Class of 2017 Tribute
Purpose of the Yearbook
Highlight of the Year
PHS Marching Band
PHS Prom 2017
Music and its Effects
Painting the P
Boys Soccer 2017
High School : Then & Now
April Signing Day
Our Educational Journey
Mr. Fords Last Days as a Lion
Von Dansie: Classified Employee of the Year
Table of Contents
Letter from the Staff
50 Shades of Green
Teacher of the Year
The Last Lecture
The Boston Trip
Math Competion @ BYU
Thank you so much for supporting us and reading the magazine every month. We've had such a blast bringing you news from around our school each month. Thank you for all the opportunities that you have given us. We would like to bid farewell to all of our senior staff members and let them know we appreciate all the hard work they put into making this magazine great. We hope you have a great summer and please enjoy this years final edition of The Mane Street Journal.
-The Staff of The Mane Street Journal
Everybody here in Payson knows that our High School colors and Silver and Green, but with so many different shades around our school, which one is the real Payson Green?
I went around with a board of 50 different shades of green, and asked people here at PHS which one they thought it was. Out of all the different shades, only one is the true color.
2 colors tied for 1st place when we counted up all of our answers, and they were shades #29 and #25. All of the shades chosen are as followed: #29, #25, #24, #18, #9, #6, #49, #34, and more. The real color was shade #41. No one guessed this shade.
50 Shades of green
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.
Written By:Harlee Huff
This year, Broadcasting Teacher, Clint Peery received the teacher of the year award at Payson High School. Principal Ford explained that in order for a teacher to get the Teacher of the Year the teachers at PHS start by submitting the names of the teachers they think should receive the award. The names are then voted on by the faculty.
When telling what they admired about Mr. Peery many teachers expressed how much they admired his teaching style and how innovative he is. Mr. Ford says, "He is very innovative and very resourceful...the guy has come in and created such a dynamic program." Mr. Peck says that he admires the way that Mr. Peery gets his students to work and produce their best work. Mrs. Garff explains that she admires that Mr. Peery helps his students, "reach their potential by giving them a lot of freedom."
Mrs. Whitbeck says, "I admire that he is willing to give up enough control in his class to have is students grade themselves...It kinda expands what they would have done otherwise." Mr. Neilson says he admires Mr. Peery's unique and effective teaching style.
Mr. Peery is one of the best teachers we have here at Payson High School and we are so lucky to have him. He motivates his students to try they're best in everything they do and helps them to learn and progress in all aspects in life.
We are so lucky to have Mr. Peery and we hope he knows how much we appreciate him.
From the Nebo District Web Page:
“Clint is a dynamic teacher that relates to students at a very personal level. His sports production classes streamed over 60 PHS events. He created an online magazine and outdoor video production class that is wildly popular. Clint is very willing to help out any program that needs assistance. He works with the at-risk student population on a regular basis and has a natural rapport with these students. He is adept at motivating all students to excel in areas where they have traditionally struggled. Clint demonstrates the ability to strengthen the overall school. He is a huge asset to our faculty and is an outstanding individual.”
Teacher of the Year: Clint Peery
THE LAST LECTURE
One last piece of advice from our retiring teachers
BY: KYRRA LUNDBERG
By: Jessica Hoschouer
ASL or American Sign Language students here at Payson high school have a unique opportunity. The teacher Mr. Jak requires all of his students to go 24 hours without talking. I interviewed Mr. Jak and some of his students to learn more about what they call deaf days. Here is what they had to say.
In an interview with Mr. Jak he told me, “The purpose of our deaf days, which a lot of people want to call mute days is to experience the communication barrier. It gives my students the opportunity to really see what it is like to interact with somebody when communication just breaks down and it gives them the opportunity also to see and connect with deaf people. As well as, how well would I do this? So I don’t give them much restriction other than just, you can’t use your voice. So I tell them they can write it down, they can text, they can point, they can do anything else they need, but really it gives them the opportunity to see, wow this kinda sucks.”
ASL 2 student Harlee Huff told me that, “The purpose of deaf days is to help ASL students experience the communication barrier that a lot of deaf people experience.” Harlee also said, “I guess you learn how challenging it is to not be able to communicate with others and having to find other ways to speak your mind.”
ASL 3 student Harrison Carr said, “Deaf days is an opportunity for us as students to turn off our voices and experience at least in part what it is like to be deaf and not really being able to communicate well with other people.” He also told me, “During deaf days students can still sign and write things down. A lot of students will actually carry around pads of paper, just so they can communicate with people, but It puts it into perspective how hard it is. Obviously we can’t become truly deaf in where we can’t hear, but it makes it very hard to communicate back and forth between someone who isn’t participating and doesn’t understand the language and they can communicate to you but you can’t necessarily communicate back in a way where they would understand.”
