Payson High School Key Club is probably a clique that you’ve heard of before, but you may not know very much about. The fact is, PHS Key Club is a highly underrated group in our school. Knowing this, you may be wondering, “Who are they and what exactly do they do?”
Key Club is a service and leadership club that is found in schools all throughout the US. Founded in 1925 by the Kiwanis organization, Key Club is the oldest and largest service oriented club for students. Together the Key Club strives to be leaders in their communities by doing acts of service. “We tend to focus more on community service and the difference we can make in our own community,” says Ashlyn Sharp, the current president of the PHS Key Club. “Anyone can be involved. I definitely recommend joining. It’s just a good experience to be in key club. Anyone can join and it’s fun!”
When asked about a favorite project that they’ve done, Ashlyn said, “We haven't done a whole lot of big projects since we are having a hard time getting started, but my favorite project was the christmas tree that we made for the Tree Festival. Our christmas tree was Harry Potter themed and it was fabulous. I was so proud of it, I wanted to cry.”
All in all, Key Club definitely holds the key to the heart of PHS. It’s a fun experience, a great opportunity to make more friends, and a perfect way to better yourself through service. “Everyone has the opportunity to be a leader in Key Club,” says Ashlyn Sharp, and you can too!
On February 23, Mr. Sorenson and Mr. Peery took 30 students to go to Zions and Bryce Canyon National Park along with Principal Shepherd and Coach Miller. In order for the students to go, they must “learn” while they go off adventuring. Mr. Peery decided to have the students bring some of his equipment to film, take pictures, and capture the beautiful views of Bryce and Zions.
From the students perspectives, the trip was quite enjoyable and helped them learn better about photography than any classroom could. If this sounded like something you would be interested in going to then sign up for a trip next year. Just remember that not all learning comes from a classroom, in fact, the best kind of learning comes from outside of the classroom.
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Anyone who knows Ashlyn Ewell knows of her ability to light up a room. Her sunshine has been dimmed temporarily as Ashlyn was injured in a snowboarding accident and her injuries are severe; requiring brain surgery and much medical attention.
The community wishes to reach out and help show support for Ashlyn and her amazing family. Join us at a benefit, held in Ashlyn's honor, on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th at 3:00 p.m. at Genola Park, 74 West 800 South, Genola Utah
Ashlyn is a recent graduate of Payson High School: she excelled as a student. Sheri Ashby said this, “Ashlyn is the friend that everyone deserves to have. She was one of my first and best friends at Payson, and is one of the most caring people I have ever meet.”
Ashlyn’s Dad posted this update on Ashlyn’s condition, “I am amazed at this girl and all she is going through. We have been blessed to have a few moments when she responds to our questions by nodding her head. She has squeezed my hand and opened her eyes a couple times and looked at us. Small little things but huge for us and tears are shed with these little steps. She is fighting pneumonia in one lung that we need to get rid of so she can breathe easier and allow her brain to focus on healing itself.”
Her mom also lovingly said, “She has a long road ahead of her and the doctors keep reminding us that it is a marathon, not a sprint. One thing we have been reminded of is how fragile life can be. Hold your children a little bit longer and a little bit tighter. Tell them you love them more often.” In light of the recent even Boone Jarvis, one of Ashlyn’s friends from high school said, “One of the greatest people I know is Ashlyn Ewell. She’s helped me through so much and shows kindness to anybody she meets. She has a heart of gold. Ashlyn you have a great future ahead of you.”
At the event held on behalf of Ashlyn there will be live music, Irish games, catered dinner, a bake sale, a silent auction, a raffle, a bonfire and more! Visit our Facebook page to pre-order entry wristbands and find all the information you may need.
We respectfully request that all attendees wear green as a sign of solidarity and to raise awareness for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Donations of baked goods, gift baskets, care packages and gift cards/certificates, as well as any services you'd like to donate, would be greatly appreciated. Donated items will be auctioned at face value for the benefit of Ashlyn and her long road to recovery.
Hey Payson, we are so proud to present to you this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. This month we have an inside look at Student Council and a behind the scenes video on Sweethearts. We've got a quick wrap up of basketball season and other winter sports. We also have an awesome photo gallery from Payson High School's first ever Spirit Bowl! Congrats to the Seniors for winning it and a big congratulations to the boys basketball team for making it to state! Thank you so much for checking out this months edition of The MANE Street Journal. We hope you enjoy it. Go Lions!
