The Mane Street Journal
Latinos In Action
Hagen Wright: The Dunk Champion
Student's Favorite Classes
Keeping Up With the Lion's Roar
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
The Pride: A Broadcasting Success
Inside Look at The Mane Street Journal
Outdoor Video Production
Sterling Scholar Applications
Baseball and Softball
Payson FFA Officers
While April showers bring May flowers, April showers also bring a great time to curl up and read this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. In this months edition you can learn all about Payson High School's amazing Broadcasting Program and the classes that go with it. This month you can learn about classes like Math 1050 and Latinos in Action. You can also get an inside look at everything that goes into putting this magazine together. And what would the Mane Street Journal be without keeping you updated on what sports are going on here at Payson High School this month. All in all, we have a great edition for you this month and we really hope you enjoy it.
Letter from the Editor
- Harlee Huff
The Pride: A Broadcasting Success
PHTV is Payson High School's brand for its broadcasting program, made up of classes ranging from Outdoor Video Production to Sports Broadcasting to Broadcast Journalism AKA the class that produces the monthly online magazine you're currently reading. Today, however, I want to focus on what is arguably the best known production put on by PHTV: The Pride.
Mr. Peery offers two TV Broadcasting II classes: A1 and B1. The Pride airs daily, letting students know what is happening in their school and in their community, while also serving as a way to learn more about classes and clubs offered and often times a source of entertainment. For the students in the Pride, as PHS-alum Ezri Staheli points out, "It also teaches you a lot of skills you can't really get in other classes. Because Mr. Peery is such a laid-back teacher, you kind of have to teach yourself. . .when Mr. Peery lets us teach ourselves. . .we learn so much better. Just like, communication skills and being responsible and that sort of stuff."
The Pride has been around for roughly eight years now, and has gone through many changes since the early days of Mr. Peery's first year here. "We didn't do live broadcasts of the Pride. That started when Mr. Peery came," Assistant Principal Mr. Loveless said when asked about those early days. "When I started, there wasn't any broadcasting of any kind. . .There was one class called TV Broadcasting but they hadn't broadcast in five years. . .I kind of a blank canvas to build what I wanted to build," Mr. Peery elaborated. Since those early days, the show has gone through a lot of changes, but at its core it has remained the same. "[One of the things] I think we've done here at Payson, pretty unique, is the variety and diversity of the students that are in the class. . .Basically every kid that's involved in something, we can have a tie to almost everything that's going on at the school and I think that's what makes us unique. . .It's for everybody in the school. . .The biggest thing that it's achieved is that it has become part of the school. . .It's something the school can take pride in."
By: Max BENNION
This month I went out to see what the Broadcast Journalism class is all about. So, lets check out some of the interviews with the staff.
Head editor, Harlee Huff told me that Broadcast Journalism is, "The class that you take, and we make the schools on line magazine. The online magazine is kind of like the school news paper, except we do videos instead of pictures." She also told me about how much fun the class is to take.
Staff member, Matt Tervort shared with me his insight about what the class teaches he said that, "Students learn the basic functions of video production, and applying it to an on line news paper which has videos and articles."
When I asked Briton Wilson what he thought he added on to what Matt said confirming that the class learns the basic functions of video production.
Max Bennion told me a little bit more he said that students, "choose a story, at the beginning of a month pretty much, and we run it by Mr. Peery. If he says yes then we make a video detailing the elements of that story."
Kaitlyn Olsen told me about how Broadcast Journalism doesn't just count as a CTE credit, but also as an English class.
Harlee, Briton, Max and Kaitlyn then told me their roles on the magazine staff. While each one has a different role they all had one thing in common, they make videos and write articles for the magazine.
All of these wonderful staff members went on to tell me their favorite memories of being in this class. From cupcake eating contests, to visiting rival schools, this class has done it all.
About visiting the rival schools Max told me, "I think that's probably not just the best memories of this class, but one of the best memories of my senior year."
Now that you know what The Mane Street Journal is all about make sure you check it out and watch all of our videos!
As always, stay classy Payson!
