The Mane Street Journal
Keeping Up With the Lion's Roar
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
For the Graduating Class of 2018:
Class of 2018: A PHS Legacy
100 Years of the Paysonian
Especially for Athletes
Wow, San Francisco
Teacher Favorite Moments
It is that time of year again. The time that every student both dreads and loves. It's the time of end of the year testing and finals but it's also the final month before summer vacation. It's the time that we say good-bye to our seniors and watch as they go off to start their lives. It's also the time for the very last edition of the Mane Street Journal for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you so much for all the support that you have given us this year. So without further ado please enjoy this months edition of The Mane Street Journal.
Letter from the Editor
- Harlee Huff
By: Harlee Huff
While talking about what our purpose as the staff of the on-line magazine was, we decided that our job was to find the stories. In honor of the graduating class of 2018, my story this month is all about our stories. Some of us may never walk the halls of Payson High School again, but we will always have the memories that we gained here. I went and asked some of the graduating seniors what their favorite high school memories are.
Micah Toelupe shared that his favorite high school memory was participating in the Hope Walk, in support of suicide prevention.
Matthew Tervort stated that his favorite high school experiences included getting to be the auctioneer at the FFA Sweethearts dance assembly and watching Payson High School win their first home football game in a long time.
Kaitlyn Olsen stated that her favorite memory was getting elected as an officer for FFA and getting to know the other FFA members better.
Max Bennion’s favorite high school memory consisted of a funeral that the choir and band kids performed for a cucumber.
Briton Wilson said that his favorite high school experience came about this year during choir tour. He loved being able to go on tour and hang out with some of his best friends.
There have been a lot of amazing memories gained over the years. High school will be something that we always remember, but high school is not the end. Now the class of 2018 is going on to make new memories and write new stories. I have gotten to write many stories for the mane street journal and my experiences in this class make up some of my favorite memories. Now, let me say, for the last time as a Mane Street Journal Staff member. Thanks for reading Payson.
Check out the video to hear these phenomenal seniors tell their stories.
Class of 2018!
Go write your story!
Class of 2018: A PHS Legacy
The Class of 2018 is graduating. Many wonder what our favorite memories were, or wonder what we’ll remember from our years here at Payson High School. I wanted to know what we’ll be remembered for. When I thought about who I should specifically interview outside of the teachers we’ve come to know and love, there were only really three options that came to mind. Student Body President Jose Valle, Senior Class President Claire Rowley, and Assistant Principal Mr. Sorenson.
When asked about our legacy, Valle relayed his own personal thoughts on how he wants us to be remembered, (and how he thinks we’ll really be remembered, including our ‘rainbow space lion’ flag which proudly bears the words ‘FIERCELY PASSIONATE’ across the bottom in green text.) What really stuck out to me, however, was when he spoke about his time as Sophomore Class Representative all the way back in 2015.
“That’s something that we, as sophomore council, were really thinking about back in the beginning,” he said when asked about our legacy. Rowley was also part of that council when our class theme was decided upon, and when asked about our legacy she brought up a list of events we conceptualized and created.
“[we started] Senior Nightfall, a celebration of the graduating class, we had the Score come to our school and perform ‘Unstoppable’, our school’s theme, and we won Penny Wars two years in a row, which is great because it’s a fund raiser that helps our community,” Rowley stated proudly.
But what about the faculty? After all, they’re the only ones who will be doing the remembering in a few years time. “I look forward to...hopefully seeing you guys in five to ten years and asking ‘What are you doing?’ and there will be some changes. Some of you have great ambitions and you’re going to change the world,” said Mr. Nielson, Physics teacher. Where other teachers, such as Mr. Peery, Broadcasting teacher, cited our class’s diversity and individual personalities, teachers like Ms. Whitbeck, Math teacher, brought up memories of college tours and the inside jokes she’s made with many of us in her Honors II and Honors III Math classes. Of the teachers I interviewed I found a recurring theme: our personality, our character, our relationship with one another, and our determination. These traits are echoed by Mr. Sorenson, who began his time as a secondary administrator at Payson Junior High School the same year we started seventh grade. He made the transition to the high school with us, and is now leaving the year we graduate. One might say he’s one of our most well-known classmates we’re honored to graduate with, but when it comes to messages, he has one for us:
“To the Class of 2018, I would just say take all of the experiences you’ve had and things that you’ve learned and make the most of them. Keep being good to each other, take care of each other, and don’t forget your roots here at Payson High School. And we love you.”
By: Max BENNION
100 years of the paysonian
By: Micah Toelupe
This year we are very lucky to be receiving the 100th edition of Payson High's yearbook, The Paysonian. Mrs. Brotherson and her amazing yearbook staff have put together the greatest yearbook yet to come. They have added fun 100 themed elements, a picture of every student, and amazing artwork from the student body. We are very grateful for the hard work put into this year's yearbook and we are excited to see what is inside. Thanks to Mrs. Brotherson and the Yearbook Staff for all that you have done.