All juniors will be taking the ACT on March 6, 2018.
No cell phones will be permitted on test day.Students need to have Photo ID: a driver's license or current school ID will work.Snacks and water will be provided during breaks. Pizza will be provided after the test.
Other schools in our district have taken to calling us trash, talking garbage on us, and just all around not really liking us. However, sometimes at our lowest points, we also think that we are nothing special. In order for other schools to even think about respecting us, we need to start having respect for ourselves. If we respect ourselves than others will respect us too. We need to keep having positive thoughts, and just take in all of the negative comments and throw them in the actual trash.
From the article The True Meaning Of Self Respect by Amanda Mina she stated, “Self-respect is about having a sense of honor and dignity about yourself, your choices, and your life.” Max Bennion explained how when he talks to his friends at Salem they can be kind of condescending right in the beginning of any conversation, they are always surprised to hear that students actually like attending Payson High School. In a post on Instagram Max stated, “The PHS student section will always amaze me. People say: ‘Payson never wins,’ as if that’s a bad thing? No. Every single game, we are a full student section that stands until the very last second of the very last quarter. We never stop coming back, and we never stop cheering. Being unstoppable isn’t about winning, it’s about never stopping no matter what.” Yes, Payson High School doesn’t win every game, but that is why our student section is so amazing. Because no matter if we win or lose, we are always there to supporting our fellow lions.
Never judge a book by its cover. People judge Payson on whether our football team wins or loses. Bridger Kilmer, a senior at Payson High School, loves PHS, he had this to say about why other people don’t like our school, “they had an experience with a person from Payson that they thought the person was trash and they judged the whole school on one person.” You can’t judge a school based off of one person, or how good we are at certain things.
When asked the question how having pride at Payson helps them battle and show others their pride, Bennion expressed, “If you are constantly saying Payson sucks, the other schools are like, yeah, and they can kind of get a higher edge up on that. When you have pride at Payson it kind of builds a shield around the school, and allows others to have pride. So pride is self sufficient, if you have it.“ Standing up for what you love gives you a sense of pride, that can be found nowhere else except for inside yourself. “Self-respect is about having the courage to stand up for yourself when you are being treated in a manner that is less than what you deserve.” said Amanda Mina from the article The True Meaning Of Self Respect. Here at PHS we deserve as much respect as any other school.
There is no denying that a lot of people do not like Payson High School. The question is, how are we going to change that? When you’re out and about, wear your Payson attire with Pride, if you hear someone disrespecting Payson, shut it down and stand up for your school. If we want other schools to respect us, then we need to start by respecting ourselves.
Why am I single? We have all asked ourselves this question at least once before, and sometimes it’s hard to understand why it isn’t happening for you. Your not alone; there are, on average, 45.2 percent of the American population that is single just like you. Now cheer up here are some tips on how to get rid of the lousy feeling we all get when we don’t get a second date.
You love yourself to much or not at all. When your around someone, you want to learn about them and hear about who they truly are, or what they like to do while their alone when they aren't being influenced by the world. If you are to focused on you and you haven’t learned a thing about your date, then you're talking too much and not letting your date express themselves or share a connection with you. You may come off as vain, narcissistic, or arrogant.
While on the other hand if you are too shy, quiet, or insecure, you can come off as a hard person to get to know and talk to. Nobody wants to have to battle with someone just to hear about what they like.
Confidence is key. Have you ever wanted to go up to someone and just confidently ask them out or get to know them, but you’ve convinced yourself they’re not going to reject you? Well here's a little secret that recently made sense in my mind: how do you know if they don't like you if your rejecting yourself before they even get the chance to speak or look at you? Just have confidence, even if you’re what the world considers un-attractive. If you have full confidence in yourself you can do anything.
Put yourself out there. If you need to make up an excuse why you can’t go to a dance, date, or activity because your afraid of putting yourself out there, try it just once and see what happens. If you need a friend to go with you to a party then take someone who will give you support, and just be yourself. After all, life is made up of little moments and if your life is just made out of regrets, that you didn’t try harder, or you didn’t do it out of fear of rejection. Then don’t have regrets make this year the moment in life that you can become a person your proud of, that you won’t regret in the future.
Have Fun! This might be a simple tip for others, but some people are too uptight and worry about dumb things. Think about it, when have you been happiest? When you’re you, you should feel happy and accepted. If your date doesn't like the way you truly are and they want to change you, don’t let them, you have someone out there that will love the true you, not the alter ego you want to be. Have a good time, experience life in a way you haven’t before, experiment in your interests and go out and enjoy life.
