by Emily Williams
The Paducah Sun
March 5, 2018
Used with permission.
Swimming is the discipline that has taught Peyton Patel what it means to be a hard worker.
Since her very first race, the 50 freestyle, Patel said she knew swimming was the sport for her.
"I remember the moment very vividly," she said. "I was just looking at the water, and it seemed like it was just calling me. I was thinking, 'That's got to be my element. That's got to be what I'm good at.'"
Since then, she said her passion for swimming has led her to become much more disciplined in every aspect of her life, but especially in academics. The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman senior holds a 4.2 grade-point average, is a 2017 AP Scholar with Distinction and is fifth in her class this year.
Patel, the daughter of Dr. Shiraz and Melanie Patel, of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.