Yasmin Cruz Ferrine Class of 1998
Taylor Parker Class of 2005
As the top academic student in her MCA class, Taylor’s leadership, resilience, and integrity has made her journey a legacy that no one will soon forget. After graduating from MCA, Taylor went on to Milton Academy and was thrilled to have been accepted to her first choice for college, Duke University.
After a successful freshman and sophomore year at Duke, Taylor knew that being halfway to her graduation date meant that it was time to work even harder than ever before. At the beginning of her Junior year, Taylor started experiencing severe headaches which was not the norm as she had felt the best while at Duke. After numerous hospital and doctor visits, it was determined that Taylor suffered from a brain tumor. Seven surgeries later and a medical leave from Duke, Taylor had returned back to her home in Dorchester to recover, just two short blocks, from another place she referred to as home, Mother Caroline Academy.
While recovering from her brain injury, Taylor was cared for by her mother, who had not only inspired her to always be her best, but to also never give up, no matter what life threw in your path. Taylor used this inspiration, bravery, and courage to return to Duke and completed her degree with the rest of her class.
After graduating from Duke, Taylor returned to her second home, Mother Caroline Academy. With the love, care, and guidance of her mother, Taylor was able to find her passion and vocation, teaching. It was Taylor’s mom who inspired her to pursue her dreams, no matter what got in the way. Since her mother’s passing in 2018, Taylor makes sure to continue her mother’s legacy in all that she does and knows that her heart was always at MCA and that is where she wanted, and needed to be. In Taylor’s own words, “Mother Caroline Academy heals me”.
She regularly talks about her pride in being an MCA Alumnae and is always wanting to share her past MCA experiences and wisdom to inspire current students. Today, Taylor continues to inspire MCA students with her story of resilience and love to motivate others to never give up.