Payton is a Senior at Grand Valley State University. She is a McNair
Scholar pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Statistics with minors in
Mathematics and Philosophy. She is very passionate about the
environment and social justice issues and wants to improve the U.S.
through actions within these areas. She loves the color green and her
idols include, but are not limited to, Leslie Knope and Elle Woods.
Her goals are to be the best combination of Leslie and Elle and make
an impact as an LGBTQ+ woman in STEM. She’s very excited to be a
member of the Cook Leadership Academy and looks forward to her future.