National Parks Trip
A Night for the Hiatts
Keeping Up with the Lion's Roar
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
Mystery of the Western Arms Pennant
Advanced Learning Center
What Kids Think of High School
A new year, a new magazine, and a whole lot of new stories. It's February, the month of love and laughter and we really hope you love this month's magazine. We have a little something for everyone this month. For the mystery lovers, we have the story of the mysterious Western Arms pennant. For the dance lovers, we have an article on Payson High School's amazing Dance Department and for the learning lovers, we have an article all about the Advanced Learning Center in Salem. So, without further ado, we present to you this months edition of The Mane Street Journal.
Letter from the Editor
- Harlee Huff
Mystery of the Western Arms Pennant
Backstage in the auditorium, for the last three months, a large, red sign has sat against a wall. Most walk past it, most probably haven’t even noticed it until you actually point it out to them, but it’s there. I noticed it, and decided to read it.
“Western Arms Pennant
to the winners of
Utah County High School
track & field meet
at Springville May 20 1910 won by -
At first glance, there is nothing out of the ordinary in this. Payson’s history is long and expansive, and this is just a relic from those days...until you consider that Payson High School wasn’t established until 1912. That fact is everywhere. You can’t avoid it! So how did Payson take home the Western Arms pennant in 1910 if the school didn’t exist until two years later? This question prompted me to do something I’d never really done before--I went to the Payson Public Library.
I needed to know what schools participated in the high school track and field contest, because there was no way PHS had done so. Going straight to the old PHS Yearbooks that are available there, I soon stumbled upon a book titled ‘Encyclopedia of Utah.’ Using the index, I found a section on Payson. At the bottom of the section it recommended I read ‘Peteetneet Town, A History of Payson, Utah’ Using the dewey decimal system for the first time since fifth grade, I found the book and took it home. I reread and reread the same sections of the book over and over again, looking for the answer. Peteetneet was built in 1901, but would not have taken part. Payson Central School was built in 1884, and served until 1911, but only taught up to eighth grade. Payson was home to the first high school in Utah south of Salt Lake County, but it was only open from 1874 to 1875. Out of desperation I googled the history of Payson, looking for more information. From an article in the Daily Herald circa 2015, I learned that up until 1911, Payson Central School had already been functioning as a high school for several years until PHS was established.
As for Western Arms, I started with Google. That took me to some weird places, including a sketchy Korean BB gun supplier website, and an arms dealing company from California. I gave up on Google, and checked the oldest PHS yearbook I could; specifically, the sponsorship section at the back...to no avail. I was frustrated. By this point it was a month into this endeavor, and I displayed my frustrations to my Broadcast Journalism class. Within five minutes, one of my peers had Googled '1910 Western Arms' and quickly discovered a Salt Lake City business directory from 1909, revealing the Western Arms & Sporting Goods Company, dealing in arms, ammunition, fishing tackle, sporting goods, and loads more. Key term there: sporting goods. It's reasonable to assume Western Arms sponsored the event because either a) they sold to the county high schools, or b) to get their foot in the door with the county high schools.
But I still didn't know where the pennant had actually come from. It turns out it had hung in Coach Rockwood's classroom since 2009, so I emailed him. When he arrived at the school in 2003, it was hanging in the Jock Hall intersection. In 2009, they were to paint a mural there so the pennant was at risk of being thrown into a closet. "I, being the track coach, asked if I could hang it in my classroom," Rockwood said. He later went on to say that he hoped that (seeing as he is now away from the school and the pennant no longer hangs in that room), it later would be returned to hallway-hanging-status. I sincerely hope so, too. The athletes who participated in 1910 took home this pennant away from all of the actual high schools who competed with them. That's something to brag about, no?
By: Max BENNION
Did you know that Payson High School isn't the only place that students can take classes? This month I investigated the Advanced Learning Center (ALC) in Salem to learn more about classes students can take and why it's there.
In an interview former PHS principal and current ALC principal, Mr. Ford said that, "The ALC is a place where students can come and are able to advance their education. While there isn't enough students in any one high school for them to take these advanced classes, if you take all five high schools (Payson High, Salem High, Maple Mountain, Spanish Fork, and Springville) and combine the resources, we have the ability to do a lot of classes that we wouldn't normal be able to offer...[The ALC] just gives an opportunity to let those advanced students, who want to further their education, come and be able to take classes that they wouldn't normal be able to take."
There are so many classes that are offered at the ALC like Engineering and Manufacturing, Criminal Justice, Medical Forensics, Aviation, Animation, Computer Programing, Emergency Medical Response, Robotics, Psychology, English, and that's just to name a few of the amazing classes that they offer. Most of the classes that are offered, you have the option of Concurrent Enrollment so students can come over and get a few of their GE's taken care of and even take some classes in the area that they will be majoring in.
According to Ms. Grant, who teaches Emergency Medical Response, Medical Forensics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology, one of the biggest draws for students is the fact that they can take college courses and start exploring what they want to do when they are done [with high school] and that the ALC is a great avenue into college.
