Fit and Focused, Former Miss Teen Nevada Goes the Extra Mile

By Dayne Archer

Henderson’s Tayler Schatteman, a 15-year-old freshman at the Southwest Career and Technical Academy, spends so much time at the gym that she looks like she can eradicate childhood obesity and other societal ills with just her svelte physique — she stands at 5-foot-8, and she weighs 121 pounds — if her work within the community somehow comes up short. Tayler babysat for her neighbors and helped them find their lost pets long before she took to the City of Henderson’s Multigenerational Center last summer, where she taught kids how to swim. She started modeling three years ago, a platform from which she hopes to encourage other teenagers to volunteer for worthwhile causes, but even she confesses that she needs to listen to her parents more often. Nevertheless, her modest shortcomings belie her impressive résumé.
Consider that Tayler, who was crowned Miss Teen Nevada Princess at last year’s Mrs. Nevada-America Pageant, assists with the Jump For Joy Foundation’s Camp Jump, where she keeps kids on the move by mentoring them in weight-training, obstacle course challenges, and pick-up basketball games. Last October, she raised over $1,200 for young cancer patients on behalf of Dr. Susie Monahan and Project Teddy by leading dozens of valley residents through a morning’s worth of “Jazzercises”, in which they danced off their flab to hard-hitting tunes like the Party Rock Anthem.
Tayler’s activities extend to the other end of the age spectrum; although her reign as Miss Teen Nevada Princess ended in February, she still volunteers at the Lakeview Terrace, a community for assisted living in Boulder City, where she visits senior citizens. In addition, she parlayed her affinity for animals into a volunteer position with the Lied Animal Shelter, where she helps tend to dogs and cats, and she runs five-kilometer marathons on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Tayler works with the elderly and cancer-stricken children so closely that she admitted that it’s difficult not to get sentimental. “Seeing kids with cancer is heartbreaking,” she said. However, she takes solace in how she “had a hand in making them smile.”
“What I find most rewarding about my volunteer work is the impact that it makes on the lives of others, the smiles that I put on the faces of the children and the elderly, and how a community can come together in support of a cause.”
The Henderson teenager’s involvement with charity comes as no surprise to her parents, from whom her generosity and commitment to physical fitness can be traced. “She has a passion for helping others like no other fifteen-year-old I’ve met,” said Tammy Schatteman, who, along with her husband, supports the Sunrise Children’s Home and St. Rose Dominican Hospital. Tayler Schatteman took after Tammy’s father-in-law, a Marine Corps veteran who fought in both the Second World War and the Korean War, by joining the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, with whom she practices tactics, drill maneuvers, and marksmanship every month. “It’s an awesome feeling for a parent to see their daughter take the initiative to go out and come up with ideas to make a difference in the community. She truly has a big heart, and she truly wants to make an impact.”
A budding scholar who reports a 3.7 grade point average, Tayler’s plans for the future are even more ambitious. She wants to pursue a career in either the military or in nursing, and she plans to use her candidacy for the title of this year’s Miss High School America as an avenue with which she can bring the issues that face Nevadans to the forefront. “I have many awesome ideas to help enhance our community and our beautiful state,” she said with a smile.

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