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Teen of the Week: Glen Burnie senior takes shine to future in automotive industry

Taylor Hill had her life figured out by the end of middle school. She was going to be a cosmetologist. That changed when the Severn resident began her freshman year at Glen Burnie High School and signed up for courses at Center of Applied Technology North.

She liked the idea of mixing colors and applying them — turning a plain surface into an object of beauty. But, instead of studying cosmetology, she took up a paint spray gun in an automotive repair and refinishing course.

“I cannot do without cars,” said Taylor, a senior. “I love them. I work in a body shop now as part of a Level 3 Work-Study program at O’Donnell Collision Repairs as a painter’s helper, estimator and apprentice. I receive credit hours and I get paid.”

Her junior year, Taylor was the SkillsUSA Maryland first-place winner in auto refinishing. At the national SkillsUSA competition, held in Kentucky, she took third place. At the national contest, she said, 40 teens were vying for the top spot, among them three girls and 37 boys.

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