Future of the Mane Talk
Magic the Gathering
Trash In Payson's Parking Lot
Mr. Fords Last Year @ PHS
4th Term Goals
April Fools '
L.I. A Confrence
PHS Internship Program
PHS Track Team
Tiana Argyle honored with the
Volunteer Service Award.
An Ocean of Possiblities @ Fishbowl.
Science Olympiad Team Solves Crimes
and Builds Robots.
Table of Contents
Making a Racket in St. George
ALA's 4 Day Week
Why Florida for Chior Tour?
April is always a month to look forward to, but with this new issue coming out you have one more reason! As you all know Spring has sprung, so we have given you many sports issues to cure that spring fever as well as some great articles on Student Council elections and Miss Payson. We have the inside scoops on clubs and a rocking opinion piece on trash in our school's parking lot! Check out all of our new and fun content that the staff has worked so incredibly hard to produce! See you next month Payson!
-Kyrra Lundberg, Chief Editor
PHS BOYS TENNIS
Our boys tennis season here at PHS has recently started back up and the team is thrilled to be back on the courts working hard and practicing every day after school. Senior members (and team captains) Carson Ward and Grant Pullan are here to give us all the details on their freshman team mates, St. George tournaments, post-game traditions, and hopes for the up-and-coming season.
By Bailey Jensen
Making a racket in St. George
As this year comes to a close seniors start to reflect on their time here at the high school. I interviewed a few seniors to find out what they regret the most from their high school experience. Let's check it out!
In an interview with Aubrie Marsh she said that her senior regret is "not getting a job her junior year." Senior, Jayden Openshaw said, "Probably falling asleep in my classes, especially the important ones because I didn't get A's in all of them, they were usually B's".
Jessica Rowlette said, " I regret not being able to have a free period because I didn't take the classes that I needed to when I needed to". "I regret not playing football" said Tanner Killpack.
Dylon Sasser also said he regreted quiting football and he regrets a list of embarrassing things he admitted to doing.
So hopefully, seniors will think of these regrets as they move on to college.
K.C. Hoschouer Hoschouer
Many of you have probably heard that ALA is moving to a four day school week. We were all curious about how all of the logistics would work them self out.
An interview with ALA's Secondary School Principal, Mr. Morley, revealed that in order to obtain the required 990 hours of instructional time their school days would be extended. They would start at 8 am and go until 3:20 pm Monday -Thursday. When asked the reasoning behind switching to a four day week Mr. Morley stated that they believed that there is a lot of learning that can take place outside of the classroom.
He believed that with the current schedule students were being denied these opportunities. ALA plans on having recreation days on the Fridays they are out of school where they have various different activities that the students can attend. They have also set aside Fridays where there will be teachers at the school to help struggling students in English, Science, and Math.
Going to a four day school week would also give time back to the teachers. It's no secret that teachers spend a lot of time not only in the classroom but at home, grading papers and making lesson plans. A four day week would give the teachers extra time during the week to get everthing that they need done.
Payson High School's Mr. Sorenson, told of his worries surrounding the 4 day week. Sorenson thinks that moving to the 4 day week causes students to lose valuable instructional time.
So, whether or not the 4 day week is for the better I guess we'll find out.
The scoop on ALA's 4 Day Week
By: Jessica Hoschouer
Being on the Payson High School's student council takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I talked to a few of this years candidates to find out exactly what it takes to be on student council.
In an interview with Logan Bennett he said, “I’m running for student council because I love being a part of Payson and being as involved as I can be. I like to do sports and athletics, and student council is pretty much the most involved you can be. I just love being a part of Payson and helping serve other people. I think it’s a blast.” He also said, “Some of the requirements are if you make it past primary elections you have to make a two minute video to show to the school. You also have to do a minute to a minute and a half speech for the school. You also just need a 3.0 GPA, and you have to make about 15 posters. You need to write a personal evaluation, you have to write a assembly script. ”
Hayley Bassir told me in an interview, “I’m running because I want to make a difference in the school I want to serve everybody, and it’s really fun! I’ve enjoyed being on student council.”
Evan Brandley said, “I’m running because I like the prospect of being a leader and also being kind of in charge. I also love to help people. I know that in a leadership position I could be able to give life to the ideas of both myself and the students.” He also told me about some of the requirements that Logan also shared.
As you can tell there's a lot more to being on the student council than meets the eye.