If you have in anyway related to these tips on how to not be single, it’s highly recommended that you listen and take into account what you can do to correct your adventure in finding your other half. Don’t be so pressured to go out into the world and immediately find the person of your dreams, because in reality no ones perfect. Just try your best to have fun, meet people, and don’t regret showing people who you are. Good luck PHS and may all your date experiences be ones for the book.
The mirror. We all have various feelings about this object, but you have a special one. You look into it every day and try not to think about all the judging eyes, advertisements, and words that the world and people claim defines you. The American society has been telling people what we should look like since the early 1920s, even famous beauty icon Marilyn Monroe was told she wasn’t enough for Hollywood. Unreachable beauty has been a part of ancient cultures, since 3000 BC and it’s time to change.
Looking back, what has been considered beautiful has changed immensely. For example in ancient China women would bind their feet into a mangled mess to fulfill the beauty standard of small feet, but now our society is much more sneaky about how they convey beauty. Our society loves to pick on us, and put us down for being ourselves. What we don’t realize is they’re putting it into our minds slow and stealthily like a cheetah waiting to pounce on its victim. The average person see’s over 5000 ads a day and 90 percent of them are in some way conveying what we should be, buy, and believe is true.
Break out of society's mold (you can gain the confidence back) by doing simple things through your day to make life tailored to you. First you need to have complete self love. It's going to be hard, since you have drilled bad thoughts into your brain for years, but it is going to change your life. You need to repeat to yourself throughout the day that you love one simple part of your body that it’s absolutely perfect to you in your mind. Start with your brain and say, “My brain is full of beautiful electrons that give me the power to be beautiful!” Do this for a week and when you feel ready move on through the top of your head down to the tips of your toes. It may take a long time, but you will feel immensely better.
Start to use the raw things you were born with that makes you unique. For a week embrace what makes you unique, whether that be your natural hair, face, or personality. You have full freedom to be you, don’t think about what other people see you as, their thoughts and words will not matter in the future. They won’t affect who you can become, or who you truly are. They’re just words; sounds that go through the air and can mean nothing to you. You are in control of what you bring into your mind, and if a condescending phrase is said, just let it be. Don’t take it.
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Payson High School’s Future Farmers of America hosted the 2018 Sweethearts assembly on Feb. 16. The assembly thrilled students for the dance that took place the following Saturday. The student-packed auditorium got together to see the nominated contestants sell cakes and get crowned.
Matthew Tervort, FFA vice-president, was the auctioneer for the day. Overall, $1540 were raised from all of the cakes, including three bought by the student council. Claire Rowley’s “Beauty and The Beast” themed cake was voted the best and sold for $350. In the end, Sweethearts royalty was crowned. Myranda Goodworth was second attendant, Cambrielle Fitzwater first attendant, and Claire Rowley was crowned as Sweethearts Queen. Rowley said, “It was fun, I got to try out new things and I’m just glad I did it.” Cakes, money and royalty: the assembly was a great way to end the week and prepare students for the upcoming dance.
(more pictures available)In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app. As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks. Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone. Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students. Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:
- Encourage your friends to download the app
- Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts
- Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card
- These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page
- The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL!
- The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m.
- Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas!
Here at Payson High School we’re proud of our Sterling Scholars, and many have been highlighted. Micah Toelupe, the winner of the Visual Art Sterling Scholar, needs his time to shine! Not saying we saved the best for last but...
Micah has been drawing, painting, dreaming and doodling since a very young age, as long as he can remember. To the people who grew up with Micah the fact that he won this Scholar was a “no duh” scenario. Micah knows for sure that art will be more than just a hobby in his future, when asked he answered, “I definitely want art to be a big part of my future.”
Many students know of Micah’s artistic talent, and many more have originals painted from the master himself that were given as presents. When asked why he tried for Sterling Scholar Micah stated, “This was just a big dream for me, I always wanted to be the Visual Arts Sterling Scholar, to excel in the art world. The Sterling Scholar was something that helped me achieve that, that helped me put myself out there.” We’re so proud of Micah here at PHS and we can’t wait to see where his art takes him! Congratulations Micah on earning the Visual Art Sterling Scholar.
After watching a movie, I try to find a word that sums up the story and my overall experience while watching. After watching Black Panther, the only word I can actually think of is, “Wow!”
