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PRIDE | HONOR | STRENGTH
Battle of the Nerds
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Video and Podcast
from the Editor
Schools here and There
Ready to get outside after the cold winter? Here are some ideas.
The Pride Wins Big at State Broadcast Awards!
Table of Contents
PHS Students and the great outdoors
Catch up with Kyrra and here adventures in Slovenia.
6 Freshmen and Senior Advice
8 Where the Adventure Begins
11 High School 101
12 PHS Track
13 Drill Tryouts
14 Bizarre and Crazy Holidays in March
15 Student Photography Spotlight
16 Types of People
17 PHS Sports Nation
18 PHSSN - Winter Sports
19 Student Artist Spotlight
20 What to do with your day off
21 Parent Teacher Conference
24 What does it mean to be beautiful
25 State Champion - Chayce Loveless
The Pride wins big at state broadcast awards
On February 25, 2016 Payson High broadcast classes, The Pride, took home two prestigious awards at the Utah High School Broadcast Awards.
Mr. Peery, their instructor explains, “The Pride won Best Daily Show at the Utah High School Broadcast Awards. Jacob Hanks also won for Best Male Anchor. There is no classification for size of school or class, so it really is what is best in the whole state of Utah. PHS students have won Best Anchor two out of the last three years, with an additional four finalist (top three). This was our first Best Show award, and the cool thing is that it is our first year having a daily show.”
Schools from all over the state were represented at the competition. There are no classifications for size of school or size of program, it is just every school against each other. Peery goes on to say, “It proves that if you are sound in your techniques, creative with your ideas, and passionate about the results, you can be successful no matter the odds against you.” Competing against schools that have more and better equipment, time, and money didn’t hinder PHS students. Peery adds, “I hope the students realize that you can only control what you can control, so do that at the highest level you can.”
Mr. Peery is proud of the success of his students. He says, “I am proud of what the students have been able to accomplish and look forward to seeing the continual growth of these students and others in the Payson area. I am proud to be a Lion.”
Congratulations to Jacob Hanks and The Pride.
“It proves that if you are sound in your techniques, creative with your ideas, and passionate about the results, you can be successful no matter the odds against you.”
BY: Alexandra White
After months of being cooped up inside and longing for warm temperatures, it's time to get outside and have some fun and here at Payson High it’s no secret that our students love to be outdoors. But, for some students it’s easy to become couch potatoes. Whether it's the cold weather or our addiction to the latest series on Netflix, we have all been inside long enough. As some students may have discovered, the best cure for a “couch potato” is to spend some time in the great outdoors. Especially with spring right around the corner, it's the perfect time for us to head outside. We wanted to find out a bit more about outdoor activities that take place in the lives of PHS students, and after conducting a survey, the results show that 97% of students participate in an outdoor activity. These activities include hunting, boating, camping, and even canoeing. To find out what it is exactly that students here at PHS love most about the outdoors I interviewed a couple of outdoors enthusiasts. They gave great interviews. Kayson Ewell says, “Just get outside, face your fears and let the sunshine take care of everything”. Getting outside is so important to a lot of students at PHS, and it should be for everyone! So next time you find yourself becoming a “couch potato”, grab some friends and head outside to enjoy some of the outdoor activities your fellow lions enjoy.
PHS Students and the Great Outdoors questions
It is intimidating to be a freshman coming into the lion's den of high school. Students have new teachers, longer classes, and only four periods. But, the one thing about high school that is really cool, is all of the clubs high school has to offer. The freshman had a chance to see all the cool classes and clubs that the high school offers. Freshman day invites all of the freshman from the local Jr. Highs to come and see all the fun things the high school offers and to get excited for their experience.
On February 23, local Jr. High students came and toured the high school and went around looking at all the fun classes, clubs and sports that they can participate in at the high school. They also learn about A days and B days, how there are other buildings, (D and E halls), and what to expect from the school. They might have even made new friends.
“I’m so excited to come into high school,” said freshman Alice Waters, “I can’t wait to make new friends.”
