The Mane Street Journal
Traditions of the Fine Arts Assembly
A Classy Choice to Make
The Waiting Game
What it Takes to be The Best Student You Can
Payson High After Dark
Getting to Know Stu. Co.
Save Your Money. Save Yourself.
Mane Talk: A Pod Cast
P.H.S. Favorite Lunch Places
Table of Contents
P. H. S. Swim Team
Windows in the Workplace
Does a Foreign Language Help?
Why Students Work?
Keys to Success
January. A month full of unkept promises and long overdue weight loss. There is one promise that we won't be breaking this month though. The January issue is up and ready to be viewed! This new issue has had its ups and downs. The staff worked incredibly hard to get this magazine put together and ready to be published. With all that said and done, we present to you Mane Street Journal: January Edition.
- Kyrra Lundberg, Chief Editor
PHS Swim Team
By Tanner Killpack
With swim season going on I sat down with Head Swim Coach Jillian Bulkley and we talked about some of her goals for the year and some history for the swim team.
This year with over 30 swimmers on the team they are able to start winning some of their meets. Coach Bulkley adds that anyone can join and is less of a risk for injury compared to other sports.
The swim team all started when Shelby Bulkley. a former PHS student, wanted to swim for a high school team so her mom coached and the team has been growing ever since then.
Payson High School has a program that many students are unaware of. This program is called Windows in the Workplace. Let's take a look at just exactly what Windows in the Workplace is.
In an interview with Mrs. Hair I asked her what Windows in the Workplace is. She said, "Windows in the Workplace is an opportunity for us to have guest speakers come to Payson High School during the lunch hour and they share their career and the things that are exciting to them about their career. It gives students an opportunity to ask questions about that career and find out what education is required, what options you would have to go different routes associated with that career. Just to make an opportunity for students to be exposed to a lot of different choices. "
I also asked her how students could find out more about it. She said, "I will post notices throughout the building and it's on the calendar. I can have students come in and make request of things that they are interested in.-So students can come in and talk to me if you have a request come talk to me, we'll make it happen."
Windows in the Workplace is an opportunity for students to hear about a variety of careers to help you figure out what you want to do. So keep a look out for reminders about the next guest speaker.
K.C. Hoschouer Hoschouer
in the Workplace
The Paysetters have been working hard all year in preparation for their up and coming competition season. I asked a few of the drill members what drill is all about. Let's check it out!
In an interview with Kelcey Voorhees, Drill team Head Captain, she said,
"This year the Paysetters are working towards perfecting our dances. Our goal is to go to state. The student body can help by coming to competitions and cheering us on and then just whenever we have a performance helping to cheer us on."
As a performance team the drill team has the opportunity to dance at a lot of the schools athletic functions.
Aubrey Schmidt, team captain, tells us more about what the drill team does, she said,
"We perform at basketball games, and at football games, and then we compete at different high schools and then we have region.....We do military, we do dance, which is just like jazz or lyrical, and we do character and kick (which) we rotate years. For our camp dances we do hip-hop and a specialty routine. (The student body) can come support us at games, and at competitions, and can cheer us on and not be on their phones."
Emmalie Black said, "(Drill is different from what I have done before because drill is like a class, we come early, 6 o'clock in the morning and we do lots of hours, and we also do military , unlike other dance studios. We probably (practice) 12-13 hours, depending on the week. (The student body can help) by I think just cheering us on and actually wanting to come to our performances and our competitions. That would be super awesome!"
The Paysetter's will be performing at all of the boys basketball home games; and their first competition will be held on December 10th at Wasatch. come out and support your Payson Lions dril team!
Participation trophies are something that have become a regular part of today’s society. . But do they affect the athletes in a positive way like they are supposed to? I asked a few of Payson High Schools coaches about this subject.
Coach Clark thinks that they have a positive impact, in an interview I had with him he said, “I think that it is a good thing, cause then you don’t have to worry about, like losing or anything.”
