PHS Student Art Gallery
Basketball Wrap Up
Winter Sports Wrap Up
Keys to Success
Art Sterling Scholar
The Spirit Bowl
Keeping Up With the Lion's Roar
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
Behind the Scenes: Sweethearts
Inside look at Student Council
What Councilors do for the School
Students of the Month
FFA Animal Lab
Hey Payson, we are so proud to present to you this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. This month we have an inside look at Student Council and a behind the scenes video on Sweethearts. We've got a quick wrap up of basketball season and other winter sports. We also have an awesome photo gallery from Payson High School's first ever Spirit Bowl! Congrats to the Seniors for winning it and a big congratulations to the boys basketball team for making it to state! Thank you so much for checking out this months edition of The MANE Street Journal. We hope you enjoy it. Go Lions!
Letter from the Editor
- Harlee Huff
Behind the Scenes:Sweethearts
Sweethearts is an awesome dance that everybody loves to go to. But they actually have a whole week dedicated to sweethearts. I interviewed Matt Tervort the Vice President of the FFA to figure out what they do during this week. Also i will be explaining the sweethearts assembly and what goes on during that assembly hind the scenes.
For the sweethearts Assembly the FFA does a run though before the actual assembly where they run though opening exercises, opening speeches, and tell the girls nominated for royalty where to be, and when to be there.
More information is said in the video.
By: Briton Wilson
THE COUNCIL: An Insider's Look at Student Government
Being a member of Student Council for the last two years, I forget that the student body doesn't always know what we actually do in our class period. This was made extremely apparent to me when a close friend walked with me towards our first periods, and asked me, "Wait, so what do you guys do in class?" The thought had never actually occurred to me. In this story, SBO President José Valle guides us through the start of class, as well as how many projects are put into motion at a time, saying, "We try to be ahead of the game and be as caught up as we can with our other events. So whereas the Spirit Bowl's our main priority, we're also preparing for Senior Nightfall."
SBO Vice President of Assemblies Jessica Baxter discusses the amount of work that is put into an assembly, quote, "You have to talk to people, you have to make sure the gym is okay, you have to assign people to do things. It's hard because there's, like, forty-thousand things to go over in your head..." and Junior Secretary Evyn Staheli dissects the number of committees working towards the Spirit Bowl on March 2. Senior Class Vice President Evan Brandley talks how much preparation goes into events throughout the school year, saying "Senior Gift, Senior Insomnia, Senior stuff, we've been planning that since the beginning of the year."
With this magazine being published close to the beginning of March, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to share what goes into the making of assemblies, how the classroom functions, and what the work ethic is really like. Whether or not this story truly gets that done, I guess I'll have to wait and see. The message that Valle really wanted to get across is one of hope that many will run and many will step into the shoes of Student Government. "I took a chance and it's one of the greatest things I've ever done, so I would say just try it and don't be afraid to try it. . . Life is about just going for things, and you don't want to look back on things and say you never tried it."
By: Max BENNION
February 5th-9th was national high school counselors week. So I went out to see exactly what the counselors do for our school. So lets check it out.
In an interview with Mrs. Lotz one of the school counselors, she told me that they "divide the students by alphabet." She went on to tell me who has what letters of the alphabet, according to the first initial of the last name of the student. Mrs. Lotz has A-E, Mr. Chidester has F-L, Ms. Ottesen has M-R, and Mrs. Mangum has S-Z.
She also said, "We are here to help students with lots of things. One of the things we do is help students how maybe are uncomfortable at school, they are having a bad day and they just need to talk to somebody. We're here to help with that.
Later in her interview she said, "A lot of what we do is help students get college and career ready. We meet with every student individually." She also said, "We want to help them make their high school experience relevant to what they want to do in their future."
She went on to tell me about how she helps with National Honor Society and Sterling Scholars. She told me that she loves the college and career stuff and helping the students all figure out what they want to do in there future.
Well, now you know what the counselors do for the school.
As always, stay classy Payson.
What the counselors do for the school.
By: Jessica Hoschouer
Like many schools, Payson High School chooses six students a month to honor as Students of the Month. However, this year Payson High School's administration decided to do things a little different. Every month a different department is in charge of nominating students for Students of the Month. For example, the Math department was in charge of the month of March so they selected two seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores to represent Payson High School for that month.
How it is different from years past is how they honor the students that are selected. In the past an, email would be sent out announcing the students of the month for that month and the student would receive a certificate, this year they wanted to do something more to honor these amazing students. So, they decided to have a pizza party, not only for the students that were selected as Student's of the Month but also for their parents and the teacher that nominated them. The students also get their photo posted in the hall with a short bio and their pictures are published in the school newspaper.
