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GIMME AN H-O-S-A

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:41am
Attributions: By: Hayden McDowell

Our school offers so many amazing clubs and extracurricular activities to the students of Payson High. Whether it be clubs, sports teams, after-school organizations, etc. There are countless ways to get involved at PHS!  One of the cool clubs that deserves a lil’ love is HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. The entire organization focuses on areas of the medical field through hands on experience, conferences, meetings, and service projects.

Ciara Ford, a senior here at PHS, is a HOSA State Officer, the HOSA Vice President for Southern Utah, and a HOSA Officer for Payson High. When asked about the activities and experiences acquired with HOSA, Ciara stated that HOSA is in charge of the blood drive, decorating a Christmas trees for the upcoming “Festival of Trees: PHS”, food drives, etc. Ciara also shared some of the amazing opportunities that HOSA provides for its members, “[HOSA] explores different careers within health...Brian Blake is the advisor over HOSA. He’s really cool because he has ties with the hospital and can help out with us getting internships and different things like that... We have guest speakers come, we also go and do things like cadaver labs, we go to different businesses and see what they do. It’s an awesome club for anybody interested in healthcare, and there’s lots of opportunities for everyone involved in leadership, service, exploring health careers. [HOSA] is super great, super fun. We have a good time together.”

One of the amazing things about our school, is the wide variety of things students are able to participate in. HOSA is a great way to enhance the medical learning curve, make friends, and try new, exciting things.

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Leadership on Fire

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:32am
Attributions: By Allie Palmer of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

Some of Payson High School students went to UVU for a conference on leadership. The conference had lots of tips on being a good leader and how to better serve people you come in contact with.  The conference was also about professionalism and also about “ how we can come to together to be a team.”

There was also a bunch of guest speakers and they motivated the students to become better leaders. There were also activities on team building. The leaders gave instructions on how to build a sandwich on team building. Jackie Hernandez and Kya Heimuli both recommended everyone should go and really learn about how to be a leader and help the people around you.

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Mrs. Walter Wins PEAK Award

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:28am
Attributions: By Talbie Oberg of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

Payson High School’s esteemed chemistry and astronomy teacher Linda Walter has received a PEAK Award for the month of November 2017; an award designed to showcase the positive energy and kindness of Nebo employees. She was nominated by Jesse Sorensen, RaShel Shepard, and Alyssa Behrend. They had only good things to say about Mrs. Walter when they related, “Linda has the role of technology mentor in our building and uses technology to reach more students. Not only does she help her students but is a leader when it comes to implementing technology that helps all students at PHS by providing training and support to the teachers. Linda works hard to ensure all students learn. She focuses on GRIT, which is giving students additional time to reach high levels of learning.”

“Mrs. Walter is very positive and loves her students more than any other teacher I know. She is very kind and generous. Mrs. Walter goes out of her way to make sure all students feel they are important, and that they have worth.”

Mrs. Walter later reflects how she felt when winning the award by saying,“I felt very flattered, and very honored that people would think that I was enthusiastic and kind.” PHS students and faculty should make sure to recognize Mrs. Walter for her extraordinary efforts as a teacher, and congratulate her on winning the PEAK award.

 

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When to say Yes or No

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:12am
Attributions: Photo and Article by: Briton Wilson of the Lions Roar Newspaper Staff

A question that almost everyone has asked at least once in their life is when should you say yes or no to a date. Many students don’t know when they should yes or no. However, other students and teachers know exactly when you should.

Cortney Hooser a student here at Payson High School said these exact words. Say No if you are not comfortable going out in public with them. A date is in public the whole time, it will not work if you feel this way. Shalice Bascom with much enthusiasm stated, “Say Yes if there is food involved,” she expressed to me how important this is. So

SAY YES even if you don’t know them very well.  Some are too quick to judge someone just because they are brave enough to go outside their comfort zone and do something “crazy” like... try to make a new friend. It is good to go out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Plus who doesn’t want a new friend. Sometimes though when you judge too quick you are right.

SAY NO if there is any chance of violence. Dating violence is a real thing that needs to be exposed. A healthy relationship does not include unwanted advances, pushing, name calling, aggression, hitting, or any form of violence, whether that be physical or emotional. If you are in a abusive relationship, get help right away. CDC.gov, focusing on the prevention of violence, states that “among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/ or sexual dating violence.” They go on to say, “teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.” Violence can be seen from a mile away and it is not a good sign of a good person. But some of the time it can not be seen and you need to be aware.

SAY NO if they are a creeper.  A definition of creepy would include someone who causes unpleasant feelings of fear or unease. Some people are like this and they take it to the extreme such as stalking. But not everyone is like this, most are just kind of weird.