Coach Eliason had this to say, “I think overall if everyone gets a participation trophy than students, or kids that play sports and other things kind of lose the value of the whole concept of working hard for a goal.” She also said, “It’s just kind of the mentality that you don’t have to work as hard for something, like it's just given to you.”
Coach Campbell said, “Well, it’s probably a negative influence, as the elite level. In an entry or beginning level there is nothing wrong with it.” He also said, “I think there is a purpose for participation trophies at maybe a young age, just to get people to play. Maybe as athletes get older they want to be more competitive. Then if leagues are competitive then participation trophy, maybe isn’t the best thing for a competitive league. If it’s a non competitive leagues there's probably nothing wrong with a participation trophy
As you can see there are differing opinions as to the affect participation trophies have on athletes. In the end it’s all up to your own opinion.
By: Jessica Hoschouer
Payson High School offers three options for foreign language: American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and Japanese. These classes allow students the opportunity to not only learn the language, but also gives students a chance to learn the culture associated with the language. Recently however I began to notice something in the foreign language class I take. It seemed like more and more, people were taking foreign language not to actually learn the language but to have foreign language credits on their grade.
It’s something everyone hears, ‘Taking a foreign language class in high school can increase your odds of getting into college.’ But I wanted to know if that was actually true. So I decided to go and interview teachers and students to see whether taking a foreign language in high school can really help you get into college.
Does Foreign Language Help?
By: Harrison Carr
This month I got to ask students at PHS about their jobs and questions about it. I interviewed Arely Valdez , Jolyn Paddock, and Manuel Mireles. I ask them "how can there job help them in the future" and they said it could help them socialized better and it's also good communication skills. The other question I ask them was why did they work? Arely said, because she wanted to work there & she likes the food. Jolyn said, because she apply at a bunch of places and they called her for a interview and she's trying to get money for her mission. Manuel said, because he can make money and buy whatever he wants. They all have different reasons and options. It just depends on who they are.
By: Pamela Mireles
Why students work?
Keys to Success is a program that allows student to set goals and receive prizes for achieving said goals. It is sponsored by companies all over Utah and the prizes are endless. Student's redeem prizes through the Keys to Success website, KTSUtah.com, using codes printed on Key Cards. Teachers give out Key Cards for many different reasons. Some give them out for academic achievement, admirable behavior, and hard work. The easiest way is to go to your teacher and make a goal. Keys to Success is a great way to motivate students to do their best in school and work hard to achieve their goals.
Keys to Success
By: Harlee Huff
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Color Guard and Winter Guard? I found out the answer to this question and some others by talking to the Winter/Color Guard director, the captain, and co-captain of the team. As it turns out, both are really similar. There main differences are just that Winter is just the guard performing in a gym and Color is the guard and the marching band on a football field.
By Cortnie Hancock
This year the Payson High School choir has been working hard. Back in December they prepared to have their Christmas concert, and on Friday, December 16th the PHS choir performed. There are many different choir groups at Payson High including: Men’s Chorus, Advanced Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Trouveres, and also Beginning Chorus. All of these choirs took place in the choir concert, as well as some soloists, duets, and small groups.
The choirs also have more than just choir concerts. This year for the Tour the choir will be going to Florida to preform at Disney World, and Universal Studios. Mrs. Morgan says, “I’m super excited because we get to go to Harry Potter World, and I’m very excited for that.”
Also at the end of the choir concert all the previous choir students were able to get up on stage and perform with current choir students for a finale. The choir concert ended on that good Alumni performance, and now choir is getting ready for their tour, and learning more things.
By: Jaycee Zimmerman
By: Daniel. Sasser
What it takes to be the best
student you can!