Girls golf has just started and the outlook for the season is looking very promising. The coach of the girls golf team Ms. Miller has been teaching at Payson High for 23 years, and for 12 of those years she has been coaching girls golf. Coach Miller has won multiple Club Championships at the Payson Golf Course Gladstan, and a few Club Championships at Spanish Oaks Golf Course. Coach Miller is passing her knowledge and experience to the two newest members of the girls golf team.
The first member is Kailie Snow, she is a Sophomore and it is her first year playing golf. Kailie is making very large strides in her golf game, she is a quick learner and will have a great year. The second member of the team is Grace Wilson, she is a Freshman and has previous experience playing golf at the Junior High with Coach Brown. Grace is already a good golf player and with the help of Coach Miller she is becoming a great player and will have a fantastic golfing season.
The team had their first meet on March 20, and they both had a blast. Coach Miller said, “They both did very well.”. Coach Miller had this to say about the two girls, “They are very encouraging, they are very positive, and they work very hard on their game.” Coach Miller also stated, “The future for girls golf is very bright, these two should do pretty well over the next couple years when they get really good.”Kailie and Grace are both good golfers and great athletes, and with the help of Coach Miller this girls golf season will be a huge success!
By Parker Hannifin
By: Briton Wilson
Our PHS Choir decided to do something new for Choir Tour. They got to experience Orlando, Florida. I am in the Choir here at PHS and I was able to go with them as well. I talked to some of the choir students and the choir director to find out what everybody thought.
Choir Tour was amazing we got to hangout with all of our friends and we had so much fun. We performed at Universal Orlando and Disney World. Both of those performances were so amazing.
I am glad that I was able to go and be with such amazing people. Thank you PHS Choirs.
Why Florida For Choir Tour?
Payson, Utah ‒ Tiana Argyle, 18, of Santaquin, a student at Payson High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Payson High School nominated Tiana for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.
Her activities included visiting the elderly, cleaning fire trucks, writing to LDS missionaries, and an entire backyard makeover for a hospitalized man. These services lasted three days and involved Tiana and other acquaintances.
Argyle says, “Throughout the process of planning I learned a lot of new skills. I learned to delegate responsibilities and to follow up with people. I learned how to make reservations, deal with a budget, advertise, be flexible, be open to other ideas, and so much more. I received self confidence and a love for people.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
BY: Ben Phillips Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Tiana Argyle honored with the
Volunteer Service Award
BY: Kyle Lott of The Lions Roar Newspaper
On February 15 a group of 29 Payson High students gathered together in the counseling computer lab to head on a special field trip to a company called Fishbowl. Fishbowl is a company that sells and advanced inventory management software. Fishbowl helps either private customers and/or businesses keep track of sales history and inventory they have yet to sell. One very big corporation that uses this software is NASA. NASA uses it too keep track of things that they send to the International Space Station.
There are many different jobs and opportunities at Fishbowl and one student at Payson even got an internship by going on the field trip. Kylee Wharton, a senior here at PHS, is working with the marketing department. “The people there are fun and energetic. It’s a great environment.” She said after her first day. She is working with a smaller company that has been started inside Fishbowl called BoxStorm. She was able to makeup her own company and track its supplies to help her understand it more. She genuinely loves Fishbowl and is excited about the things she can do there.
Mrs.Hair would love to plan another trip up to Fishbowl this spring, she believes, “It has something to offer a wide variety of the school's population.” If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to go with the school to tour the company please go talk to Mrs.Hair (her office is located in the counseling lab) and if she gets enough interest she says that she will try to plan another field trip.
An Ocean Of Possibilities
Science Olympiad Team Solves Crimes
and Builds Robots
BY: Kylee Wharton Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Smell this.” Nathan Reeves said as he stuck a small glass tube beneath my nose. “Does it smell like cleaning products?”
Ms. Garff's classroom had been transformed into a forensics lab with Bunsen burners on the tables, tubes of powders and liquids, crisp white lab coats, and smudged safety goggles. There was a paper on each table, outlining an intricate story of crime with detailed lists of clues and steps Ms. Garff’s students had to follow in order to solve a mystery. They dipped papers with samples of ink into a blue liquid and discussed the properties of chemical compounds. They measured liquids and took fingerprints. Mrs. Garff bounced from table to table, reminding students of the things they had learned in class, and giving small hints when they got stuck. Ms. Graff’s B4 period is called Science Research and was created to prepare students for the Science Olympiad.
