearbooks. The yearbook gives her a tangible memento of some of her favorite memories.

To today’s high school seniors, she advises that it is okay to make mistakes; no one is perfect. Making mistakes is how you learn and grow as a person. These slip ups help you gain empathy for others and reignite your motivation.

“If you fail, try again and again until you get it. When you finally achieve what you are trying to do, the mistakes you made along the way will be lessons on how to handle things in the future. Use them as stepping stones for the future,” she said.

When not working, Taylor enjoys crafting, photography, and playing with her two dogs, Harley and Ellie. In the future she hopes to continue her education and keep the county’s finances well organized.

The Davie Community Foundation is sharing a continuation of the “Where Are They Now?” articles. Enjoy learning about former scholars and the things they are accomplishing.

By Madison Hartness

Davie Community Foundation

“Home is not only a place that brings you comfort, but it is a place where you are surrounded by people who care and genuinely want the best for you.

“People in Davie are willing to help and will not stop until you have what you need. Being part of this community is a blessing and I love every minute of it.”

Taylor O’Neal, former recipient of the James E. and Lelia N. Essic Scholarship, describes her love for Davie County that way.

Following her graduation from UNC Charlotte with a degree in accounting, she returned to Davie County and began working in the county finance office in March 2018.

Her first role was the human resources assistant and finance technician. Now she serves as a finance and budget analyst and is able to put her degree into practice and experience the real world side of accounting. She prepares financial reports, conducts financial analysis, makes journal entries, conducts cash flow analysis, and assists in budget preparations. Her long hours of studying in the Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte prepared her for her role. While in college she also enjoyed exploring campus, trying local restaurants, and attending sporting events.

Her time at Davie High was marked by her experience on the yearbook team. She worked alongside peers spending countless hours photographing and editing to create the perfect yearbook. Their hard work paid off when Davie High’s 2015 Yearbook was chosen to be in the Jostens Look Book, an accomplishment for only the best yearbooks. The yearbook gives her a tangible memento of some of her favorite memories.

To today’s high school seniors, she advises that it is okay to make mistakes; no one is perfect. Making mistakes is how you learn and grow as a person. These slip ups help you gain empathy for others and reignite your motivation.

“If you fail, try again and again until you get it. When you finally achieve what you are trying to do, the mistakes you made along the way will be lessons on how to handle things in the future. Use them as stepping stones for the future,” she said.

When not working, Taylor enjoys crafting, photography, and playing with her two dogs, Harley and Ellie. In the future she hopes to continue her education and keep the county’s finances well organized.