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Fall Edition of the Mane Street Journal

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:31pm

Another year and another set of students in the Broadcast Journalism class. This year there are more students than ever before, which means more stories about the school to be shared.  Take a moment and read the articles and watch the videos to see these great student produced stories.  As a reminder, everything in the magazine is student chosen, created, and edited.  These student are responsible for every step of the process, and they do a great job. 

Read it here! 


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Halloween Concert Anticipations

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:55am
Attributions: By Orrin Hapairai of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

The Students of the Payson High School Orchestras have some amazing songs to perform for their upcoming Halloween Concert on Oct. 23, 2018! Gentry Stickney, the orchestra director of all the orchestra groups, said, “We are playing a great mixture of classical pieces, songs from movies, and original works for this concert. For the Halloween concert, I try to keep a spooky and quirky theme going throughout the evening.”

Stickney continued, describing the pieces her beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes have worked so hard on. “The Concert strings will start off by playing a piece called Stargazer by Robert Buckley, followed by a classical number, Night On Bald Mountain, written by Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky, as well as a moody piece by Adrian Gordon called Apocalypse. The Philharmonic orchestra will be playing two pieces. One is from the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas called This is Halloween. Their second piece is the classic by Edvard Grieg, In the Hall of the Mountain King. Chamber, the auditioned group will be playing a wide variety of pieces to show off their skills and versatility. They will perform two intense classical pieces. The first will be a rock version of Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach which will feature soloists on electric instruments. We will then be performing Giuseppe Verdi's Day of Wrath. The group will then take it down a notch with a beautiful medley from the 90's film, Edward Scissorhands, and finish off with a wild piece called Swamp Thang by Richard Meyer.

To end the night, all the orchestras will join together on stage with the advanced orchestra from Mt. Nebo Junior High to perform Michael Jackson's Halloween classic, Thriller. It will be an impressive display as we will have nearly 100 students performing on stage at once.”

When Stickney was asked how excited she was for the concert, she said, “I am incredibly excited for our first concert of the year. It will be a fun-filled night and the students have worked so hard. I love the Halloween concert because it is a great opportunity for the musicians and the audience to realize that there is exciting and beautiful music across all genres. It's going to be a party. ” In other words, come enjoy the music and show some support for the students of the Payson High School Orchestras as they perform their awesome pieces.


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Boys Golf celebrates memories made at state tournament

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:29pm
Attributions: By: Sadie Lloyd and Jaycee Zimmerman

Six athletes from Payson High qualified for the Utah High School Boys Golf Tournment, which is the most to qualify in years. Tag Davis, Cameron Stone, Brennan Jensen, Zac Nielson, Brock Ramos and Dallin Benson each made it to the tournament after a great season of play. “I think it’s a pretty great thing to be a part of, to represent the school in that way,” said Jensen.

All those who made it to state were happy to be there no matter the outcome. “It felt good being a sophomore being there the first year, and knowing I’ll have more experience the next couple years,” said Davis.

“This team of seniors that we have, have been playing for three or four years together, and we finally made it, and it was just really cool to do it with those guys,” Jensen expressed.

Even though they didn’t win, the team had a good time and a good experience. “Getting to see everyone and just kind of figure out where you stand,” Stone said about his favorite experience at state. The team also had other moments outside of playing that were their favorites too. “Getting to stay in the hotel with all the guys, and messing around,” said Davis.

Congratulations to those who worked hard this season, and to those who made it to state!


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After eight years, Mr. Payson contest returns to PHS

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:47pm
Attributions: By: Maddie Mitchell and Orrin Hapairai of The Lion's Roar Newspaper
(more pictures available)

The drama department is bringing back something a little bit unexpected to the students and faculty of Payson High. In the past, there have been many Miss Payson pageants with winners who have successfully represented the community. However, this year, the Mr. Payson competition has arisen, to wow and inspire the hearts of Payson High School.

This isn’t the first time Mr. Payson has been displayed. Jamilah McMurdie, famed math teacher and former cheer coach, explains that “Mr. Payson used to be a super big tradition around here, but it hasn’t happened for about eight years, so the drama department decided to bring it back.”

When brainstorming ideas for their annual fundraiser, the PHS drama department brought this historical idea to the table. Rock White, prominent drama teacher of Payson High, said that, “We were trying to think of a fun way to involve all the clubs, and to do an activity that would combine us for one performance...we have the cheerleaders that have choreographed the group number, we have brought in guest judges from the community.”

There are ten young men from PHS in the running for the title of Mr. Payson. When asked about why they decided to run for Mr. Payson, Logan Bennett, a senior, said, “I would be beyond inspired, honored everything [if I won]... I’m very spirited as it is and I might as well get the title.” Spencer Nelson, a senior, declared, “I just love this school and want to represent it well and I just want to have fun too.”