The Science Olympiad is a nation wide competition that starts at a region level. There are all kinds of events such as remote sensing, bridge building, food science, robot arm, astronomy, and many, many others. Brian Porter, a valuable team mate on the Science Olympiad team, said, “The atmosphere at the competition is awesome. Everybody is nice and willing to help each other.”
The following is the final total of awards and rankings Payson High’s Science Olympiad team at the region competition:
Electric Vehicle: 4th place, Bryan Porter and Kobey Evans
Experimental Design: 2nd place, Bridget Lott, Shayne Duncan, and Kahley Darragh
Invasive Species: 2nd place, Harlee Huff and Bridget Lott
Optics: 6th place, Shayne Duncan and Bridget Lott
Remote Sensing: 4th place, Ana Bermudez and Sasha Pack
Rocks and Minerals: 4th place, Shayne Duncan and Bridget Lott
Towers: 4th place, Nathan Reeves and Damon Sorensen
Write It Do It: 5th place, Ana Bermudez and Sasha Pack
The Science Olympiad competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their skill and understanding of the science learned in school. Reeves, one of the seniors on the Science Olympiad team said, “It’s really cool because it makes all of the stuff you read in textbooks relevant and fun!” Because of the work Ms. Garff has done with her Science Research class they’re more prepared for the careers they want than they’ve ever been before. Next time you see our amazing olympiad team, wish them good luck at state!
By Tanner Killpack
Many students at PHS have seen Jon Young walking around but have no clue what he does here at Payson. Mr. Young is the athletic trainer at Payson. As the athletic trainer he sees to all student athletes and also anyone involved in any clubs. He makes sure all students who are participating in clubs and sports teams are healthy enough to compete. Jon went to school at the University of Utah with stops at BYU, UVU, and SLCC.
Mr. Young likes his job because he is able to get paid to watch sports and gets to set his own hours. Athletic trainers deal with injuries and can help you rehab for your injuries. Mr. Young also can help you with meal plans to help your performance.
This year marked the first year of The Mane Street Journal's new pod cast, the Mane Talk. The creators behind it Dylon Sasser, Jaydan Openshaw, and Harrison Carr give their insights from this year and their hopes for the next year.
The first year of the Mane Talk currently has six episodes, has been recognized at the Utah High School film festival, and one of Payson's best pod casts to date.
The Future of the mane talk
By Harison Carr
Payson High School offers a wide variety of after school clubs, excluding sports and fine arts. There are over 20 after school clubs and student run organizations. This month I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Jak, the Magic the Gathering club advisor, to find out a little more about the club and the game.
Magic The Gathering
We have an awesome softball team here at PHS. I had the opportunity to talk to one of the girls on the softball team, Ashland Lowder, and get her thoughts on the season so far, how she and the team have been improving this season, and how she feels the rest of the season will go. Payson's softball team has a 2-4-1 record so far this season. Keep working hard this year girls and good luck on your upcoming games.
By Cortnie Hancock
Payson's parking lot has a big variety of cars and people, but one thing ruins the whole atmosphere... Garbage.
Have you ever been walking through the parking lot and step on a piece of garbage? Most people have, especially right after lunch when everyone is coming back to school and littering. Trash cans have been placed through out the parking lot and by most entrances of the school for a reason.
Their are two sides to this issue. Some people think that our parking lot is trash, and others think that it is perfectly fine. No matter what side they are on, they both agree on one thing, a clean parking lot makes a good impression and a good environment.
Trash In Payson's Parking Lot
By: Amanda Anderson
Skipping class a couple of times may seem harmless, but research shows that missing two days of school a month can affect a student’s academic performance. When students increase the amount of school they attend, they increase the chance that they will graduate. Did you know that by how much you attend the first month of school, you can predict poor attendance in the future? There is an estimate of 5-7.5 million students in the U.S. miss about a month of school each year. That’s about one ninth of the school year. Missing enough school can also land you in court. Students who have to go to attendance court have to keep attending that court until they graduate.
By: Daniel. Sasser
Mr. Ford's Last Year at PHS
Here at Payson we are losing one of our greatest mentors, Mr. Ford. He is transferring to our new ALC in Salem, where he will be the new top dog. This is a great opportunity for him but a sad news for students here at Payson High School. He will surely be missed!
By: Jaycee Zimmerman
At this years Miss Payson the girls who competed were Jaisha Millett, Alyssa Sutton, Cambrielle Fitzwater, and Kaisley Theobald. The girls had a dress rehearsals after school to get ready, and had been preparing a couple months in advance. Alyssa Sutton said, “They have to teach you how to walk in your heels because there’s a certain way you have to hold your shoulders.”
