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Swimming Their Way to State

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:47am
Attributions: By Jerica Smith Newspaper

PHS Swim team has done amazing this season! With the region competition right around the corner, these students work hard to qualify for state. Unlike other sports, the only races that matters for state is region. This Year Seth Peterson, Travis Pitcher, Kaden Flippen, Case Kunz, have had a record breaking season, and are going to state.

Swimming can improve endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. The races that Payson swims are: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle and relay. The longest race is a 400 freestyle relay, which is swam by Seth Peterson, Travis Pitcher, Kaden Flippen and Case Kunz. To see the record breaking times check the  swim team display case by the auditorium.

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Spotlight: Main Street Journal

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:25am
Attributions: Article By: Sabryne Kelly Photo from Main Street Journal


Here at the Lion’s Roar Newspaper we've decided to give a spot light to our “electronic sibling”, the Main Street Journal! As many students know the staff is made up of a variety of Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores. This year the editor in chief is Harlee Huff, her job is extremely important, keeping everybody in line and making sure things go smoothly. They send out a monthly issue including, not only articles but, videos to inform the student body of the most important events. Mr. Perry is in charge of this class and when asked about their teacher his students they answered with blinding praises for their beloved teacher. An interesting fact about this class is that it is only for half a year. This means that in a short period of time there will be an entirely new staff!

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Les Miserables at Payson High School

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:25am
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Every year, the school drama and choir teams put together a school production, and each year they are phenomenal! Some years they are well heard of stories, such as Alice in Wonderland, or West Side Story. But some years they are somewhat unknown, like last year’s The Drowsy Chaperone. But that doesn’t matter, because every year the directors and production team truly put their heart and soul into the show!


This year we’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to put on a show that many people love and adore. Its name being Les Misérables.


Les Misérables is a french Musical and translates into: The Miserable Ones. Like I said, the Musical is French, and takes place during the early 1800’s. The Musical actually started out as a Novel written by Victor Hugo. The Novel follows a man named Jean Valjean, a previous convict, and a man changed by kindness and forgiveness. There are multiple plots and stories happening during the story, and they all tie-in to Val Jean, and how he looks to God to fix the problems in his life.


Along the way, you’ll be introduced to many characters that help shape the story and the atmosphere of the musical. You’ll really start to get a feel for how corrupt and evil the French government was at the time, and why certain story elements come into play.


The Directors of the show, Rock White and Marilyn Morgan, have put lots of time into the show, as well as the cast and crew! Some casting Includes,

  • Brandon Harris as Jean Valjean

  • Cambrielle Fitzwater as Fantine

  • Justin Freeman and Seth Cowie as Marius

  • Max Bennion, and Evan Brandley as Javert

And many, many, many more!!


The Cast has been phenomenal, and if you see a name you recognize, come and see it! The show will be performed on the nights of January 24th - January 29th

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Donate shoes to make a difference

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:16am

Miss Payson 2017 Kaisley Theobald is collecting shoes for Burkina Faso, Africa.  Theobald says, "all the shoes collected go to people who have worn down, holey shoes with no soles or to kids who have never owned a pair of shoes in their life. We have the luxury of having a couple pairs of shoes or shoes that we don’t even wear. We are so lucky!! If you are cleaning out your closet, I would love to take any shoes off your hands!"

You can drop off bags or boxes at the Payson City Center or there is a collection box at Payson High School in the front office. The deadline for shoes is March 22nd. Everything helps and everything is appreciated by these people that need so much.  You can make a difference just by donating one pair of shoes.

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Paysetter Night!

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 9:57am
Attributions: Article & pictures by: Alfonso De La Torre
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Payson High Schools drill team danced the night away along with many other young dancers from around the Payson area. The night began with a presentation of the 2017-2018 Paysetters and their companions. Following their presentation, the girls of the night performed their Epic Hip Hop. Paysetters smiled through their Camp Dance. After Camp Dance, some of the other studios; Limelight, Step In Time, Steps PAC, Cindy’s Dance, and The Ridge Dance Academy took over the floor and also flooded the audience with “oohs” and “awws.” 

