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PRIDE | HONOR | STRENGTH
Check in on this years team.
This months spotlight photographer is Merilee Ford
Table of Contents
Take a look at this months spotlight artist, Jordan Jeppson
3 PHS Pride Banquet
5 Synchronized Swimming in Slovenia
6 Student Abroad - Blog Post
9 The Huff - Winners at Local Competition
10 Healthy Food Alternatives
11 April Fools Day at PHS
12 Test Hacks for Students
13 Shift of Focus - Sage to ACT
14 Choir Tour Recap
16 I am a Lion
21 Western Trapper
22 State Convention FFA
23 eSport Athletes at PHS
24 PHS Softball
25 LIA Conference
All items are donated by local businesses and members of the community. Entertainment will be provided by the high schools different performance clubs and teams. Tickets are $20 dollars for adults and $10 dollars for students.
All proceeds from this event will be used to fund the new bronze lion sculpture that will be installed in the main entrance of the high school. Payson High School student MaKay Hooley has sculpted a six foot tall life sized lion that is at the foundry being bronzed.
All members of the community, Payson High School alumni, business owners, students, relatives, and anyone who is proud to be a member of the Payson community is invited and welcome to attend and participate in this community event in support of Payson High School and MaKay Hooley.
Tickets can be purchased at the finance office located in Payson High School (801-465-6025). If interested in making a donation for the auctions, contact Mrs. Julie Gowans (email@example.com). Tickets can also be purchased from Julie or any student council member. Thank you for your support and generous donations for this cause.
Payson Pride Banquet
On Friday, April 15, Payson High School will be holding a Payson Pride Banquet. The banquet will be held at Payson Junior High School in the cafetorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. A turkey dinner will be served between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This will include dessert provided by Eli’s. During which entertainment, and a silent auction will take place. A live auction will follow the dinner hour and will go from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The auctions will include hand crafted furniture, shooting lessons, golf packages, prom packages, massages, and much more.
Payson High School has had a very successful year. The marching band took state, the basketball team made it to the quarter finals, and several wrestlers placed in state. To add to the winning fun, we have another team become state champs…Payson's Winter Guard.
“Winning state was such a great experience! I had so much fun with all of my favorite people.” says Sarah Mason. On March 26, the team went to Copper Hills High School to compete in finals. “I was excited and really nervous at the same time.” said Madilyn Trauntvein, a member of the team. They were up against ten teams originally, but in the prelims, five teams were eliminated and then they were up against the top five people in their division, it is a tough competition. “I feel we won because we became a family, not just a team, and treated each other like sisters instead of teammates.” Bri Olson said, with a tear in her eye. The team has been doing great all season long, they competed in eight competitions all throughout the season, at different schools all around Utah. They did excellent this season, with only one fifth place and one third place, the rest are all first place, and the icing on the cake is, that they won first place in state competition. If you see or know any of the Winter Guard girls, be sure to congratulate them on their great season!!
By Rebecca Thompson
There is a plethora of sports. Some are common, others slightly less common. Some can even be non-existent. But people play them and people enjoy them. Most people play basketball or softball. Did you know that Synchronized Swimming was a sport? Because it is.
When I first heard that one of my neighbors swam I was a little shocked. But not only that she was on the National Team. NATIONAL TEAM!! I didn’t even know it was a sport let alone a National one. But here is the best part… I got to go to one of their practices! I got to see them in action!
To be totally honest here at first I was a little weirded out. But then I realized that it was just like a normal practice. The swimmers warm up then they do drills (that they hate just like us) then they head or well more like swim off to do more drills and get more critics. It was strange to see something so out of the ordinary be similar to something I know so well.
It's strange to watch because lots of it just looks like dancing in the water. They do similar moves in the water that dancers do on the lit stage. They move their legs and point their toes. They stretch and do core to be able to perform in the water.
I haven’t had the chance to go to competition but when I do I will surely update you! Talk to Y’all next time!
SWIM OR MAYBE DANCE THEIR WAY TO VICTORY??
Where the Adventure Begins...
