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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
(more pictures available)

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
(more pictures available)

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

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
(more pictures available)

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
Attributions: Unknown


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
(more pictures available)

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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Tree Festival scheduled for November 21

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:35am

PHS classes, clubs and groups and the Payson City community are invited to participate in the annual Tree Festival by decorating and donating a tree to be auctioned off during a boys basketball game on November 21.

A large portion of the proceeds goes to the student council to provide “Sub for Santa” to families in our area. In the past, many groups have secured donations from the community and trees have sold at much higher prices! If any community members are interested in donating funds or a tree to decorate, you can reach Julie Gowans at

This festival has been a great resource for providing Christmas to families in need.  Payson High Student Council and the PTSA hopes this year will be another great year at the auction.  Mark your calendars for November 21.



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Homework Lab Segment

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 2:29pm
Attributions: Cole Peterson

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Be a part of the Pride #PHSLIONS

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 9:22pm
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Over the past few weeks many students, teachers, and parents have been a part of the Pride by simply posting on social media using the hashtag #PHSLIONS.  As the school year progresses we will highlight proud Lions who share their pride by tweeting, posting, and instantly capturing unforgettable moments.  

Today's highlights include the PHS football team raising the flag to honor veterans, HOSA club, happenings in the library, Hope Squad shout out, and PHS Choirs event.

Be sure to use #PHSLIONS to share your PHS pride too!

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This week at PHS

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:08am

Upcoming Events      

Wednesday, Oct. 11

  • 3:30 pm- JV Football @ Orem

 Thursday, Oct. 12     

  • UMEA All-State Choir
  • 6:00 pm Girls Volleyball VS Orem
  • 7:00 pm Football VS Salem Hills

 Friday, Oct. 13

  • UMEA All-State Choir
  • Volleyball Sophomore Tournament @ Provo
  • 7:30 pm Sadie Hawkin’s Dance

 Saturday, Oct. 14

  • UMEA All-State Choir
  • Volleyball Sophomore Tournament @ Provo
  • 10:30 am Band Competition at Davis

Last week: Congratulations to the PHS golf students performance at State and the soccer team's win over Uintah. The band also had a great weekend placing sixth overall and received first in Color Guard.

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Payson vs Salem Hype Video

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 2:04pm
Attributions: Logan Bennett

Check out this video put together by PHS student Logan Bennett.

If you can't make it to the game tonight, it will be streaming online at

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PHS Cross Country Update

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:46pm
Attributions: Bryce Mecham

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The Weird Phenomena of the Mandela Effect

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:51pm
Attributions: By Millie Durfee of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

Have you ever noticed something you swear you’ve known all your life to be spelled, sang, or designed one way and all the sudden you look back at it and realize something has been added, missing, or taken away? Well let me reassure you, you're not losing your mind, but Congratulations! You’ve experienced the Mandela effect and you're not alone.

The Mandela effect defined by Margaret Rouse from Tech Target, in the column states, “The Mandela effect is the observed phenomenon of people having clear memories of events that did not occur or misremembering significant events and facts.” She goes on to tell how it doesn't affect just one person, but affects thousands of people around the world sharing in this “false memory”.

You may be wondering at this point if you have not noticed that you’ve experienced the effect, you 90% most likely have, here are some examples that will blow your mind. Have you ever noticed the Ford logo, it’s a blue oval with cursive writing spelling out Ford? Many remember the F in Ford looking something like this  F  a plain old F with a dash through it.

You may be asking, “Why are you telling me this?” Well, what if I told you in all the history of Ford the blue oval symbol has never looked like that. Even the manufacturers of Ford say it’s never been designed like that. Here is an example of something being added, the line through the F has had a little curly cue on the end of the second dash through the F. (Mind blown!)

How? How can it be that something so many people remember has now changed? Well, that's a very good question and something we're all trying to answer, and by all, I mean out of the billions of people around the world no one knows. People have tried to relate it to shifting into parallel universes, time travel, subliminal messaging, and even aliens!

People have been noticing more and more things changing, for example, the song “We are the champions” by Queen. In most everyone's mind, they remember the song finishing in a long dramatic yell of the singer saying “of the world!”. Here, my fellow reader is an example of something missing, the song has never been recorded of them singing that ending phrase.

On their album, the lyric does not play, but the music continues to play, it feels like there’s something missing. That’s because you think you remember them singing it. if you look up a live version of Queen singing “We are the champions” Freddie Mercury does sing “of the world!” So it was supposed to be there but has somehow been removed from our time.

So always keep a lookout for more things transitioning around you, because you may realize you're in a whole new world, time, and dimension and you might not even notice.


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First issue of the Lion's Roar News takes on a bold new look

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:53am
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Just weeks after school started, 21 students joined forces to create an incredible school newspaper. This first issue, with its bold new look, shows the creativity and diversity of not only the students within the class but also of the school.

