FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lancaster native, Olivia Saylor, found her “home away from home” at Kentucky State University.

Saylor, a business administration major, was drawn to Kentucky State University by the family environment, the access to a quality, affordable education, and the opportunity to play softball.

“On my first visit to campus, everyone I met seemed interested in me as a person. They asked me personal questions about myself and allowed me to do the same,” shared Olivia. “This was different from any other school I’d visited. Even the players on the softball team treated me like family almost instantly.”   

Saylor has been playing sports since the age of five.

“My older brother played baseball; I would follow him around the ballpark. One day, I picked up a bat and never looked back,” Saylor said.

Growing up, she played soccer, basketball, and softball. Her heart was obviously in softball.

“I loved the team camaraderie that was built on-and-off the field. My teammates were my sisters always picking each other up at our lowest,” said Saylor.

More importantly, Saylor, the first-generation student, said she always understood how important a college degree was for the future she wanted. Saylor also said she is honored to hold the valedictorian title.

“My hard work and dedication started way before I came to campus. I started working towards my degree in high school taking three dual credit classes and enrolled at Kentucky State with 12 credit hours,” she said. “Being a first-generation college student, I never imagined receiving this high of an honor. My whole life, I have been a perfectionist and coming here was no different. I worked on countless assignments and studied many hours to ensure that I maintained my 4.0 GPA.”  

Following graduation, Saylor wants to obtain a masters degree in accounting and sit for the certified public accountant exam; ultimately hoping to become a tax accountant.