Mrs. Shepherd, Payson High School's principal, advises students to work hard in classes and be on time and use their time wisely while constantly working to raise the bar of education if they hope to be chosen as a student of the month.
Students of the Month
Payson High FFA Animal Lab
The Payson High School Animal Lab, most people don’t know what goes on down there except that there are pigs there. However, there is a lot more that meets the eye. Every morning I, Matthew Tervort, have to go and check on the mother pigs (sows), I clean, feed, water and tend to the sows and their piglets. I have to bring an extra pair of cloths because if he doesn’t he will smell like a pig,. It's a lot of work but it's worth it.
Madison Houston, Payson FFA President states, “the purpose of the animal lab is to teach the agriculture science students responsibility time management and overall hard work.”
Every year the students that are involved in FFA, raise and show hogs at local stock shows. They show their pigs and sell there pigs to make a profit for themselves. It's kind of like a reward for their hard work. Every student is required to clean once a week. They clean, feed, water and work with their pigs. If students do not do this they are fined and at risk of losing there pigs. On average every student earns 300 dollars profit from their pig, so knowing this hopefully you guys appreciate what goes on at the animal lab.
By: Matthew Tervort Hoschouer
Another year passes by, and the juniors get ready to take the ACT in a few days. What is the ACT for? And what is ACT Prep? This month I got to find that out. I interview Mr. Meyer & Mrs. Griffin to find out a little more about it.
What is ACT? The ACT is a test that all the juniors take and it is a college admission & also most colleges require you to at least taken the ACT. Well, now you know the ACT is a test but who likes taking test in general? Not me for sure.
So I heard about ACT Prep and found out it’s a class that helps you learn strategies about test taking, especially the ACT. This class is offered to students twice a year, & who can take this class? All students at PHS can take this class, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
So what do they do in the ACT Prep class? In this class you get to visit an English teacher, Math teacher, Science teacher, Reading teacher & they help you prepare for the ACT.
So to all the juniors who are taking the ACT make sure to try your hardest, remember if you don't get the score you want you can take it again with a fee but you can also take the ACT prep class.
By: Pamela Mireles
PHS Student Art Gallery
By: Micah Toelupe
A new addition to our beloved school is a student art gallery. Thanks to Jesse Sorenson we are able to showcase the student body's eclectic and creative works. The gallery is located on the ramp next to the main office and is filled with artwork from our students. Why is it important to showcase the students' artwork? Mrs. Burdick, the curator of the gallery, says that presentation is part of the artistic process so in allowing the students to showcase their pieces they learn more about what it takes to be an artist. She hopes in the future to add pieces from the photography students as well as works from the feeder schools in area. Thank you Mr. Sorenson and Mrs. Burdick!
The basketball season was very fun for everyone, but now it has come to an end. Everyone worked really hard and had lots of fun. This year for basketball the region changed for everyone. Which was good and bad, but change is always hard. They didn’t know who they were going up against and how good or bad they were. They still did very good. The girls didn’t quite make it to state but they worked really hard trying to get there. Although the boys basketball team did make it to state and that is going on right now. Make sure you all are going to their game on Thursday at 2:00 for support.
I talked to a lot of the basketball players of Payson High School to find out their own opinions on how their season went and how they think they did individually. They all said they worked really hard and had a blast. They all know that they improved with a season of hard work and dedication. Our basketball teams have really improved since the last year. Even though both teams got new coaches they were still able to make those changes. It wasn’t that easy because they all changed their normal techniques and things to fit the new coaches. They all did very good with that. Good job to both girls and boys teams, and congrats to the boys for making it to state!
BY: Madalyn Taylor
BY: Halle Meek
The winter sports for PHS have come to an end. All of our sport teams excelled very well this season and are looking forward to next season. I went and interviewed some of the athletes of this season’s winter sport wrap up. Good job to all the teams! Good job to Cole Jensen and Wyatt Monroe for taking state in wrestling, and also good job to the swim team for getting third in region!
I interviewed some of the cheerleaders on this years 2017-18 team. Cheer has done a wonderful job supporting all of our sports teams and cheering us on at state and in region! They have improved a ton and have done very well in their dances! Cheer tryouts are March 30th, good luck to all those trying out! Go lions!
Drill team also had an excellent season. The members of the drill team that I interviewed said that not only did their team improve but themselves personally have learned a lot from being on Drill. They said they work well together as a team and have gotten closer over this past season. Their dances were very good and fun to watch. Good job drill!
