by KELLEY GUSICH
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Tayah Bolt Has Spent Her Young Life Realizing the Needs of Others

Many students spend their time doing homework or sports, possibly playing a video game here or there. Tayah Bolt, in addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Torrey Pines High School, bakes cupcakes. And more cupcakes. And more and more cupcakes, staying up until midnight on many nights for orders to be delivered the next day.
A high school entrepreneur? No, Tayah Bolt is a high school humanitarian. A humanitarian from way back, who began baking cupcakes in fifth grade in exchange for people donating to Toys for Thailand, an organization that provides goods and services for orphaned, abandoned, and refugee children in Thailand. “I have been traveling internationally since I was five,” Tayah shared. “It is hard to turn your back on poverty.”

Tayah Bolt is a high school humanitarian. A humanitarian from way back, actually, who began baking cupcakes in fifth grade in exchange for people donating to Toys for Thailand.
Tayah is facing it fully, and she’s spent her young life making a difference. She started by helping with fundraisers, selling tickets for raffles, but before she knew it people were asking her to bake cupcakes. They kept asking, and she kept baking. “I have traveled to Thailand and seen orphanages with no running water, bedding, or enough food,” she explained. “Then we start helping and there is an amazing difference when we return next year.” Tayah has been able to raise enough money to send two Thai students to college, and also fund huge organic gardens in the orphanages. The children have enough to eat and then sell extra produce for other items they need. “To see an entire hillside covered with a magnificent garden and then see a sign reading ‘Tayah’s Garden’ all the way across the world is truly magical.”
Tayah was awarded for her humanitarian work effort in Thailand for the Maehongson Province School District, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts to support Huay Pooling School from the Maehongson Education Association.
Torrey Pines is a beloved place for Tayah, where she enjoys marine biology and teachers who are challenging but with a good sense of humor.
If you see Tayah Bolt around town, go up to her and give her a big hug, because now you know how much she really cares.

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Name: Tayah Bolt
Age: 16
School: Torrey Pines High Schoo
Grade: 10th grade
Parents: Dad – Rory Bolt, Mom – Lise Flocken
Siblings: Adam (23), Hunter (19), Carter (6), Sara (2)

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