The story is based around protagonist T’Challa, an African prince who has to fix previous problems in his highly electronically advanced Kingdom that his recently deceased Father left behind. He’ll discover what it means to be a leader, and how to define his own path in this life. T’Challa is portrayed by actor Chadwick Boseman. He’s accompanied by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright. This group of four are the main protagonists. Erik Killmonger (the main antagonist) is portrayed by Michael B. Jordan .He makes up the majority of the problems in the film.
Boseman portrays T’Challa in the best way possible. He has the attitude, energy and strength that is always shown when looking at the Black Panther.
I’m gonna come out and say that Erik Killmonger is one of, if not the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can truly see where his opinions and and where his and T’Challa’s values differ.
Lupita, Danai, and Letitia are such amazing female supporting characters! To put it simply, the movie would be strikingly worse if these characters were not there.
Wakanda is where the movie takes place. We’ve never seen Wakanda before. But, seeing Wakanda for the first time in its true glory made the audiences mouth gape in awe. The development and the culture of this setting is amazing, and it’s a good change to what’s usually portrayed for Africans in poverty. That’s another thing, these people aren’t in poverty! They are technologically advanced, so their worries are not about survival, but their royalty to the throne. Their technology makes absolutely no sense, but it is so cool! Wakanda is a A+ in my book.
The fight scenes in this movie were phenomenal! When you watch them, you can see how exhilarating,and dangerous it is to live in this universe. If you haven’t seen this movie, go and see it! It will blow you away. I went into this movie with fairly high expectations, and I was astounded with how amazing it was! I give Black Panther 9/10
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Orchestra School Level Solo and Ensemble
Thursday February eighth was a big day for our PHS Chamber Orchestra and a few select students from the Concert Strings group. These musicians were asked to play a solo, or with a small group try and qualify for Region Solo and Ensemble. The people who qualified for Region Solo and Ensemble are as follows;
The Chamber Orchestra: Small Ensemble
April Nettleton, Ruby Buhler, Payden Kunz, Travis Pitcher, and Adriene Wilde: 5 Instrument Quintet
Jana Worthington and Ericka Stone: Violin Duet
Ashlyn Sharp: Cello Solo
Madison Drager: Cello Solo
Lesly Gonzalez: Viola Solo
These students have excelled above and beyond at what they do and we wish them the best of luck at Region Solo and Ensemble!
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Every picture featured in the hallways at PHS are packed with years of history. For this month’s issue, our photo remake spotlights Dance Company. While the original photo was taken in the late eighties, the current photo was taken only a couple weeks ago. Change has definitely taken place between these two photos. The old dance company definitely had amazing style, with the big hair and black leotards. Our dance company now, however, not only has amazing style, but is slaying away every performance they have. As the years have passed on, many things have changed, but change can be a good thing. Change brings many different opportunities for everyone who is willing to take them. As we come together to support every team here at school, our school spirit only grows stronger. As it goes, we are the Mighty Lions.
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Wednesday February 7th was an awestruck night of pure, fluently released expression. All five of Nebo School District’s high schools united in Payson High School’s auditorium for the Eighth Annual Dance Company Concert [Showcase]. There was fifteen dances performed that night, three of those were by Payson High’s Dance Company.
Although Payson’s dance company didn’t open the night, they didn’t need to because as attendee, Haylee McKell, said “All of them did really good because they were all unified in their dancing, which can be hard to do with dances, Hip Hop especially.” Payson High’s first dance was their more contemporary one: “Angels” choreographed by Telley Carlson. The slow movements and music indeed did make them move around with angel-like qualities. After four dances from the other Nebo high schools, The team danced to “No Limits,” a hip-hop dance choreographed by Justin Sauceda. The last Payson performer was Dance Sterling Scholar Kobbi Pyne, who danced to “Torn” which was choreographed by Pyne herself. Overall, the dancers did an amazing job by moving to the music together.
There’s one word that can sum up how the world feels about this years session at the winter olympics. Wow! World renowned athletes have stated that this year is one of the most successful and world changing events in world history. But, to truly understand the full wonder and amazement, you need to know the background of what has happened the last couple of years at the olympics.
The olympics started back in ancient Greece, and since then they have grown in popularity and have become an event that spans across the world. In this span of time, the event has been retired and reborn a couple of times. It has also been postponed and cancelled because of world issues and arguments. One popular example is when the 1916 Summer games were cancelled because of threats and the onset of the First World War. This happened again with 1940 and 1944 because of World War II.
