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PHS New Schedule

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:41am
Attributions: Audrey Herget

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New bell schedule announced

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:28pm

A new bell schedule will begin January 16 at Payson High School. The new schedule will allow students to receive additional help from teachers throughout the week by replacing Make-Up Thursday time with intervention time each day in a different class.  This rotation will allow students extra time once a week in each of their classes.  The change hopes that students will be able to make-up missing assignments and allow teachers time to reteach concepts as needed.   View the new schedule in the photo above.

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Guide to Parking at PHS

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:56am
Attributions: Article and Photos by Briton Wilson

Finding a Parking Spot at Payson High School is like trying to find water in the desert. At least that is what students think. PHS actually has a lot of parking around the school, but students don’t want to take the time to look around. Both students and teachers are frustrated. They can park in the actual student parking lot, but a lot of the time it is filled to the brim with cars. Other places the students can park are behind the Auto Shop or even in the Seminary parking lot.

Did you know that there is a parking lot right across the street from the High School? There are lots of parking spaces, you just have to take the time to look. But also there are places where students can’t park. For example: the Faculty parking lot right at the front of the school or the area on the side of the Auto Shop.


Mrs. Whitbeck, a Math teacher here at Payson High School said this, “I hate it when I come from lunch getting my Costa Vida and my spot is taken by a student,” showing that even Teachers are frustrated with the parking crisis. Now that we are in January, when it snows, the parking crisis is just going to get worse.This has been a guide to parking at PHS. Use it and live it Payson High School.

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Rematch with the Wasps

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:47am
Attributions: Article by Harrison Judd


With the loss to the Wasatch Wasps, and taking second in last year's State wrestling Tournament, there has been a great determination coming from our wrestling team to come back and beat them as in a way of revenge this new season of 2017-18. Although, Wasatch has now been moved up to 5A, and are no longer in our region and have no way of compromising our chances of a State Title in 4A. But that didn’t stop the team from wrestling them anyway. On January 4th of the new year, Payson traveled to Heber Valley to face Wasatch once again. With Wasatch ahead by 11 points, the final score  of the duel was, Payson 27 Wasatch 38.

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Dance Department Dazzles with Performance

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:54am
Attributions: Madisyn Rowley of The Lions Roar Newspapaer
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Red Ribbon Competition

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
Attributions: By Jerica Smith Newspaper

Mrs. Searle hosted her second annual Red Ribbon Week wristband competition.This competition included her B1 class to see who could keep their Red Ribbon Week wristband on the longest. Last year the competition was a two-way tie only because the class was ending. This year, there is an official winner, Brian Espinoza. Brain said, “Sometimes i just wanted to take it off and others wanted to rip it off.” His prize was the satisfaction of winning and some wool socks.


The competition started October 23, 2017,and after 82 days, Brain is still wearing the wristband. Mrs Searle said,the reason why I hold these competitions is because being Drug free  should not just be for a week, it should be all the time.

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Gaming and You!

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:53am
Attributions: Article and Photos by Seth Hilton

Do you play games a lot? Do you love playing them? If you said yes to any of these questions then you are a gamer! Some people think gaming is bad, and they are right when it comes to some things, but that’s only if you mistreat gaming. “Wait, what do you mean by mistreat?”  Well I mean you play them when you shouldn’t be playing them instead of working on your job or schoolwork. But you can still play them when you are all done. Now I know you are going to say. “But everyone knows that!” But the things is: no one does, so get it under control.

Now let's talk about all the GOOD things gaming does. For starters it makes people develop coordination and on-the-spot thinking. Most games throw challenges at the player, making them react instantly along with minimap placements and distance. Other sets of games teach you to make moral choices, ways to make a strategy or a plan, and how to pay attention to detail.

Did I mention that gaming can grow sibling relationships? Now I would like to tell you about some games that help prove my point. The first game I would like to tell you about is Human: Fall Flat. In this game you and a friend can play together, either online or on the couch, and you must either complete different goals. This game is on many different platforms, whether it be computer or console. Another game I would like to tell you about is called Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. In this split screen game you and a friend can control a ship to fight various monsters and get back to the other ship.


These are just some examples of some great games. There are more of these games out there, you just have to go looking for them!

