2017 Broadcast Awards
The Debate Team
Parent Teacher Conference
Man Vs. Earth
Wresting at State
Region Strings Solo and Ensemble
Students Teaching Students with Stem
Dancers wow audience at Paysetters Night
Stress in Students
NPR host creates podcast PHS
Student Spotlight: Gavin Mcmullian
Table of Contents
Siblings in School
The Ins and Outs of Payson High Cheer
Scholarship Opportunity Ringing with Freedom
This month has been one for the books. This is our first issue with our new staff members and we are very excited to show them off. We have an article on SheTech and Freshman Day. As well as some highlights on some of our broadcasting programs. We also have a brilliant, fun-loving article on Siblings in School you should make sure you check out. We are absolutely in love with this new issue and are just dying to share it with you! With all of that said and done we would like to present to you the March issue of the "Mane Street Journal".
-Kyrra Lundberg, Chief Editor
SheTech is an opportunity for girls to interact with role models from the science world and have hands on experiences. Girls who sign up get to spend a day up at UVU.
In an interview with Mrs. Hair she said, "SheTech is a fun day for girls only to go over to UVU, they have a lot of booths and presenters, and students have different sessions that they can attend."
In an interview with Harlee Huff she said, "I'm interested in going to SheTech because it focuses a lot on the STEM areas and I'm pretty sure that's what I am going to go into when I grow up."
SheTech is a great opportunity to explore new careers and build confidence. So ladies! Don't be afraid to sign up and take advantage of this great opportunity.
K.C. Hoschouer Hoschouer
Ever since the Original Disney Movie, High School Musical, came out everyone wished they had a brother or sister to go to school with. But, is attending school with a sibling really as fun as Ryan and Sharpay make it seem? I got interviews from three different sets of siblings to see what they're feelings were on going to school with your brothers or sisters. I got interviews with K.C. and Jessica Hoschouer, two sisters who are two grades apart. Tanner and Jaxon Adams, a set of twins who hardly anyone can tell apart. Dylon and Daniel Sasser and their sister Cortnie Hancock, a threesome that can make anyone laugh. Even though siblings rarely agree on anything one thing they did agree on is that there are a lot of pros and cons. The pros and cons differ with each family but one thing is certain, going to school with siblings certainly sounds like quite the adventure. Did you attend school with a sibling? Share your experience on our Facebook page @Mane Street Journal.
Siblings in School
By Tanner Killpack
Sports Broadcasting is a class at Payson High School. The students in the class create segments for "The Pride" during class time and after school. They broadcast all home Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Soccer games live on to Skalooza.com.
We take 7-8 students and produce the live games. We have 2 announcers, a tech director, a replay man, scoreboard, and 2 or 3 camera men. The students run the whole thing by themselves.
"Sports broadcasting is a fun class to take its easy to get an A in it and it is just plain fun all the time.
Freshmen day is an annual occurrence, designed as an opportunity for the incoming sophomores to learn about the different clubs and sports that our school has to offer.
Harlee Huff, of The Mane Street Journal, said this in an interview “We’re really excited! We are going to have a poster with our logo on it and probably just some of our previous editions of the magazine and some candy.” She also said, “We’re just getting the word out, telling each other how cool it is, because it is really the best class you can take.”
K.C. Hoschouer, Vice President of the Drill team said, “We’re going to pass out fliers, and hopefully candy!” Later in our interview she also said, “We’ve already gone down to the junior high and put up fliers for our tryouts and we are performing. Just trying to really promote it and make it seem really exciting!”
Freshmen day is a great opportunity for this years freshmen to sign up for different clubs and activities. For the Freshman to get a feel for the school that they are going to be attending next year.
By: Jessica Hoschouer
By: Briton Wilson
The Payson High Cheerleaders are amazing. They do a great job at exciting the crowd and cheering in perfect unison, but what do you have to do to become a cheerleader? What do you have to be able to do? What does it take to become a Payson High Cheerleader?
Some of the requirements to become a Cheerleader are as follows. The Cheerleaders have to have a 3.0 GPA third term to be able to tryout, and they have to maintain that for the whole next year or they're on probation which means they can't cheer. They also have to have at least three class for next year to be on the cheer team. They also have to be able to do all the tumbling requirements as well.
If you want to learn more about the tryouts for the cheer team and see what some of the cheerleaders think of the tryouts. Go and watch The Ins and Outs of Payson High Cheer Tryouts.
The Ins and Outs of Payson High Cheer Tryouts
Every February, 60 prestigious students from across the country are selected to attend what is called “Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge”. This all-inclusive scholarship extravaganza featuring everything from tours of Independence Hall, to Philly Cheese-steak Sandwiches, and everything in between.
