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Maguire dancer Taryn Howells named an Arizona Irish Lass

~ Monday, February 18, 2013

Taryn Eideanna Marie Howells, 14, of Tucson has been selected as one of two 2013 Arizona Irish Lasses.

Taryn is a sophomore at Southern Arizona Community Academy, where she has received awards as Outstanding Scholar, Soaring Eagle, Stellar Freshman, and Excellent Works in all classes. Taryn is a member of the National Honors Society, although 1.5 grades ahead for age. She has qualified for the North American Irish Dance Nationals four years in a row with the big goal to qualify for the World Championships of Irish Dance with the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. She also enjoys reading, photography, giving massages, and volunteering at animal shelters in Casa Grande with the Sanctuary Project.

Her mom is someone she admires “because she is like a super hero…She sews, cooks, teaches, loves and cares for us as well as all of our friends, she is always a shoulder to cry on and someone to hug when you’re feeling down.” The second of five children, Taryn’s favorites include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and The Nightmare Before Christmas (movies); Twister, Charades, Dance Tag, and most card games; and the books, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare. She plans to go to college for a career as a physical therapist and then travel the world. Taryn can trace her Irish roots as far back as Aoife MacMurrough, the daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, king of Leinster on her mother’s side.

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