April 16, 2018
April 16, 2018—Owens Elementary School fifth-grade student Peyton Spangler has maintained straight A’s since third grade, earned awards for perfect attendance and good citizenship since kindergarten and has served as a “Pride Guide” for two years.
School: Owens Elementary School
Accomplishments: A first-degree black belt, Spangler is working on his second degree in addition to her many activities at school. She has maintained straight A’s since third grade, was among the first five “Pride Guides” selected at the school and is a three-time “Name That Book” winner at the campus level.
Favorite Class: “My favorite classes are Math and Science because not only do I get better grades in those but I also enjoy learning new things and reviewing and going deeper into the subjects.”
Favorite things to do after class: “One of my favorite things to do after school is to go to Taekwondo to learn different skills and help younger belts. I also like to help kids read, throw a ball, learn a game and learn to stand up for themselves in a nonviolent way.”
Favorite song: “Pray by Sam Smith because it sends a beautiful, positive message.”
Favorite website: My favorite website is Prodigygame.com because it’s educational, helps everyone with math and what they’re struggling with, and helps kids exceed in the unit or subject.”
Favorite TV show: “SpongeBob SquarePants because it makes me and my mom laugh and question the logic in the show.”
Favorite movie: “Wonder because it is based around acceptance and not judging someone by looks and disadvantages but by the content of their character.”
Ambition: “One of my ambitions is to help as many people as I can with troubles they’re going through in or out of school and make them feel like they belong in the world.”
What topics/things are you passionate about?: “Diversity, equality, anti-bullying and not judging anyone solely because of what’s going on in their lives.”
What inspires you?: “My mom inspires me because she’s a single mother and she has so much going on with her life like work, my health, her health and other things, but she still puts my mental, emotional and spiritual needs in front of anything else. My teachers inspire me by keeping their cool even when we act like fruitcakes. Even the kids that walked for the “March for Our Lives” because they’re making differences bit by bit and standing up for what they believe in. My grandfather inspires me because he’s fighting cancer but still acts like himself even with all the medicine he has to take.”
What are you most looking forward to this semester?: “Making memories since it’s my last year at Owens, reading even more, spending time with friends, learning the last bit of what we need to learn in fifth grade and just having fun with teachers, friends and family.”