So the weeks just keep flying by and it's time for another blog post! Europe is a whole new world. Full of great chocolate as well as every bread you could imagine, but don’t worry I have gained more than just weight while I have been here. I have gained street knowledge. OKAY OKAY no I did not learn how to rewire a car or how to break into a third story window (Mmmm now that I’m thinking about it I might want to develop those skills…) but I did learn a few tips. LET ME SHARE THEM WITH YOU….
NUMBER 8 A GOOD SHOE CHOICE.
I know… this is very simple. But have you ever had to hike up to a church?? I think not. Lots of times they would build castles and churches up on top of big hills and mountains. This makes getting there a little harder. So choose good shoes and if you forget just blame your parents for not giving you correct information.
NUMBER 7 Enjoy the good weather!
Remember to enjoy the weather because during the spring seasons it rains all day long. Just crappy weather all the time. So when you do get the occasional sunshine remember that you need to enjoy it and not stay inside all day.
NUMBER 6 Never buy more than 8 oz of chocolate .
This is a serious rule you need to make. It's kinda like how parents tell you to make the decision now not to drink at this age so it will be easier to say no then. I’m basically telling you to do the same thing. I’m telling you this chocolate is just as addictive as alcohol...I don’t know how people are skinny here because I could eat pounds of it!
NUMBER 5 Mold grows everywhere... EVERYWHERE.
I mean just about in every nook and cranny. It is fuzzy and gross. YUCK.
NUMBER 4 Humidity is a killer.
So for girls with naturally straight hair you're lucky but for us girls with naturally curly hair…Your hair becomes a fuzzy, messy, greasy ball of hair. SO MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR.
NUMBER 3 Do not smile at strangers.
People aren’t as sunny and nice as they are in Payson. We smile at just about everyone right? So you walk to the street flashing your brilliant smile without people giving you the most weirded out look. They don’t know you, so they don’t smile.
NUMBER 2 Do not wear shorts outside when running til at least May.
They think that you will go infertile or something. They will give you really dirty looks and make sure you know that they do not approve. Don’t worry they will make sure that their opinion is known. Lots of times they will even go out of their way to stare at you disapprovingly even when they are on a bike. Nothing stops them.
NUMBER 1 Always be prepared for the worst when walking into a locker room.
In Europe the locker rooms are co-ed. Yes you heard me right… CO-ED! That means men changing in front of us women! Just drop their pants with no second thought. Yes I know what your thinking…. You will never be the same. Always be prepared to see something that may or may not scar you for the rest of your life.
By: McKayla Menlove
Prom season is finally here and every girl out there knows that this time of the year is the most important time of their high school careers. When it comes to prom everything has to be perfect, from the dress to the spray tan that you’re hoping won’t turn out orange. If you don’t get asked to prom get a group of friends that didn’t get asked either and go stag! This time of the year can be really stressful for some, so I am here to help with a few thing and to give you some tips.
Disregard almost everything that I have said in the video that I have created because it is all wrong! Have no fear though, I do have some real tips that can help make your prom experience run much more smooth.
Make sure you can dance and move around comfortably
If ordering out of state or in some cases out of the country make sure to order it at least a month in advance due to shipping and making sure everything works out.
Don’t do anything too risky. You don’t want your date feeling uncomfortable.
Spray Tan (not essential):
TRY ONE OUT BEFORE HAND. Then you have an idea of if you like it and also how dark you want it to be.
Do not get a spray tan the day of, try to get it at least a week in advance. That way, it can fade into a more natural tan.
Practice doing different looks to decide what you want. Then, once you have decided, practice, practice, practice.
If you need help with a look, YouTube has great tutorials on prom makeup.
Pick a shoe that will compliment your outfit.
If you’re not used to heels, break them in by walking around your house weeks prior to prom!
Whether you’re a nail art fanatic or more of a salon girl you’ll want to plan out what design/color you want ahead of time.
If you are going to a salon make sure to get an appointment.
Again, if you are planning on going to a salon make sure to make an appointment weeks before prom.