Another senior, Travis Pitcher, said, “I’m so thrilled. I’d love to leave a legacy for my younger brother when he comes to this school.”

White kindly announced during today’s Best Legs competition, “The actual Mr. Payson is Friday night at seven o'clock in the auditorium.  It is five dollars for students and six dollars general admission. It’s going to be a wonderful night celebrating all their talents and strengths of the men of Payson.” Come and support the candidates of Mr. Payson in their worthy goals.

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Fundraiser for Utah County Cattlemen

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 9:34am

Payson High FFA is hosting a dinner and auction to help out the local cattlemen that have lost cattle, feed and fencing to the wildfires tonight, Friday at 6 p.m. at Payson Junior High.  Dinner tickets are $15 and all of it will go to the cattlemen.  Visit to donate and buy tickets.




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Gowans honored with the Spirit of the Lion award

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 1:44pm

The administration of Payson High have chosen Julie Gowans for the Spirit of the Lion award. After talking to students, teachers, and her children several common themes surfaced. Number one being: Gowans loves her students and children and is dedicated and committed to doing whatever it takes to help them succeed.  Her dedication equates to a lot of time supporting student council activities and her psychology students.

Gowans loves to paint, play games (her favorite being Five Crowns and Spot it), and to go on cruises. A colleague, Janean Thomas, says that Gowans loves to garden and that her backyard is full amazing flowers. She has tons of energy, dresses super sharp, and has a great personality with students and adults.

Her children’s first response when asked to describe their mother was “beautiful”! They continued to describe her as funny, loving, unconditional, easy to talk to, inspiring and the best mom ever. Her colleagues talk about her great personality, she being a sharp dresser, a great teller of funny stories and jokes, plus her amazing laugh.  

Students describe Gowans as smart, detail oriented, caring, and honestly the best listener. Student Council members feel as their advisor she lets them have a voice and really hears what they are saying. She helps them feel important and gives the best advice. She teaches them important leadership skills, is fun and always ready to make a joke, but she is also ready to get work done. She makes everyone she comes in contact with a better person.

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Bond meeting tonight at PHS

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 1:37pm

Tonight at 6 pm in the Payson High library there will be an in-person bond meeting.  Then on Tuesday, November 6, Nebo School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on the important bond proposal.  Please visit, where you will find relevant facts you need in order to make an informed decision about the bond proposal on the ballot.

Nebo School District continues to grow by approximately 500 students per year.  Due to this growth, the proposed bond was initiated after more than a year of research and planning by district personnel and input from parents, guardians, and local government officials.  The proposed bond aims to accommodate growth and prepare for the future through the following projects:

  1. Building three new middle schools (one each in the Salem Hills High School catchment area, Maple Mountain High School catchment area, and Springville High School catchment area)
  2. Rebuilding Payson High School, Spanish Fork High School, and Springville High School
  3. Implementing a straight alignment pattern which means each middle school will feed into a single junior high, and each junior high will feed into a single high school (rather than splitting), so students can attend school with their peers through the completion of high school

Nebo School District is pleased that there will be no tax rate increase with this bond. This is possible because past bonds were structured in a way that kept debt ratios low and we have been aggressively paying off previous bonds.

More detailed information regarding the proposed bond can be found on our website at  The website contains videos, voter information, voting locations, and other information that may help you make an informed decision regarding the proposed bond.

If you would like to visit with us in person regarding the bond, four area meetings have been scheduled for your convenience:

  • September 25: 6 p.m. at Maple Mountain High School
  • September 26: 6 p.m. at Payson High School
  • October 3: 6 p.m. at Springville High School
  • October 4: 6 p.m. at Spanish Fork High School

The bond proposal is a plan that will impact the future of our students and community for years to come.  We hope that you will engage in the process with us and mail your ballot on or before November 5.

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Parent Teacher Conference is here!

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 7:57pm

Please join the faculty and staff of Payson High School on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the West Gym between the hours of 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm for Parent Teacher Conference. 

Taking time to meet with teachers can help resolve issues, understand your student better, and build relationships.  And you get to hear how awesome your student is! Please take the time to attend.

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College Tours available to all students

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:41pm
Attributions: Kate Searle and Justin Meyer

It's that time of year again when students have the opportunity to tour different universities around the state. This year will be slightly different than previous years because the day we have college tours is actually a day of school for all students, instead of sophomores staying at school to take the pre-ACT.

Pick up your registration sheet from the counseling office. The tours are being hosted in conjunction with Salem and Springville. There are limited seats on each tour. It is recommended that students register early so they can get their desired tour. The cost of the tour is $5 and students need to get their parents signature.

