Taryn Daniels, Sam Barlow High School alum, battles for love

A new season of ABC's popular show "The Bachelor" premiered on Monday, Jan. 7, and a woman from Troutdale was one of 25 female contestants vying for the heart of a single FILE PHOTO - Taryn Daniels, whos from Troutdale and attended Sam Barlow High School, is a contestant on ABCs The Bachelor.

Taryn Rene Daniels, 30, is a health club manager living in Portland, according to the show. She also attended Sam Barlow High School, where she participated on the dance team and in the school's fashion show before graduating in 2000.

The blonde made an impression on viewers when she was shown crying at the show's meet-and-great cocktail party and later spoke privately about her fear of being sent home. But despite her reluctance to introduce herself to the bachelor, Sean Lowe offered her a rose, which kept Daniels on the show for at least another week.

Around her community, however, Daniels is better known, by some, for her encouragement and compassion.

Kristine Stein remembers introducing her daughter to Daniels about five years ago. They both attended the Church at Kelly Creek in Gresham — which has since been dissolved — and Daniels instantly took a liking to the little girl suffering from autism.

“(Daniels) was very encouraging with her and helped with self-esteem building,” Stein said.

Daniels also has encouraged Stein during her pursuit to become certified as a Level 1 throwing coach for USA Track and Field.

“She's willing to help better people, which is what strikes me about her,” Stein said.

A bio of Daniels is provided on "The Bachelor's" website. She said her three best attributes are “generosity, loyalty and most importantly forgiving.” She said the most outrageous thing she's done is moving to a new town without a job or a place to live.

“Just left and figured it out when I got there,” she said.

She also said her ideal mate would be “optimistic on life, fun and open to new things, motivated, organized in his finances but not too uptight about them, can joke around when the time is right.”

Daniels will not be available for an interview until after she's off the show, according to a spokeswoman for "The Bachelor."

"The Bachelor" is on ABC at 8 p.m. Mondays.

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