If you’re not going to a salon go check out Pinterest where you can search DIY hairstyles.
When doing your hair depending on the dress style:
Strapless - All down
V - Neck - Half Up
One Shoulder - Side Pony
High Collar - Pulled Back
Don’t be stressed with all the preparation for prom it sounds like a lot but all your hard work will pay off. A lot of the prep is done way in advance so start planning planning NOW! Ladies, Pinterest is your friend and there are so many ideas for you to practice. The most important tip that I have for you is: Do not forget to have fun even if your dates tie does not match your dress. This could be your last prom you ever go to, make it last ladies!
Payson High School
Boys Tennis Team
No one gets a grip better than the 2016 Payson High Boys Tennis team. The tennis season started at the beginning of March and the boys have been preparing ever since. They practice everyday after school from 3:00- 5:30. Their practice consists of working on skills like backhands and forehands and playing matches against each other. They also go for a run before practice and continue running throughout practice. Like all sports practice makes perfect. When talking about what practices do for him Kayden Flippen says, “They help me practice my form for when I play and better practice where to place the ball.”
This team is living breathing proof that a team is a family. Many of the boys have been playing together for years and for those who join in they are soon accepted into the fold. “Whether you are on JV or Varsity I think that pretty much everybody is friends and we have pretty good relationships.” -Luke Eddington. Playing a sport is just so much better when you have good friends on the team with you who always have your back.
The team recently played at a tournament down in St. George where Carson Ward took 1st in the Bronze division. The team also recently played Provo High School and Wasatch. They are heading back down to St. George for another tournament on April 1-2. They have games spread all throughout the month of March and April so make sure you go out and support the team. We are sure to have some great matches from some amazing players. Coach Michelle Snow said, “We are looking forward to a good year this region.” So make sure to go out and watch the Payson High School Boy’s tennis team in action.
Grant Pullan 1st singles
Carson Ward 2nd singles
Braxton Judd 3rd singles
Tayt Kearl 1st doubles
Anthony Fordiani 2 doubles
By Harlee Huff
Winners of Local Music Competition
By: Sabryne Kelly of the Lion's Roar Newspaper
March 1, 2016 was the 46th Annual Huff Music Competition held at the Payson High Auditorium. Seventeen students performed either instrumental or vocal, but only five could take home a trophy of gold in this heated competition. “I was very pleased with the talent we had at the Huff music contest this year. All who competed were prepared and did well. I am glad I did not have to decide the outcome!” said Mrs. Morgan after helping at The Huff.
Kambria Helvey took the highest honor being awarded the 2016 Huff Music Competition Sweepstakes Award for her piano solo performance. Chase Radmall and Ashlyn Sharp were both awarded the Instrumental Ensemble prize; Chase also received an award for an instrumental solo. Alyssa Behrend was awarded the Vocal Solo award, and last but certainly not least Abigail Lisonbee won the Piano Solo award. Mrs. Morgan was present at this competition along with the descendants of the founder, the late Lewis Huff, his daughter and son, Wayne Huff and Colleen Wilson and grandson Rhett Wilson and his children. Payson High School is proud to support this proud music tradition.
By: Megan Anderson
Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food
Wake up, rush to get ready, grab a pack of Pop-Tarts to eat on the way to school, get to school, forgot lunch, buy some chips from the vending machine, school gets over, rush to work, get home, eat whatever you are craving or can find in the fridge, cram study and do homework, crash in bed. Do it all over again the next day.
If this scenario sound a little too familiar to you, you’re probably in high school or college. Your diet probably consists of Taco Bell, Chips, Granola Bars, and free Jr. Frosties from Wendy’s (thank goodness for those key chains). As wonderful as those snacks are every once in awhile, they can get old very fast, and are very unhealthy. Those on the go snacks keep you full for only an hour or so, and have almost no nutritional value. Here are a few quick, easy, and healthy options that keep you full throughout the day while giving you a boost of nutrition.
