Carlyn Payton-Gary is a second year member of the Leflore County Chapter of P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls, Inc. in Greenwood, MS. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Gary. She is currently a sophomore at Amanda Elzy High School where she holds a 3.8 grade point average. She is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, journalism club, and beta club.
When asked why she loves P.E.A.R.L.S. she replied, "It's not an organization in Greenwood where I stay that caters to girls like me. Everyone is accepted in our organization. P.E.A.R.L.S. is a safe place where I can truly be myself and socialize with my P.E.A.R.L.S. sisters and mentors without being judged. P.E.A.R.L.S. inspires me to become a better person and to fulfill my potential.