Deaf days is something that really allows the ASL students to really understand more about the deaf culture, a chance for them to really understand why they are learning ASL.
On the very early morning of April 19th, eight students, one parent chaperone, and one high school history teacher boarded a flight to Boston, Massachusetts. As one of the lucky participants, I was able to experience the incredible things this historic city has to offer and make memories that will last me an entire lifetime.
Teacher in charge, member of the tabernacle choir, and PHS legend, Mr. Wright, had been planning the Boston trip since November when sign ups began. The total cost was $750 (a bargain, considering all the things we were able to do).
The days were long and filled with lots and lots of walking and even though the cold and rain were almost unbearable, the amazing sites and experiences we were able to have made it all worth it.
The Boston metro was our main source of transportation and it got us everywhere from Harvard and the Boston Museum of Fine Art, to Fenway Park and the old War of 1812 ship, the U.S.S. Constitution.
The places we were able to see are almost too numerable to count. We saw the location of the Boston Massacre, Bunker Hill, the State Capital building, the Boston City Library, the older-than-America home of poet Henry Longfellow, the campus of Harvard, the burial grounds of John Hancock, and so much more.
Boston was like walking into the past to experience America before it began, and the appreciation those of us who participated in the trip will forever be thankful for the incredible country where we get the opportunity to live in.
By: Bailey Jensen
On St. Patrick's day Mr. Myers and the math department took 16 students down to Brigham Young University to participate in a math competition. When the students arrived they were given all the information of how the day was going to go and all the students were then split up into classrooms and given a test. The test they were given was around 40 problems and were generally very difficult problems. Each student had a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 3 hours to finish the test. After the students had finished the test they were given food cards to go get something to eat at BYU’s Center. Except when they got to the Cannon Center there were so many other high schools and even some elementary schools that the lines to get food were huge. Mr. Myers and the math department decided that instead of waiting in line they would give the kids lunch later. Since they didn’t eat at BYU the math department gave the students who went to the competition a pizza lunch when they received the results from the test. Out of the 16 kids from Payson High School the highest scoring individuals were Brendon Earl, followed by Ivan Webber, and then Thomas Moser. The students that went really enjoyed the experience. Ivan Webber said, “I thought it was a really good way to promote learning and enjoyment in math.” Next year they will be participating in the competition again but they will be taking the test here at Payson High School.
By Parker Hannifin
Math Competition at BYU
High School: Then and Now
Have you ever wondered how different high school really was back in the "Olden Days"? Well I asked a few of our teachers how their high school experience was different from what they see students experience today. Check it out!
In an interview with Senor Peck, the Spanish teacher here at PHS, he said, "Well I don't know that it was all that different, we still had the trouveres, we still had the band. We still had the same building, I went to the same building that is here. This building didn't exist (referring to the D wing). I think there's a few more challenges that these students have that we didn't have. But we had our share of challenges."
Mr. Robbins said, "When I went to school, and I went to school here at Payson High School, of course we didn't have the E wing or the D wing and some of the other buildings. But of course we didn't have computers either and so with computers, chrome books, cellphones and things like that it was quite a bit different. I think that teachers were able to spend more one-on-one time with the students. The classroom sizes seemed a little smaller and where the student body wasn't so big we seemed to be able to get to know the students at a little bit of a closer relationship that way."
In an interview with Mr. Thomson, , "I really enjoyed high school; I played a lot of ping-pong during lunch time and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to have this ping-pong table here in my classroom where students can come in. But like many students their sophomore year and their kind of getting their feet on the ground and maybe don't do quite as well as they could. I remember having some of those experiences but towards the end of my sophomore year I thought 'okay I better get on the stick' . I'm sure that I would have had many of the same experiences that they are having."
Ms. Stanton said, "Well, I went to high school here so it's not that much different but I never would have just left my cellphone sitting out on the top of my desk. It was not something that you let teachers see and not something that you used in class, at all."
Mr Nielson said, "Technology. If I needed to learn something I had to go to the library and look in the Encyclopedia. So I think that my experience, very rarely, did we use computers. Very rarely did we interact with each other through other means except calling each other. If I needed a date I had to get on a phone, dial and ask her out. None of this texting and hanging out. But I don't know, it has changed drastically. I think just because of the accessibility of technology."
