Charlotte Christian freshman Payton Walker was named the 2012 Miss Mecklenburg Outstanding Teen Jan. 21. The program is part of the Miss America scholarship pageant.
Payton will spend the next year participating in community service in the area and will represent Mecklenburg County in the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant, to be held in June in Raleigh.
Paytons platform will include raising awareness about diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare pediatric brain cancer. Payton is at the top of her class at Charlotte Christian, where she serves as a student ambassador and student government president.