The Mane Street Journal
Student At PHS Wins Runner
Up In New York Times Competition
Trick or Treat
National Honor Society
A New Generation of Voters
A Conversation on the State
of School Dances
Table of Contents
Beginning of a New Era
Homework Good or Bad?
New Basketball Coach
The Drowsy Chaperone
Fall Sports Recap
Student At PHS Wins Runner Up In New York Times Competition
Concert and Jazz Band
Beginning of a New
In the last three years PHS has had three band directors. And this year the mantle falls to Mr. Michael Burger. And to officially kick off his time here at Payson the band opened up the year with their Fall Concert.
The Jazz and the Concert Band both played two pieces. And then did a combined piece with the MNJHS bands. Both of the bands sounded great which was surprising considering that this was the first concert of the year.
We look forward to seeing the band students and all their accomplishments!!!!
Good or Bad??
BY: Kyrra Lundberg
Homework… Piles and piles of what teachers like to call a learning device. But the real question is, does it do more harm than good? Combated with the extra curricular and pressures of work and home life? Are teachers with a good intentions really hurting the students they love?
In the quest to find what the effect of homework really does have on the students of PHS, we took a survey of 150 students. The data showed the amount of time studying to even how much time students spend at work. After sorting through the data and finding the common responses we found that 70 of the 150 students are spending less than hour on homework.The grades spend close to the same amount of time on homework each week .
New Basketball Coach
This year we have a new basketball coach hear at Payson High School (PHS). Anthony Mitchell took over coach Lunt's job, after he left to Corner Canyon. Coach Mitchell will be looking to have wining seasons in and out just like Lunt did. Coach Mitchell is also a Social Study, and Financial Lit teacher. Coach Mitchell also has a big connection with his players, and is looking to have a good season! I went to go ask him about the upcoming season, click on the video to the right to see what he had to say.
This year Payson High School is going to be performing the play The Drowsy Chaperone. The cast has been putting a lot of hard work into making it not only fun to watch, but fun to be a part of. Let’s take a look at what they have been working on…
How do you pick which musical to do?
“When I go through the process of picking the musical for the fall I typically think about the students that I am going to have at the time I do the musical, and I think about their capabilities, their personalities and then I try to pick a show that matches that, that has enough characters in it that they can fill the parts.” Marilyn Morgan
Why do we do a musical here at PHS?
“One of the main reasons why we do a musical is, in my mind it creates unity among the students. They kind of band together to create this end product they spend hours together everyday after school. They learn the process of what it takes to be in a musical, of what it takes to be good at something, the hours of practice that it takes. They learn to dance, which a lot of these students have not done before they have been in a musical, and so the get to learn singing and dancing. They get to see what goes on behind the stage, with costuming and set and all of those different aspects, and it’s just super fun!” Marilyn Morgan
“So some of the purposes I think, one would be to just give people a new experience to learn music, dancing, acting, just something new. Another reason I think is just to have a chance for people to come out of there shells and gain some confidence by interacting or learning how to dance and sing and act. Another thing is just getting to know new people like you get to meet a lot of people you normally wouldn’t.” Alyssa Behrend.
They will be performing November 4th through the 7th. Please make sure to come out and support the cast.
By: Jessica Hoschouer
The Drowsy Chaperone
PHS Fall Sports
This month I had the opportunity to talk the coaches of the fall sports teams. Payson High has had a definite rebuilding year for their fall sports this year. Payson looks forward to their improvement next year. This year may have been a hard one, but the coaches are looking forward to seeing the improvements the teams have made come out in their playing next season.
By Cortnie Hancock
Releasing the lanterns up at the Rise Festival
Ben Phillips, aka “Kid Mostly” is a student at PHS who is pursuing his passion in music. Ben recently had the opportunity to go to Las Vegas and perform in front of 22,000 people total over the course of two days at the Rise Festival.
