Shaw High School student to announce Browns pick at NFL Draft


CLEVELAND (WJW)– Two Northeast Ohioans will announce picks for the Cleveland Browns during the 2021 NFL Draft next week.

These special picks are part of the NFL’s Draft-a-Thon to raise money and awareness for causes including the digital divide, food insecurity, mental health and health disparities.

Mya Tomoto, a senior at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, will announce the Browns first-round pick at No. 26. She runs cross country, plays the trumpet and will graduate at the top of her class.

“Throughout the pandemic, Mya has done the work in her own community to help bridge the digital divide, leading a team of students who were responsible for the evaluation, preparation, and distribution of computers to students. She also worked with students on how to use them, many of which never owned or used a computer before. Additionally, Mya makes herself available to help others with virtual troubleshooting via video conference and phone calls whenever needed,” the NFL said in a news release on Thursday.

Mya didn’t know she was nominated by her band teacher and director Randy Woods.

“If someone needs help, I like that I can be that person they can come to,” Mya said.

Her mom, Toni Tomoto, said the entire family is extremely proud and can’t wait to see her take the stage.

“I told everybody at work and now everybody’s excited to see her on TV.”

On the second day of the draft, Lake Catholic High School football coach Marty Gibbons will reveal another Browns selection. He was the 2020 Cleveland Browns High School Coach of the Year.

During the third day, Special Olympics athlete and coach Bobby Reidl, of Cleveland, will announce the pick for the Minnesota Vikings and Barry Pettit, of Brook Park, will announce the pick for the Denver Broncos while representing the Wounded Warrior Project.

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