Almost halfway through the program, the Drill Team synchronized Military Portrayal prepared the audience for their sparkling Paysetter Dance, for which the girls were dressed up in white and lime green shine. Following the five dances that were after the Paysetter’s dance, the two seniors of the team, April Nettleton and Aubrey Schmidt,danced away together and ended the dance with a sentimental embrace and cheers from the crowd. After the Seniors’ glows, the Steps PAC shimmied along to Juicy Wiggle and after them, Centennial Dance performed: “Greatest Show,” a choreographed excitement for all the spectators. 

The drill team’s last dance of the night was a Basketball themed Character. Following that, all alumni were called to the dance floor, where they got together and tried to merge themselves into the instructions that were being called out.  One after another, the dancers moved away from the dance floor until only a few of all the participants were left on the floor. 

All in all, Paysetter night dancers took the audience’s breath away while they danced their hearts out.


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Protecting our Pride

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 9:49am
Attributions: Article and Photo by Millie Durfee

Attention! Students of PHS, we have the ability to bring others to victory. Students at Payson High School have been victorious in many sports for several years, and every time there is always a picture perfect crowd of students whooping, cheering, and supporting our teams. We need to understand that we play a part in every event when we, as classmates, support one another. In the end we create something beautiful: we become one.

Payson High has numerous sports that are not supported as much as they should be. We need to fix it, and we can. As a student body, we should make a goal this new year of 2018 to go to our less supported sports games, matches, and events. Sometimes we aren’t in the mood or have bad days, but everyone does. The students who participate in sports have sad, unhappy, and bad days, which sometimes lineup with there game days, but they still have to bring their absolute best when they have to play.


So go out of your way to create a fantastic foundation to start supporting a great game. You can help influence our schools worth. If you think we're going to lose or not succeed you’re feeding that bad energy. Everyone can change and this is the year to do it. All of the students who are new and don’t know what to do, come to the games and learn how to become a Payson lion by following in the footsteps of those who have complete school spirit. Forget about all the worries of how you look or how others think you look, for if you do, you will be showing school spirit and make Payson High School such a positive place. Become the change that payson needs and go out and support our students for good.

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Pyne wins best welder in Nebo School District

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:56am

On January 22, at the Nebo School District welding competition, Tanner Pyne from Payson was awarded the first place overall winner of the annual event.  He was named the best welder in the district and received a Miller Digital Infinity auto-darkening welding helmet, gloves, glasses and a Carhartt jacket valued over $500.  He also received a scholarship to MTech for $500.  Congratulations to Pyne and the welding program at Payson High School on this phenomenal recognition.  

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Payson High's Performance Of Les Miserable

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:15am
Attributions: Jose Valle

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Get Away Today donates to Nebo Education Foundation

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:49am

Watch for your new Get Away Today magazine to come home with your student soon. It is filled with travel specials for your family including Adults at Kids’ Prices at the Disneyland Resort for travel in January, February and May 2018! Plus, you can still get 2018 tickets at 2017 prices before they go up! Get the details at

Remember, with every vacation purchased Get Away Today will donate back to Nebo Education Foundation. #focusonstudents #nebohero #studentsuccess#empowerstudents #engagestudents

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This week at PHS

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:20am
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23

7:00 Boys Basketball VS Salem

7:00 Girls Basketball @ Salem


  • Wednesday, Jan. 24

9:00 Musical Les Misérables Elementary Performance

7:00 Wrestling VS Maple Mountain

7:30 Musical Les Misérables


  • Thursday, Jan. 25

6:00 Region Drill @ SF

7:00 Wrestling VS Juab

7:30 Musical Les Misérables


  • Friday, Jan. 26

Swimming Region Meet @ Orem Rec

3:00 Debate Tournament

7:00 Girls Basketball VS Lehi

7:00 Boy’s Basketball @ Lehi

7:30 Musical Les Misérables


  • Saturday, Jan. 27

Swimming Region Meet @ Orem Rec

2:00 Musical Les Misérables

7:30 Musical Les Misérables

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Mental Health Parent Awareness Nights

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:13am

Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer questions and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.


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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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