The high school stereotypes made in movies and media, don’t really happen at Payson High. We don’t randomly burst into song, we don’t have certain tables at lunch for certain groups, (like the cheerleaders or jocks or nerds High School really is a fun experience. “I’m excited to try some of the clubs that they offer here,” said freshman David Rodriguez, “There are so many fun things to do.” We have some great freshman coming to high school
By Rebecca Thompson
SCHOOLS HERE & THERE Lundberg
We have the same routine everyday. We wake up, go to school, rush to our after school activities, then back in bed. Well life is a little different in other places. Sure the format of their day is very similar, but the things that make up their day are very different. School in particular is a lot different than we are used to back home. Let's take a closer look into the school here in Slovenia.
School is a little different here in Slovenia. Things like grades and classes are very much different. Here in Slovenia school starts at 8am and goes til 2pm. But instead of having four periods a day they have 6 or 7 depending on the day. They stay with the same group of kids for every class. The strangest part about their day is that they have lunch at the very end of the day. Usually they don’t eat till 2 in the afternoon. They wonder how we can eat at just eleven o’clock in the morning. Not only are the classes different the grades for the classes are as well. Instead of going through the alphabet like we do, they use numbers. 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Strange I know, but it works for them and that is all that matters.
We spend time planning out who we are going to ask for these four or five dances this year, but here they only have one dance. ONE… that is it. Not one every
year but just one. At the very end of there last year of high school. While we have three chances to get the right date at Prom they only have. The good thing about only one dance is you don’t have to buy a million dresses and ties. They do miss the great memories though that we make at every dance.
YEARS & EXPECTATIONS
In the schools here in Slovenia, Elementary school is from 1st to 9th grade. Then you go straight into High school. High School in Slovenia is optional. At this point you get to decide what you want to do and how you want to live your life. They have three different types of high schools. A career school, A normal high school , and a advanced high school. All of these lead you to different and very important decisions about their future. They also have an extra year of high school. Talk about senioritis. This is very few of the differences between Slovenia and Payson High School. High school is one of the most important stages of your life. It is where we make big and challenging decisions that shape who we are.
Where the Adventure Begins...
HELLO FELLOW TRAVELERS
Cuddle up in your blankets and Pajamas cause this is going to be good…. Okay maybe not as good as my expectations have set but good enough.
``This wonderful tale is about a man named Erazm Predjamske. He was what I would call a real jerk. I would use some more salty language if my mother and the school would allow it but sadly no. So back to this man. He was royal. A noble who owned a beautiful fort up in the mountains. This fort was connected to the mountains and it was just beautiful. This man had many hobbies, one of them being stealing. Yeah, this is where we come into the jerk part. This man would steal goods and other things that people needed like a dirty pirate and then hide in his fort in the mountains. I mean come on if you are going to steal, face it like a man and not make people endure exercise to get there… Hahaha okay okay… So that is what they did.
``Everyone finally got sick of him taunting and stealing only to run up to his castle and hiding away! So they climbed the mountain (P.S. not an easy feat) and barricaded him in. They were going to starve him out. They spent weeks sitting there just waiting for this guy to die but he just wouldn’t… Straight up the man wouldn’t die and they had tried so hard. Erazm would throw fresh oranges over the walls and whole cooked lambs. This man was real dirt bag. Little did they know that this cave he was backed up to had another entrance on the other side. He was getting food from there. So the army needed another way out… Luckily one of Erazm's servants was tired of serving the jerk. He gave them the solution they needed.
``Erazm has this bathroom. It sits a little ways away from the fort. Of course he uses it every day. So the solution was that the servant would tell the soldiers when he was in the bathroom by a sign and then they would strike. So later that day they saw the flag hanging from the window. He was in there… So they lined up the catapult and aim and fired. Erazm fell to his death. I’m just saying that had to be an awful way to go!
So that my story and yes, this is a real story! I hope you enjoyed it! See y’all next month!
By: McKayla Menlove
High School can be really hard at times, especially with all the pressures of school or work or even just the pressure of the way you look. At Payson High School we have a group of kids that were selected to be on an organization called, HOPE Squad. HOPE Squad was not just a bunch of random people whose names rolled right off the tongue, the members of HOPE Squad were voted on by the student body based off of who the student body thought would be able to make a change or someone that was always optimistic and kind to everyone.
