Honoree Spotlight

Payton K May

Age: 18

I live in: Vancouver, WA

College / High School: Skyview High School, soon to be the University of San Diego

Three words to describe myself: Passionate, empathetic, communicative.

A quote I love:
"When they go low, we go high" - Michelle Obama

A book I love: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

A civic superhero I look up to?
Christine Gregoire - the second female governor of Washington, and the first woman who truly ignited my interest in politics and our democracy.

Overview of the project they are working on right now that includes the impact the project is making.

As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I’ve used my voice to promote my platform of civic engagement among youth and young adults across our country this past year. I’ve had the honor of partnering with Kids Voting USA to develop a civics curriculum for K-3rd graders, and have presented it at a plethora of elementary schools throughout our nation. Additionally, I’ve hosted numerous voter registration drives, and have aided in getting hundreds of new voters registered and excited about being active participants in our democracy.

How I will use the stipend to scale
I plan on purchasing "Future Voter" stickers for every child I present to, to leave them with a little memento of our time together, and to remind them to continue being civically engaged.

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with other teenagers who share the same passion for civic involvement as I do, and to utilize the resources provided by the community to continue making an impact.

My vision for the future of American democracy
A country where everyone's vote is counted, regardless of race, geographic location, socioeconomic status, or criminal background.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I want to create real, tangible change by introducing legislation that establishes vote-by-mail systems nationwide, and eventually, become a politician myself.