Payson Wrestling has always been one of the most successful. As said “winning is a tradition”. On this year’s team we had two state champs: Cole Jensen (sophomore) and Wyatt Monroe (Senior). The team also had a great season taking third overall in state and second in region. They did an amazing job this season!
Swim did so good this season as well. Payson is definitely improving and has some amazing talent on all their sports teams. Swim took third in region and sent six kids to state and they all did very well. We have awesome talent and everyone that goes to PHS is absolutely proud to be a lion!
Winter Sport Wrap-Up
At Payson High School we have a very good program called Keys to Success. Keys to Success is a thing that gives out a thing called a key card if you do something exceptional or are just being a great student. A key card is a card with a code on it this code gives you access to gift cards and also enters you in to win a car. I found out about this program and decided to do some interviews about key cards and the overall program. My first interview was with Diana Steele one of our attendance office people who runs most of the key cards and helps with the program at our school. My first question with her was what is a key card? “Students and actually teachers too can receive a key card for just doing well in school, working on and improving your grades, improving your attendance, just being extra helpful to a teacher and you will receive your key card. Also with a key card that I didn’t tell you is you actually get prizes you get online and you pick a prize there are several prizes to choose from. The key card comes with a little code on it, it tells you exactly how to get on and in the website and into the program and receive your prizes. The most key cards you can get in one year is three you can only receive up to three key cards in one year we want everybody to have a chance to receive one.” My next interview was with Donovan treanor I asked him if he knew what a key card was. “Yes, a key card is what you’ll receive if you’re nice to a teacher or just helping other students or being a good person.” My next question was if he knew what Keys To Success was? “I think it’s a program to notice those students that are outgoing, nice, and cool. They get a card that gives them rewards for doing what they are supposed to.”
Keys To Success is a great program to help students get rewarded for doing what they need to do. It will help a lot of students get back on track. Because they receive rewards and prizes for just getting good grades or being helpful.
Keys to success
By Weston Thomas
Art Sterling scholar
By Keeley stokes
Micah Toelupe is the Payson high art sterling scholar. He has wanted to be the art sterling since 7th grade, so he has worked and worked until finally he achieved his dream. He is a brilliant and vibrant person we will miss next year.
Hello Lions! This is Gavyn coming back at you to talk about this book called "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
I manage to interview Mrs. Noll about what this book is about and how it applies to this school. As a summary, she said, "It's about a young girl named Melinda who starts her freshmen year off at the high school and everyone hates her because she called the cops at a summer party at the end of the year, without anyone really knowing why. So the book follows off through her journey on how she could find her voice and speak up about what actually happened to her at that party."
I also asked her about those students who might be interested in the book, she says, "I think this book should be read by all high school students. When I was at my under grad at BYU, I actually felt strong about this book more than any other young-adult literature."
I am reading the book right now and highly recommend you all should read it because it is a heart warming and relatable story. This is Gavyn signing out.
The Spirit Bowl
Screams and cheers echoed throughout Dixie High School for the final matches of the 2018 Utah 4A Sectionals Wrestling Tournament. The mat was lit solely by the glow of cell phone flashlights. The power went out before the 170 pound finalists could finish their match. Almost immediately as the school lights went out, the cellphone lights of supporters in the crowd became a perfect replacement. Everyone in attendance was eager to continue the match and instantly there were shouts from audience members to proceed with the tournament. After a few moments, the referees had everyone with lights surround the wrestling mat. Excitement filled the room, along with nervous and anxious cheers for those wrestling underneath the hundreds of cellphone lights.
Keeping up with the lion's roar
For the first time on Friday, February 8, colleges from all over the state of Utah came together here at Payson High School to speak only with the Juniors their upcoming plans for a higher education. At the very beginning, the class of 2019 made their way into the auditorium for a small presentation about why you should consider attending each college. After all the representatives were introduced and the video was finished, everyone split up to go to the school of their choice. Each presentation included what classes they have to offer, how much it will cost, and all the different activities and clubs there are for you to do and join! Did you know that Brigham Young University, has their very own Quidditch club? Some of the other schools mentioned clubs related to Harry potter, so if you’re a Harry Potter fan looking for a good education, start considering going to college! At SUU, they have a nap club. Yes, it’s true. Can that be a club here at Payson High? At Utah Valley University, they have video game stations, pool tables, ping pong tables, and many more games all free to students. UVU also has shake machines in most of their stores, and so many more other amazing activities you can do! Many students have a fixed mindset on what college is and some don’t even consider attending at all. Many of the reps said, “Do something amazing with your life, by getting an education in what you love so you can pursue your dream.” After high school, it’s real life and it’s ok to be a little scared about college and living on your own, but you have to go into this process with a open mind, a positive attitude, and trust that it will all work out.