Hold On Persuade Empower. That is exactly what HOPE Squad members do. Carson Bateman, one of the Presidents on HOPE Squad took some time to answer a couple of my questions:
Q: What is HOPE Squad/ what does HOPE Squad do?
A: “HOPE Squad is an anti-suicide anti-bullying club that was founded to help the socially marginalized and otherwise afflicted. As a HOPE Squad we watch for those who might be struggling and are always ready with a smile or a kind word; we also host activities such as HOPE week and weekly movies at Alex Fuentes’ house!”
Q: What is HOPE Squad to you?
A: “HOPE Squad to me is an encouragement and a reminder to all, not just its members, but everyone, to always remain hopeful because you never know what they are going through.”
Payson High School’s HOPE Squad has helped a lot of people see the light at the end of the tunnel by small acts of kindness. If you feel like suicide is the only answer, talk to a member on HOPE Squad. If you or anyone else knows of someone that is struggling with suicide or anything else, let a HOPE Squad member know, they are here to help everyone. Taylor DeGroff, Co President, said,
“My favorite thing about HOPE Squad is just the little things we do every day. I love seeing the HOPE Squad members outside of our meetings doing kind things for other people. To me, HOPE Squad isn't about the big, grand activites we have or about receiving recognition - it’s about making small, seemingly insignificant differences in people’s lives, because those small things are truly what make the biggest difference.”
Recently HOPE Squad put on HOPE week, where Payson High had many different activities throughout the week. HOPE Squad has definitely made a difference here at PHS. We need to remember that you don’t need to be a part of HOPE Squad to make a difference. Like Taylor said, it’s not the big things that make a difference it’s the small. If you hear or see anyone being bullied take a stand and stop it. HOPE Squad, along with the rest of PHS, can make a difference.
Battle of the Nerds: Payson’s Science Olympiad Team
Aspiring Chemists, Engineers, Biologists, Physicists, and Astronomers all join together to form Payson High School's Science Olympiad team. All competing in different areas of science youth from all over Utah join together and compete in Utah's Science Olympiad competition. The topics range from building a bridge to researching invasive species throughout the U.S. Students involved in this team spend the year either hitting the books or building plans to prepare for their individual event. It is an all day competition with the events spread throughout the day.
The competition is separated into 2 divisions. The first division, division B, is for middle school and junior high school students. Division C is for students in high school. Payson High School recently competed at regional finals that took place at Snow College on February 20th.
There are currently 12 members on the team. Each member competes in 1-2 events. During each event the students compete in teams of two. The team works together to prepare for the competition and eventually compete together. The team competes at state tournament on April 23, 2016. There are still spots for state available for state tournament so, if you are interested, contact Ms. Garff in room C-9.
If you would like to join Science Olympiad next year you may want to look into Science Research. This is a new class which is starting up next year. It is a half year class and you can use it as science elective credit. The first semester class focuses on labs and learning different experiments. You will also get the chance to go around to different elementary schools. The second semester class focuses on science olympiad and science fairs.
If you love science make sure you check out the Science Olympiad team.
By :Harlee Huff
By: Megan Anderson
High School 101
(From the View of Children)
We all remember the first day of high school. The feeling of accomplishment while walking through the doors was great. We had been dreaming about this day since elementary school. Ever since we were little we had heard many things about high school, but did any of us really have a clue what would happen there? No. We all had our expectations about classes, friends, dating, driving, and more. We all soon discovered that we had no idea what we were talking about. So what did we think about high school when we were little?
Expectation: Skipping MANY grades, apparently, to get into high school at a young age.
According to elementary school aged children, high schoolers ages range from eight to twenty. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we start high school when we are eight years old and finally finish an agonizing 12 years later. The half of children saying eight years old have big aspirations that will get them far in life.
Reality: Skipping grades? What’s that? Going to high school at the age of 15 is more like it.
Expectation: Racking in the money working whatever job we want.
“I’m going to have a cupcake bakery in Paris” says a third grader with big dreams. High schoolers get to work as mechanics, veterinarians, start their own businesses, and get huge tips working any job we want, or so little kids think. One first grader had the right idea, and was super excited to get to work at a gas station in high school.
Reality: Taking whatever job that pays minimum wage.
Expectation: Learning all things kindness, and nothing that will get us into college.
