Payton will be attending Oklahoma State University in the fall, studying Marketing and Management Information Systems. He will take part in the McKnight Leader Scholars Program, a scholarship initiative designed to cultivate the rural leaders of America. Payton has spent his high school career involved in Athletics, Student Government, National Honor Society, Band, Theatre, DECA, Junior American Cancer Society, and Hale County Junior Literacy Council. He served as Plainview High School Student Council President, StuCo Vice President, National Honor Society Vice President, Band Vice President, Drumline Captain, and as a Junior Literacy Council Board Member. He is the recipient of the Charles Bechtold Memorial Scholarship from the Powerhouse of the Plains Band and a member of First United Methodist Youth. He plans to spend time in the Honors College and Greek Life at Oklahoma State. His favorite activities are playing guitar, drinking coffee, and hanging around great people.