The Rise Festival is a festival that is kinda like the scene in the movie “Tangled” where they release the lanterns into the sky. The only difference is that instead of calling the lost princess home they are sending their wishes into the sky. Kid Mostly was one of 4 bands or artists to play at the festival. Ben also commented on how much he loved hearing all the other bands and what a pleasure it was to play with them. You can find Kid Mostly playing at Eli's Deli in Payson Utah or wait and listen to his E.P. set to be released soon.
It is the time for Penny Wars at Payson High School. According to Senior Class President Cameron Savage Penny Wars actually started out as a secret Santa fundraiser.The goal of Penny Wars is for students to raise money for students in our school and people in our community. Over the course of two weeks the students at PHS week to raise as much money as they can. The class that earns the most money wins. The goal for this year is $2,017. All of the money goes into providing Christmas for people of our community. The student council is the group in charge of running Penny Wars. They buy all the presents and deliver them to the family. Junior Class President perfectly summed up, “It’s put on by us for us.” So remember that this month at PHS every penny counts..
One of our fellow Payson Lions has won runner up in the New York Times Summer Reading Contest. Dari Demille was very surprised when she found out, that she had won runner up.
During the contest, students pick any New York Times article written in the past year, and write an essay about it. Thousands of people enter, 10 win runner up, and one wins. These Responses that they write are read by professional writers and it is very difficult to win. Dari Demille accomplished this.
She has represented our high school very well. Winning runner up in this contest also has great rewards, such as being able to put it on your resume.
Student At PHS Wins Runner Up In New York Times Competition
By: Amanda Anderson
Last month the Mane Street Journal had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Stickney the new orchestra director. This month we are taking a look at the new band program and the new band director Mr. Michel Burger.
Mr. Burger is taking on the responsibility of rebuilding the PHS band program from the ground up. With the first performance for the year under everyone's belt,* we can once again hope for the best for a once struggling program.
*See page 3
Photo via: Public Domain
A New Band Director
By: Harrison Carr
Here at our very own Payson High, we have an organization with students and parents here to organize activities and help the school function more smoothly and giving us student some scholarship opportunities like the poetry out loud scholarship that you have the chance of winning some great money to put towards your college of choice. The P.T.S.A. is a very organized and willing organization that is full of loving parents that have kids in the school and they hear what the kid says and they act on that and try to fix or improve that problem it would be pretty hard for them to turn a blind eye to their kids so you can bet they will not sleep or rest until the problem is fixed so we all can relay on the p.t.s.a to help our school and help organize stuff like the Christmas dance that will be a cheaper option than the other dances witch is amazing for a low budget high schooler like my self so the P.T.S.A dance sounds amazing we are so happy to have this great team of parents and students on our side
By: Jaycee Zimmerman
Let’s be real, most of us skip breakfast, so that would mean lunch is the most important meal of the day. But the day that we decide to eat out, there are insanely long lines. But most of the people in line are high school students. Payson High School has open campus for lunch, which means that students are allowed to leave campus during lunch to go get something to eat. So, if you’re in line and most of the people in line are students, it’s probably because you went to eat out during Payson’s lunchtime. For students at Payson High school, they have a thirty five minute lunch on regular days, during that time they only have time to go to a limited amount of places if they want to be back for school on time. The most popular places that the students are able to go are, Polar Queen, Little Caesars, Wendy’s, and Arby’s. Maybe try something new if you want to go out to eat, but don’t want to stand in line. If you still want to go to one of those places then try going when it isn’t lunch time for the students. On Monday’s lunch is from 10:30-11:05 because that day is early out for the students. Tuesday’s to Thursday’s lunch is from 11:00-11:35, so avoid the lines and try going at different times. I interviewed students to see which place was their favorite to eat at, Brisa Rodriguez and Olivia Jerauld said theirs was Little Caesars, and Nathan Edwards, and Braydan Golding said their favorite place was Wendy’s. So also try Arby’s and Polar Queen if you want to avoid long lines.