The most stressed about subject in high school is learning how to be nice. After that, we can start learning really hard math. When elementary schoolers get to high school and finally get to play on “big kid playgrounds”, being nice is a very important thing to learn. We must have some sort of Human Character and Etiquette class that we spend a lot of time in while going to High School.
Reality: Math, English, Arts, Science, and Physical Education classes are the accurate choice.
Expectation: Looking fly in high school. Oh, and very old.
It is true that puberty has helped high schoolers with looks a little bit, but according to elementary schoolers, high schoolers are always looking very pretty and have some dang good fashion. All while looking as old as adults. One second grader is even thinking about all the piercings he can get in high school. One third grader knows what the case really is when she says “[they] are kind of weird”.
Reality: Staying on fleek can be hard while making minimum wage. And no.. we don’t look like adults quite yet.
Expectation: Driving a super cool car.
Did you know that many elementary schoolers are going to be driving corvettes, jaguars, and even limos when they are in high school? A second grader at Parkview Elementary says “I’m thinking about getting a self-driving car if they are out by then”. Good thinking kids, a self-driving car would be sweet. If you would please tell everyone your secret to affording all this, we would be very greatful. Thankfully, at least kindergarteners know what they are talking about and have the right expectation: “A van”.
Reality: Driving any old beater car that costs under $1000. We’re lucky to have air conditioning.
When we walked through those high school doors, we really had no idea what would happen. We had our expectations, but soon figured out that they were very different from reality. Let’s be honest though, high school is still pretty fun, and is an experience none of us will ever forget. Sure we’re expected to take real classes, work low paying jobs (if we can find one), and we don’t get to drive sports cars, but that’s just part of the fun. Thanks high school for letting us realize that what we expect and what actually happens is very different.
Bang! The gun has gone off, the athletes then give it their all to make it to the finish line. This seasons Payson High School track team is just getting underway. Practices have already begun. They are already working hard to make this a great year.
Moving to 4A this year, they are expected to meet some tough competitors. Even with the challenging schedule, the coaches have high hopes for this season.
Coach Whitbeck mentioned that this years team has some athletes that competed in the state competition last year. In her own words, “It should be shaping up to be a really great year.”
Coach Congdon is expecting a lot of personal growth as well as team growth. She anticipates to see personal records broken. In fact, she claims that school records will be broken this season.
Both the team and the coaches are excited to see this season unfold. Check the schedule and find out what meets you're able to attend. Grab some friends, have some fun, and cheer on our track team!
You’ve heard the loud yah’s and seen the sharp intricate movements of the drill team. Well, their season is coming to an end and you know what that means? Tryouts are just around the corner and now it’s your turn to come tryout to be a Payson High School Paysetter. Bring your dancing skills, meet new people, and have an awesome experience. If you’re even considering trying out, find a Paysetter and get information for tryouts today!!
Tryouts will be held March 28th through March 31st from 6:00 to 7:20 a.m. To try out, students must be registered on “Register My Athlete” and have a physical. Tryouts will be held in the main gym from 6am-7:20am. On March 28th you will learn a short Military routine, on March 29th you will be taught a short dance routine, and on March 30th you will learn technique combinations to do across the floor. Also, on March 30th there will be a mock tryout for those who would like extra help. This will begin at 2:00 p.m., so come ready in dance gear. March 31st, is the actual tryout day and there will be no morning practice. Dancers will meet after school at 3:00 p.m. to receive a number and begin warming up. The tryouts will begin at 3:15 p.m., but the coaches may require callbacks so they can see you again. Remember, don’t stress, callbacks can be good!! After callbacks the coaches will make their final selections and the results will be posted.
Helpful hints for tryouts:
*Be on time (5 minutes early), this shows you care about being there.
*Practice any spare time you have; the better you know the routines the better you will feel.
*Look presentable; do your hair and makeup and wear tight clothing so that movement is easily seen.
*Smile big and don’t worry about messing up.
*Have a good attitude and respect others. This tells a lot about what your attitude will be like on the team. A good attitude is just as important as good dance ability.
*Ask for help, there are people who will be excited to help you.
*Finally, relax and have fun, know that nobody’s tryout is perfect.