"I love that it's not just for one type of student," says team member Harrison Judd, "it's for all our students."  One of the lead designers, Emily Miller, adds, "It's not just for the jocks or the nerds, it's for everyone."  Some members of the team mentioned that students, teachers, and the community will all find something within the issue to apply to their life and once they see that story, they'll just keep on reading because something else will catch their eye.

Having a paper for everyone is a strong driving force for the newspaper team. That mentality is part of the team's motto for the year.  On the cover of the paper, it reads "This is Our Story" which was the theme chosen by students during a newspaper camp held during the summer. The team was able to meet and make some big decisions, long before any tardy bells were ringing. 

Along with a new theme, the paper has a new look.  A stunning logo, lots of colors and a variety of pictures fill the pages.  The team is proud of their first issue.   It was a great learning experience.
As the team critically looked at their writing and design, they were able to make strong goals for their next issue.

"We will probably never have a perfect issue," says their teacher, Mrs. Searle, "but that won't stop us from trying."  Students learn the in's and out's of journalism, but also have to learn photojournalism and newspaper design skills, and they only have a few weeks between issues.  Mrs. Searle adds, "They are amazing students and they have created something that the whole school can be proud of."

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Walmart Gives

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:43am
Attributions: By Ryan Craig of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

Friday, September 8th and Tuesday September 12th were “days of giving” for the Walmart located in Payson. Walmart showed up at Payson High School with a wooden pallet full of school supplies for the teachers and students. This was a very unexpected gift that was very much appreciated. One teacher who benefitted from this donation was Señor Peck. He said, “It wasn’t anything huge some red pens and other school supplies, but it was definitely appreciated.”


Something like this has never been done before here at Payson High. It was very random and out of the blue. The school never asked for this, it was just a random act of kindness that was very appreciated by students and teachers at PHS. It was very kind of Walmart to do this once, but it’s even better that they did it twice.

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Comeback season

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:37am
Attributions: Harrison Judd

Payson wrestling is a very successful and very strict tradition among those that are involved with this brutal sport. The physical and emotional exhaustion carries on throughout the months of the season. The commitment and the sacrifice given by the wrestlers is tremendous. Everyday is another opportunity to improve and get better individually and as a team, it is no secret that wrestling is a challenging sport, and especially at Payson. Last wrestling season the state title was just within their reach, but fell short and lost the state title to Wasatch. The coaches at Payson high have high expectations for this next year's wrestling team with their eyes set upon another state championship for the 2017-18 season.  


Coach Jeb clark, of the Payson wrestling team, has started to hold pre-season practices on tuesdays and wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in preparation for the new season that will be starting in November.

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Payson High School's Biggest Fans

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:30am
Attributions: Article by: Michelle Rushton of the Lions Roar Newspaper
(more pictures available)

There is a classroom inside of this school that not very many of you know about. When you walk inside the North East doors of our school, turn right, the first classroom to your left often goes unnoticed. This classroom is Mrs. Liddle’s classroom. Mrs. Liddle is the teacher of a 17 students. These are no ordinary students, these are some of the most extraordinary students this school has ever known. Mrs. Liddle teaches a Utah Community Based Transition (UCBT) class, here at Payson High School. These special ed students are some of the most fun and energetic kids I have ever met. They are all very talented in their own ways. And what they all want most, is to have fun, and be friends with all of us students.

Mrs. Liddle says the best part about working in this class is, “The kids are fun to work with, their appreciative, they like to be at school, their sad when they can’t come. It’s fun having all the different personalities.” These kids are amazing kids, they are always smiling, and love to have a good time. Their favorite extracurricular class is Law Enforcement, it is the most popular class for these kids to go to. Here’s one more quote from Mrs. Liddle, about all of the friends these kids have outside of the classroom. “We have some students that have friends outside of the class.” “This year, when I walk down the the hall with them, I hear lots of people say hi to them, and this year Leah ran for Junior Homecoming Queen.” These kids love to be involved in the same things that all of YOU are involved in.


Mrs Liddle said this about us as a student body. “I liked to say how much I appreciate the student body this year, and how welcoming they have been this year!”

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This week at PHS

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:42am

Monday, Sept 25         

  • College Day for Seniors

Tuesday, Sept 26

  • Picture Re-takes
  • 9:00 am  Youth Support
  • Boys Golf @Talons Cove
  • 2:30-4:00 Mini Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 4:00 pm Girls Soccer @ Salem Hills
  • 6:00 pm Girls Volleyball @ Uintah

Thursday, Sept 28    

  • Drama @ Shakespeare Competition through Saturday
  • 11:00 Student of the month pizza party
  • 3:30 pm- JV football VS Spanish Fork
  • 4:00 pm - Girls Soccer @ Lehi  
  • 6:00 pm Girls Volleyball @ Salem Hills

Friday, Sept 29

  • 8:30 am Girls Tennis State Tournament @ Liberty Park through Saturday  
  • 7:00 pm Football @ Spanish Fork

Saturday, Sept 30

  • Volleyball JV Tournament @ Provo High School
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