Student Spotlight: Taylor Babcock

Student Spotlight: Taylor Babcock

Rene Babcock

Katie Denton, Staff Reporter

As daughter of Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, and little sister to both a Mercy alumni and a current Catholic Central student, many people know freshman Taylor as “the littlest Babcock.”

Coming to Mercy, however, the Our Lady of Victory grad is determined to have her older siblings be recognized as being related to her, not the other way around. As for the Wings, she’ll probably always be remembered as “Mike’s daughter” but this frosh wants to be known around Mercy not as a “hockey princess” but rather “queen of the rink” due to her own achievements.

Taylor, president of the Class of 2015, spends most of her time practicing with her travel hockey team, prepping for soccer season, or spending time with her mother, who she has nicknamed “Rene the Renegade,” a nickname courtesy of former Mercy graduate Madison Elkow.

Sports have always been a driving factor for Babcock. Her father tied the first pair of skates on her feet at age 2 and even scored her some laps around the rink with the Red Wings. After, there was no stopping her—some might say she had it in her blood. As for soccer, Babcock has played for years, and currently plays for the Michigan Rush. She also hopes to try out for Mercy’s team come March. “It’ll be cool to finally play a sport here at Mercy instead of just with my travel team. Now I can finally spend some quality after-school time with my girls” she says.

For Babcock, her past semester at Mercy had been a wonderful experience. She says high school, especially her position as class president, has really opened some doors to girls she may have never approached pre-Mercy. “The friends I’ve made here at Mercy are girls that I will stick with for lifetime” she says.

Although she’s dreading the class load, when asked about her future at Mercy, Babcock replied, “For the next four years, I’m looking forward to enjoying being a kid with some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met.”