When you make the team there are a lot of expectations and responsibilities. You must be able to commit and put drill before anything else, including a job. Here is a list of some of the expectations of a Paysetter:
Summer practices Go to BDT (a 3 day dance camp in Park City)
Perform in the Santaquin and Payson parades
Invest in team gear
Perform at all home Football and Basketball games
Perform at school assemblies
Work BYU football games as a fundraiser for the team
Participate in all team fundraisers throughout the year
Compete at team competitions
Spend a few Saturdays in the year to learn competition routines
Practice every school day from 6am-9am on A days and from 6am-7:30am on B days
The Paysetters do all sorts of fun things throughout the year. From traveling all over the state for competitions to the team tour at the end of the year the Paysetters know how to party. For the 2016-2017 season the Paysetters will be going on tour to Florida. While tour is optional it will still be a lot of fun!! Talk to a Paysetter today to get more information!
By: K.C. Hoschouer
Ever wonder what purpose the month of March has? February is the season of love. April is the start of a beautiful spring. January brings upon the new year. Even May is special, It's the end of school! So what is March all about? Why do we even have it? Well you may not have known this but the month of March actually DOES have meaning! Not only is it the season of the leprechaun and good ole St. Patty’s Day, but in this forgotten month there is a new thing to celebrate pretty much every single day! That's right, March has its own holidays and well… some of them are pretty strange. With things like National Pigs Day, Peanut Butter Lover's Day, and If Your Pets Had Thumbs Day, March is packed with fun, and crazy things to do. And these are just some. You're in luck because here are some more! These are the most bizarre holidays in the month of March.
Ladies and gentlemen! National Potty Dance Day is upon us! That’s right folks there is a whole day for celebrating the dance done by oh so many children of the past. Rocking back and forth, crossing the legs. It really is an iconic groove that has taken over the world. And let's be honest. We have all been there… and we have all been caught one time or another doing the Potty Dance.
Next we have a day that allows you to be whoever you want while still being yourself. Literally, you can act like a hippy, a gangster, a goody-good, and a famous singer, all at once! It’s National Multiple Personality Day! So now's the time to act crazy, and get away with it.
Feeling alone and sad while all your friends are out with their “meant to be’s? well no worries. This holiday has got your back. Just chill on the couch, watch some Netflix and celebrate National Frozen Dinner Day! You don't need no fancy dinner for two! You've got your cats and they'll never leave you.
Coming right around to a day I’m sure we all need sometimes. National Don't Be Nasty Day. Try going the whole day without saying something nasty. Sometimes we confuse nast for sass. But, don't let that fool you, sass and nast are very different. “That's what she said.” Oh my gosh! Y'all nasty.
Now speaking of “That's What She Said” the next day just so happens to be National That's What She Said Day! This saying originally came from much older jokes back in the 40’s or 50’s originating as “as the girl said to the soldier.”
For the last one we have National Kick Butt Day. Weather you’re feeling down or getting really pumped for a championship game. This day celebrates the strength we have within. Wake up, look yourself in the mirror and say, “I rock! Today is MY day. Let's go kick some butt!” Just don't actually kick people in the butt. Pretty sure that's not the true meaning of this day.
Bizarre and Crazy Holidays in March
"Kimberly finds simple subjects that a lot of people overlook, and makes them fun to look at.."
- Mrs. Brotherson
Student Photographer Spotlight: Kimberly Cook
Types of People
by: Kristen Davenport
Have you ever heard the saying “There are two types of people in the world”? There is some truth to this saying, but it's also very wrong. There are two types of people that you do hear about a lot, mainly you hear about people who are the Go-Getter, the type of people that go out and take what they want out of life and don't let anyone stop them, and the second type of person you hear about is the Wait-For-It-To-Come-To-You people, the ones that don't do anything and wait for what they want to fall into their laps. Then there is the variety of people you don't hear about, but you might know about, like Control-Freaks the ones that do all they can to control every aspect of their lives, or the Know-It-All's the people that think they know everything about everything. Then you have your general stereotypical types of people like nerds, jocks, drama queens, preps, goths. As you can see there are very many types of people in the world and most people don’t fall into just one category, especially in our society today. Just think about your friends or even yourself. What categories do you fall into? So the next time you hear the saying “There are two types of people in the world”, just know it's only partly true and to keep an open mind the next time you meet someone.