Last year, PHS students Alyssa Sutton, Kylee Wharton, and Taylor Olsen were selected for the scholarship. Incredibly enough, two more PHS students, Tucker Bateman and Ciara Ford, have the privilege of representing PHS this year in Philadelphia from March 2nd to the 5th. Payson is incredibly lucky to have such talented teens who are already looking for opportunities to better our community, state, and country.
By Bailey Jensen
Scholarship Opportunity Ringing with Freedom
Region Strings Solo and Ensemble
The Region Strings Solo and Ensemble is something that orchestra students here at PHS can do to showcase their skills that have learned. Students can either prepare a solo piece or perform in a small group. I had the opportunity to speak to the orchestra teacher here at PHS, Mrs. Stickney, as well as Harrison Carr, a participant in the solo and ensemble. I asked them to share their thoughts on the solo and ensemble and what they have experienced.
By Cortnie Hancock
BY: Ben Phillips of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Exploring Computer Science 2, is under the leadership of Mr. Beck. The only requirement to take this STEM class, is to have a basic understanding of coding and computers. After all, the students will be the ones instructing the elementary kids.
Throughout the first month of the semester, participants of the class will be learning the same things that they will be teaching. Coding may sound daunting to those unfamiliar with the subject, but all it basically is, is dragging and dropping commands on the computer, or at least on a basic level.
Have you ever noticed that you’re ridiculously alright at coding on the computer? Do you have a knack for teaching other people how to use computers and modern technology? Are you the type of person that likes to travel and/or uses the word knack? With a new class introduced this semester, students are able to put their coding skills to the ultimate test.
Not only will the students strengthen their understanding of coding, they will also have the opportunity to teach young students at local elementary schools. Through an exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the children at both Parkview Elementary and Spring Lake Elementary are able to learn coding at an early age.
This will give them an advantage in our ever-advancing technological world. They will be able to find jobs that are in high demand, and will be more familiar with the technology we use everyday.
The best way to learn something, is to teach it yourself to other people. It’s really a win-win situation; some students will learn a new skill while the others are improving upon what they already know.
With this generation, it’s very surprising to know that most people don’t have an understanding of the objects that they use daily. Because of this course, the students at our local elementary schools are able to have a head start in the technology industry, and will be able to develop a skill that they may enjoy.
Students Teaching Students with Stem
Dancers wow audience at
BY: Kyrra Lundberg Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
On Thursday, January 19, each and every Paysetter was escorted by a loved one to the middle of a balloon arch and was recognized for all of her work throughout the year. After the introductions of the Lady Lions, a program of dances followed.
The dances consisted of many dance companies from around the area. They started with hip hop and transitioned to more advanced lyrical pieces. The Paysetters broke up the program by performing their military dance and other dances that they have been working on.
Paysetters’ Night is a time for reflection on the past year. It is an emotional time for the girls who participated and for everyone who took part in the journey. Make sure to come and support the Paysetters at next year’s Paysetters’ Night!
Did you know if you get too stressed it can kill you? A little bit of stress can be somewhat good for you; but, if you are almost always stressed it can cause some harmful effects. To figure out if my classmates and peers are as stressed as I am, I texted some friends and posted on Facebook, asking them to rate their stress on a scale from 1-10. Ten being so stressed that you’re projectile vomiting and losing hair, and one being experiencing no stress at all. I took the average of all responses and found out that the average stress level at Payson High School is a 7.5. I knew we were all stressed, but I had no idea it was that bad. The test results got me thinking and I came up with some ways to help you guys out!
First of all, I want to lay out some of the signs and symptoms of stress to help you notice them, before you’re crying and/or pulling out your hair. There are both physical and mental signs to look out for. Some physical signs may include: neck pain, back pain, weight loss or gain, heart palpitations and gastrointestinal (stomach) irritation. The mental and emotional signs include things like: being forgetful, being over emotional, losing sleep, having irrational fears, feeling depressed, and experiencing anxiety and difficulty while making decisions. Watching for these signs will help you control your stress levels, before things get out of hand.
Now let’s talk about ways to deal with stress after you’ve identified it. The first one is to take a timeout. As simple as it might sound, it can do a world of good to just stop what you are doing, splash some cold water on your face, and rethink things. Second, Get enough sleep as often as possible. Most teenagers only get around seven of the recommended nine hours of sleep! Not getting enough sleep is counter productive to doing well in school and reducing stress, because sleep is imperative to brain development. Third, limit your caffeine consumption. Caffeine is a stimulant, which not only keeps you awake but can actually cause anxiety. Steering clear from caffeine will make it significantly easier to handle stress. Lastly, one of the best medicines for most things is a good laugh. So, if you’re stressed, take a break to watch a funny movie or look up some jokes on your phone. Even after trying all of the tips above, those with severe stress might not notice a difference. If you are experiencing a horrible and intense case of stress, know that it’s perfectly all right to ask for help. Know that you cannot control everything is healthy and getting help is never something you should be nervous about. If you are a student reading this that needs more help, make an appointment with your school counselor, they are here to help you. Even if you are not a student you can get help. Goodtherapy.org is an amazing website that will help you find a therapist who fits what you are looking for. Good luck!