Instead of grabbing a soda:
Smoothie Time: 3-5 minutes
1 cup frozen fruit mix such as mango, peach, berries, or banana
¼ cup of yogurt
½ cup of milk or juice
1 Tbsp honey or agave nectar
Put the softer ingredients at the bottom of the blender and the frozen ingredients closer to the top. Blend it up until smooth. Make sure to get creative! Favorites of my family include banana peanut butter, mango raspberry, and peach with orange juice.
Instead of a bag of chips:
Popcorn!!! Time: 5 minutes
No, I am not talking about movie theater popcorn out of the bag. That stuff is full of butter, oil, and other unhealthy things. Instead, pop your own!
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ tsp oil
Other seasonings of your choice
Brown paper bag
Mix popcorn, oil, salt, and seasonings together in a small bowl. Pour into the paper bag and fold the top down to secure that it won’t open while popping. Microwave the bag on its side for approximately 2 minutes or until there are 2 to 3 seconds between popping sounds. Open the bag away from your face as it will be hot!
Fruit dip Time: 3 minutes
1 container Light Cool Whip
1 package sugar-free instant pudding mix
Fruit or graham crackers for dipping
Mix Cool Whip and pudding mix together. Get creative by using different pudding mix flavors
and all sorts of fruit!
Instead of a bowl of ice cream:
Banana Ice Cream Time: 5 min
1 cup frozen banana cut up in little slices
Any add ins such as peanut butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, etc.
Place frozen banana in a food processor and blend until it turns into ice cream! It really works!! When it is halfway done blending (it will look like little crumbs), add your other ingredients. If you want it like hard ice cream instead of soft serve, stick it in the freezer for an hour.
But what about during lunch?
Black Forest Ham, Turkey Breast, Oven Roasted Chicken, and the Veggie Delite are all great healthy options. Make sure not to go too crazy with the mayo and other sauces. Load on those veggies and get something that tastes great and is super healthy!
A 6-inch sandwich averages at about four dollars, the same amount of money for a burger at most fast food restaurants.
Ever tried the Ultimate Chicken Grill? It satisfies the need of a burger but is much healthier and just as tasty. Wendy’s also has many salad options!
Try one of the many grilled wraps available here! The Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich is another great, healthy option. McDonald’s also has many salad choices and smoothies.
Yes, even Taco Bell has some healthy options. Order of the Fresco menu for healthier options. If those items don’t look good, you can order anything fresco-style!
Drinks and Snacks
If you go to the gas station during lunch, don’t go for a soda! Instead, try Bolthouse or Naked fruit smoothies. They are made from real fruit and have many different options for everyone’s taste. Not in the mood for a drink? Then grab a fruit tray or a wrap. The gas station has a lot more options than you would think.
Our lives can be very busy. There isn’t always time to think about what we are eating, or how it will affect us for the rest of the day. Chips, Frosties, and Pop-Tarts are delicious, but not always your only option! So go try some of these healthy alternatives to give you a boost and keep you full and ready for your day!
April fools day
Every year when April 1st comes around many cultures celebrate April Fools Day, also known as All Fools Day. April Fools Day isn’t officially a holiday, but many celebrate this day by pulling practical jokes on each other. After pulling a prank on someone people often shout “April Fools!” referring to the individual who got pranked being the fool.
At Payson High School, we aren’t immune to this tradition. Pranks can vary from toddlers to elderly, easy to complex, funny to... well...they took it too far! Most likely, everyone's been involved in an April Fools prank, on one end or the other! Here are a few clips from Payson High School staff and students letting us in on a few of their pranks.
From the ACT to end of year testing, now is the time to prepare for your up and coming tests. At this time of year, testing can be very stressful. There’s a lot of time and commitment that can go into a test. Here are a few testing tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your next test.
There’s a lot that can go into a test whether you are preparing for the ACT, the Sage testing, or just any class test. One thing to remember is that teachers want to see you pass. Ask for help and take their advice. Take advantage of the opportunities around you. Also, remember to study what you know will be on the test. Even if you just read over the material once, you’ll have a better chance of remembering it.