PHS SPORTS NATION
PHS Sports Nation
BY: Tanner Killpack and Dylon Sasser
With the Winter Sports season finally coming to an end it is time to look back on some of our teams’ seasons.
Our girl’s basketball team finished 4-16 overall and 2-10 in region ranking 93rd in state. Our shooting leaders were senior Teagan Mahoney averaging 8.7 PPG with 173 points on the season. Junior Amanda Rowley with 8.3 PPG and 165 points on the season with an impressive 20 three pointers. And finally, junior Lucy Hales 5.4 PPG 108 points on the season and 3 three pointers. This season may have looked pretty bleak, but we have had a lot of young talent come up through the ranks. Next year we will have nine veterans with plenty of talent. Things may look bad now, but next season we are going to come back stronger and more seasoned.
The boys team on the other hand continue a winning legacy finishing 12-10 overall and 7-5 in region ranking 47th in state. Junior Bryce Wiberg leads the team with 19.2 PPG, 211 points on the season, and 39 three pointers. Senior Kolten Mortenson 16.8 PPG, 352 points on the season, and 29 three pointers. Finally, senior Jayden Terry with 12.9 PPG, 270 points on the season, and a whopping 60 three pointers. These guys have helped us get deep into the playoffs. We look forward to next year with Bryce Wiberg at the wheel of this team driving them to the playoffs again.
"Ashlyn is a talented young artist who has a knack for incorporating her own unique style into her art work. She is dedicated, full of imagination and is willing to try new things! Ashlyn plans on going out in the art field as a career." - Mrs. Burdick
Student Artist Spotlight: Ashlyn Drager
With a few days off in the month of March, one of them being the highly anticipated Junior Appreciation day, you may have asked yourself “Just what would I do with those days off?”. Following a few of my tips you may find your answer, because we all know how hard it can be coming up with ideas by yourself.
First thing you need to have done is figure out who will all be in your party. You can invite anybody to enjoy a day off from school with you. Get all these people together sit down and begin thinking of ideas.
Once everyone is in the room you begin bouncing ideas off of each other. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas you may begin watching the video also in the article. Choose the idea that interests your group the most.
Now to actually do the idea. Put on all the silly outfits, or normal clothes, and go out and do the activity. Take every single safety precaution possible. The most important thing is that everyone comes home safe and sound.
Be sure to write down all your experiences so that you will never forget your day!
By: Stephen Van Moos
What to do with your day off
February 17 was parent teacher conference here at Payson High. Many of our fellow students attended in hopes of impressing parents, resolving issues, receiving extra credit opportunities, and of course, enjoying the new events that have been recently added to these meetups. Waffle Love was there serving up some fantastic food and there were performances by cheer, drill, orchestra, dance company, social dance, science olympiad, drumline, and choir! The night was full of excitement. Not only was there food and entertainment, but the counselors were helping students get registered for FASFA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. They also got most of the colleges in Utah to come down to have a meet-and-greet with the parents and students.
It’s the first time something like this was planned in hopes that more parents would attend the conferences. Question is, did it work? And what did everyone think? After a talk with Mr. Ford about this whole affair it turned out it was a total success! In fact, Mr. Ford said, “I have had nothing but the highest praise from parents and staff alike, so I think it was a success.” However, compared to the previous years of parent teacher conferences this year's conference was not as well attended as others, despite all the performances and extra activities.
Giving input on this Mr. Ford says, “Last week’s conference was not very well attended. However, I think the perception that was created from the showcase was well worth the effort… the parents that attended were very impressed and complimentary. They liked the opportunity to see the classrooms and to be able to have a more private conversation with the faculty.” Many agree with Mr. Ford, and it’s safely assumed that everyone who attended enjoyed the whole thing. In fact, the event with all it’s exciting happenings will be recurring next fall and the staff of Payson High welcomes everyone to attend.
HOW'D IT GO?