BY: Kyle Lott Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Stress in Students
Ira Glass hosts one of the world’s most popular radio podcasts called This American Life. This American Life radio podcast is broadcasted all over the United States and is also broadcasted internationally on over 500 stations. January 27 Ira Glass actually came to Payson High School with one of his producers, Miki Meek, to interview students about the wacky ways they ask each other to dances, because believe it or not, Utah is the only place where kids ask each other to dances in creative ways. This came to Ira Glass’s attention because Meek graduated from PHS and was involved in all the madness and fun that Payson students go through to ask each other to dances.
Glass flew out from New York to personally interview Payson students on their stories about asking others to dances. Glass collected stories from Payson students in two different ways. First, Glass set up a studio in Mr. Peery’s room and interviewed students Meek had previously talked to who she knew had interesting stories. After these interviews, with the help of students like Ivan Webber, Kylee Wharton, Ezri Staheli, and Max Bennion, Glass walked around the hallways at lunch time and talked to some random students to see if they had any interesting stories about asking to dances.
Not only did Glass get to hear about all the interesting stories from asking to dances, he got to experience what it was like! Glass actually rode along in the car with Webber as he answered his date to the Sweethearts Dance, and experienced a funny story of his own.
Webber was going to answer Makadie Richman to Sweethearts by burying a treasure chest with his answer inside in the snow. Glass, Wharton, and Staheli were to stay in the car and witness the answer in process. They hooked Webber up with a microphone so he could communicate back to them in the car what he was doing. When Ivan was burying the chest in the snow outside Richman’s house, Kylee accidentally leaned on the horn of the car setting the horn off. As they were waiting outside the house. Richman started to come outside while Webber was still answering. Webber had to then quickly finish answering and sprinted back to the car and they drove away. Glass plans on talking about Payson High School and wacky stories from the students on his Valentine's Podcast coming out soon. Check it out at thisamericanlife.org February 18, the theme is “Things People Do For Love.”
NPR host creates podcast at PHS
BY: Parker Hannifin Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
By Harison Carr
Episode 5: Music in Class
This week Dylon and Jaydan are joined by Harrison the podcast producer to talk about whether students should be allowed to listen to music in class, the upcoming Broadcast Awards, then Jaydan tells a story of the time he was afraid for his life.
Episode 2: Ira Glass
This week Dylon and Jaydan talk about what it's like to go to school with siblings, why This American Life is coming to Payson, what gender wars is, and if foreign language can help you get into college.
Episode 3: Software Engineer Shortage ft. Norman Dinkins
Dylon and Jaydan are joined by Norman this week as they talk about the industry shortage around software engineering, the environment, freshman day and wrestling.
Episode 4: Sweethearts
It's the week of Valentines here at The Mane Street Journal, so Dylon and Jaydan go ahead and talk about the school Sweethearts dance, with a splash of wrestling, and a discussion on the up coming talent show
Below are all the episodes that have aired between magazines, these episodes are uploaded weekly on our Youtube page which you can find by searching 'The Mane Street Journal'
With our first episode under our belt we went ahead and went podcast crazy, going for a weekly podcast that we uploaded to Youtube. If you're interested in watching the podcast we've gone ahead and linked all of the episodes here for your listening pleasure. If you don't have time for all of them check out our special magazine podcast featuring our editing staff telling us a little bit about what's going to be in the magazine this month.
The Mane Talk
By Parker Hannifin
Student Spotlight: Gavin McMullin
Gavin McMullin is a very unique and talented individual. First off, Gavin plays the piano, and also teaches the piano. Gavin’s Grandmother died before Gavin ever had the chance to meet her and Gavin feels like playing piano is a way he can connect with his Grandma. All Gavin’s siblings also play piano and it is a way they can connect with each other and it strengthens their bonds as siblings. Gavin teaches piano to his younger cousins, aged 7 to 11, and finds lots of joy in seeing them learn and grow as piano players.
Gavin also plays many sports. The first sport Gavin played for the high school was boy’s soccer. Gavin played soccer for 2 years on the high school team before he decided to move on to Tennis and Golf. Junior year was the first year that Gavin played tennis for the high school team and found quick success and made varsity doubles. He had so much fun last year that this year he will continue to play tennis and battle for his varsity spot. Gavin also played Golf for the high school his junior and senior year. He was fairly new to the sport of golf but loved playing and improved greatly with the help of Coach Miller. He was awarded Academic All-State in golf for maintaining outstanding grades while also still playing varsity golf. You can see Academic All-State plaque hanging by the Payson High School office for all to see. Gavin McMullin is an outstanding student and athlete, and there are many other students like him at Payson High School.
