Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight - Sydney Payne, Hayfield Secondary School

By Sydney Payne, Hayfield Secondary School
June 12, 2020

1) What has been your biggest disappointment/hardship since schools have been closed for the remainder of the academic year? 

It's been hard for me to learn and obtain the new information we were taught in the Blackboard Collaborate sessions. I was so used to an in class lecture/presentation, when going virtual it kind of took a toll on me.

Sydney Payne, Hayfield Secondary School
Sydney Payne, Hayfield Secondary School

2) What are your plans for the fall?

I plan to pursue my education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and major in mathematics and premed.

3) How have your plans changed, if at all? 

As of right now I don’t know if my plans will change or not. The city of Atlanta has not shut down schools yet, so I’m hoping to be able to go down there for the fall semester.

4) What have you learned about yourself since the COVID-19 closures? 

I’ve learned that I can persevere. Even though times were tough, I still kept my focus on my books.

5) What is your passion? 

My passion has been the same since elementary school. I love to travel to the tropical beaches. If you gave me a trip to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, or the Grand Cayman, I would be in paradise!

6) Have you discovered a new passion in light of social distancing? 

Yes, I’ve discovered that I’ve learned how to love writing because, I’m doing it way more than when I was in school. Whether that being writing scholarship essays, writing in my diary, or making up song lyrics with my brothers.

7) What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope that this pandemic clears up, because I’m really looking forward to going to college in the fall and having a new student orientation that we would normally have.

8) Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you? 

It’s kind of out of the blue, but I personally cherish hanging out with family over friends, because I feel as if you never know when's the last time you’re going to see them. The memories you have with your family are moments which you want to treasure forever.

9) What are you most proud of about your school experience/best memory? 

I loved the fact that I was cool with almost everybody and that I kept the peace between people. The future me can look back on my high school experience and say, “I never mistreated anybody and, I accepted all for who they were.”