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Friday, October 11, 2013
Community Spotlight on Youth: Jayla Burton of South Euclid
SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH
Multi-Talented Youth Makes Friends, Grades, Music, and History
Becomes First African-American Homecoming Queen at NDCL
Jayla Burton must have a gold medal for time
management stashed away somewhere.
Jayla I. Burton
The South Euclid resident made history recently
when her fellow students at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (NDCL) High School in
Chardon selected her as this year’s Homecoming Queen. She is the first African
American in school history to win the title.
"I was so surprised that I'd won,” beamed
Jayla. “I am humbled, thankful and excited. I feel honored to represent my
school in this way."
Frequently referred to as, “one of the nicest
young ladies in the school,” Jayla is a good friend to many. An excellent student,
Jayla is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and writes
for the school newspaper and yearbook. She is also a member of NDCL’s marching
band where she serves as Captain of the Color Guard. Band Director Adam Pysell
frequently calls upon Jayla to play her flute with the concert band.
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In the spring of 2012, Jayla traveled to
Nicaragua on an immersion and missions trip with other NDCL students. She
served in the mission field again this summer when she helped to build a porch
for a disabled woman in West Virginia.
When not in school, Jayla works part-time as a
sales associate at Sears. She continues to volunteer her time as the Vice
President of the Youth Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
and helping older adults at A.M. McGregor Nursing Home. Jayla enjoys
photography, crocheting and participating in modern, ballet and liturgical
NDCL Homecoming Queen Jayla
I. Burton and King Mark Mullinger
Parents Ed and Denise Burton take partial credit
for raising a daughter whose selfless passion for others runs deep. "This
was a very pleasant surprise for Jayla and our family," says Denise. “This
honor may say a lot about Jayla, but it says even more about the school and her
friends and peers. We are truly blessed that she and our other daughter
have the opportunity to attend NDCL."
"I was really surprised, but very happy for
Jayla,” offered Ed. “This is a highlight of her high school and senior
Jayla is enjoying her senior year at NDCL, and
plans to major in physical therapy at an Ohio college next fall.
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