In an interview with Jaisha Millett, I asked what some of the requirements for Miss Payson are. Jaisha said this, “Some of the requirements for Miss Payson are to have a good personality and confidence, those are the big main ones. As well as having everything you need in, on time.”
The girls have to raise a certain amount of money, and they have to be in Payson at least 20 hours a week, and by the night of the pageant they have to be at least 17 years old.
“I wanted to be Miss Payson because growing up I had a hard childhood and I wanted to be the voice that helps other people who are afraid to talk about what has happened to them, to not be afraid anymore and to feel comfortable talking about it.” is what Jaisha Millett said when asked about why she wanted to be Miss Payson.
In Miss Payson the girls have a swimwear, talent, on stage question, and evening gown portion. Before Miss Payson was announced, Miss Payson of 2016 took her last walk as Miss Payson. The results were then in, and Brooklyn Jensen was crowned First Attendant, and Kaisley Theobald was crowned Miss Payson of 2017.
4th Term Goals
With 4th term just starting at PHS, I went and interviewed some students and a counselor. Ms. Bensen, one of the counselors here at PHS is retiring this year, I went and interviewed her and asked what her goals are for this term. I asked five different students on there goals for this term. Make sure you watch the video to see what they all had to say what there goals would be for forth term!
BY: jessica Rowlette
April Fool's. Most people dread this holiday because they have been the victims of pranks. Well today we are going to talk to some of those victims. These are their stories. Cotton balls in the company party cupcakes? Male teachers trapped in the ladies room? The front office covered in wrapping paper? Teachers cars covered in sticky notes? Snowing inside? What do all of these have in common? These are pranks pulled at Payson High School.
As this school year is coming to an end the future is on everyones mind. I interviewed Ezri Staheli, Daniela Ramirez, & Devon Broadhead about this very topic. These are some students at PHS who are qualified to get the many scholarships offered.
One of the questions I asked was how did they earn it and they said by being involved in school activities and clubs and also by their GPA & ACT scores.
I then interviewed Mrs. Henderson, one of the consolers at PHS, she said "there is a lot of scholarships out there and theres all kinds, like skills scholarships, sports scholarships, ethnic scholarships, talent scholarships, and much more. In the United States it has estimated that 2.9 billion dollars are not use each year for scholarships because students aren't using the resources like they should." There is other ways for students to pay for collage and that is FASFA. Which is Free Applications For Student Federal Aid.
For more information talk to the counseling center or go to the Payson High School website and go down to the counseling section and there is a list of scholarships available.
By: Pamela Mireles
As we are nearing the end of the school year, Senioritis is becoming more and more prominent. I went around to ask both students and teachers about their stories and opinions thereof.
Story by Norman Dinkins
Festival of Colors
This is the color festival, here are some students that went and their opinions about it! I managed to get the photos of the after result of the color festival. Bristy talks about her expierence with her friends and some disturbing moments she expierenced. But there was
By: Carmen Payton
By: Arely Valdez
This month I had the chance to talk and learn more about Latinos in action conference. I talked to the some members in the Latinos in action, these are the questions I asked them. what do you think about the Latinos in action conference? what do you like of the conference? What's your favorite part about it? What do you think about the guest speakers? Rosita a member in the Latinos in action said to the question " What do you think about the Latinos in action conference?"
PHS'S INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
This is PHS Internship program teacher Mrs.Hair, she is very very good at what she does. I asked Mrs.Hair some questions and these were her answers!
Why should you take part in the internship program? The internship can help you determine what you want to do for a living.
How many kids get placed in the internship program? Mrs. Hair places kids in a wide variety of jobs every term. The number of kids always varies.
What jobs are available in the internship program. Some popular places are in the medical field, auto shops and cabinetry.
Come join the program today! Meet with your councilor for details!
By: Hagen Dockstader
The Track Team did a great job.I was able to go and watch them run and throw to victory at this last match.
I got the incredible chance to interview two track athletes, Ezri and Bryan. I asked them about some of the things about track that they enjoyed and why they joined the track team. They told me what goes through their mind while they are running. They push themselves to keep running and not wanting to fail.
I was also able to interview one of the three coaches, Mrs. Eliason. She has been coaching track for about 3 years. She enjoys coaching track.
Good luck track team with your season!
By: Daniel Tinoco
PHS TRACK TEAM
Thanks to our sponsor
If you are interested in being a PHS Media sponsor, contact Clint Peery or Kate Searle at 801-465-6025