Do you ever wonder if students at PHS still go trick or treating or if they don't when did they stop and why & when do they think it's appropriate to stop trick or treating, & I also ask a pro decorator for his thought about Halloween I first interviewed 4 students at PHS two juniors & two seniors The two juniors were Kertain Taylor & Rylee Flocken & the seniors were Nathan Edwards & Hunter Sherrow, I ask them if they still went trick or treating & two of them said yes Kertain & Nathan said they still go trick or treating & Rylee & Hunter said they don't, there isn't a certain age were they stop trick or treating it's just depends on yourself most people go trick or treating just for the candy & who doesn't want free candy but when your a high school student and you have a job why not just buy your own candy you can just go to a store & buy a bag full of candy with out dressing up & going form house to house so I ask them when do they think it's appropriate to stop & most of them said when you get older or when you fell like your old enough but some said it would be appropriate some time around jr high because you may scary the other kids & maybe some people won't like give you candy because you seem old enough so you can buy your own candy, I got a opinion form a pro decorator & that give away candy & he said that well first he though they should stop when they are 12 or 13 but then he said that anyone kid at heart so in other word everyone & then he said he gives candy to eveyone who comes dressed up, although people may say something different your never to old to trick or treat you just feel like your old enough & you just stop & maybe you can do something fun then trick or treating like a Halloween party's, so it honestly depends on your self on which are you old enough or not.
By: Pamela Mireles
Trick Or Treat
National Honor Society
K.C. Hoschouer Hoschouer
The National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes outstanding high school students who demonstrate excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The lady in charge is Mrs. Benson, she plans the activities and service projects and she's here to tell us what it's all about.
In an interview with Mrs. Benson, N.H.S. instructor, she told us some of the requirements for being a part of this club. She said, "First of all you have to be a junior, we don't have the club until you are a junior, and you have to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 and then you just have to show that you've been involved in lots of service and leadership kind of activities. You feel out an application and we go over the applications and if you meet the GPA, you’re in the club.”
We also asked her the purpose behind N.H.S. She said, “Okay, so National Honor Society is to give special recognition to those kids who kept up their GPA and also have been involved in other activities. So National Honor Society has four parts, they are: scholarship, of course, and then leadership, character and service. So in N.H.S. we do a lot of service and so I would say that the main purpose of the club is for service. Of course kids can use their membership on their resumes or on college applications. But really the main purpose is for service.”
So besides the fact that it looks good on college applications students learn the value of service and what good comes from helping other
Intro: Key Club is a fun and amazing club here at Payson High School. But students aren’t joining key club as much as we would like them to. Here is a review on key club and why you should join.
Mrs. Griffin: Key Club is awesome it is the best thing on earth. It’s an international organization so there are I think 13,000 chapters of key club. And there’s a district level and a region level and it goes all the way up to international. And we work with the Kiwanis Club which is a professional organization here in Payson and Santaquin. They actually pay for us to have pizza every month which is really great. But really what we are is a service organization so we do all kinds of service. We are constantly coming up with things to serve in the community and that’s our focus is serving in the community. So this year our big major service is that we have been matched with an elementary school on the lower economic scale in Idaho. And we are going to be mentoring these elementary school kids getting them excited about school and happy to be there. And all we do once a week we are going to google chat with them and just talk back and forth and it’s going to be awesome and we’re super excited about getting that going. We also clean the park up the canyon and roast marshmallows. We raise money for make money for literacy for little kids, older kids, kids who are in the juvenile justice system. That’s going to be really fun. Our members have to commit to doing 50 hours of service in a school year. Which sounds like a lot but we do so many service things that it's really easy to get those hours. What else do you want to know about key club it's amazing come and check it out.
Conclusion: So there you have it. Key Club is an amazing opportunity and experience for students. So go on down to Mrs. Griffin’s room and sign up now.
By Norman Dinkins
A new generation of voters
The Millennial generation is coming to the same size as the powerhouse Baby Boomer generation. Which means that the policies will be more catered towards the Millennials. Typically that would be the case, but because voter turnout among newly eligible young people is so low, the elected politicians don't reflect the will of the people; and policies tend to alienate the younger generations because they are giving less of a say into who is being elected.
A conversation on the state of school dances
School dances: an essential part of a healthy high school experience? Perhaps not. We asked High School Student life expert, Ivan Webber for his take on the matter.
Story By Norman Dinkins
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