Principal Ford shared his own belief in why students are drawn to the ALC when he states, "It's just a great place to come and learn. Most of our classes have Concurrent Enrollment, so you can come over and for a very nominal fee you can earn some GE requirements, or things in your major that you are interested in. The kids that I've talked to have said that they love it here and they wish they could spend their whole day here."
Mrs. Ketch, more affectionately known by her students as CiCi, shares what she loves most about the ALC when she states, "Everybody that comes here doesn't get cliquey. Everybody that comes here just gets thown into the mix. You've got Salem kids sitting next to Payson kids. Nobody cares where you're from here, they just like talking to each other. They like that everybody here wants a college education and wants to get ahead of it."
Principal Ford then advises students to look at the offerings and work to get your required classes done so that you can come over to the ALC and take college classes you Junior and Senior year. Getting you there is not a problem. They run a bus twice a day and if you drive it's just a 4-5 minute drive away.
The ALC is a great place to go and a great place to learn so before you schedule your classes for next year make sure you check out what is being offered at the ALC.
For more information on Concurrent Enrollment check out our article on it from the Fall Edition.
The Mane Street Journal Fall Magazine.
About two weeks ago the dance department had their showcase, and it was amazing. The Dance Department is so awesome. However, not very many people know how good the Dance Department really is and how hard they work to be so awesome. I interviewed a few people to tell and show PHS how awesome our Dance Department is. Adri Robinson said this about the Dance Company, “ the Dance Company works very hard but there are also girls on Dance Company who are in Dance 1 and 2 and they have to work even harder than us.” Jessica Hoschouer said, “ In Social Dance we work really hard to the point where we can perform on stage.”
By: Briton Wilson
What Elementary Students Think of
I went and interviewed some elementary school students to see what they thought about high school. One things was for sure, all of them had unique perceptions of what it would be like.
One of the kids I interviewed said that, "at fist it might be scary because, its a change from ninth grade."
Another one of the students said, "there's going to be a lot of homework and it's going to be really hard. When you grow up math is harder for you. Its not like sixth grade math, even though you do it and go along with it."
I talked to quite a few more kids and they had great responses to my questions one student told me, "I think that there are going to be a lot of stupid teenagers who do stupid things. I think there will be a lot more freedom, and you get to drive."
Well now you know what elementary students think of high school.
As always, stay classy!
By: Jessica Hoschouer Hoschouer
As the new term comes, so does a fresh start for students. Also, as the school year is wrapping up in a few months, students look forward to ending the term great.
As we all know students grades are very important, but what is also important for students for a more educated and more successful experience?
Attendance, this month I got to interview some teachers to find out what their opinions about it were. I asked Ms. Oda why attendance is important, she said "well, if you don't come to school then you're not learning what you need to." She also said that, "students end up falling behind and making up work is harder then if they just come to class, it also helps students make good habits." She finished the interview by saying, "students end up falling behind and making up work is harder then if they just come to class."
Attendance also helps students make good habits. I interview Mrs. Obray and she said that "attendance is important to students so that they know what's going on in class," she also said that "students who don't go to class get easily behind."
Attendance can also help students in the future. It can help them by getting them prepared to be on time, which, in the long run, can help students on their jobs or for college too. My advice for students is to go to class and go on time because attendance is extremely important.
By: Pamela Mireles
BY: Halle Meek and
This semester Payson High school got a new schedule. The administration and staff thought that what use to be make up Thursday, where students would get 20 minutes to go talk to their teachers and make up grades, was not being used correctly. They have changed the schedule completely to try to help students with deficient grades be able to get them up. Now depending on the day in one class everyday we have 20 minutes of intervention where the teacher of the students class tries to help all the students with classes they are struggling in.
We went around the school and interviewed students and teachers about how they feel about the new schedule and if it is helping them do better in school. Most students said they did not like the schedule because it is confusing and every class is at different times everyday, so it is hard for them to know when the classes change. They say that none of the teachers even do the intervention they just add on to their teaching time. Which means we will never get a chance to make up our grades because we can never go to different classes and teachers won’t let us do our work during the time that we need to. Also everyone is very sad about thirsty Thursdays having to be over because of the new schedule.
We asked the students what they did like about the new schedule and nobody liked it. There were one or two kids that said they kinda liked it because they got more time to go and talk to their teachers about their grades, but everyone else never gets a chance to even use it because the teachers don’t do it.
Everyone just wants the old schedule back so that they can go get their drink every Thursday because that is what they always looked forward to, but now they can’t and they aren’t very happy about it.
Here at Payson High School, we have a very talented theater and arts group. We recently had a great show go on here at Payson with our performing arts groups. All performing arts came together over the past couple of months to put together the show Les Miserables. They did an amazing job and spent hours upon hours practicing to get their performance this good.
