Posted Date: 09/25/2023
Brayden Best and Kaylan Griffin have been named September Seniors of the Month at Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road. Best is the son of Chad and Chantil Best; and Kaylan is the daughter of Chris and Sarahbeth Griffin, all of Broken Arrow.
Best is active in the Renegade Regiment Marching Band, High School drama productions, the annual High School holiday assemblies, and Sustainable U. He volunteers with local nursing homes, orphanages and other missions.
Best plans to study musical theater and attend Oral Roberts University.
Best calls himself a leader, saying “I think using what I have to help others to succeed is a passion of mine. Being a leader also means communicating with your team and ensuring you’re an example. I would say that a quote that describes me is “Life is to a spent, not saved’ by D.H. Laurence. This is because there are so many experiences in life and I want to try all of them. Going for big in this world is hard but it is possible.”
Best says AP Government has made a big impact on his education. “Being in that class sets the standard for what a great student looks like,” Best said. “There were many smart students who supplied and encouraged good study habits. Mrs. (Haley) Eldridge also had high standards for us but made a point to let us know we could do it. I walked out of that class an overall better student.”
Griffin is active in tennis in which she has qualified for state, Fellow of Christian Athletes, Harmony Choir and Sustainable U, as well as volunteers in a local nursing home, bagging food for the needy, local school libraries and Anthem Church.
“I am super confident in going to Oklahoma Baptist University and going into pre-medicine to become a nursing major like my older brother,” Griffin said. “I also want to be a missionary and spread the gospel.