This month I had the chance to see what makes a good student a good student. Going to class and doing class assignments and have a great attitude towards the work you do. be proactive and do the stuff that you need to do eat right and be a great student
BY: Kyrra Lundberg of The Lions Roar Newspaper
The door opens to the dark kitchen, the newspaper staff scans the room with the thermal camera. Turning around the corner only to find empty shelves in the deserted kitchen, but the camera shows something different. Camera shuts off. Screaming and pounding feet. Panting. Broken words flow outside the school's cafeteria. There has always been a rumor that the school is haunted, so the Newspaper Staff decided to investigate.
On November 22, the Newspaper Staff bravely ventured into the school to discover the truth behind the rumor. Ghost Hunting isn’t for the weak-hearted, or weak bladdered. After scoping out the “hotspots”, the staff left the safety of their headquarters, the auditorium. The staff split into small groups; one group investigated the West Gym, the other group explored the underground track with thermal cameras. With no hits on the thermal cameras, they moved on to other parts of the school, with one of the groups landing in the Cafeteria’s Kitchen.
When scanning the kitchen with they saw all of the regular things that put off heat. Things like ovens and freezers but, what they didn’t expect the two heat in the resemblance of people. With many shocked second looks and two three head takes the staff stared at the small screen and the back wall covered in shelves. The camera shuts off with full battery leaving the team spooked and running for the safety of the lit hallway. After many visits the heat signatures were still there and one became more prominent and more lifelike. They took pictures of the heat signatures and analyzed them in the safety of the hallway.
Now it is up to you to decide. Is the school haunted? Did the Newspaper Staff just make the whole thing up? Look closely at the pictures and I invite you to ask them about it. They will all tell you the same thing. Yes they saw something that night. Was it a ghost? I guess that is just for you to decide.
PAYSON HIGH AFTER DARK
Students voted last year, and the Student Council members have been working constantly since their election. You see them in the halls wearing their iconic sweaters, but what has the student council achieved so far, and what plans are in store for the future?
Not only are they responsible for the assemblies, they also organize some of the school dances, pilot Penny Wars, design and sell the Spirit Shirts, and help with all of the little things that need to be done around the school.
The sophomore class student council consists of Spencer Nelson, Logan Bennett, Hayley Bassir, and Bailey Savage. The junior class consists of Claire Rowley, Jose Valle, Max Bennion, and Jessica Baxter. The senior class includes Kylee Wharton, Cameron Savage, Tiana Argyle, and Matt Christensen. Finally, the student body is comprised of Madison Mickelson, Samantha Mortensen, Bailey Jensen, Ezri Staheli, Alyssa Sutton, and Janessa Williams.
When asked about her experience on Student Council, Alyssa Sutton said, “It’s great! Especially for me since it gets me out of my comfort zone by talking with people I wouldn’t normally. We also get to take turns leading in a project, which has increased my confidence, and helped me to be a better follower too.”
The purpose of a Student Council is to relate to the students, and give the participants an opportunity to learn more about leadership and cooperation. The PHS Student Council members not only relate with the students, they create bonds with the students on an individual level as well.
BY: Ben Phillips Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Getting to Know the Stu Co.
Save Your Money
BY: Julissa Duenas Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Your irresponsible Uncle Darrel just spent $5,000 on a Lord of the Rings New Zealand tour, which includes staying at the adorable Hobbit Hotel, but doesn’t include second breakfast. Uncle Darrel is neglecting to follow the advice you've been told over and over again by every other adult in your life: save money. We hear again and again that saving money is important; however, we don’t hear is that saving is not always simple. For example, we millennials spend a significant amount of our time online. Ads are constantly being thrown at us, tempting us, showing us the newest and the hottest. Having ads and endorsements constantly shoved in our faces has made spending money seem more enticing than ever before. So, if you are a money conscious student, here are some tips that will help you save more than you spend.
1. Pay yourself first! Paying yourself first means you save money before you spend anything. Take 10% of your check and simply put it into savings without thinking about it. Or have 10% of you check go directly into a saving account: this can easily be set up with your employer and bank, so get to it! This method is especially effective with those of us who have spending problems because you can’t be tempted to spend money that you never see.