Inside look at The Mane Street Journal
By: Jessica Hoschouer
At Payson we have a class like no other school has. Only a few students here know about it and actually take it. It is called outdoor video production. I’m in this class actually and I never knew what it actually was or that I could even take a class like this for a credit in my fine arts. Outdoor video production is a fine arts class not many people actually know about at all and Payson High School is one of the very few schools that have this class. I decided to do a segment on this to promote it a little bit and show kids and adults what it actually is.
My first interview is with the teacher of this class Mr. Peery “So outdoor video production is a beginning video course, it’s very similar to video production except we put emphasis on outdoor type of activities so we spend a lot of time looking at hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding, mountain bikes, four-wheelers that type of thing and showcasing how to make films in that genre.” Why would you tell students to take outdoor video production? “I think that the biggest thing is if you enjoy the outdoors more than likely you’ve tried to film some of your adventures outdoors, so this is just going to give you a beginning course and how to do it so that it looks good so that you can create the videos and memories that you’ll be able to share with your friends and family and who knows maybe even your kids down the line.” As you can tell he had some good thoughts about this class and what it is teaching the kids.
Outdoor video production is a great class kids should take. Almost everyone at Payson High School has at least one interest in the outdoors whether it is adventuring, hiking, fishing, hunting, or anything related to the outdoors you should take this class it is not very popular and almost no one knows that there is a class like this.
By Weston Thomas
By: Harlee Huff
Thanks to the school counselors we have a new and improved Sterling Scholar Application. Sterling Scholar applications are opened to all seniors who constantly strive for academic success. There are 14 different categories that students can apply for including, English, Math, Science, Social Science, Computer Science, Business and Marketing, Vocal Performance, Dance, Speech/Debate/Theater, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, World Languages, Family and Consumer Science, and Skilled and Technical Education Sciences. Students can apply to up to 5 different categories. The previous application required students to submit their official transcript, their ACT score, and a list of their accomplishments in multiple categories. Some of those categories include leadership roles, service projects completed, academic accomplishments, and accomplishments centered around their particular category.
Now Mrs. Lotz, the counselor that is in-charge of the Sterling Scholar program at PHS, has raised the bar. In the effort to help students produce a high-quality portfolio and to prepare them for the next step in the sterling scholar competition early on. I went and interviewed Mrs. Lotz to get more information on the new Sterling Scholar Applications.
According to Mrs. Lotz, the new applications will be a bit more time consuming but will help the students be more prepared and will, “paint a better picture of the applicant”. In the new applications, students are asked to provide their transcript, their ACT score, a letter of recommendation, a short bio, and then are asked to list 6 honors that they received in various categories and then write a short essay about one of those honors. Applicants are asked to list and write about honors that they received in their category, honors received in leadership, and community service activities completed. They are also asked to write a short essay on two or three unique aspects of themselves and how they feel their experience in their category will enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Mrs. Lotz states that she changed the application because she, “wanted to make it easier for the students. I wanted to make the application more like the portfolio. So when a Sterling Scholar is selected they have to complete an electronic portfolio. So rather than having an application look one way and a portfolio looking another way I decided to have the application exactly the same as what the portfolio will be. So when that student is selected as that Sterling Scholar, they have it all ready. All they have to do is get it from paper onto the electronic portfolio.” She also challenges all students who have a desire to be a sterling scholar to really develop themselves in their category.
The best part of these new applications is that in the past applications have not been opened up to the seniors until a couple of months before the final Sterling Scholars are chosen, this year Sterling Scholar Applications are open right now. Just go to www.phs.nebo.edu, Click on the Counseling tab, then click on Sterling Scholar Applications. So Juniors, take advantage of this opportunity and go get started on your applications right now!
Click on the link below to access the Counseling website.
Sterling Scholar Applications
Sterling Scholar Applications
Baseball and Softball
This season we have a lot of potential with our softball and baseball teams. They have been working very hard all year long and they have really good coaches that will help them get better. This season has just started and the girls are 3 and 1 and the boys are 0 and 3 looking for more wins. Everyone has been working really hard with everyday practices and early morning.
Baseball and softball are working really hard to get some more wins. They have been getting better and better as the year has gone on.
JV baseball has had lots and lots of wins this year so that means we will have a great season next year with a lot of good competition. They are working really hard to earn a spot for the next years team.