The CTE Program for Payson high is a very good program, it is one of the best. The students at Payson High school have been very successful with our CTE program, they have gotten the chance to intern in places that they could use their talents. The CTE Program has been able to help kids with their talents and help them improve them and also they get to do things that they love to do. When they learn more about what they like in school they can get jobs doing what they love and they will be able to have a job and get paid for doing what they love.
Having a CTE class really helps students want to come to school. They are able to do fun activities and not just sit in a classroom forever. CTE classes you get to make food, help animals, and work in the wood shop and even the Auto shop they get to learn lots of new things and find things to do in their future and be good at.
We have awesome CTE teachers and a great counselor. They all want everyone to learn as much as they can but also have lots of fun with it too.
Payson High is going to be very successful with our CTE program in the future as it grows and the students learn more and become great people in the future.
BY: Madalyn Taylor
For this student spotlight we zero in on one of the foreign exchange students, Nonno Hayashi. She hails from Shiga, Japan and has decided to come study abroad in America to learn more English and to speak it more fluently. She is staying in Santaquin and loves school saying that she has a lot of friends here and likes coming and spending time with them. Her favorite class is Japanese because she likes the teacher and has a lot of friends to learn with. We are very lucky to have her here with us for her senior year. Thank you Nonno!
Mrs. Thomas' Child Development class has the opportunity to be parents for a weekend. They do this by taking home a mechanical baby. I interviewed Mrs. Thomas and a couple of her students to see what it is all about.
In an interview with Mrs. Thomas she told me, "The mechanical babies are imitation babies, that simulate a real baby. They are about the same weight as a real baby. They go home on the weekends and the students have to have them for 48 hours. They'll cry, they have to change a diaper. They have to, feed it, burp it, sleep it, change the position of it, h old its head and take care of it." She went on to tell me about how the babies will cry in the middle of the night, and that her students would have to wake up and take care of it.
Mrs. Thomas told me why she does this. She told me that it was a way for her to show her students what being a parent is like, and to teach them that it is not something they want to do while they are still in high school. She also told me that she "hope(s) that they can learn that being a parent is an awesome thing." She went on to tell me how wonderful babies can be, "But they do take all of your time, and if you are willing to give up your time, you need to be prepared for that, because its not just easy."
Next I was talking to Keeley Stokes, one of Mrs. Thomas' students. I asked Keeley what she thought about taking the baby home. She told me, "I hated it. I hated every second of it. I got woken up in the middle of the night, she would cry for hours, she constantly needed me. It was terrible." Keeley also told me about the learning experience it was. She told me that it helped her to realize how hard being a parent is.
Another one of Mrs. Thomas' students, Page Anderson told me about how she failed the assignment her first try. Luckily, Mrs. Thomas allowed her to re-do the assignment, and this time around Page did much better. She also told me about how she came to realize how much work being a parent is, and that it is not something that anyone should do as a teenager.
This class is such a great opportunity for students to learn what it's like to be a parent, and just how hard it is to be a parent.
As always, stay classy Payson!
By: Jessica Hoschouer
BY: Halle Meek
This year Payson High school adopted a new program called Especially for Athletes. This program although is called for athletes, not only athletes can join, it is for everyone. In this program you sign up on their website and promise to always be kind and help people who you can tell are having a bad day or need help with something. Their motto is, “Eyes up do the work!” This can mean different for each member of the E4A club but when you sign up you get a bracelet to help remind everyone to keep their eyes up and look for people who need your help most.
Especially for Athletes is a really cool program that helps students remember who they need to help. On the website, especiallyforathletes.org it says “E4A exists to inspire student athletes to maximize their athletic potential and to use their talents and social influence to assist and lift others” There are a lot of people that have joined this program after reading and learning more about it including, Ty Detmer and Gordon Hayward. The founder Dustin Smith travels to schools to tell the athletes about this program and get them to join and remember to keep their eyes up and do the work!
Especially for Athletes
By: Donovan Treanor and Weston Thomas
Here at Payson high school we have a lot of inspiring teachers. Teachers have an amazing impact on students lives. So we decided to go around and interview teachers on what it feels like to have an impact on our life and inspire us and if us students have impacted our lives. We also asked a few students what teachers have impacted their lives the most.
Our first interview was with Wyatt Monroe “The most inspiring teacher to me is Mr. Elmer his lisp rocks.” Tyson Carter “My favorite teacher is coach Clark or Mr. Clark because he is fun in class and lets us do what we want but teaches at the same time.” Ali palmer “I like Ms. Freeze because she helps me.” Ethan penrod “My most inspiring teacher is probably Ms. Noll she’s always there and helps students and she actually enjoys
Wow, SAn Francisco
This year the choir had the opportunity to go to San Francisco for their choir. Everybody that I have spoken to are so excited to go on this trip that the choir prepared for.