Ms. Fox and Mr. Corbett explained some of their experience with technology. In the words of Ms. Fox, "We had this giant like Apple, and it had the black screen and you typed, and the printer had the little holes in the side and it pulled it through." Corbett then goes on the explain his frustrations, "Did you talk about the Motem?" Fox said in response, "Oh dial-up, it used to be dial-up."
In my final interview with Ms. Whitbeck, she said, "Well first of all my high school was way smaller then this school. My graduating class had 73 students. Which meant that I had a lot more opportunities to participate in a lot of things so I could be involved in Student Council and all of the sports I wanted to. But, downside, I didn't have as many academic opportunities. Small school, not as many classes. So it was different."
As you can tell, a lot of what our teachers experienced was a lot different from what we experience today.
K.C. Hoschouer Hoschouer
April Signing Day
By Tanner Killpack
Jed Loveless, Chayce Loveless, and Kellis Johnson all signed on with colleges around the nation this year. Payson high school held a special presentation and signing ceremonies for them.
Jed Loveless will be Wrestling for the University of Wyoming, Chayce Loveless has chosen to wrestle for Northwest Wyoming College, and Kellis Johnson signed to Southern Idaho University for Track and Cross Country. Southern Idaho Is just starting up their running programs and will have Kellis for their first year.
Coach Clark and Coach Whitbeck are very proud of their athletes and their accomplishments.
Good Luck at the next level of competition guys.
Our Educational Journey
By: Ben Phillips Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
This school year has nearly come to an abrupt end. We have all grown up together, and we have all had many memorable experiences that have shaped us into who we are today.
Some particular students have decided to share some memories of their educational journey. Everyone has had a different escapade at least once during their school career.
Shaylee Jensen (senior) said, “In 3rd grade I was the perfect student, but I had this beast of a teacher that absolutely hated me. One time I talked out of turn and had to pull a card (meaning I had to change my green card to red which meant you were a ‘bad kid’) so I had to stay in from recess and after crying about it, I got super mad. So I changed everyone else’s cards to red and ate all of the tootsie rolls from the teacher’s top drawer and rearranged all of the desks. Then I hid in the bathroom until school was over.”
When asked about a school experience, Sophie Barreda (sophomore) replied, “One time in elementary school we went to the pool and (I don’t know how but) my Dora underwear fell out of my backpack and the next day our teacher pulled all the girls aside and asked us whose it was. I was dead silent for like a minute, and then I raised my hand.”
Leah Crow said something she remembered about elementary school was, “When you still had to give everyone in your class candy, even if you didn’t like them.”
Kyle Lott (senior) had a 5th grade experience involving, “Our teacher telling us that of all her 25 years of teaching, we were her worst class and that we were dumber than a box of rocks.”
Again, everyone has different recollections from past school years. Despite having individual experiences, there are certain things that we can all relate to with a nostalgic feel.
Some trigger words may include (but are not limited to) “breakfast pizza”, “hot cross buns”, “colorful rug”, “multiplication chart”, “cursive”, “Tamagotchi”, “wall-ball”, and “criss-cross applesauce”.
Elementary school has taught us to try new things, get out of our comfort zones, have fun and be ourselves, and introduce us to a small amount of independance.
School may seem endless and daunting, but because of it, we can achieve great things. For the seniors, this is our new beginning. The juniors and sophomores will get to experience school for a little longer, but it goes by very fast. Make the most of your High School experience, and get ready to take on life at full speed.
The last days of the 2017 school year are quickly coming to an end. Many goodbyes are being said. One of the biggest and hardest goodbyes is to our principal, Mr. Ben Ford. He’s been our principal for 6 years and our assistant principal for 12 years, adding up to 18 years dedicated to Payson High and he will be dearly missed. Not only has he been a great principal for all the students but, he also was an amazing boss to our wonderful teachers here at Payson High.
It brings a tear to our eyes to say goodbye to our dear principal but for some students the goodbye is not long lived. Many students will have the opportunity to attend the new Peak Center and Advanced Learning Center (ALC) opening next fall that will provide college classes and other advanced courses. The Nebo School Board of Education has appointed Mr. Ford as the Peak Center and ALC Administrator. This may be sad for some students but others will still be able to see him on a daily basis.
Students are truly sad to lose such an amazing man. For some he wasn’t just a principal but a great leader to that kept us strong with his relationship with the students and vast knowledge of the school itself. The idea of a year without him to some is unbearable, but regardless we keep our heads high and are excited to welcome our new principal next year.
Mr. Ford will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He changed so many things for PHS and helped so many students achieve their goals. He will not only be remembered as our principal, but also our leader and friend. Thank you Mr. Ford and forever you will continue be part of our Pride. A Lion.
