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17-year-old Penn State junior recognized for academic achievements

Taylor Guelich, center, was recognized by the Centre County Board of Commissioners Tuesday for her academic excellence. Taylor, 17, is a junior at Penn State and is expected to earn her master’s degree by age 20. From left, Chairman Michael Pipe; Vice Chairman Mark Higgins; Taylor, her parents, Kirsten and Dan; and Commisioner Steve Dershem.
Taylor Guelich, center, was recognized by the Centre County Board of Commissioners Tuesday for her academic excellence. Taylor, 17, is a junior at Penn State and is expected to earn her master’s degree by age 20. From left, Chairman Michael Pipe; Vice Chairman Mark Higgins; Taylor, her parents, Kirsten and Dan; and Commisioner Steve Dershem.

“When you think about what most kids are doing at your age, they’re probably not thinking about their master’s degree,” Commissioner Steve Dershem said Tuesday.

Dershem was speaking to 17-year-old Penn State junior Taylor Guelich, who was recognized by the Board of Commissioners for her academic accomplishments.

Taylor graduated from Philipsburg-Osceola High School in 2014 at age 15, according to Taylor and her parents, Dan and Kirsten Guelich. While she is starting her third year at Penn State this fall, Taylor is on a five-year master’s degree program and expects to have her master’s in architectural engineering by age 20.

“I know a lot of young people are still trying to figure out what they’re doing when they’re 20,” Vice Chairman Mark Higgins said, “and you’ll have your master’s degree.”

She is also possibly the youngest student ever to enroll at Penn State, according to Higgins. A story about Taylor is featured in the July/August issue of The Penn Stater magazine.

“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Taylor said of her morning with the commissioners.

Right now, she said, she’s the head intern at the university’s physical plant but hopes to get experience with larger firms once she graduates, working to someday open her own design company.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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