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This week at PHS

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:30am
  • Tuesday, Jan. 9

7:00   Dance Department Showcase


  • Wednesday, Jan. 10

4:00 Swimming VS Mt. View


  • Thursday, Jan. 11

7:00 Wrestling VS Uintah


  • Friday, Jan. 12- District Development Day for Certified Employees

7:00 Boys Basketball VS Mt. View

7:00 Girls Basketball @ Mt. View


  • Saturday, Jan. 13

Drill Team Competition @ Corner Canyon

Wrestling Tournament @ South Summitt


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This week at PHS

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:23am
  • Monday, Jan. 1     

Happy New Year

  • Tuesday, Jan. 2

2:30 School Community Council

  •  Wednesday, Jan. 3

7:00 Boys Basketball @ Mt. Crest/Girls Basketball @ Wasatch

  • Thursday, Jan. 4

6:00 Hope Squad Training in the faculty room

7:00 Wrestling @ Wasatch

  • Friday, Jan. 5

7:00 Girls Basketball VS Orem

7:00 Boys Basketball @ Orem

Swimming @ St. George through Sat. Jan. 6th

Wrestling @ Richardson Tournament in Box Elder through Sat. Jan. 6th

  • Saturday, Jan. 6

Drill Team Competition @ UVU

JV Wrestling Tournament @ Provo


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December Online Magazine

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 7:53am
Attributions: Harlee Huff

Twas' the night after Christmas when all through the house...everyone was scrolling through this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. We have amazing articles about school rivalries and the mighty Payson Student Section. We also have articles about Christmas singing and Payson Swim Team.We have a wonderful magazine for you this month so sit back, relax, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and enjoy this months edition of The Mane Street Journal.  

Read it here.

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Have You Heard? Payson High Choirs Christmas Concert

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 6:15pm
Attributions: Article and Pictures by: Alfonso De La Torre
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On Friday December 15th, Payson High School’s Choirs proudly presented an evening of Christmas carols directed by Marilyn Morgan with Dana Bentley and David Baker as accompanists.  

The performance started with the Trouvere boys singing "Have You Heard," then transitioned to the Bell Coro’s "Arise and Shine Your Light Has Come" and "Star of Bethlehem." Following the Bel Coro, Cambrielle Fitzwater and Mariah Webber’s voices joined together for "Santa Baby" and after their performance, the Trouvere Girls’ soft voices harmonized Let It Snow which then transitioned into Bayli Alexander’s Solo of of Elvis Presley’s "Blue Christmas." After Bayli, Trouveres did "The Holly and the Ivy" and What Child Is This? Max Bennion did "White Chrirstmas" followed by Polyphony’s In "Dulci Jubilo," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" and Sage Jackson’s solo of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."  

Close to the culmination, Mrs. Morgan announced Bel Coro’s Performance of "Betelehemu," a Nigerian Christmas song that was accompanied by Brandon Harris’s solo and percussionists Owen Grimshaw, Kenji Heimuli, Reneé Hunt, Andrew Palmer and Dana Bentley.

At the end, all Choirs got together and wished the charmed audience Happy Holidays with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

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Everything You Need to Know About Sterling Scholars

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:54am
Attributions: Madisyn Rowley of the Lions Roar Newspaper
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It is a big responsibility and honor to be chosen as a sterling scholar and there is a lot of preparation and effort that goes into applying and winning the title. Deseret News described the experience as this, “The Sterling Scholar Awards and publicly recognizes and encourages the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship of high school seniors in the state of Utah.” The Sterling Scholars at Payson High School have found great success with this program. Here are some of their tips for you to become a successful Sterling Scholar and why they participated in the program.

Mathematics: Brendon Earl

“ I did sterling scholars because I wanted the recognition that I worked really hard in math, I studied a lot. I wanted a little recognition, it also helps me a lot with my college applications. I think that Juniors and Sophmores should consider doing sterling scholars because you get your picture up in the hall and a page in the yearbook, that’s pretty cool. “

World Languages: Jaycee Wilson

“I have participated in  ASL and Concurrent Enrollment classes, I have also been involved in the community and  leadership opportunities this made it possible for me to do sterling scholar. I actually hope to work in the hospital as a nurse. In the hospital they need someone on hand who can interpret and communicate with those who are deaf. My advice is to be involved in clubs, it’s not really about your grades, just stay involved and keep track of all the service you are doing!”

Vocal Performance: Brandon Harris

“Back in eighth grade I decided that I was going to do everything I could to get sterling scholar in vocal performance. It was just a thought in a friendly conversation. That's really where it all started. I wanted the extra help with college. I have made tons of sacrifices to get this award, I have spent countless hours doing homework because I hopped on the honors track in the ninth grade. I have participated in 5 state level honors choirs, I spend time learning music, I take  voice lessons once a week, I am learning advanced music like singing in different languages such as German, French, and Italian. My advice would be to make sure you have a lot of participation in things relating to your area and to keep track of your service hours”

Musical Performance: JoLyn Paddock

“My advice for people who are considering doing sterling scholars is to know you want to be a sterling scholar because the deadlines and those things come really fast. About the middle of September is when everything is due. Be sure to have a good portfolio put everything in sheet protectors with nice paper, you just want your binder to look professional.”


Overall the main thing that our sterling scholars want you to learn is “Don't be afraid to try, don't be afraid to fail. It’s not about perfect grades, it’s being passionate about the things you are passionate about, go out there and show people you can do it.” said sterling scholar Jose' Valle. Be sure to talk to our school counselors about how you can get on track to becoming a Sterling Scholar!