I put my own two thoughts on how well I thought they did on the play and how well the put the production together. “I think the play had great production, they had a great cast and a lot of good technical features that just made it all around a great performance.” My next interview was with Donovan Treanor (sophomore) who viewed the first performance of the play. “I really like the play, like every little detail they put into it, made it so much fun to watch and it seemed really fun to be a part of, and it was actually really good and I was a big fan of it.” That was his thoughts on the play after watching the production. Next interview was with Mr. White, the Theatre teacher who helped put this whole thing together. Our first question with him was what his favorite part of performing and putting together the show. His response was remarkable. “The students, they were awesome, everyone worked really really hard. It was an amazingly talented cast every time they came on stage and sang they were amazing, everybody worked so hard and I couldn’t be more proud, from the orchestra pit students, we had a couple kids from the Jr. high come up to participate with us and they were amazing, all of our leads worked so hard, all of the ensembles, the choir students and drama students, and our stage crew was amazing. The community was fantastic, all the students who weren’t in the show that just came out and watched it was awesome, just great support.” The next question we had for him was, what the hardest part of the whole production and play was. His answer to this was great. “I think the hardest part just ended up being the long rehearsals towards the end it just took a lot of time getting all the lights perfect and just the technical aspects of the show, it’s a really big show a long show but the kids were really patient with the process and it turned out great.”
The show had great remarks and lots of good praise. All around a great production especially for a high school performing arts group. They had amazing cast and crew with tons of talent and Payson cannot wait for next years big show.
By Weston Thomas
"Do you hear the people sing?"
National Parks Trip
From the Lion's Roar Newspaper
Twelve of our Payson Lions took a tour of Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Hayden McDowell, who went on the tour said, “We hiked two or three hikes a day and we stayed overnight in the Moab Inn, which was super fun. We just explored the beautiful canyons Utah has. We went to Arches National Park and saw the Delicate arch there and then the next day we went to Canyonlands and went to Dead Horse Point, and then we went to this little look out place called Grand View Point Lookout.” Jaycee Ludlow added, “It was way fun! And it was so cool to be able to see such beautiful things with such fun people!” Audrey Herget, who also joined the hike said, “We literally hiked all day long and took videos, it was so much fun! I would highly recommend it.” The next national park tour will be held February 23-24th. If you or any of your friends are interested, talk to Coach Miller.
Payson High TV
A Night for the Hiatts
From the Lion's Roar Newspaper
By: Harrison Judd
With as hard as it is to be a wrestler and suffer through the trials that all wrestlers go through emotionally, mentally, and physically. But not a lot could compare to the hardships of cancer. Unfortunately, Dena Hiatt, the mother of two of our PHS wrestlers (Trey Hiatt, 126 pounds, and Denver Hiatt, 160 pounds) is currently in a battle with breast cancer. Dena was diagnosed in August of 2017 and has had 3 months of chemo and one major surgery so far. On wednesday January 24th, when Payson dueled Maple Mountain, the wrestlers and community members wore pink for cancer awareness, specifically for the Hiatts. Before the duel began, head coach Jeb Clark presented the Hiatt family on the mat, they were given two gift baskets from the coaching staff, one for the family and one for Dena specifically. The Hiatt family was also given 1000 dollars fundraised by the wrestling team and boosters.
“It was emotional and hard to take in.” Said Trey, about being on the mat with his family. “Things have been hard since she was diagnosed, we’ve had to change a lot of what we do as a family, but we have had a lot of help form our grandparents and friends.” Many people from our community have been affected by cancer in one way or another, and many were represented with their names written on hearts and placed on the gym wall for everyone to see. At the end of the night Payson defeated Maple Mountain. Our wrestlers wrestled to the best of their ability that night, their motivation wasn’t just to win for themselves. That night, they wrestled for the Hiatts.
Keeping up with the lion's roar
Protecting Our Pride
Attention! Students of PHS, we have the ability to bring others to victory. Students at Payson High School have been victorious in many sports for several years, and every time there is always a picture perfect crowd of students whooping, cheering, and supporting our teams. We need to understand that we play a part in every event when we, as classmates, support one another. In the end we create something beautiful: we become one.
Payson High has numerous sports that are not supported as much as they should be. We need to fix it, and we can. As a student body, we should make a goal this new year of 2018 to go to our less supported sports games, matches, and events. Sometimes we aren’t in the mood or have bad days, but everyone does. The students who participate in sports have sad, unhappy, and bad days, which sometimes lineup with there game days, but they still have to bring their absolute best when they have to play.
So go out of your way to create a fantastic foundation to start supporting a great game. You can help influence our schools worth. If you think we're going to lose or not succeed you’re feeding that bad energy. Everyone can change and this is the year to do it. All of the students who are new and don’t know what to do, come to the games and learn how to become a Payson lion by following in the footsteps of those who have complete school spirit. Forget about all the worries of how you look or how others think you look, for if you do, you will be showing school spirit and make Payson High School such a positive place. Become the change that Payson needs and go out and support our students for good.
Tanner Pyne Wins District Welding Competition
January 22nd the annual Nebo District Welding competition held at Spanish Fork High School. From Payson High Tanner Pyne was named the first place overall winner and the best welder in the District! Tanner welded what is called a widget, it took a lot of time and careful dedication. When asked why he decided to do the competition Tanner answered, “I like winning so why not?”
He was rewarded with a Miller Digital Infinity auto-darkening welding helmet, gloves, glasses and a Carhartt jacket valued over $500. He also received a scholarship to MTech for $500! Congratulations Tanner not only for winning but representing the Payson Lions with a fabulous win!
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