Kyrra Lundberg a member of Bel Choro was excited to go on to San Francisco to not only have fun with her friends. But to also make new friends and hopefully hangout with everyone.
Ryan lines a member of Trouveres and Bel Choro was excited to see so many new things. And to get a good ranking in the festival they were doing.
Max Bennion a member of Trouveres and Bel Choro was excited to see all of the places he has seen in movies. But also he was excited to get away and go to some place new.
Check out the video to get more info and a behind the scenes on choir tour.
By: Briton Wilson
Teachers Favorite Moments
By: Pamela Mireles
As this school year is wrapping up, I was wondering what are teachers favorite moments at phs. So I decided to make my video on teachers favorite moments at Payson high school. I interview Mrs. Obray, Ms. Grass, Mr. Peck and Mr. Smith. I ask them what was their favorite moment of the school year and Mrs. Obray said her favorite moment was when her students were reading there independent books and at first they would complain and they would hate reading them but one day they all started reading them and she said to put the books away and no one did because they were all really into the book. Ms. Grass favorite moment this school year was when her fish was flopping, out of her fish tank. She said it was pretty funny and her students started laughing at it too. Mr. Peck favorite moment was when he went to California with the cross country and he also added that anytime one of his students said “ahh I got it” The last person I interview was Mr. Smith, and his favorite moment was when his class was learning about the native americans getting put in boarding schools. He said he changed all his students names, he named them with really old names like in the 1800s but overall it was a good learning experience for him and his students.
By Keeley stokes
The talent show is an exciting event that happens every year. And this year there was so many different talents, dancing, singing, magic tricks and many more. It was truly a blast, getting to see those people show off their skills. PHS talent show is definitely a event that is looked forward to every year. Thank you to all the performers that went in front of everyone and showed of their talent.
Our High School Years
Graduation, whether you are excited for it or dreading it, it’s been on our minds since kindergarten. We have worked for thirteen years to get to this point. Everyone has gone through life experiences as small as making the first boxed mac and cheese dinners of many, all the way up to learning how to do complex trigonometry and how to make a somewhat correct works cited page. If you think about it, we’ve come so far. Who would have thought that one sheet of paper would affect our lives so much.
We’re all going out in the real world after graduation to become the people we choose to be, but when we look back to old memories of ourselves and think about all the things we had in high school, it has been an unforgettable adventure. From seeing each other grow up together, to seeing each other earn crazy awards, to developing skills many people wouldn’t think to learn or have the courage to do, I hope we all look back to 2018, and I hope we think of the days where we were all laughing, cheering on our teams, dancing at prom, and going on field trips we never asked for but will someday be envious of.
Class of 2018 be proud of yourself, because we have finally gotten past all of the troubles of high school, and were moving onto the next step in our lives. We have been molded by hard working, selfless, wonderful people, for many years and now it’s our time to act alone. We have to make our own decisions and use the tools and advice to become successful wonderful people. Congratulations seniors. Were all so proud of you and never forget that you’re always a part of the Lion Pride!
Keeping up with the lion's roar
End of Year Art Showcase
The PHS art room has become more of a second home to those students who are artistically inclined. The smell of paint has become a custom, as well as the sounds of pencil scratching paper, and the colorful sight of art on the walls. Within the comfort of the art room students have been working diligently all year long on various art projects. Now that the school year is coming to a close, it’s time for these students to show off their work in the Art Showcase that signifies the end of the year.
This year’s art showcase will be taking place March 14, the same night as the Senior Awards Night, and will be showcasing PHS student creativity that comes in all art forms. All of the art will be displayed in the new gallery located at the front of the school, near the front office. “Our goal this year is to fill up the frames we have purchased so far (around 100) with student work done throughout the year,” says the art teacher Mrs. Burdick. It is a combination of Art Foundations II, Drawing I, Drawing II, and Painting. All of my students have done some great work--I wish I could have hung up more!”
When questioned about which senior art students this year, Mrs. Burdick said, “I have had many students stand out in each class. We have a ton of talent in our school! It is fun to see students succeed in art who have not ever taken an art class and those who have, and progress and refine their skills. Shout out to several seniors who have taken art this year. First, our sterling scholar, Micah Toelupe, an outstanding artist that will no doubt be very successful in the art field. Joslyn Taylor, who has done an exceptional job going the extra mile--one of which was designing the cover for the Senior Awards Night. We thank her for her awesome design! Talbie Oberg, who has excelled in drawing and painting, and Sadie Kenney--who has created wonderful original illustrations in drawing.”
Although some seniors may be sad that they are leaving Payson High School and the art classes that it has to offer, everyone else still has a lot to look forward to next year. Remember to stop by at the art gallery to admire some of the artwork there!
Painting by Micah Toelupe