Taylor Wallace was an incredible, passionate young man who loved deeply. He valued his family and delighted in academics. Taylor learned to read almost before he could walk. As a toddler, he wasn’t interested in toys, he was fascinated by books. He could often be found hiding behind the couch or perched on an antique trunk with a book in front of his face. This love of reading turned into a lifelong passion for learning.
Taylor was intellectually curious and driven to learn new things. He was the valedictorian of Brookfield High School’s class of 2016 and, in his commencement speech, Taylor encouraged his classmates to “set great examples for those who love us and for those who follow us.” Taylor achieved many great things and his life was an example for those who loved him.
Taylor was proud to receive Academic All-State honors for football and track, as well as all-conference honors for Scholar Bowl. Taylor was an enthusiastic member of the state-qualifying Science Olympiad team. He combined his love of academics and competition to become a force on the BHS Scholar Bowl team. He enjoyed many hours studying topics ranging from literature, mathematics and science, to sports trivia, and felt at home sitting with his team, buzzer in hand, ready to showcase his knowledge. Taylor also appeared in leading roles in several school productions and loved performing.
Taylor understood the need for leadership in the school setting and strived to be a charismatic figure for the student body. Each summer, Taylor pursued camps and trainings that would help him become a better leader and that would provide him an opportunity to network with other students from around the state. Taylor attended Missouri Boys’ State and worked to become a state attorney. The Missouri Association of Student Councils was also an organization that he loved. He attended MASC summer leadership camps and served as a JC for Council Q.
On October 27, 2016, Taylor took his own life leaving a hole in the hearts of many. It is our wish to carry on Taylor's passion for education and his desire to heal the hearts of many (he wanted to be a heart surgeon). The Taylor Gilpin Wallace Foundation for Suicide Prevention will strive to provide education and awareness to the suicide epidemic that is taking over our children.