AGE: 17

HOMETOWN: Vancouver, Washington

EDUCATION: Senior at Skyview High School

PLATFORM ISSUE: Your Voice Matters: Educating the Voters of Tomorrow

SCHOLASTIC AMBITION: To obtain a dual degree in political science and journalism, and work toward becoming a member of the United States Congress.

HONORS: Presidents Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, National Honor Society, DECA Award for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, Advanced Placement course work and consecutive honor roll since 7th grade.

TALENT: Vocal, performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Born on September 11, 2001, Payton May grew up with a passion for preserving democracy. During her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2020, she will urge young people across the country to become civically engaged and exercise their right to vote, with a goal of registering more than 5,000 new voters by the end of the year. State by state, she would like to reverse the trend of young people having the lowest turnout rate at the polls.

As the national titleholder, Payton is partnering with the nonpartisan Kids Voting USA organization to help spread her message across the country. Through a social media campaign that leverages the influence of MAOTeen state titleholders’ as well as in-person, interactive visits with youth and young adults in the classroom, Payton will work to educate students on the importance of their voice in government.

Additionally, as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children, Payton will help raise funds for this worthwhile organization along with the triumphs of its miracle children, their parents, and the hospitals’ doctors and staff. Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute, and Payton will work to advance CMNH as the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2020, Payton won a $30,500 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Organization, Inc. toward her college education.


The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $450,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at

Media Contacts:
Ellen Langas, NouSoma Communications, Inc.;
610-658-5889, cell 610-256-2945

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen:
Autumn Lexer,, 724-984-3010