FFA Celebrates Christmas
Keeping Up With the Lions Roar
Mane Talk: December
Mighty Payson Student Section
Payson Swim Team
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
Payson High School Rivalry
Behind the Newspaper
A Trouvere Christmas
Twas' the night before Christmas when all through the house...everyone was scrolling through this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. We have amazing articles about school rivalries and the mighty Payson Student Section. We also have articles about Christmas singing and Payson Swim Team.We have a wonderful magazine for you this month so sit back, relax, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and enjoy this months edition of The Mane Street Journal.
Letter from the Editor
PAYSON HIGH SCHOOL RIVALRY
Payson High School has been around for over a century, and its current building was constructed in 1967. Throughout these years, rivalry was bound to follow. By interviewing José Valle, PHS Student Body President, Haylee Carlile, SHHS SBO of Community Service, I hope to gain a student's perspective of high school rivalry. I begin both interviews with a simple question of: "When I say high school rivalry, what do you think?" José pauses for a moment, before asking whether or not he should be honest. "Salem vs Payson." He later elaborates on what he considers the cause of the rivalry. "They came from us. They used to be with us and now they think they're better than us," he says. Carlile agrees when she says, "...a lot of the students from Payson came to Salem. . .we split, so there's going to be a rivalry."
The rivalry between Payson and Spanish Fork is a much deeper rivalry than the the ten year feud between Payson and Salem, however, so I turn to Mr. McKee, principal of SFHS and once full-time teacher at PHS for nineteen years. "I think it's somewhat on the minds [of the Spanish Fork student body] but not number one, again, because of the distance. I think one school in-between..." referring to the creation of Salem making the PHS-SFHS rivalry less important. Mr. Peery, principal at Salem and once administrator at PHS believes that rivalry is a good thing. "The sports side of it is the healthy one, the social media side of it is not the healthy one. . .Rivalry can be a good thing, it can be just as long as its approached in a positive way. I think it can bring out the best in everybody, and it also can bring out the worst."
"I just think there's an equal amount of distrust. . .it's distrust that is allowed to happen," Valle concludes. Whether or not the four interviewees want to see more unity and friendship between the schools is unanimous, albeit, unanimous in wanting rivalry to stick around as well.
By: Max BENNION
Written By:Harlee Huff
Merry Christmas Payson High school. This month I will be talking all about DECA. The Business and Marketing club. I went and interviewed Mrs. Searle, the DECA club advisor, and some of the DECA club members so I could tell you more about this awesome club.
According to Mrs. Searle, the DECA Club advisor DECA Stands for “Distributive Educational Clubs of America. Deca is all about preparing future entrepreneurs. We are going to take students right now and they are going to perform role play of different business scenarios that could really happen and then practice them in front of a judge and the best [presentation] wins”
“The DECA Club, we meet once a month. We have a little activity. We get forms to sign. We have food. Then, we go to competitions. We have some at UVU, at Snow College and then our State competitions. Those are really fun. It’s just really fun to be together and meet new people. Then, we try to do a little bit of service every year. [We do] some kind of service project to enforce the idea that people need people.”
DECA officer, Aubrey Schmidt joined the DECA club because of her love for Marketing and Business. Garrison Serynek joined DECA to gain more experience in his desired major of Marketing. Garrison states, “I really want to be able to practice these skills before I go off to college so that I can have a head start. By joining DECA I have learned how to talk to people, I’ve learned how to communicate with other businesses...I’ve learned how to show people that I care and it has made me a better leader. But, all in all, the main reason I wanted to join was that of the people. There are so many good people. “
Mrs. Searle invites all those who are interested in either business, marketing, or becoming friends with a really awesome group of people, to join DECA. It is a great place to improve, people skills and to learn more about Marketing and Business.
Behind the Newspaper Scenes
By: Gavyn Roundy
Hey this is Gavyn, and I'm here to tell some cool things happening behind the PHS newspaper. So I was able to interview Mrs. Searle about her newspaper and here is what she's got to say.
"A lot of times for our newspaper we get these stories just from talking to other students or we sometimes do some brainstorming sessions. Our class always check the school calendar to see what is going on this year. We've been getting a lot of input from teachers and try to find out what our students are doing inside the classrooms and what cool stuff they're doing that the school and community should know about."
I also asked her what she would say to students who are thinking about taking newspaper some time in the near future and this is what Mrs. Searle has to say,"Take newspaper! It's a really, really fun class and a great team experience! You're able to get involved with school in a whole new way, you get to interact with people, and produce something that the whole school sees. Don't have any doubt, just join."
