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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.”
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.”
A new school year, a new staff, and a whole lot of new stories. Here at the Mane Street Journal, we are so excited to present to you our first magazine of the 2017- 2018 school year. We have stories ranging from FFA to Hope Squad to school fund raisers. Our staff has worked hard to put together this edition of fall stories for you. As always, everything is student chosen, created, and edited. So, without any further ado, we hope you enjoy our Fall edition of The Mane Street Journal. http://pub.lucidpress.com/PHSfall2017
Our school offers so many amazing clubs and extracurricular activities to the students of Payson High. Whether it be clubs, sports teams, after-school organizations, etc. There are countless ways to get involved at PHS! One of the cool clubs that deserves a lil’ love is HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. The entire organization focuses on areas of the medical field through hands on experience, conferences, meetings, and service projects.
Ciara Ford, a senior here at PHS, is a HOSA State Officer, the HOSA Vice President for Southern Utah, and a HOSA Officer for Payson High. When asked about the activities and experiences acquired with HOSA, Ciara stated that HOSA is in charge of the blood drive, decorating a Christmas trees for the upcoming “Festival of Trees: PHS”, food drives, etc. Ciara also shared some of the amazing opportunities that HOSA provides for its members, “[HOSA] explores different careers within health...Brian Blake is the advisor over HOSA. He’s really cool because he has ties with the hospital and can help out with us getting internships and different things like that... We have guest speakers come, we also go and do things like cadaver labs, we go to different businesses and see what they do. It’s an awesome club for anybody interested in healthcare, and there’s lots of opportunities for everyone involved in leadership, service, exploring health careers. [HOSA] is super great, super fun. We have a good time together.”
One of the amazing things about our school, is the wide variety of things students are able to participate in. HOSA is a great way to enhance the medical learning curve, make friends, and try new, exciting things.
Some of Payson High School students went to UVU for a conference on leadership. The conference had lots of tips on being a good leader and how to better serve people you come in contact with. The conference was also about professionalism and also about “ how we can come to together to be a team.”
There was also a bunch of guest speakers and they motivated the students to become better leaders. There were also activities on team building. The leaders gave instructions on how to build a sandwich on team building. Jackie Hernandez and Kya Heimuli both recommended everyone should go and really learn about how to be a leader and help the people around you.
Payson High School’s esteemed chemistry and astronomy teacher Linda Walter has received a PEAK Award for the month of November 2017; an award designed to showcase the positive energy and kindness of Nebo employees. She was nominated by Jesse Sorensen, RaShel Shepard, and Alyssa Behrend. They had only good things to say about Mrs. Walter when they related, “Linda has the role of technology mentor in our building and uses technology to reach more students. Not only does she help her students but is a leader when it comes to implementing technology that helps all students at PHS by providing training and support to the teachers. Linda works hard to ensure all students learn. She focuses on GRIT, which is giving students additional time to reach high levels of learning.”
“Mrs. Walter is very positive and loves her students more than any other teacher I know. She is very kind and generous. Mrs. Walter goes out of her way to make sure all students feel they are important, and that they have worth.”
Mrs. Walter later reflects how she felt when winning the award by saying,“I felt very flattered, and very honored that people would think that I was enthusiastic and kind.” PHS students and faculty should make sure to recognize Mrs. Walter for her extraordinary efforts as a teacher, and congratulate her on winning the PEAK award.
A question that almost everyone has asked at least once in their life is when should you say yes or no to a date. Many students don’t know when they should yes or no. However, other students and teachers know exactly when you should.
Cortney Hooser a student here at Payson High School said these exact words. Say No if you are not comfortable going out in public with them. A date is in public the whole time, it will not work if you feel this way. Shalice Bascom with much enthusiasm stated, “Say Yes if there is food involved,” she expressed to me how important this is. So
SAY YES even if you don’t know them very well. Some are too quick to judge someone just because they are brave enough to go outside their comfort zone and do something “crazy” like... try to make a new friend. It is good to go out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Plus who doesn’t want a new friend. Sometimes though when you judge too quick you are right.