2. Stick to once-a-week cash withdrawals. If you don’t have a savings account, or you don’t want to set up the 10% check savings with your employer, this is all you have to do. Taking out a chunk of cash just once a week will be a more visual way to track your spending habits, as opposed to simply swiping a card. When following this method remember that you are doing this to save, so don’t use your debit card! Using your debit card counteracts all the good you’re doing by using cash
3. Track your spending! Keep a money journal listing what you bought, how much the item cost, and why you bought it. This will help you stay conscious of where your money is going. 4. Lastly, set SMART goals, the acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-oriented goals. This method is most effective when mixed with one or more of the previously mentioned techniques. To follow this method through, set a goal that you would like to achieve and make sure it is well defined (ex. Buying a 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT). Then make sure the goal is measurable, meaning you can track your progress. Next, make sure that the goal is attainable, you’ll know when you’ve reached it (ex.$3,400). Is your goal realistic or within your reach? Remember, you must be willing to commit 100% to this goal. Now that you’re almost done, make sure to give your goal a time restraint. Set a goal for when your money must be raised and keep in mind that with no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency.
For the first time in Mane Street Journal history a pod cast that is 100% about the Mane Street Journal. I am joined by my co-host Jaydan Openshaw. We talk about specific articles in the magazine and give our insights.
This month we talked about PHS Student's favorite restaurants, participation trophies, Jordan Jeppson's prize winning artwork, and what makes a good student.
A Pod Cast
"Bing Bing Bing". The sound that brings us back to happiness and what we love... Food. Lunch has begun and no one knows where they should go. There are many places to go eat in Payson, but which ones do we like best? We asked many students here at PHS what their favorite places were for lunch. Most of the places in Payson were mentioned. The ones mentioned were: Don Chuy's Taco Shop, Taco Bell, Cost Vida, McDonald's, Arby's, Wendy's, and Subway.
These along with other restaurants in Payson are great choices for lunch. So, next time its lunch and you don't know where to go, consider these options.
PHS Favorite Lunch Places
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: Jaydan Openshaw
I had the chance to interview Jordan R. Jeppson. He won the Christmas card competition. He is a very good artist and really likes to draw. He plans on working with art in the future, and doing it as a job. He is very proud of his work. Watch the video to see some of his art work, and what he has to say about what he learned, and what his plans are for the future.
The Fine Arts department is fantastic. Every year they do an amazing job with the Fine Arts assembly, but how long has it been going on here at PHS? I talked with the person in charge and some of the teachers that were students here to find that out.
The message that we want to have for the Fine Arts assembly is to let the students know what they do. They want the students to realize that being in fine arts is actually fun. They want them to know what songs they do or what dances they do. That has really been the message or idea behind the Fine Arts assembly since it was made.The Fine Arts assembly has been going on for about 30 years or more, and we will always keep up that Tradition.
Traditions of the
Fine Arts Assembly
A Classy Choice to Make
During a period of reminiscence, I thought about my favorite classes that I took last year. One of them stuck out in particular, Mr. Rockwood's Philosophy class. Mostly because it was a wonderful class, but also because it isn't available at our school anymore. I decided to find out how the school decides which classes will be taught.
Mrs. Hair was able to tell me quite a bit about the process. Each year the counselors discuss with the teaching departments which classes that there is a demand for and also take pitches for classes that the teachers want to teach. Then the counselors will poll students on which classes the students will have an opportunity to help decide which classes will be at the school. When not enough people sign up for a given class, the school will be inclined to drop that class from the schedule.
If you have a good idea for a class that could be taught at our school, get a group of friends to petition the counselors with you and you might see your class on next year's schedule
Story by Norman Dinkins
BY: Kyrra Lundberg
The Waiting Game
Seniors rush their high school years, leaving a empty hole where the fun and friends should have been. The thought process being that college will be better so if I can just get through these next few months then in the long run life will be better. After talking to some college students, seniors might want to take a step back and slow down a bit, because college isn't at all what it seems!
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