By: Sabryne Kelly Of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Mr. Ford's Final Days As A Lion
BY: Ben Phillips of The Lions Roar Newspaper
Von Dansie was awarded the PHS classified employee of the year on Monday, May 1. Von has been working as a custodian at Payson High School for 26 years. He’s the head custodian, and the “behind the scenes” guy when help is needed.
A question most janitors receive is “why did you decide to become a janitor?”. When asked this question, Von replied “I needed a job haha; I ended up liking it though”.
Of all of the things that Von does, he says that the most tedious is “Trying to keep everyone’s heat and AC working good”. A custodian may not be the first career choice for most, but Von Dansie is right where he wants to be.
Working for 26 years is a long time, so of course Von has some great memories to share. One of his most memorable moments was a bat epidemic within the school. “They were everywhere...we still get a few every now and then”.
He really enjoys all of the activities that go on every year, activities organized by the students especially. Despite having to clean up after the students, Von still loves everyone at Payson High.
When asked about his opinion of Von Dansie, Mr. Meyer said “He’s great! Anything you need done, he’ll get it done”.
Von Dansie is truly a great asset to Payson High. May he forever be remembered for his good nature and generous character.
Von Dansie: Classified
Employee of the Year
The school year has come and gone, and it is now time to say goodbye to our senior staff members. This school year has been very successful for us here a the Mane Street Journal and we owe a huge part of it to the graduating staff members.
Good Luck Class of 2017!!!
Class of 2017 Tribute
By: Briton Wilson
It’s that time of the year. Time for Yearbooks. Almost every single person in this school buys a yearbook, but why do people actually buy yearbooks? Some people believe that you don’t want to forget the memories that you made when you were in high school so you buy one to capture and never forget those memories. Others believe that it's just a popularity type deal. Whoever has the most signatures is the most popular, so teens are all trying to get as many friends as they can to show that they know that many people and that they are popular. I talked to the women in charge herself to figure out what was the True Purpose of the Yearbooks.
The True Purpose of the Yearbook
Highlight of the Year
This year has been an eventful year at PHS, for all of the students here at Payson! The video to the right shows some highlights from the year, and a tribute to all seniors leaving on to big and hopefully better things. The video is a little long, compared to other videos, but I promise it is worth it. Thanks to all the people who have watched my videos this year and hope you enjoyed them!
Broadcast Journalism is a class offered at PHS that is in charge the online magazine. But what makes broadcast journalism such a fun class to be in? I asked Kyrra Lundberg, Briton Wilson, and Amanda Anderson, staff members of the online magazine, this question and got their answers. This included the people, the atmosphere of the class, and so many other things. There's no doubt about it, broadcast journalism is one of the funnest classes out there!
By Cortnie Hancock
By: Jaycee Zimmerman
Marching Band 2017 has officially started up! I was able to interview a few students to see what Marching Band was, and why they joined. Matthew Hunt said, he joined because of the people there, “It’s like having a second family.”
When I asked Kaylee Vasquez what her favorite memory is from Marching Band she told me that it is going to choir tour. It is not too late to join Marching Band, they need as many people as they can get.
When I went to one of the Marching Band practices I was welcomed by everyone and being asked if I was new. Mr. Burger, the Marching Band teacher, said that if I wanted I could jump in and join if I’d like. He even offered me lessons for any instrument I’d like. I was being told to do color guard tryouts which were that day. Everyone was super nice, and I can see what everyone means when they say Marching Band is like having a second family.
PHS Marching Band
Payson High School Prom 2017
By: Arely Valdez
Let's taco about prom! This month I got the chance to talk about prom! It was so much fun looking at students from Payson highs prom pictures and to listen to how much fun they had! I talked to Bailey, I asked her and the other students "How did your date ask you to prom?" "How much did you spend on prom all together." "Would you recommended it to those who didn't go." "How was your experience." "Where did you go to eat?" Bailey said she went on a scavenger hunt for Easter eggs and at the end of the hunt it said prom? With flowers and other stuff! Sounds cute huh! Bailey spent around $75. She would definitely recommend it to those who didn't go because it's the only time you can dress up rich and fancy it's a blast she says. Bailey went with a group of friends she had lots of fun dancing all crazy and stuff she mad lots of new memories with great friends! She went to eat at macaroni grill!
My second person was James he spent over $200 on prom all together! James said he would recommend to those who didn't go it was lots of fun and if you didn't go you missed out! He said the dance was tons of fun had a great time. He ate at Texas road house.