SAY NO if there is any chance of violence. Dating violence is a real thing that needs to be exposed. A healthy relationship does not include unwanted advances, pushing, name calling, aggression, hitting, or any form of violence, whether that be physical or emotional. If you are in a abusive relationship, get help right away. CDC.gov, focusing on the prevention of violence, states that “among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/ or sexual dating violence.” They go on to say, “teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.” Violence can be seen from a mile away and it is not a good sign of a good person. But some of the time it can not be seen and you need to be aware.
SAY NO if they are a creeper. A definition of creepy would include someone who causes unpleasant feelings of fear or unease. Some people are like this and they take it to the extreme such as stalking. But not everyone is like this, most are just kind of weird.
SAY YES even if they are weird. Everyone is weird in their own way. The joys of dating come when you finally find someone who is as weird as you. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Student Sarah Mason commented, “ On the first week of school in Financial lit class I turned around to grab a paper and this kid greeted me, he said, “ hey so your name’s Sarah right?” and I was like yeah what’s yours and he was like, “ well I’m Derek(Name has been changed),” and I said oh cool nice to meet you. And then he said, “yeah so you want to go to homecoming with?” And so that’s weird. She still said yes to the date even though it was weird, and she still had a great time.
You all may have heard of the Unstoppable pins that a lot of people are getting. Well here is a little insight about who has gotten one, why, and how YOU can get one. First of all, how you can get one, is by doing some sort of kind act for another student or a teacher or helping out in organizations, or doing something for the community that stands out to your teacher, an administrator or at Student Council member.
These are a couple of students who have already gotten a pin, and how they earned it. Senior Matthew Tervort is one of the lucky people to earn not just one pin, but TWO pins! Matthew was awarded a pin from Nichelle White, for donating over $200 to Pencils of Promise, when asked about why he donated so much Matt stated, “I actually donated twice, the first time I was in class and I only donated $107, the reason why is cause I got an extra bonus from work, just for doing extra stuff at work, so I just donated it, cause I’m not losing anything it’s just extra money. Then I had an extra $7 in my wallet so I figured why not? Then I went back, and I saw that we were in second place, so I figured if I’m gonna make this win, I’m going to make us win by a long shot! So I went and donated another $150.” Matt earned his second pin from one of his FFA teachers, Mr. Houston. He was given this pin for showing leadership. Matt explains this “In FFA we have officers, and I’m this years vice president, the reason we got them is because we do a lot of work in FFA, we help all of the kids in FFA get through and do their work.” Matt was not the only person in FFA to get an Unstoppable pin for showing leadership, there are also six other people in FFA who earned a pin.
Another student who was awarded a pin is Junior Haylee McKell. Haylee was given her pin for helping a new student who doesn’t speak English very well in her U.S. Studies class. The new student speaks Japanese and Haylee knows a little bit of the language, because she took japanese last year. She has just been helping her by explaining stuff to her that she doesn’t understand, and helping her with assignments, making sure that she understands words that she didn’t quite understand before.
There were also four boys who were awarded pins for building and surprising Derik Lowe’s family with a wooden chest in his honor.
Now that you know some of the students who have already gotten a pin,you know how to earn one. Go out and do some good, so that you can get your Unstoppable pin!