Newspaper is an applicant class, you can get an application from the counseling office or from Mrs. Searle herself. That's all I've got to you, peace out!
Teacher spotlight: Ms.burdick
By: Micah Toelupe
Ms. Burdick is the art teacher here at Payson High School. She first started teaching here as a cheer coach as well as an English and Art teacher. She decided to teach here in Payson because it's where she lives and because it's amazing. She also enjoys seeing students that she teaches off campus. She loves teaching art and working with the students as well as seeing all of their skills and talents. She hopes that in the future that she can teach a 3D art class like clay sculpting. She is grateful for teaching because she says it helps her learn too. Ms. Burdick is an amazing member of the faculty and we are so grateful to have her at our school!
Welding has always been a good skill that results in high paying jobs, The students at PHS are taking part of this really special skill and are applying it for there future lives.There are millions of welding jobs that are in need of new and young welders and here at Payson students have that opportunity to learn this high demand skill, with welding you learn how to use heat to fuse, bend, and manipulate metal to make amazing things.Most people don’t see the importance of welders in today’s society but we need it for everything from cars to skyscrapers welders are needed for their unique skills.So with this skill our students have a good future for themselves and just by taking this class they have benefited themselves just but enrolling in a class.
In welding you learn many different ways to weld.You learn how to Tig, Arc welding, Mig welding, Spray arc, Dual Shield, Arc blasting, Plasma cutting,and torch cutting.We also use many machines in the show such as the band saw, drill press, hydraulic press, and hydraulic lift.The different classes are Welding 1, which teaches basic arc welding, and mig welding, and then welding 2 and 3 you learn all the rest of the welding ways, welding is a full year class but is well worth it
By: Matt Tervort
A Trouvere Christmas
We all know what time of year it is. It’s Christmas time. And during the holiday season all of us have stuff to do and we are very busy. Include the Chamber Choir here at Payson High called the trouveres. The trouveres do a lot of Christmas performances around the Payson and Santaquin area. Such as Rest Homes, Church Christmas Parties, and other Christmas Parties. During the weekend before Christmas break they have their annual Christmas Concert. And they another annual trip where they go up to Temple Square. And they do lots of performances up there spreading the Christmas spirit.
By: Briton Wilson
The Mighty Payson Student Section
Payson High has one of, if not the best student section in the state of Utah. I wanted to know how the student section impacted the players. So I went out and interviewed some of the basketball players to see what they thought.
In an interview with Rebecca Hazelet, she said, "Well, when a lot of people show up to the girls game, we get more excited and we get more pumped up. My favorite cheer is probably the bananas one, when someone makes a three."
Hagen Wright said of the student section, "It really helps us get started early. We need that momentum early in the game to get us into our groove so we can play the best we can."
Coach Syme shared some insight about the student sections impact, here is what he had to say, "We have a pretty good student section. I know for the boys it causes the energy level to go through the roof, and our players can pick up on that. Girls we could use a bigger student section, to help our girls to actually use that energy. It definitely helps them play better, they are more focused and at a higher energy pace."
Wow! Isn't our student section amazing! I never knew how much it matter to the players!
As always stay classy Payson!
By: Jessica Hoschouer Hoschouer
Payson High school Girls basketball has had a lot of changes in 2017. With former head coaches not being able to stay in the program the team has a whole new set of coaches. Trent Syme the new head coach of this team, he has pushed them harder, and has showed his dedication by making this team better than it has been in years. Syme has been a part of the program since 2013, as an assistant. He is now the head coach followed by his three assistant coaches; Kristina Meek, Anderson, and Jamon Taylor. This coaching team is incredible and is helping the girls in every way possible, even off the court. We are Unstoppable.
Head Coach Trent Syme was asked what he expects from the team and he said, “ He expects the team to be uptempo and work hard, and to win.” He was also asked about region this year and how the team should compete, “ I am hoping to do really well in region, Salem is going to be tough, they have a couple of really good girls. Mountain View is really good, but I am expecting competing in region and going to state!”
As an athlete on this team I decided to go out and interview a few of the seniors and team captains to see what they expect from the team, how they think they will do in region this year, and what they like most about this years PHS Girls basketball team.
Abbie Jensen a senior this year and the team captain says “ I expect us all to work hard in practice and not hold anything back, and go a hundred percent and always be there for your teammates and try to bring energy to the practice.” Nakell McCloud a senior says, “I expect us to work hard in practice and games and to represent our team good.” Madison Houston another senior says, “I expect a lot of hustle. Everyone giving it a hundred percent. Just working hard in the games and leaving everything out on the court and playing as a team.”
