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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
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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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Fall Mane Street Journal Online Magazine Now Published

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:56am

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.

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Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:41am
Attributions: By: Hayden McDowell

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.

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Leadership on Fire

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:32am
Attributions: By Allie Palmer of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

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.

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Mrs. Walter Wins PEAK Award

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:28am
Attributions: By Talbie Oberg of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

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.


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When to say Yes or No

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:12am
Attributions: Photo and Article by: Briton Wilson of the Lions Roar Newspaper Staff

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., 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.  

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The Stories Behind The Unstoppable Pins

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:21am
Attributions: Article written by: Michelle Rushton Photo taken by: Briton Wilson

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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Opening night for Enchanted April is Nov 9

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:57am
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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 ( 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.


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This week at PHS

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:21am

Upcoming Events

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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