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This week at PHS

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:02am
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Ultimate Leaders Invite Students to Help & Join FCCLA

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:55pm
Attributions: By: Alfonso De La Torre of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America held their first ‘Waffle Wednesday’ of the year on Sep. 6, 2018 where they introduced their leadership, the activities that were coming up and encouraged the waffle eaters to join the club. Mrs. Heaps, coordinator for the organization, said, “Get your friends and join together, that’s what makes it fun.” Additionally, students that pay the $20 dues before Monday the 11th, get to go on a field trip to the State fair, and get a membership shirt.

During the meeting, Danielle Wilkinson explained how the club organizes different events including Sadie Hawkins and Red Ribbon week. They need help with setting up, decorating and planning. Any student, not just FCCLA members, can sign up to help for the events, all you have to do is talk to Mrs. Heaps or an officer.

This years officers are: Clara Beddoes, Kassie Neal, Makell Loveless, Katelyn Connelly and Danielle Wilkinson. The officers and Mrs. Heaps highly encourage students to join FCCLA, not only to get involved, but also to “promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.”


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Nebo School District wants your feedback

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:29pm

Join us on September 26 in the Payson High Library to hear about the Nebo School District 2018 Bond Proposal.

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This Week at PHS

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:18am

Tuesday, Sept 4

  • 8:00 Boys Golf
  • 2:35 School Community Council
  • 4:00 Girls Soccer @ Salem
  • 6:00 Pool Party             

Wednesday, Sept 5

  • 9:30 Youth Support
  • Girls Soccer @ Salem Hills

Thursday, Sept 6   

  • 3:30 Girls Tennis vs Uintah
  • 3:30 Sophomore football vs Park City
  • 4:00 Girls Soccer @ Lehi
  • 6:00 PHS Volleyball vs Lehi

 Friday, Sept 7

  • Girls Tennis Tournament @ St. George
  • 5:00 Cross Country Night Hunt Invitational
  • 7:00 Football @ Park City

Saturday, Sept 8

  • ACT Test
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Hindsight is 20/19

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 1:26pm
Attributions: Rebecca Apgood of The Lion's Roar News

It’s finally time for the class of 2019 to shine. All of us have been daydreaming about senior year since elementary school graduation and secretly wishing to be the class of 2020 because it sounds cooler.

A lot of people come out of their senior year telling the junior class to not be afraid to try new things because it’ll be over before you know it.

Leading up to the last first day of high school is the same as every year, right? You go into it with the same attitude which is that you can’t wait for the school year to be over, but a few Payson High School alumni have a few words to change that.

Bryce Apgood from the class of 2017 said, “I would have done a lot more… seized the moment, I guess if that makes sense. You only get to be a senior in high school once and it goes by fast. So basically I would have done as many of the activities and stuff as I could and enjoyed school!” Brandon Harris from the class of 2018 said, “It goes by really fast, try everything (not the bad stuff though) leave with no regrets.”

They say senior year is the best year but it can only be the best if the students make it be. So what do you say class of 2019, are you up to making this the most unforgettable year?


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This Week at PHS

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:52am

Monday, Aug. 27-

  • 8:00 Pledge/Happiness Advantage journal writing (daily)
  • 1:45 Teacher Collaboration
  • 3:30 Girls Soccer Sophomore @ Ben Lomond

Tuesday, Aug. 28-

  • 9:00 Boys Golf @ Spanish Oaks
  • 2:30 Cross Country Meet @ Salem
  • 3:30 Girls Tennis @ SF
  • 4:00 Girls Soccer vs Orem
  • 6:00 Volleyball vs Cyprus

Thursday, Aug. 30-  

  • 7:30 School Pictures in English classes
  • 3:30 Girls Tennis vs Mountain View
  • 3:30 Fresh/Soph Football @ Emery
  • 4:00 Girls Soccer vs Mountain View
  • 6:00 Volleyball @ Salem Hills

Friday, Aug. 31-

  • 7:00 Senior Sunrise
  • 7:30 School Pictures in English classes
  • 7:00 Football vs Emery


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Welcome Back!

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:36am

August 21 marks the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.  One new change this year is a new bell schedule.  Here is the link to the student menu:

The new schedule is very similar to last year's change, but this year, Intervention will begin with fourth period on Tuesdays instead of first period.  This should allow students to receive more help throughout the week, and especially on Fridays.

Good luck to all students as you begin a new year.

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Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:21pm

All registration for secondary schools will open August. 1, 2018. At that time you will be able to access your student’s Aspire account to make all necessary updates, sign all e-documents, and pay the registration fees due for the coming school year.

Please note, you must allow 24-48 business hours for student schedules to be released, upon receipt of payment. We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year!

Click on the Registraion tab in the menu bar for more registration information. 

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