By exercising before a test your body is releasing dopamines that help your mind to be awake and alert. Now this doesn’t mean you need to go run a mile before the big test, but instead just pick up the pace on the way to class. Chewing a piece of gum before the test can have a similar effect. The chewing motion will send blood to your brain, helping your memory activate. While gum can be helpful, it’s a good idea to spit it out when the test begins because as we all know the gum eventually will lose its flavor and become a distraction.
The best advice anyone can give when taking a test is don’t stress. As long as you have done all you can do, despite the outcome, there really is no reason to stress. However, in case of test stress, here a few tips to get rid of the stress: tense and relax different muscles to relax your body, use logic; ask yourself if the stress is really worth it, and lastly use positive self talk to gain confidence. If you go into the test having confidence it is proven that you will perform better on the test. Remember!! Confidence is key.
Always try your best and work hard. If all else fails and you have to resort to guessing, just be sure to use common sense. Just remember to do your best and then you won’t have anything to be upset about. Good luck!!
By: K.C. Hoschouer
Shifting the focus to ACT
Our school goal is shifting. Mr Ford, and other teachers have decided to shift the focus from Sage testing to the ACT. Mr. Ford stated,”We are making the shift because we are looking at what test is more practical for the students, and the ACT has more practical applications for students.” The ACT can ultimately decide what college a person attends and how much of their schooling can be paid for them. Some colleges, like BYU, take the students GPA and their ACT score to accept the student or not.. The ACT is very important and has more real life applications and that’s why the shift is happening.
Payson High School is allowing a lot of different opportunities for their students to be able to study and learn tips for the ACT. The school is offering a class before and after school twice a year. Both classes are offered 4 weeks prior to the ACT test to really get students ready to take on of the most important tests of their lives.
The ACT is very important and shouldn’t be taken lightly by students. Mr. Ford also said that he had two students come through here, one of them had a 4.0 and scored a 30 on the ACT, the other one also got a 4.0 GPA, but only got a score of 23 on the ACT. The first student got full ride scholarships, but the second student who was still a great student got a lot smaller scholarships because of their ACT score.
“I’m not trying to say that the Sage Test is bad or anything,” Mr. Ford explained it really well by saying,”It’s not that the Sage is bad, it’s just didn’t provide really useful data for our students.” He continued to say,” The Sage does provide data, but it just doesn’t provide the same data, and importance as the ACT.”
The school is really trying to show the importance of the ACT. They really want students to care about it as much as they do. The ACT can really impact your future, so for those who haven’t taken the test yet, start getting ready now! Take advantage of useful tools that our school has given you, and I guarantee the ACT will become a lot easier.
Congratulations to Jacob Hanks and The Pride.
By Ryan Craig
The LIONS Roar NEWspaper
It’s that time of year again. The time for singing, dancing, and rejoicing the excitement that is of Disneyland. It’s time for Choir Tour. On March 17th, a family of over 75 students all prepared to leave for tour. Their destination? California. For many of these kids this would be their last and final adventure with the people that have come to know and love. But let's not think about the sad times, and let's just start at the beginning.
Day 1: The choir left around 7:30 pm on a Thursday night. They arrived to the first stop at about 5:00 am Friday morning. The first stop was a high school, where they would sing for another school, This is known as a choir exchange. Now keep in mind their students have just been on a 5 ½ hour bus ride. Though tired as they were, we managed to come through. Following this choir exchange they arrived at yet, another high school, for yet another choir exchange. Remember… no sleep. After a fun lunch and talk with this high school choir, we then continued on our way to our festival where we sang our hearts out (and did pretty well might I add). Finally ending our day at the hotel around 10 pm Friday night.
Day 2: Saturday is fun day! Waking up at 7 am in never fun unless… you know you get to spend the WHOLE day in the happiest place on Earth! Disneyland! Rides, games, shopping, pictures, and just a whole lot of fun. We were still tired for the day before but now we were all running on adrenalin. The pure excitement. Being that Disneyland has just redone the Star Wars rides, you can only imagine the waiting times to ride. The best thing to do is get a fastpass to zoom your way right through it. And then after a long, eventful day, we met back at the buses. Now 10 pm. That night there was no trouble falling asleep.