Softball has been doing really good and they have gotten a lot of wins. They have been working hard and learning a lot from previous games that didn’t for their way. They are always trying their best and having a lot of fun.
When they play you can really tell that they are having a lot of fun and working hard at the same time. That is the best way to play.
BY: Madalyn Taylor
BY: Halle Meek
This spring season is going to be exciting for the Payson Lions. All of our sport teams have been working hard and have some awesome athletes. While interviewing players from the following spring sports: Girls golf, Boys soccer and tennis, and track there is a lot of potential for success for the mighty lions.
So far, our golf team has been doing pretty well. In their last tournament they didn’t do as good as they wanted but they definitely have potential to be a very successful golf team.
Our boys soccer team has been working super hard in practice and on the field to compete. On Tuesday April, 10 our boys team put up a fight against Orem who are suppose to win region. They unfortunately lost, but gave Orem a run for their money.
Tennis has done super well this season and has had many wins. All of the varsity and Jv teams put up a good fight for their competitors.
The track team has way more people that came out this year to run and throw. They have some very good and fast athletes that can hopefully get them some wins. So far they have done very good and we are looking toward the rest of the season.
Good luck to all of our spring sports! Go and cheer them on in their upcoming events!
By: Pamela Mireles
This month I got to do a spotlight on Math 1050 and I got to find out a little more about it. I interviewed Mrs. McMurdie a math teacher at PHS. I asked her if she would recommend the class Math 1050? Mrs. McMurdie said “Yeah, I think that their are some students at PHS that would really enjoy it. She also added that this class is taught by Mrs. Christensen who is a fantastic math teacher. Taking the Math 1050 class can help prepare students for college, it can get them the math credit. She added that it can get, “students college credit that they will need for the future”. Although this sounds like a good class to take for students at PHS, there are some requirements that students have to have. Math 1050 is a college class at PHS, and to get into this class you need a high enough score on the ACT or you need to take a math accuplacer assessment or an aleks placement. Although this class can challenge you and push you at times, Mrs. McMurdie said that she would recommend the Math 1050 class to students at PHS that want to challenge themselves and earn some college credit.
Latinos in action
By Keeley stokes
Latinos in action is a class that any student can take. There are tons of positions and you get to do community service and help out many other people around you. The requirements for this class is that you must have a 3.5 gpa, good attendance, and your required to go to all the service projects. All the students in class recommend taking it next year, you get to make so many memories and truly help people.
By: Micah Toelupe
Over the years our school has seen teachers come and go but we still have some very loyal educators still with us! First we have Mr. Thompson for 31 years, then Mrs. Heaps with 42 years, and finally Mrs.Walter at 33 years. It has been amazing having these teachers with us for all of these years. I have had Mrs. Heaps for Interior Design, Mr. Thompson for Biology, and Mrs. Walter for Chemistry 1010 and they are all amazing teachers. Thank you guys for all of your years of service!
Hagen Wright: National Dunk Contest
-By Donovan Treanor
Obviously being able to dunk it is cool enough as it is, but being nationally recognized. I couldn’t imagine. So I interviewed Hagen Wright to see what his thoughts on this was.
Question:How does it feel to dunk it and hear the student section supporting you?
“It’s awesome, probably the only way I could describe it is like, a first kiss. I don’t know what that feels like, but I imagine that’s what it feels like, the rush of adrenaline. All the support. When I dunk it, just hear the crowd screaming. Just feels like I’m representing the best city in the world.”
Question:What’s it like to be Nationally Recognized?
“Crazy, I can’t even...I don’t know, I still shocked. I don’t even know..how I got recognized. I don’t know how my name got out there. Anyone who knows me I’m a real quiet person. So,...I’m pretty quiet on the court, too. It was just awesome to discover that I have been recognized. And to be put into this contest.”
Question: What was it like to dunk it for the first time?
“Just like it does every time during practice. My first dunk was just after my sophomore year, during a varsity game. Ummm, got on a fast break and just...dunked it. I don’t know, the adrenaline was pretty good after I just realized what I just did. Yeah, just felt like, business.
