GuthrieAmerica Story: Peyton Hayes

Peyton with backpack in GuthrieAmerica.

Tell the world your name. Peyton Hayes

Where were you born specifically?

The Renaissance Hospital in Edmond on April 28th, 2005.

When did you move to Guthrie?

I've lived here all my life. I can't imagine living anywhere else.

What's your favorite Guthrie-related memory?

With all the movies that are filmed here, I have had the unique opportunity to meet actors and artists such as Selena Gomez, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne (all in Rudderless), Tammin Sursok (Pretty Little Liars), Tom Felton (Harry Potter and The Flash), Sean McEwen (Director of Whaling). A scene from Whaling was actually filmed in Hayes Funeral Home that my grandparents own.

What's the best part about living in Guthrie?

I would definitely say part of Guthrie's charm is that everybody knows everybody. You can't walk out of the house without seeing someone you know, which is comforting.

Peyton hanging out at Guthrie Jr. High on steps.

What does Guthrie have that other towns don't?

Our events are pretty unique. Like the 4th of July Red Brick Nights celebration, which is probably the best in the state, the parades, and of course, hometown football games.

Are you a GHS alumni?

I will be soon! Class of 2023 represent!

Where do you currently work and how long?

I don't have a paying job at the moment, but going to school definitely feels like a job!

What do you love most about your job?

Like I said, I don't have a job, BUT my favorite thing about school is my classmates. Being a smaller school, we have the chance to grow up closer than classmates do in larger schools. They keep me on my toes, but I love them all!

Do you have family here? If so explain...: 

Most all my family lives here. Mom, dad, step-mom, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My family is amazingly supportive. I gotta give them credit for being the sensible person I am.

How did you first hear or learn about the GuthrieAmerica brand?

Boutique 206

Why do you wear GuthrieAmerica tee?

To me, the GuthrieAmerica brand is more than just a t-shirt. It stands for pride in the community and shows you support your own town.

What are your favorite things to do in Guthrie?

I like stopping in the shops uptown to see what they have that's new, gathering at Rick's Coffee after school with friends and walking around during the Victorian Christmas Walk.

How would you define what it means when you hear or say COMMUNITY WINS?

Our community wins when we are positive and keep negativity to a minimum.

Anything significant about your life you would like to share?

I am incredibly blessed by all that's in my life, especially the people. Everyday brings a new adventure and I love every aspect of it.

Lastly, we love SHOUT OUTS! Who do you want to give a shout out to?

To all my fellow GJHS Student Council members. You guys rock and always encourage me to do better things. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Wait, one more. What does it mean to CHOOSE GUTHRIE?

It means Guthrie is my preference for where my family shops, eats, and does everything to show our support for local businesses. But it can also mean doing what we can to attract tourism and draw other people to our town.