James Madison Senior, Rylee, Talks Photography and Leadership

Rylee is an influential leader and student on campus, and is involved in more activities than most while still balancing senior year. Rylee is a member of volleyball, show choir, ukulele, tap, orchestra, fall play, musical, and the executive branch, to only name a few! Rylee is a natural leader, and often takes the time to mentor younger students despite her busy schedule. Rylee also serves as the school photographer this year for the yearbook. Few students have the ability to juggle their classwork and social life, but Rylee gives new meaning to multitasking and makes it all look easy!

Q. Can you tell us about your love of photography? How long have you been taking photos?
A. I’ve been taking pictures since July, and I love capturing people being happy and enjoying life. Many people don’t think they’re beautiful and I love showing them how they really are.

Q. What is your role in the executive branch?
A. In the executive branch I am the head of the interior department. This means I help plan, delegate, and organize all the school activities that only affect students. This includes dances, parties, and fun activities.

Q. How do you organize yourself and your schedule?
A. This is something I struggle with. But the best thing I have found is setting reminders in my phone and writing down my day in a list. This helps me focus on what needs to be done, plus I get less overwhelmed with what I have to do.

Q. Can you tell us about your love of mentoring and coaching others? Have you always been a natural leader?
A. I love leading people and coaching. Seeing others succeed is so satisfying and helping others makes me so much happier. I have had many opportunities to lead through school, church, and karate and I am so grateful for all of them. When I teach, I feel that I learn even more then when I was the student.

Q. Do you have a favorite piece of music or artist?
A. I honestly love every kind of music. My favorite piece to play on piano is Prelude from Suite Bergamesque by Claude Debussy. But some favorites I like to listen to include: “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Lumineers, and the Annie Musical soundtrack!

Q. What is your next step after James Madison?
A. After high school, I plan to travel as an au pair for the summer then attend a university in an adventurous place like Hawaii or New York. I plan on earning a bachelor’s in biology then getting and M.D. and finishing with a Ph.D. in neurobiology!

Rylee Crowder is a senior at James Madison Preparatory School.

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