The 5th annual broadcast awards. A competition allowing high school broadcast students to show off their talents and growth. This year the broadcast awards were held on February 23, 2017 at Skyridge high school. This year Ivan Webber and Ezri Stahlie both were finalists in the Best News Story competition. Dylon Sasser and Jaydan Openshaw were finalists with the Best Sports Broadcasts as well as the best Podcast "The Mane Talk".
2017 broadcast awards
By: Jaycee Zimmerman and Daniel Tinoco
The debate team at PHS is working hard for upcoming competitions they have. We were able to go to a mini debate competition and see how they are preparing. The students competed against different students from Springville and Mapleton. The mini debate competition was held February 3rd, at PHS.
Before the competition we interviewed Mrs. Ralph who teaches debate. She said the students are working really hard and have been preparing since August. This mini competition was the first time they actually put their skills to the test. Although it didn’t count for anything, it help the Debate team prepare for future competitions. All the students who participated preformed well.
The Debate Team
Performances by our PHS teams, clubs, displays from local businesses, and college stands everywhere. Lets not forget the food trucks, but most importantly, Teachers here all day ready to talk to parents about their students and grades. This is Parent Teacher Conference. Parent Teacher Conference is essential for some people to catch up on work, and to stay on track with grades. Many groups perform in the auditorium while this is going on, so be sure to come watch! Some of the groups that performed this time, were as followed: Dance Company, Cheer, Choir, Band, Orchestra, and more. Teachers stay at the school waiting for parents, but not many show up. So, next time, come support our school and enjoy some great performances and stands!
Parent Teacher Conference
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: jessica Rowlette
Man vs earth
What do you think of the destruction of the planet? Do you think that anything will change? Fun fact: planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Mankind? About 140,000 years old. Let me put that in perspective, If you condense the Earth’s lifespan into 24 hours, one full day, then we have been here for wait for it... 3 seconds. If you could leave a letter of apology for the next generation about what we did to the planet what would you apologize for? We’ve been here for 3 seconds and look at what we’ve done. I read somewhere how the native americans had such consideration for the planet that they felt responsible for how they left the land for the next seven generations. Which makes me so sad because most of today don't even care about tomorrow. I’m so sorry that we are over drafting animals to extinction ruining you're chance to ever see their uniqueness or be friends with them. We are putting the rule of gold above the golden rule. We are using nature like a credit card with no spending limit, this has to stop. Our mindset needs to change because we are calling this destruction progress. This future we cannot accept, because it doesn’t become a mistake until we refuse to correct it. We need and can redirect this. How? We have to go the root of the problem not to our branches of government. We are the root we are the foundation. This is our only home. We are the only planet in our solar system with life. We are one in a billion, no actually scientifically we are one in a billion trillion trillion. That’s a one followed by 33 zeros. We are in perfect position to the sun so we don't burn but not to far that we don’t turn to ice blocks. Am I crazy but we should be able to eat food that’s safe with ingredients that we can pronounce. Drink clean water. Breathe air, free of toxins. These are basic rights, not something bargained for in congress. We need to wash the world into a new era filled with love and connection. Freedoms without oppression. But it is up to you. Time is of the essence. Only together can we make it to the fourth second.
Early Childhood is a class you can take in PHS. This class teaches students how to teach young children. I got to interview Mrs. Thomas and two students in that class.
When I interviewed Mrs. Thomas, she said it teaches students how to take care of kids and how to teach them. My second question I asked was how can this class help them in the future and she said it can help them in a career if they are planning to go into that also it helps them be a good parent. I also asked her what does she find most interesting about this class and she said that they get to do a lot of hands on activities. They still have paper work, notes, and tests but most things they do is hands on.
Abigail Rowley said she like the activities and learning how to take better care of children. Arely Valdez said that she also likes the activities and she likes the different things they learn because she finds them interesting.
By: Pamela Mireles
Wrestling at State
By: Jaydan Openshaw
Payson High's wrestling team went to state this year once again. They where competing to win a state champi0nship. If they would have taken first place, it would have been the 3rd state championship for the wrestling team in the last four years. They ended up taking 2nd for the 2nd year in a row, after wining back to back championships in 2015 and 2014. I talked to Coach Jeb Clark, and wrestler Tyler Manookin. After interviewing them, I found how much wrestling and coaching means to them. Watch the video to your right to see what they had to say!
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