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Payson High became a tropical island during the last week of February for this school year’s spirit week. Throughout the week students wore beach attire, and on Wednesday the 28th, people got together to watch “Lilo and Stitch.” At the end of the week Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores went against each other in an assembly by competing against each other in different games: a war of the classes.
At the spirit bowl assembly, Payson High School students’ enthusiasm lit up the gym throughout the many activities. Some of these games included a relay that ended with Owen Grimshaw and two other students getting soaked in water, and a couple of competitions to see who could chug down food and some drinks the fastest. Juniors and Sophomores had to rock-paper-scissor out of a tie. Seniors came out victorious and in the end, Payson students danced along to Unstoppable.
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.