Day: 3 Another early morning. Wake up at 6:30 and be ready at 7. We went to an LDS Church and got to sing a few songs for them. Right after, we had the pleasure of performing some Disney songs at an old folks home. The sweet attendees there were amazing. Following that performance we went to the temple grounds of an LDS church. We got to walked around and enjoy the beautiful flowers. We then went to the Aquarium. It was fun the see the sharks, and fish. The Aquarium had some cool things to do and look at. After leaving the aquarium, we got to go back to the hotel and have free time. During this most of the choir kids went to the pool. Others played games down in the lobby. Either way it was nice to sit and relax for a while.
Day 4: Now it’s Monday! And another fun, exciting time is ahead of us. And our last day on tour. Yep, another full day of Disneyland! Only this time we get to sing and perform IN Disneyland! On the Disneyland Performing Arts stage. We put on a 30 minute show with all songs Disney, ending the show with a Frozen medley, combining all the song from the movie, and adding in some sweet choreography. As the show ended the Disney Parks rewarded us with some free Mickey Mouse ears! It was crazy fun. We then had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted at Disneyland. Meeting again at 10 pm we all settled in for the long bus ride home. Straight from a long, sweaty day of fun we had to get right on the buses and travel for another 10 hours.
Day 5: Tuesday, we pulled up to the school around 9:45ish to 10 in the morning. It was a long night and long, exhausting weekend. No surprise that most of us went home and slept for hours.
Being a senior on this Choir Tour was a love, hate relationship. I will always remember this last tour and the people who became my family. It's sad to think that next year I will not be saving money and getting ready for Choir, but I know that the new kids are going to love it.
Choir Tour 2016
"Merilee Ford tries to keep it fun when she is taking photos."
- Mrs. Brotherson
Student Photographer Spotlight: Merilee Ford
I Am a Lion
by: Kristen Davenport
Here at Payson High we have a saying, “I am a lion”. For most students, this saying means that they go to Payson High and are proud of it. But what does it really mean to be a lion?
Pride, honor, and strength is what it means to be a lion. Lions show pride in every way possible. As lions, we show pride for our school by supporting our sports team with a filled student section at every game. We also show pride in ourselves along with others.
Honor is another big thing at Payson High. As a lion, honor means we respect each other, and do our best to help our fellow peers, whether it's help with homework,or getting over a rough break up, we stick together and help others along the way.
Strength, now you might be thinking about physical strength, although lions are strong here at Payson High when we say strength we mean something along the lines of asset, talented, skilled. As a lion pride at Payson High, we band together using our skill and abilities to make each other stronger and make our school a better place for all the students that are here already and the students to come.
Some of you might be thinking why would I use a lion pride to describe a school.
If you look up the definition of a lion pride it says something along the lines of a family, and at Payson High we are a family we do whatever it takes to protect each other, just like any family we do have our disagreements and some days it's like world war three, but just like any family we care about each other no matter what. I'm Kristen Davenport and I am a Payson lion.
April 1-2 St. George Tournament
April 12 @ Maple Mountain
April 14 @ Uintah
April 21 Salem
April 26 Spanish Fork
April 27 Delta
April 29 @ Springville
APRIL 2 UVU Invitational
April 12 @ Salem
April 15-16 @ Pleasant Grove
April 29 @ Orem
April Girls Golf
April 14 @ Spanish Oaks
April 20 @ Uintah
April 26 @ Wasatch ST. Park
PHS SPORTS NATION
Brought to you by: Big Boys Co.
This season’s baseball leaders are Seniors, Tanner Manning with .547 Batting Average, 17 hits, 4 doubles , 2 triples, and 1 home run. Chayton Haveron .333 batting average, 9 hits, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run. Kayden Armstrong .348 batting average, 8 hits, 2 doubles, 1 home run. Daxton Bascom suffered an injury to his tibia, and will be out for around two weeks. Dylan Lutz has not been cleared to pitch yet due to an injury sustained in February. So far this season we have gone 5-4 ranking 34th in the state.