My third person was Kyrra she got asked with a poster and ice cream the poster said I scream you scream we'd scream if you went to prom with me! She spent on prom all together $120. She would definitely recommend prom to those who didn't go it's a great time to hang out with friends and be part of the school. She had a great time and wanted to shout her date out Kenji! He's a great guy! She ate at the terrace of Zions bank.
My last person was Devon he ate at Ruby River. Devon spent close to $200 on prom all together. His experience was pretty fun, he would recommend prom to those who didn't go except the money part he said that was lot.
What is Senior Gotcha? It is an activity that Payson high school that is for seniors. This is a game that they get a target that also sign up for senior gotcha and then they try to spray them with silly string but there are rules to it. So I interviewed Cameron Savage to talk more about it. I asked him what are the rules for senior gotcha & he said that you can't attack them on school hours and on school property, but not while they are working. All Seniors can attend, the cost is 5 dollars then they get a can of silly string and a name of the person that they will attack.
By: Pamela Mireles
BY: jessica Rowlette
Music and it's effects
Everyone listens to music. Whether you listen to it, write it, sing it, dance to it, play it. Whatever it is, you love music. Some people listen to music to manage their moods, enhance a workout, to bond with others, and as a distraction from daily life. Listening to music can provide health benefits to those suffering from certain conditions, such as chronic back pain and memory loss. Music helps us express ourselves. Research indicates that music stimulates emotion through specific brain circuits. Other benefits include; better visual and verbal skills, it makes you happy, helps with heartbeat, blood pressure, and pulse rate, improves sleep quality, boosts the immune system, reduces depression and anxiety. Music affects everyone. Whether the music is positive or negative. It affects human behavior. Research shows that people who listen to music have a low level of the stress.
By: Chelsea Roylance
Painting the P 2017
Here are a couple videos of people painting P Mountain. I asked how the hike went, how the experience was, how long it took, and what problems they ran into. I interviewed two kids from Payson High, first one is Clayton Nelson, and the next is Landon Marsh. Clayton said the hike was awesome. He loves hiking and met a lot of new friends, but communication was a big problem he said. Landon said the hike went pretty good, other than all the drills melted down, but they had a great time. After they ate food and cleaned up they ended up going to fourth period he said. Next time they paint the P come and join the experience!
Here are some opinions from soccer players about there new coach. First I interviewed Coach Ortiz and he talks about his experience coaching so far and how he sees the players grow. It may have its challenges but he's happy to be coaching. Then I interviewed Dawson and asked him his opinions on him, if he likes his coaching, I asked about how practices were ran before vs. how they ran before. I interviewed Nick and asked him the same questions, the last person I interviewed was Ivan and asked the same questions.
By: Carmen Payton
By Harison Carr
Payson High School has had a lot of new teachers this year, and this month we had the opportunity to go in and interview Mrs. Stanley who teaches; Accounting, Business English and Robotics. Mrs. Stanley is a new teacher this year after spending nine years teaching at Juab High School and has loved every second of it. When asked if the transition between schools was hard she smiled and said that she didn't have any problems when she started teaching this year. "Juab is a small place, so where you work is what they know you as..."
Mrs. Stanley grew up in the Phoenix Arizona area and graduated from Grand Canyon University, with a bachelors degree in secondary education, with an emphasis on business. She is also in the process of earning a degree in computer science.
Mrs. Stanley said that if she were to give one piece of advice for the incoming teachers that they shouldn't be afraid of saying hello to their students and fellow teachers.
I was able to get some footage of the trouvère’s singing. When I walked into the classroom everyone was laughing and having a good time. When I told the teacher I was there to get some footage, almost immediately the students asked the teacher if they could sing a certain song. All the students got in position and they started singing. The song was great and they did a memorable time singing it.
After the song, I interviewed 3 students, I asked why did they join Trouvère’s and did they think it help improve their singing abilities. All of them agreed that it has helped them improve. Alyssa Behrend said, “I’ve always admired like strong choir singing.” . Kenji Hemuli said his siblings were in it and he saw how much fun they had so he tried out.
The choir teacher, Mrs. Morgan, gave us some tips about how she grades students that try out. She said it is a very time consuming class and students will need to give a lot of their time for practicing and performances. The Trouère’s seem like a fun class to be in and show off your skills. I bet next year Trouvère’s will be just as great.
By: Daniel Tinoco
I went around and asked people what they were doing for summer. Most people will be working or out partying. Everyones jobs vary from food to djing. Everyone is eager to get out of school and seniors are ready to leave and graduate! Make the most of your summer, save your money, and have a great time!
By: Hagen Dockstader
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