 SAY YES even if they are weird.  Everyone is weird in their own way.  The joys of dating come when you finally find someone who is as weird as you.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Student Sarah Mason commented, “ On the first week of school in Financial lit class I turned around to grab a paper and this kid greeted me, he said, “ hey so your name’s Sarah right?” and I was like yeah what’s yours and he was like, “ well I’m Derek(Name has been changed),” and I said oh cool nice to meet you. And then he said, “yeah so you want to go to homecoming with?” And so that’s weird. She still said yes to the date even though it was weird, and she still had a great time.  

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The Stories Behind The Unstoppable Pins

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:21am
Attributions: Article written by: Michelle Rushton Photo taken by: Briton Wilson

You all may have heard of the Unstoppable pins that a lot of people are getting. Well here is a little insight about who has gotten one, why, and how YOU can get one. First of all, how you can get one, is by doing some sort of kind act for another student or a teacher or helping out in organizations, or doing something for the community that stands out to your teacher, an administrator or at Student Council member.

These are a couple of students who have already gotten a pin, and how they earned it. Senior Matthew Tervort is one of the lucky people to earn not just one pin, but TWO pins! Matthew was awarded a pin from Nichelle White, for donating over $200 to Pencils of Promise,  when asked about why he donated so much Matt stated, “I actually donated twice, the first time I was in class and I only donated $107, the reason why is cause I got an extra bonus from work, just for doing extra stuff at work, so I just donated it, cause I’m not losing anything it’s just extra money. Then I had an extra $7 in my wallet so I figured why not? Then I went back, and I saw that we were in second place, so I figured if I’m gonna make this win, I’m going to make us win by a long shot! So I went and donated another $150.” Matt earned his second pin from one of his FFA teachers, Mr. Houston. He was given this pin for showing leadership. Matt explains this “In FFA we have officers, and I’m this years vice president, the reason we got them is because we do a lot of work in FFA, we help all of the kids in FFA get through and do their work.” Matt was not the only person in FFA to get an Unstoppable pin for showing leadership, there are also six other people in FFA who earned a pin.

Another student who was awarded a pin is Junior Haylee McKell. Haylee was given her pin for helping a new student who doesn’t speak English very well in her U.S. Studies class. The new student speaks Japanese and Haylee knows a little bit of the language, because she took japanese last year. She has just been helping her by explaining stuff to her that she doesn’t understand, and helping her with assignments, making sure that she understands words that she didn’t quite understand before.

There were also four boys who were awarded pins for building and surprising Derik Lowe’s family with a wooden chest in his honor.  

Now that you know some of the students who have already gotten a pin,you know how to earn one. Go out and do some good, so that you can get your Unstoppable pin!

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Opening night for Enchanted April is Nov 9

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:57am
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ENCHANTED APRIL is opening Nov. 9th and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Little Theatre at Payson High School.  Please support our community and the arts by checking out our school's Theatre website (http://our.show/paysonhighschool/7857) They are holding three abridged matinee performances.  They will be held during fourth period.  They will be having a Senior matinee with our Senior cast performing on Thursday.  A Junior matinee with our Junior cast performing on Friday, and a Sophomore matinee with our Sophomore cast performing on Monday.   Synopsis: Matthew Barber's Enchanted April, based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's beloved novel of the 1920s, is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I Enchanted April offers to its characters, and viewers, a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.

 

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This week at PHS

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:21am
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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov. 7 

  • 3:30 Swimming @ Orem

 Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • 4:00-7:00 FAFSA Night for Seniors and Parents/College Night for grades 9-12
  • 6:00 Board Meeting

 Thursday, Nov. 9

  • 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April

Friday, Nov. 10

  • 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April
  • 3:00-8:00 Debate Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • 2:00, 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April
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Marketing Class “Donuts” over $100 to Pencils of Promise

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:51am
Attributions: Madisyn Rowley of the Lions Roar Newspaper
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The Marketing class did a pricing experiment that involved selling donuts. Although the donuts were delicious, there were real marketing principles behind selling them. The first thing each team had to do was to pick a goal and pricing policy. Pricing policies are things like earning a profit, or competing with the competition. Most groups picked to compete with their competition, their peers. And for those who walked down the hall the competition was real. The next step in marketing these donuts was to pick a price and a pricing strategy. Pricing strategies are things such as 2 for $3 or a BOGO. After prices and pricing strategies were chosen, posters were made, and donuts were sold. When asked about this project, senior Rachel Slack, said this, “ I thought it was a lot of fun, very educational. It was awesome to have real world experience of pricing, selling, advertising, and working together as a team. The competition was intense and in the end we all learned a lot.” Overall the Marketing class felt this was a successful project. In total they made $115.79 and donated it to Pencils of Promise!

 

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A Box For Our Friend, Deryk

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:43am
Attributions: Hayden McDowell
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On October 6th, 2017,  a beloved student here at PHS, Deryk Lowe, passed away unexpectedly. Through the mourning of his death, a few Payson High students took the liberty of tributing Deryk and his family with a beautifully crafted wooden box.