PHS Sports Nation Basebabll Edition
4/4 @ Springville
4/21 @ Uintah
4/26 @ Spanish Fork
4/28 Spanish Fork
Our boy’s soccer team is currently 3-4 this season but they are looking to improve their season. Their 3 wins coming against Salem, Springville, and Union. Losing to Mountain view, Bingham, and Provo twice.
4/9 Gunnison Valley
4/12 @ Uintah
4/14 @ Bountiful
4/19 Maple Mountain
4/21 @ Springville
4/26 Wasatch4/28 @ Salem
PHS Sports Nation Softball / Soccer
Softball this year is 2-7-1 this season. They have defeated Lone Peak and Timpanogos. They tied the game with Northridge. They have fallen short to Wasatch, Mountain View, Snow Canyon, Logan, Canyon View, Riverton, and Juab. Hallie Neves has 14 runs on 13 hits with 2 home runs. Shanece Reynolds has 10 runs with 14 hits. Bailee Kay has 9 runs with 9 hits also hitting two long home runs.
4/1 @ Spanish Fork
4/12 @ Uintah
4/19 Maple Mountain
4/22 @ Springville
4/26 @ Salem
4/29 @ Wasatch
"Jordan is an extremely talented young artist. His art shows excellence in technique and detail"
- Mrs. Burdick
Student Artist Spotlight: Jordan Jeppson
By: Stephen Van Moos
Isaac Robbins, a sophomore here at Payson High School, gets away from the real world by going into the wilderness to trap real live animals.
Isaac first experienced trapping with his dad when he was just eight years old. His dad took him out to trap coyotes, I asked Isaac how that went and he said, “ I thought it went really good, I was super scared at first, but I knew that my dad would take care of me.” Isaac’s first trip was a success, they captured a coyote, and his father showed him how to properly take care of the coyote before retrieving it from the trap.
Every year Isaac and his father go on a week long trapping trip. It is a week that Isaac looks forward to the whole year long. He usually goes with his brothers and his father and they go out to their favorite spot, which Isaac refused to tell me because he wanted to keep it a “secret”. I asked him what he looks forward to most during this week and he told me “Most of my brothers have grown up and moved out of the house, so I enjoy spending the week trapping and hanging out with my brothers.” This is a tradition that Isaac plans on participating in his whole life. Isaac loves trapping so much he hopes one day to make a career out of it. His plans are to become a wildlife technician, which trap all year long and use any means necessary to reduce the population of game killing predators. Isaac is preparing now to become a wildlife technician by trapping, hunting every year, and always keeping up with the rules for trapping and hunting.
The western Trapper
This year, the FFA’s State Convention was held March 10-12 in Richfield. FFA State Convention is where all the chapters from the state come together to listen to workshops, attend sessions, compete in speaking contests, and watch as new state officers are selected for the next year.
This year we had many people from the Payson FFA Chapter that competed in events, and applied for awards. There were 12 members who put forth a lot of effort to earn their State Degrees. Katelyn Robbins competed in prepared speaking, Brooke Barnett competed in job interview, Parker Mason ran for state office, and we had many people who applied for proficiency awards, and scholarships. Katelyn placed 3rd overall in prepared speaking, Mckade Ercanbrack, Rylan Huff, and Casey Giffing won first in proficiency award and will be advancing on to nationals. Mckade said about receiving this award, “I felt like my hard work was worth it.”
Madison Houston received the Star State Greenhand. Melanie Ward received the Utah Farmers Cooperative scholarship for $1000, and Braden Kunzler received the Deep in the Heart scholarship for $800. Braden said about getting this scholarship, “I was excited to receive this scholarship. I know it will go to good use.” The Payson FFA chapter as a whole won many awards as well.