I went and talked to some of Hagen’s teammates, to see what their thoughts on this is National Recognition?
Question for Senior Guard-Braydon Bahr: What’s it like playing with Hagen through all of this?
“It’s extremely exciting. Because, I’m the one that gets to through all of the Alley-Oops. And, that’s a little recognition. But, yeah, it’s fun!”
Question for Sophomore Guard-Hayden Roundy: What’s it like watching Hagen dunk it during a game?
“Whenever Hagen dunks it during a game it’s crazy because everyone goes nuts and everyone gets hyped.”
Question: What was it liking going against Hagen in practice?
“When he dunks it in practice it’s really scary because how small we are compared to him, no one wants to get posterized. Or you’ll be made fun of, the rest of your life.”
Now I went around and asked people what their thoughts are from watching it from the student section.
Question: What’s your thoughts on watching Hagen from the student section?
“Watching Hagen play and dunk is just insane. His playing style and dunking style is just insane, I couldn’t even imagine what it’s like to dunk.”
Question: Thoughts on Hagen?
“It’s really cool, and pretty much he’s awesome because he can dunk...and...everyone goes crazy, it’s just so fun.”
Question: Thoughts? “It’s awesome!”
Hagen and the amazing ability for him to dunk the ball the way he does brought him all the way to the finals in the national dunk competition. Hagen has done a tremendous job in representing Payson High School, whenever you see Hagen in the halls give him a high five or a ‘what’s up bro?’ because he has done so much to represent Payson High.
Senior's Favorite Classes
By: Briton Wilson
Since this is my last year of being on the Mane Street Journal team. I would like to say that it has by far been my favorite class in my high school years. Through the funny jokes and off topics it has been an amazing class. Which is why for this issue I have decided to ask other seniors here at PHS what their favorite classes were and why it is their favorite class. Check it out.
Payson FFA Officers
By: Matthew Tervort
The Payson FFA Officers our one of the many opportunities that we have here at PHS if you are involved in FFA you have this chance to become a officer within the FFA the FFA officers spend a lot of time making plans for activities, competitions, Lessons and more, all of this is student lead. Adults interact as little as possible. One of the many jobs of an officer is being a good example. We are representing FFA and do our best to let everyone know that we are a good organization. Being a roll model for members is another big thing, we want our members to become better students and citizens of our society.
Do You have Self Love?
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.
Keeping up with the lion's roar
We're Just Friends
Michelle Rushton and Briton Wilson
Have you ever found yourself in a situation with a friend where everyone thinks that you are dating or that you should date? We, Briton Wilson and Michelle Rushton, are in this kind of situation. All of our friends want us to date but we are the greatest friends, so it would just be too weird for us to start dating at this point. So we decided to go and find some other people in a similar situation.
Steffani and Micheal Green are brother and sister. They look exactly the same to some people, but to others, they just see a really cute couple that doesn’t exist. Steffani stated, “People just assume that if you hang out that you’re dating.” When asked for her opinion on the matter Steffani said, “It was silly, and a little ridiculous.” We couldn’t agree more!
Kyler Marvin is another victim of this problem. Kyler currently has a girlfriend, Maddi Mittlemen, although a lot of people who know Kyler assume that he is dating Jerica Smith, his cousin. He thinks it’s weird because they are relatives. They hangout and do a lot of stuff together. Maddi Mittlemen, his girlfriend, was in the same position as him. “I honestly think that it is kind of funny,” she said, “because the same thing happened to me when I was a Sophomore.” Maddi’s cousin, Kaden Mittlemen also goes to Payson. They would go to lunch together, and they hung out a lot, so everyone assumed that they were dating even though they have the same last name!
Emily Keller and Erin Miller are the best of friends. They have been friends since the sixth grade, so naturally they are really close and touchy. A lot of people think that they are dating because Emily is always holding Erin’s hands to warm them up. Emily sassily stated “We’re not Lesbians. We’re honestly confused, because we don’t do anything that’s lesbianish.”
In conclusion, there are many people out in this world that are just friends, so DON’T ASSUME THAT JUST BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DO DIFFERENT THINGS THAN YOU, THAT THEY ARE DATING!!!!