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A Little Christmas Spirit

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:56am
Attributions: Article By: Ryan Craig Photo By: Hayden McDowell

Tis the season of giving, receiving and loving. Almost everyone can agree, unless you’re a real scrooge, that this time of year is filled with a lot more joy and love than the other 11 months of the year. Everyone is in the spirit of giving and looking for ways to show you care about someone. It’s definitely a special time. Why do you think kids love Christmas the most out of all the holidays? It may start because they get presents, but there is more to it there is a different feel in the air this time of year.

There’s a reason that schools take weeks off for Christmas, there isn’t any other holliday that schools will shut down for that long, not one. It’s because this is the holiday that brings together family and friends.  Kennedy Williams said, “ooh, my siblings and I sleep downstairs in sleeping bags for fun.” Christmas brings together families that might not do much together, and makes them want to do things with each other. Emily Howarth said,”My family has Christmas Eve dinner at my great grandparents house!” Once again Christmas is bringing people together.

Let’s not forget what Christmas is all about, the season of giving. Whether you’re giving a little or a lot, it doesn’t matter. The giving of gifts to family, friends, or even people you might not even know. There’s always places to donate, especially around Christmas time. In front of Walmart there are places to donate your spare change, there’s tons of toy and clothing drives always looking for donations, and there are soup kitchens where you can donate money but you can donate time too. There’s so many opportunities to give this time of year, and that is a big way you can keep the Christmas spirit in your mind and heart.


As Christmas rolls around please remember why we celebrate Christmas. Keep in mind those you love, and those who are in need of love. There are so many people out there who want to feel Christmas in their hearts and with your help we can share that spirit with everyone. So keep your eyes open for those that you can help in anyway possible.With the right attitude and some good Christmas spirit we can change many hearts.

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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:44am
Attributions: Hayden McDowell
(more pictures available)

Payson High got in on the Holiday spirit by displaying this gorgeous tree! This time of year, it is nice to see joy and peace through symbols such as a tree, a wreath, candy canes, etc. Payson High has never looked better. A special thanks to our amazing secretarial staff, and all others, who participated in the decorating of this Christmas tree.

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Special schedule for mini parent teacher conferences

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:05am

To provide as much time as possible for students to have access to their teachers, the time allotted for advisory is moving to the end of the day. Mini-report cards will be printed and handed out to students from 2:00 - 2:10. Mini-conferences is to provide additional time and support for learning and to reinforce the hope that students will use this time to improve their learning.


Tuesday Schedule:

1st Period    7:55 -   9:15

2nd Period  9:20 - 10:40

Lunch 10:40 - 11:15

3rd Period 11:20 - 12:40

4th Period 12:45 -   2:00

Mini Report Cards  2:00 -   2:10

Mini Parent Teacher Conferences  2:10 - 4:00

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PHS Swim Team Hype Video

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:37am
Attributions: Kaden Flippen

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Penny Wars Thank You

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:36am
Attributions: Jose Valle and Max Bennion

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The Top 3 Students in Payson

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:23am
Attributions: By: Jerica Smith Lion's Roar Newspaper
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Claire Rowley, Gavin Scholl, and Madison Houston were chosen for the Academic All-State this year at Payson High.  The Academic All-State is organized by the UHSAA, Utah High School Academic Association, the students are chosen by the state. In order to receive this award students must maintain a exemplementry GPA, and a high ACT score. Sports is a big commitment and Academic All-State is here to recognize the students who kept their grades up. Utah wants to recognize the athletes who do well on the field, the court, and the classroom.

Students must have at least a 3.75 GPA . This year a lot of Students qualified, so students with a 4.0 have a better chance to make it. The school had 3 amazing students who qualified: Claire Rowley for soccer, Gavin Scholl for football, and Madison Houston for Volleyball.  Mr. Archer said, “It’s a great challenge, these kids should be here at school, for school not for sports.” The students are recognized during the last game of the year and are given a plaque. Claire Rowley’s advice for the juniors is, “Don’t give up on your grades, even if it seems hard.”

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The Story Behind Krislynn Hurd

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:23am
Attributions: By: Michelle Rushton of the Lions Roar Newspaper

Of all the students at payson high school, Krislynn is one you should definitely take the time to get to know.

Krislynn is student in the UCBT (Utah Community Based Transition class), taught by Mrs. Liddle. Her favorite class is art, she loves to just draw freestyle, and her favorite things to color with are, colored pencils and with paint. Her best friend is Arianna Gregerson. She likes to read. Her favorite food is meatloaf without mashed potatoes.Her favorite color is red. She thinks that the student body are really nice, and good at including her and the other students in all of the activities that they are involved in. She loves to listen to country music.

 When asked, Krislynn’s teacher said, “Krislynne does a good job in class. She stays on task and does what she is supposed to do. She is taking a clothing class, U.S. Government, art, drama, and seminary, so she is out in the general education environment quite a bit. She also loves cats.”

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