Tyrell Russell, a senior at Payson High School, said that Deryk was involved in the woodshop class, and that is how building a box in Derek's memory came about. Russell states, “We built [the box] for his family… We thought it would be a nice thing for them to put his clothes and blankets and stuff inside.” The boys behind this amazing service are Tyrell Russell, Jordan Draper, Wyatt Monroe, Rhylan Roundy  and Gage Judd.

The box took about a week to construct, carve, and prepare. The boys presented the Lowe family with the box at the viewing, then again at the funeral. (Tyrell Russell and Jordan Draper, 2017). The gesture was powerful and meaningful; Something that can shed a little light on a dark circumstance.

Jordan Draper, a junior at Payson High, said that the main purpose of building the box, was so that the Lowe family could have a piece to remember Deryk by.

It’s apparent that the boys who helped craft the box didn’t do it out of vain, or selfishness. Rather, they did it to show their condolences and love to the Lowe family. When a death occurs so tragically and sudden, there are many ways to handle grief. Anger, frustration, sadness, and confusion are all common reactions and behaviors that occur when tragedy strikes. However, these young men put aside their own feelings, and made something memorable, beautiful and genuine to help a family in, what could be, one of the darkest times in their lives.

Our school was lucky for having had a student as great as Deryk Lowe. Students, faculty, and staff will miss our fellow Lion, and commend those who have honored Deryk’s name in such a meaningful way.

 

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PHS Wins First Place at Japanese Sports Festival

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:40am
Attributions: By: Talbie Oberg of the Lions Roar Newspaper

Payson High School Japanese students proved that they don’t just practice the Japanese language all day when they took first place in the first ever multi-school Japanese Sports Festival, held at Skyridge High School up in Lehi on October ninth. “It looked like we got third place, but after a recount, we actually won first place,” says Mrs. Berrio, the school’s Japanese teacher, “We were on a team with Salem Hills High School, which was a lot of fun. So instead of being rivals, we were friendly and won together.”

Among some of the activities that took place at the sports festival, the most popular that japanese students participated in were obstacle courses, Horse War - a game kind of like “Chicken,” a pinecone toss, blindfold art, human spelling in which they spelled out japanese characters, tug of war, bento contests, and etc. “It was really fun, and the food was amazing! Why don’t we continue elementary school-style field trips into high school?” Reflected japanese student Ford McClellan.

“U.S. schools should do “Undokai” (sports day) also,” said japanese student Angela Barreda, “It's fun and unites classes.” All in all, make sure to congratulate japanese students on giving PHS a good rep, and look forward to more annual Japanese Sport Festival’s in the future.

 

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Red Ribbon Week Doors

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:36am
Attributions: Emily Miller
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To celebrate Red Ribbon week the teachers at PHS decorated their classroom doors to represent their commitment to being drug free. Take a look at some of the winning doors!

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Redefining College during College Application Week

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:28am
Attributions: Article By: Sabryne Kelly
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The week of Nov. 6-10 is College Application Week at Payson High School, with a special College and Financial Aid Night on Nov. 8. Representatives from ALC, West Point Academy, Regents Scholarship, military, Sterling Scholar, SOMOS, UESP, Daniels Fund, DevPoint coding school, and colleges and universities around the state will be present to answer any questions you might have.  Counselors will also be in the computer lab that night to help parents and students apply for federal financial aid, FAFSA.

 

The theme this year is “Redefining College”.  Many students have a fixed mindset of what college is, but there are many non-traditional ways of getting further education after high school.  Many throughout the nation are using the term “Higher Education Day” versus “College Day” to dissolve preconceived notions that everyone has to go to “college”. Counselors at PHS hope that the theme “Redefining College” will open students’ eyes to the many opportunities available to them.

 

Many colleges and universities will allow you to apply at school during College Application Week for free.  Schools such as SUU, Snow College, and Dixie State all let you apply for free and UVU is also free, as long as you’re already enrolled in Concurrent Enrollment.

 

The kick off assembly for College Week will be on Nov. 7.  On Nov. 7 and 8 students will complete college applications.  Nov. 8 is the College and Financial Aid Night. You’ll want to come because, not only will colleges be there, but Waffle Love and the Taco Truck will be cooking up some delicious food.

Junior high students are also invited to attend College and Financial Aid Night. Studies show the younger a student is introduced to the possibility of higher education the more likely they will be to set and make higher education goals.  Bring your family, grab a punch card to receive a dollar off at the food trucks, and come redefine your vision of college.