The games taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea this year is the follow up season to the Winter games held in Sochi, Russia in 2014. We have previous competitors returning from the four year waiting period. Such include Gus Kenworthy, a returning freestyle skiing star. Along with him, Lowell Bailey, a three time Biathlon athlete from the USA. There’s many more athletes from various Countries and who are individually talented and bring a challenge to every competitor this Year!
Words cannot describe how amazing and talented everyone is this year! Starting off, Olympic Skater from the US, Mirai Nagasu was the first woman in America, third Overall, to complete a triple Axel in an Olympic Competition. She scored 137.53 at the Olympics, putting the USA in second behind the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR).
Another feat for the USA includes a 17-yr-old from Colorado. His name is Red Gerard. He is the youngest Snowboarder from the USA to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics.
Despite what Country you route for, we can all agree that this years olympics were amazing, and we can’t wait for 2022!
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This year for Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as Single Awareness Day, our librarian Mrs. Redman decided to set up people on Blind Dates with books. Valentine’s Day’s an exciting day for those who have a date or a valentine, but for people who don’t have any plans, cuddling up with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book can be the best way to spend the day. The excitement from the student body that participated in this was very contagious. A student said, “ I was so excited when I walked in the library and saw that it was the blind dates with books. I’ve really been looking forward to it! It literally made my whole day.” Each book was individually wrapped in brown paper with a cute ribbon and a heart with a quote from the book attached. The quotes on the book pulled the attention of many people who chose books. As they ripped open the wrapping on the book there was a range of different emotions that went through their faces. There was some surprised looks, some people put the book back discovering that they didn’t want it. Others were excited to jump into a new story, one they may have never considered before then. This was such a great fun way for everyone to get into Valentine’s day spirit. Hopefully it becomes a tradition here at PHS. A big thanks to everyone who participated and especially to Mrs. Redman who created such a fun activity for our student body.
Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools. A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at www.nebo.edu beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences. (Parents and employees will be emailed a link to help them gain access, while students will be shown the link in their computer labs.)
The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.
Thank you for your helpful feedback.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation with a friend where everyone thinks that you are dating or that you should date? We, Briton Wilson and Michelle Rushton, are in this kind of situation. All of our friends want us to date but we are the greatest friends, so it would just be too weird for us to start dating at this point. So we decided to go and find some other people in a similar situation.
Steffani and Micheal Green are brother and sister. They look exactly the same to some people, but to others, they just see a really cute couple that doesn’t exist. Steffani stated, “People just assume that if you hang out that you’re dating.” When asked for her opinion on the matter Steffani said, “It was silly, and a little ridiculous.” We couldn’t agree more!
Kyler Marvin is another victim of this problem. Kyler currently has a girlfriend, Maddi Mittlemen, although a lot of people who know Kyler assume that he is dating Jerica Smith, his cousin. He thinks it’s weird because they are relatives. They hangout and do a lot of stuff together. Maddi Mittlemen, his girlfriend, was in the same position as him. “I honestly think that it is kind of funny,” she said, “because the same thing happened to me when I was a Sophomore.” Maddi’s cousin, Kaden Mittlemen also goes to Payson. They would go to lunch together, and they hung out a lot, so everyone assumed that they were dating even though they have the same last name!
Emily Keller and Erin Miller are the best of friends. They have been friends since the sixth grade, so naturally they are really close and touchy. A lot of people think that they are dating because Emily is always holding Erin’s hands to warm them up. Emily sassily stated “We’re not Lesbians. We’re honestly confused, because we don’t do anything that’s lesbianish.”
In conclusion, there are many people out in this world that are just friends, so DON’T ASSUME THAT JUST BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DO DIFFERENT THINGS THAN YOU, THAT THEY ARE DATING!!!!
Tuesday, Feb. 13
- 10:55 Extended lunch for 100+ students supporting Girls Basketball
- 7:00 Girls Basketball @ Spanish Fork
- 7:00 Boys Basketball VS Spanish Fork
Wednesday, Feb. 14- Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️
- Student/employee surveys during Pride Time
Thursday, Feb. 15
- 3:00-7:30 Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, Feb. 16
- 7:00 Girl’s Basketball VS Salem HIlls
- 7:00 Boys Basketball @ Salem Hills
Saturday, Feb. 17
- 7:00 Sweethearts Dance