WAYNESFIELD — Peyton Burden, 17, a senior from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, isn’t quite sure what he wants to do after high school but is leaning toward a career as an architect.
“Well, I’ve always had a like for science and math but I also like to have creativity and in architecture, you need to have creative designs that draw the eye while still meeting obviously, like building codes and such and accounting for safety, which would be math and science based and you need rooms and efficiency,” said Burden.
He’s currently looking at going to school at Tulane University in New Orleans.
At Waynesfield-Goshen High School, Burden is involved in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, marching band and dinner theater.
The creative aspect of theater is something that appeals to him.
“I go for a role that interests me instead of just the main role. Some of the roles just obviously would allow for more creative freedom and what you do. One of the things we do is on the last performance night, we always kind of play around with the script to make it more humorous. So for doing theater last year, I had to change costume multiple times and one of the costumes I was Chicken Man, based off of a fictional superhero. On Sunday night, I brought in hard-boiled eggs that I dropped on stage. It just allows you to express yourself in front of people and people laugh even if it’s not quite what you intended because they don’t know that unless you tell them,” said Burden.
He said he’s also gotten a lot out of athletics.
“Well, obviously, there’s the health benefits of running all the time. There’s just a lot of different people that have a lot of different viewpoints and ideals that you are exposed to and get used to — and just supporting the team — having the team to support you, because even though you’re technically running on your own, it’s still a team sport,” said Burden.
During his freshman year he was class president, then later secretary, treasurer and now he’s vice president.
He said he appreciates his experience at WG.
“I really like it because it’s a small school. So you know everyone. The teachers — you’ve had most of them before — and even though we’re a relatively small school, we still have a lot of opportunities like we have the Makers Den, which has the laser engravers and vinyl printers and 3D printers and all those other things that you really could not get elsewhere. All the teachers, you know, like on a personal level, because you’ve had them for years and years,” said Burden.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.