My name is Payton Chapman, and I have the absolute delight of being a part of the class of 2019. I have had a blast here (sarcasm implied). During the past four years, I have met many new friends and people. I have joined only one group…choir. I joined in my sophomore year, and I love my choral family. I love our old choir director, Mr. Hamm, and I hope to see him again some day. I am not from around here originally; I am from the deep north where it snows inches and the people can’t drive. I’m from Ohio!
Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
I moved down here to the south. Originally, I figured I would hate it down here, and it turns out starting a new life has been for the better in my case. Then again, I do pretty much hate this state and its weather.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do is pay off all my parent’s bill. I would also help my family in general with money. I would then use it to my advantage, like an investment or a savings account.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would have loved to experience the D-day landings as a German. Everyone talks about the Allied perspective, but how do you think the Germans were feeling? Can you imagine the sudden fright and terror in their eyes as American ships start propelling 155mm shells onto your once peaceful beach?
Where do you work and what have you learned there?
I work at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I learned how to deal with crappy customers and how to cook fast and efficiently. Most importantly, I also learned how to make the best burgers in the United States by far. I made some lifelong friends while I was at it.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
I would have loved to have met my uncle Charly. Unfortunately, he passed away before I was born due to him drowning his liver in alcohol. That man had a gun in every nook and cranny in his house and I mean literally everywhere, even the stove.
What is your favorite time of the day/week/or month and why?
I love December. It has so many emotions, like the cold wind hitting your face and the mysticality of Christmas time. I get to see so many of my family members I usually never see.
What are your post graduation plans?
Right now, I realized that the military isn’t for me because I’m tired of waiting. I will go on to do my dream and get a degree in the culinary arts. If not that, I will go and get a degree in computer engineering.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’d like to learn how to speak German. It sounds like such an angry language with so many different pronunciations. I would be able to say something as simple as “I love you” in an almost traumatic tone.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
I miss having child-like wonder and imagination, which goes along with creativity. It’s hard to be as fictional now with a broad view of real life.
What are your extra-curricular activities?
I only have one. I’m in chamber choir and have been for three years. I consider them more than just another class; they are family.