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The Key to PHS

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:05am
Attributions: By Talbie Oberg of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

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!



Categories: Payson, Secondary

Who Says "School is Boring?"

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:21pm
Attributions: Garrison W. Serynek of the Lions Roar Newspaper

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.

Categories: Payson, Secondary


Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:43am
Attributions: Madisyn Rowley of the Lions Roar Newspaper
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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.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

March Edition of The Mane Street Journal

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:36am
Attributions: Harlee Huff

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!

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ACT Test promises pizza and promise for the future

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:16pm

 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. 


Categories: Payson, Secondary

Respect the Pride

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:08am
Attributions: By: Michelle Rushton and Briton Wilson of Lion's Roar

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.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

Why am I single?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:25am
Attributions: Millie Durfee


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.


Categories: Payson, Secondary

Do you have self-love?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:24am
Attributions: Millie Durfee

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.


Categories: Payson, Secondary