On the first day that the chapter got there, we participated in a service project. The project was to put together macaroni and cheese meals that would go to help homelessness around Utah. There were a lot of chapters that participated, and a good number of meals were put together. Throughout the rest of the convention, there were different sessions where awards were given, keynote speakers presented, and the 2015-2016 state officers gave their retiring addresses. On the first night, after the last session Hypno Hick, a hypnotist, came and did a show. The money raised to get in went to help with the Deep in the Heart scholarship. On the last night of state convention there was a dance with a live band playing. There were so many great memories that were made throughout this year's State Convention. We had many members who attended the convention this year, and it was a great experience for all who came.
State Convention FFA
By: Brooke Barnett of The Lion's Roar Newspaper
Made by "Astralis" with permission granted by the team.
"They said we weren't a real sport. They said we don't belong in stadiums. We say they're wrong, win or lose, these are the days we will remember when we get old."
eSport Athletes want to create PHS Gaming Team
By: Juan Munoz
Some students aren’t athletic enough to be part of sports like Football, Soccer, or Baseball. But gaming is something completely different, this is their chance to be part of a team, to be an eSport Athlete. Having a Gaming team for the high school would give students a chance to be called atheletes, to give them a feeling of teamwork. The U of U has an after school group for a game called league of legends, but those are just groups. Payson High School finalized that to be a complete high school team that would put Payson's name out in the open schools will see that the high school has a gaming team it will make us their example to follow.
We will be the first school to have a team then Salem will follow along with Spanish Fork, Union and other schools. The best part is we don’t have to waste money for hotels and bus trips, all the games will be played from home, students will register with their schools. They will give the school their full name and their in game name. This will be played like every other sport. We will have a roster, stats, and highlights. This comes with a complete a full schedule playoffs and then championships. Payson could have jersey for these players, have our own spot to shine like the football players. Our GPA requirements will be the same as every other sport. The amount of gamers we have at the high school is astonishing, we have countless gamers anywhere from Minecraft to Call of Duty leading to League of Legends. These games have made a name for themselves for being mainstream these games make a lot of money, which means they give back to the players that play these games. Which will lead to the makers of these games offering scholarships to the gamers that are part of the teams. The plan to have a Payson High School Lions team but separate that main team to three different sub teams for three different games. The game are Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Call Of Duty Black Ops 3, and League of Legends.
Who's got it better than them?......NOBODY!! The 2016 season of softball has officially started here at Payson High school! Moving up into 4A will be exciting for most of the sports at PHS the softball team included. Coach Jodi Beck said that the team this year has a lot of potential but they are also very young. The team has only one senior, five juniors, ten sophomores, and nine freshman. The only senior and captain of the team, Hallie Neves, is excited about this year because there is a lot of growing potential with a lot of the younger girls, some time to get them to build up team unity so that they are stronger and better in a year or two. The softball team has already played 5 preseason games not including tournament at the very beginning of the year in St. George. They were supposed to play their first region game against Springville on Tuesday the 22nd of March, but it got rained out. Head Coach Brent Shirtliff says that he can see so much potential in all of the girls, they just need put it to work! The softball team still has a very long season ahead of them and they are all very excited!
If you want to come out and support the Payson Lady Lions Softball, click the link below to see the schedule.
Photos by Garrett Ellsworth
What is LIA? It stands for Latinos in Action, our mission is for all our group members to graduate high school, attend college and be career ready.
We help with activities, translate for parents and students, we also go to elementary schools to help tutor children.
LIA is about helping out our community and being more involved, it is also being close to our roots and learning more about our culture, about our differences and similarities.
Each year, LIA hosts 2-3 youth leadership conferences for high school, junior high, and middle school latino in action students.
The conferences bring together thousands of students from all over to be involved and receive information through workshops and guest speakers, also receive scholarships & awards.
Students perform writing and poetry, display visual arts and provide cultural performances for the students in the audience to learn and enjoy.
The LIA conferences focus is to encourage young students to go on and accomplish all their goals, to not be scared to take the next step, be involved and always go forward, never take a step back, be confident and proud of your culture.
Payson High's LIA will be attending an LIA youth conference April 1st, at the U of U campus, wish them luck.
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