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Payton is a vibrant senior at Olentangy High School. Amidst all of the craziness of the pandemic, Payton experienced a night like no other when she was crowned homecoming queen during a Friday night football game. Payton described her feelings that night as both happy and a little nervous. Dressed in a beautiful fall dress and her snazzy brown boots, Payton was crowned queen with a silky sash and a blue crystal crown. She was living a real life fairytale.
“It was a proud moment for my husband and me,” shared Payton’s mom, Patty. “We love and appreciate the fact that the Olentangy students have always accepted and embraced her because Payton loves them. The moment we learned that the students chose Payton, it was quite emotional. The Olentangy staff and community have always been so kind and supportive. It was truly the crowning moment of all 12 years.”
Along with the title queen, Payton is so many other things. She is an active participant in Buddy Up tennis, dance, Young Life, and choir. People who know Payton describe her as friendly, humble, and kind. If you spend any length of time with Payton you will be smiling from her infectious personality. It’s not hard to see why her peers voted her queen.
When Payton graduates, she will spend a few years in the Olentangy Act program. After that, Payton plans to be a successful business woman who runs her own business.
We closed the interview with a few inspiring words from Payton. “Be brave and kind. I’ll always be a Brave.”
We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you Payton!
DCBDD has nearly completed the first year of the the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. Within this plan, DCBDD is focusing on three core goals and their corresponding objectives. The three goals are:
- Maximize opportunities for independence and inclusion throughout a person’s life span.
- Foster a person-centered culture internally and externally to promote excellence.
- Advocate for developmental disabilities initiatives to enhance the lives of all people.
Despite spending much of year one in a global pandemic, DCBDD is very proud of the work that was accomplished in this first year. To review our 2020 Progress Report, please click here. After you review, please click here to complete our brief three-question survey to offer your feedback. The survey will remain open until January 31, 2021.