They then were asked How they think the team will do in region this year, Jensen said, “ If we can focus and work together as a team and incorporate all the things we learn in practice into the games I think we will go very far in region.”
McCloud says, “I think we’ll do good, we have some tough competition but if we work hard I think we can do good.”
Houston says, “ We’ll do good.We’ve got a lot of tough teams in our region, but with our upbeat offense and all of our hard work we’ve been putting in this season, I think we will be a good competition.”
It sounds like the 2017-18 girls basketball team has been working hard and ready to fight this season. You can find their schedule on Payson High School’s website under Athletics. Come support and cheer on your lady lions throughout this basketball season! Go Lions!
BY: Halle Meek
BY: jacob Ford
At Payson, when the basketball team takes the floor, the whole school is there to support. The team is coached by Anthony Mitchell and works hard daily to bring pride to the school. From drills, to conditioning, to film sessions, the players are focused on getting better and winning games.
“We have a lot fun, it's a good group of guys,” said sophomore Clayton Muir. This season the basketball team has been focused on believing in the potential that they have. Senior Jase Moe said he is most excited to play in the state tournament and compete for a state title.
The Payson High boys basketball team is dedicated to hard work and representing this great school and community. Every game they are backed by hundreds who support them and cheer them on win or lose. The school and community are proud of the hard work the boys put in.
For the longest time Payson High Wrestling has dominated the scene. For Payson’s Wrestling team winning is a tradition. We have state titles on top of state titles and have produced national champions and state champions for many years in a row.
I went around the student section asking how they think we are going to do this year and who they think will step up and lead the team and help win matches and the state championship. My first interview was with Donovan Treanor “I think we are going to win state this year for sure and that Wyatt Monroe will step up and be a team leader and help push people through the season.”
My next interview was with Jamal Worthen “I think we can really accomplish a lot of things if we work hard and wrestle good. I’m expecting Tucker Naccarato, Austin Hone, and Wyatt Monroe to step it up and really excel this year.”
Next I went to one of our very own wrestlers Tucker Naccarato “We are going to win it this year we will take state for sure. I’m expecting everyone to step it up and do our best we have a lot of potential this year and we can accomplish big things.”
Payson Wrestling has their first match against Orem High School on November 30th. It is a home match and the coaches and teachers are expecting big things from Payson this year and hopefully they can do what is expected of them and win a lot of things this year
As you can see Payson has had a winning tradition in wrestling and have big things expected of them hopefully we will see them succeed and do big things this year in the sport of wrestling we have a lot of potential in the wrestling room this year not just seniors but up and coming sophomores and juniors. We have a good line of coaches who are well experienced and know what they are talking about and if the wrestlers will listen we can do big things and take state.
We hope to see as many students as we can filling the student section for all our home matches. With a good wrestling team we need a lot of support and cheering. Payson Wrestling has been training hard and working for the moments of glory they clearly deserve this year. We are hoping for big things from the wrestling team and we know they can do it.
By Weston Thomas
When you join the swim team, what are the expectations?
The expectations for being on the swim team is lots of dedication and commitment to the team. You have to show up for all practices and swim meets and support the team. The commitment in this sport is more than any other sport in this school! Just be prepared for it!
What does it take to be a good swimmer?
It takes lots of dedication and commitment to be a good swimmer. Its takes so much work just to prepare yourself just for 1 swim meet. But the reward is worth it. That feeling of 1st place is the best thing in the world!
What is the toughest thing about swimming, and your favorite thing about swimming?
The toughest thing about swimming for me is the insane training and endurance. It takes a lot out of you. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
My favorite thing about swimming is the reward you get out of it. The feeling of victory can be so amazing. It’s honestly really social and you get to hang with the team all the time and it’s really fun!
By: Gage Cooper
Payson Swim Team
This year at PHS there are doing something new called unstoppable pins, but what are these pins and how can we get one. This month I got to know a little more about unstoppable pins and how students can get them. So I interviewed Mrs. Gowans and some students to find that out.
First I interviewed Mrs. Gowans to ask her what are these pins? Mrs. Gowans said "They're pins that they created for this year, & it's for the school theme. If students are caught doing something good, helping others, doing something that is above and beyond those things will earn you an unstoppable pin. Also teachers, staff and administrators can give you one by seeing something that you did good or helping others ect."
I also asked Mrs. Gowans what is her advice for students? She said, "If they really want a pin they just need to help out, and anything that is contributing to the culture at Payson high also contributing in society in general and it’s something that will get you recognized, & that will get you an unstoppable pin."