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2017: All Sate Choir

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:56am
Attributions: Harrison Judd

 

This year, 12 talented and outstanding students from Payson High school were able to be apart of  the All State choir, combining with students from all over the state, to perform in Salt Lake City with Ryan T. Murphy. Ryan Murphy has been the associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2009, and directed this year's performance. The students received a letter last spring telling them that they were chosen to be apart of this great opportunity, they held practices with with students from surrounding schools and also had two days to practice in Taylorsville, with Dr. Murphy as well before the actually performance. Finally on Saturday, the 14th of october,  they performed In the SLC Tabernacle.   

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Inside look on the 2017-18 Payson Football Team

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:01pm
Attributions: By: Sabryne Kelly of The Lion’s Roar News
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The PHS 2017-18 football team made a commitment at the beginning of the year to go 200 days without caffeine, throughout their camp and the season. Ronaldo Valencia, a junior at PHS and member of the team states, “It was much more than just not drinking caffeine though, it was to bring us together into this brotherhood. To focus on the team and come together more than we ever have before. We were committed and determined to execute our goal.”

For many of the players, it wasn’t hard to not drink caffeine during practice, but while they were with their friends was a true test if they could continue and make their goal a reality. When asked if any of the players came out saying that they had cheated on their goal Valencia said, “As far as I know there wasn’t any confessions we were together a lot and everybody stayed strong nobody ever said that they cheated.”

In an exclusive interview, senior Riley Hansen stated, “We are a new Payson.”  Hansen added, “We’re not old Payson, everybody knows that we don’t have the best record, but we’re better now. Our team theme this year has been to become a New Payson. We are working hard towards that goal.”

One constant for the team this year was a devoted and enthusiastic fan section. When asked about our student section Hansen answered, “I think we have the best student section in the state. It really gets the players pumped up when we hear them cheering for us.”

Valencia stated, “Last year we were more split as a team, there were different groups of friends, but this year we’re more together, this year more than any other year.”

Small goals were accomplished and the team grew as a football program.  Two hundred days without caffeine allowed the team to grow closer.  Battling each week under the lights on the football field allowed the team to grow greater. Supporting the mighty Lions allowed the school to grow together more than ever before.  Goal by goal, year by year, Payson High Football continues to grow stronger.

 Photos by Michelle Rushton and Alfonso De La Torre of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

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Climbing Against Drugs

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:00am
Attributions: Story by Ryan Craig Pictures by Ryan Craig and Emily Miller
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Utah National Guard came today to help us celebrate red ribbon week by bringing a rock wall we can climb for free. Thanks to the National Guard for letting us climb against Drugs.

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"Liddle" Spotlights: Arianna Gregerson

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:04am
Attributions: By: Michelle Rusthon of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

Arianna is a Sophomore here at Payson High School. She walks the same halls that all of you walk. So let’s take a little bit of time and get to know her!

Arianna is a student in the UCBT (Utah Community Based Transition class, Her favorite class is Reading or English, taught by Mrs. Liddle. Her favorite book is The Lightning Thief. Her favorite color is green. Her favorite food is pizza. Her best friend is Krislynn Hurd, one of her fellow students in Mrs. Liddle’s class. When asked what her thought of the student body are she said, “You’re wonderful!”. She has two or three close friends outside of class, but she thinks that the student body is very kind to her and all of her friends.   

 Arianna’s teacher, Mrs. Liddle said, “She is very helpful, and is always wanting to look out for those who struggle… she is good about checking her grades and keeping up on them, she worries about them”

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This week at PHS

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 9:08am
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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 23-         

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Blood Drive in the Auditorium
  • Collaboration in the Library

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • 9:00 Youth Support
  • 4:00 Football Play-off game @ Salem Hills
  • 7:00 PHS & MNJH Band Concert

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • 7:00 Orchestra Concert

Friday, Oct. 27

  • Last Day of the Term
  • Red Ribbon Assembly
  • 3:00 - 8:00 Debate Tournament
  • 6:00-9:00 LIA Spook Alley

 

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Enter At Your Own Risk

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:38am
Attributions: Article and Photos by Ryan Craig
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Everyone talks about football, basketball, and baseball but we never talk about alternate sports like skateboarding. Skateboarding is a very difficult sport to become good at. It takes a lot of time and dedication. These kids are out there every day practicing and they deserve some recognition.

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PHS Volleyball

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:33am
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One of the most enjoyed sports in the fall here at PHS is certainly volleyball. There’s a unique feeling to volleyball that there isn’t in any other sport. And the girls volleyball team here at PHS have played proudly for their  school and  have shown respect and courtesy to their opponents. And as easy as volleyball may look, most people may come to find that it can be quite difficult.   

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New Things at Payson

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:15am
Attributions: By: Emily Miller
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Payson High is constantly changing and improving. Not only scholastically, but also physically. Over the summer Payson High was upgraded. If you haven’t noticed, there are new things all around the school. The school has new and improved drinking fountains, widened concrete walkways, new senior banners, and new bulletin boards. These changes are very exciting, so be sure to check out the new features in our school.

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