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ENCHANTED APRIL is opening Nov. 9th and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Little Theatre at Payson High School. Please support our community and the arts by checking out our school's Theatre website (http://our.show/paysonhighschool/7857) They are holding three abridged matinee performances. They will be held during fourth period. They will be having a Senior matinee with our Senior cast performing on Thursday. A Junior matinee with our Junior cast performing on Friday, and a Sophomore matinee with our Sophomore cast performing on Monday. Synopsis: Matthew Barber's Enchanted April, based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's beloved novel of the 1920s, is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I Enchanted April offers to its characters, and viewers, a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
- 3:30 Swimming @ Orem
Wednesday, Nov. 8
- 4:00-7:00 FAFSA Night for Seniors and Parents/College Night for grades 9-12
- 6:00 Board Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 9
- 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April
Friday, Nov. 10
- 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April
- 3:00-8:00 Debate Tournament
Saturday, Nov. 11
- 2:00, 5:00 & 7:30 Play Performance: Enchanted April
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The Marketing class did a pricing experiment that involved selling donuts. Although the donuts were delicious, there were real marketing principles behind selling them. The first thing each team had to do was to pick a goal and pricing policy. Pricing policies are things like earning a profit, or competing with the competition. Most groups picked to compete with their competition, their peers. And for those who walked down the hall the competition was real. The next step in marketing these donuts was to pick a price and a pricing strategy. Pricing strategies are things such as 2 for $3 or a BOGO. After prices and pricing strategies were chosen, posters were made, and donuts were sold. When asked about this project, senior Rachel Slack, said this, “ I thought it was a lot of fun, very educational. It was awesome to have real world experience of pricing, selling, advertising, and working together as a team. The competition was intense and in the end we all learned a lot.” Overall the Marketing class felt this was a successful project. In total they made $115.79 and donated it to Pencils of Promise!
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On October 6th, 2017, a beloved student here at PHS, Deryk Lowe, passed away unexpectedly. Through the mourning of his death, a few Payson High students took the liberty of tributing Deryk and his family with a beautifully crafted wooden box.
Tyrell Russell, a senior at Payson High School, said that Deryk was involved in the woodshop class, and that is how building a box in Derek's memory came about. Russell states, “We built [the box] for his family… We thought it would be a nice thing for them to put his clothes and blankets and stuff inside.” The boys behind this amazing service are Tyrell Russell, Jordan Draper, Wyatt Monroe, Rhylan Roundy and Gage Judd.
The box took about a week to construct, carve, and prepare. The boys presented the Lowe family with the box at the viewing, then again at the funeral. (Tyrell Russell and Jordan Draper, 2017). The gesture was powerful and meaningful; Something that can shed a little light on a dark circumstance.
Jordan Draper, a junior at Payson High, said that the main purpose of building the box, was so that the Lowe family could have a piece to remember Deryk by.
It’s apparent that the boys who helped craft the box didn’t do it out of vain, or selfishness. Rather, they did it to show their condolences and love to the Lowe family. When a death occurs so tragically and sudden, there are many ways to handle grief. Anger, frustration, sadness, and confusion are all common reactions and behaviors that occur when tragedy strikes. However, these young men put aside their own feelings, and made something memorable, beautiful and genuine to help a family in, what could be, one of the darkest times in their lives.
Our school was lucky for having had a student as great as Deryk Lowe. Students, faculty, and staff will miss our fellow Lion, and commend those who have honored Deryk’s name in such a meaningful way.
Payson High School Japanese students proved that they don’t just practice the Japanese language all day when they took first place in the first ever multi-school Japanese Sports Festival, held at Skyridge High School up in Lehi on October ninth. “It looked like we got third place, but after a recount, we actually won first place,” says Mrs. Berrio, the school’s Japanese teacher, “We were on a team with Salem Hills High School, which was a lot of fun. So instead of being rivals, we were friendly and won together.”
Among some of the activities that took place at the sports festival, the most popular that japanese students participated in were obstacle courses, Horse War - a game kind of like “Chicken,” a pinecone toss, blindfold art, human spelling in which they spelled out japanese characters, tug of war, bento contests, and etc. “It was really fun, and the food was amazing! Why don’t we continue elementary school-style field trips into high school?” Reflected japanese student Ford McClellan.
“U.S. schools should do “Undokai” (sports day) also,” said japanese student Angela Barreda, “It's fun and unites classes.” All in all, make sure to congratulate japanese students on giving PHS a good rep, and look forward to more annual Japanese Sport Festival’s in the future.
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To celebrate Red Ribbon week the teachers at PHS decorated their classroom doors to represent their commitment to being drug free. Take a look at some of the winning doors!