By: Cynthia Gonzalez of The Lion's Roar Newspaper
February 2016 Parent Teacher Conference
In the school song that we have here at PHS it says, Our colors are the silver and the green!” But does anyone really know why those are our colors? According to Melisa Brotherson, Payson High Schools photography and yearbook teacher, “The reason our colors are silver and green is because Maple Leaves are silver on one side and green on the other.” When the Pioneers that founded Payson first came, what we know now as Dry Creek Trail, they noticed that the creek was filled with Silver Maple Leaf trees and that is how the Maple Leaves came to be. Around the time we got our first high school that is what they named it after. Shortly after the school had been built the Lions Club came to town. The Lions Club was an international club that came to Payson. They focus on how to make communities better by pursuing their talents that their town has. Sometime in the 1900s the Lions Club donated money to our school and built us our first football field. Because of them doing that we kept our colors, but changed our school mascot to the Payson Lions. It was interesting to find out how many people in our school actually know about the history of our high school!
Payson High History
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BEAUTIFUL
Beauty… Something many young girls and boys have struggled with at least once in their lifetime, a word so powerful that hearing it, can either make you or break you.
As a young Hispanic girl I was surrounded by beautiful, fair skinned people. Where I lived, there was no racial diversity,it didn't really hit me that I was “different” until pre-school…. That was the first time anyone had excluded me from a game cause i didn't “match”, I didn't have pale skin, I have hazel eyes not bright blue, and my hair is brown and curly… not blond and straight… that was also the first time in my life that i felt ugly.
A couple years later, I moved to California, and let's just say it was a good change of scenery. The school i went to was amazing, there were different shades of skin, different hair texture, different religion, there were so many beautiful people who were unique, all those little things that i saw as imperfections and ugly on myself, to another person they were pretty or beautiful.
Now looking back, i realize beauty is a cultural thing, your ancestors, where you come from, and our beauty standards here in America are completely different from those in the UK, Africa, Mexico,and even Germany. The more you look at different cultural differences, the more you understand what “beauty” is in the eyes of another person.
Now, one last thing about true beauty. You’re only as beautiful as your personality, you could be the most gorgeous person on the face of the planet, but if you have a really bad personality you can't really be beautiful... Can you? So keep in mind true beauty is what's inside not on the outside. t the end of the day, we are all humans, sure different eyes, skin, nose, height but let's not let those tiny little things get in the way of our self esteem
By: Madi White of the Lion's Roar Newspaper
On Thursday, February 11 of 2016, Utah Valley University hosted the annual Utah State Wrestling Dual. Many of Payson High School’s wrestlers achieved the goal of making it to the state dual, and many individuals placed. Payson hoped to become three time state champions this year, but injuries restricted our wrestlers from being the number one team in the state.
The boy’s coach, Jeb Clark, says that as a team their biggest accomplishment was pushing through the season with all of their injuries, and he’s proud of his team for battling through the injuries. Even throughout injuries a lot of our boys placed individually:
Jacob Ethridge wrestling at 106 took fifth place
Dylan Bell wrestling at 113 took third place
Jed Loveless wrestling at 138 took second place
Wyatt Monroe wrestling at 152 took third place
Tyler Manookin wrestling at 160 took sixth place
Chayce Loveless wrestling at 182 took FIRST PLACE!
Chayce is a junior with a record this season of 44-4. As a sophomore, Chayce took second place at state wrestling, but through hard work and dedication, he came back with a state champion title. Earlier this season, Chayce wrestled at the all-star wrestling dual and took first place as well.
Weekend after weekend, the wrestlers traveled all over the state of Utah where Chayce took first at almost every tournament. Here’s what Chayce has to say about his amazing accomplishment and the team's battles, “Well this year the team had lots of injuries and we never really had a full team to go to tournaments with, but we finished strong and wrestled tough. The season didn’t end the way we had hoped but we’ll learn from it and come back better next year. I’m happy with the way my season went accomplishing a lot of my goals and becoming a state champion.”
Something even cooler about Chayce’s state title is that he wrestled the whole state tournament through an injury, his leg had a real bad contusion, which is a really deep muscle bruise. Coach Clark says, “Chayce always had a good attitude, always put the work in, he just made himself better. He really improved from last year, he’s definitely our most improved wrestler from last year. He’s just tough as a nail, wrestling through his injury.”
Our wrestlers are amazing and made our school proud this year. Everyone get excited for next year because Clark also says, “Our goal next year is to win the state championship.”
State Wrestling champion
2016 State Wrestling Champion
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