By: Pamela Mireles
By: Kaitlyn Olsen
Payson FFA Celebrates Christmas
As we near closer to the holiday season, many clubs and organization have begun their holiday preparations and Payson’s FFA Club is no exception. I had the opportunity to interview several members to get an inside look at how FFA members spend their Christmas season. From chapter officers, to chairmen, to regular members, they all seemed to have the same thing in common; Food, Fun, and Trees.
It seems like Payson FFA loves their traditions and the fun that comes along with them. A couple weeks ago, several members were able to go down to the Young Living Lavender Farms in Mona, Utah to participate in a one-of-a-kind contest. Young Living started this tradition not too long ago and Payson has had the opportunity to compete in it every year. Young Living invites 4 chapters from Juab High, Juab Jr High, Spanish Fork High, and Payson High to compete in a tree trimming contest. The trees are voted on during their ‘Country Christmas and Live Nativity’ event that takes place on the farm every year. The votes are then counted, and the winning chapter then receives $1,000. Payson FFA has yet to win the contest but the memories that are made from competing in it, are worth more than the award.
Payson FFAs annual Christmas Social is one of the most attended and looked forward to events that members attend. For the past three years, the Christmas Social has been held at a member’s house in Genola that has housed several members and plenty of memories. The social was kicked off with delicious homemade soups and sides as well as several different kinds of desserts. The social also happened to fall during the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) which provided ample entertainment during dinner. After dinner was all said and done, the members then gathered around to play several well-loved games. From playing “Speak Out” to unwrapping presents with oven mitts on, to the well known game of White Elephant, the members had an amazing time and left with huge smiles on their faces, and gifts in their hands.
Keeping up with the lion's roar
Japanese Field Day
Payson High School Japanese students proved that they don’t just practice the Japanese language all day when they took first place in the first ever multi-school Japanese Sports Festival, held at Skyridge High School up in Lehi on October ninth. “It looked like we got third place, but after a recount, we actually won first place,” says Mrs. Berrio, the school’s Japanese teacher, “We were on a team with Salem Hills High School, which was a lot of fun. So instead of being rivals, we were friendly and won together.”
Among some of the activities that took place at the sports festival, the most popular that japanese students participated in were obstacle courses, Horse War - a game kind of like “Chicken,” a pine cone toss, blindfold art, human spelling in which they spelled out japanese characters, tug of war, bento contests, and etc. “It was really fun, and the food was amazing! Why don’t we continue elementary school-style field trips into high school?” Reflected japanese student Ford McClellan.
“U.S. schools should do “Undokai” (sports day) also,” said japanese student Angela Barreda, “It's fun and unites classes.” All in all, make sure to congratulate japanese students on giving PHS a good rep, and look forward to more annual Japanese Sport Festivals in the future.
Alfonso De La Torre
PHS Debate Team
Payson High School’s Debate team advance their communication and other crucial skills in the classroom, and then put those skills to the test in their various competitions. Not only do these students compete, but their lessons are brought into the real world in interviews, speeches, or even smaller every day things like small-talk topics and dates. On every 3rd period of each B-Day, Speech & Debate students meet in Mrs. Ralph’s B3 class and they start working hard to perfect themselves for the future.
In the class, students don’t just learn how to talk to people, but how to write, dispute in harmony, how to research various topics. Senior, Alexia Lucero is in the class/club because she wants to be a lawyer in the future and she said that “Debate teaches you more than just public speaking skills, it teaches you how to build cases and how to come up with stuff right on the spot.” The competitions around the state that these students participate in help them use the abilities they’ve been learning in class. Alexia says, “I encourage kids to take the class because besides it teaching public speaking skills, which are important for life, it also teaches you how to get along with people, and teamwork.” Another debate student, Diana Cervantes, states that it’s “chaotic and fun” to work with her classmates on writing, revising and conversing to get different views on a specific subject. “It’s fun, there’s a lot of talking to one another, but it’s hard work.”
Madisyn Rowley, who took this class in the past took the class said that she joined because she “enjoyed arguing” and in the class, she learned not only how to argue civilly, and now she knows how to back herself up in disputes. “I should have taken it [the class] this year because besides it being fun, and making friends, now I have skills where I can communicate what I want, I’m more social and in my job applications I can include what I have done, which is something that employers want.”
MANE TALK by Max Bennion
Mane Talk December
Mane Talk November
Mane Talk October
José Valle, Kaden Flippen, and I record a monthly podcast discussing subjects ranging from school spirit to Christmas spirit. This month's episode, as well as our previous two, are available to the right!