My name is Payton Christenson. I was born in the town of St. Croix Falls in May of 2003 to my parents Tawny and Randy Christenson. I have three older siblings, each one with a distinct personality that completes my family. Zach, my older brother, is the stereotypical older sibling consisting of a somewhat mature and responsible personality, while also having a good work ethic and competitiveness. My older sister Mckenzie is known for her humorous and loud personality, while my older sister Kalli is more relaxed and quiet. My family is a very large part of my life, but I also enjoy participating in sports and being competitive. I play both basketball and baseball, and I appreciate each one as much as the other. In order to be successful in sports, I believe that hard work is key. Working hard is something I value, and it is what I live by. I firmly believe that if a person works hard, they can achieve anything if they work hard and if the dream fits. Even if you work hard and fall short of your dreams, the morals of hard work are instilled in you and most people value that. I love playing basketball and baseball, and it is very satisfying when I have success in either and know that I worked for it. I value my family and my beliefs (Christianity and morals), and I plan on continuing my lifestyle based on what I have faith in. I enjoy math and science, and I plan on going into the engineering field after high school. I will either major in mechanical or civil engineering. I am not sure what college I plan to attend but I have a few in mind. I will continue to work hard until then in both academics and sports, and continue being a good influence on others.