The Mane Street Journal
Inside look: Newspaper
Table of Contents
Letter from the Editor
Classes for Juniors
Sweet Hearts Assembly
Payson High Clothing
March is here and it came in like a lion, as our front page picture captures perfectly. Just because the weather is less than ideal, it doesn't mean that there aren't great stories happening at PHS. This month we feature stories on CTE month, concurrent enrollment classes, upcoming spring sports, and of course a story on our state champion PHS wrestling team. Like always, all stories are completely student produced and edited.
Letter from the Editor
- Clint Peery, Teacher
By: Jessica Hoschouer
CTE stands for, Career and Technical Education. To graduate high school you need to have one credit in CTE. February has been designated as CTE month, throughout the United States. This means, that throughout the month of February the nation is united in celebrating CTE. We Interviewed Mr. Brian Blake, who is in charge of overseeing the CTE classes at Payson High School.
In the interview Mr. Blake commented that, "Really what happens there (during CTE month) is that you have competitions by the chapters at schools. You have clubs that put on extra activities, and more importantly you have advertisement of what's available the students, because a lot of times students just don't know, what they don't know."
Mr. Blake went on to talk about how the Payson chapter of FFA hosted a dance, with several lunch time activities and competitions throughout the week of the dance. He also talked about how FCCLA had there region competition at BYU, competing in many events such as, sewing, cooking, and sports and nutrition.
He later mention that through CTE classes, "students can experience and explore what they want to do, or what skill they may want to develop. It may not be something that turns into a life long career, but it may be something that turns into a skill, where they're able to save time and energy." Mr. Blake went on to tell us about Mr. Kennedy's auto classes learning how to change oil in there vehicles, and how throughout the years, these students being able to do there own oil changes will save them tons of money.
Mr. Blake firmly believes that students getting this education now, can really help prepare them for there future, if students can learn now that they really don't like doing what they thought they would, then they can save thousands of dollars on not getting an education that they end up not using.
CTE classes are such a great opportunity that every student should take advantage of. That's all for this month!
As always, stay classy Payson!
Here at Payson High School there are many different concurrent enrollment classes that are offered to the students. Concurrent enrollment and AP classes are a higher level of class and by taking them you can earn college credits for much cheaper while you’re still in high school. Because it is a higher level class teachers teach a bit differently.
Teachers expectation of their students are higher in these classes. Students are held to stricter deadlines and their work is expected to better quality. Tests in these classes are harder and teachers aren’t as lenient about retakes and missing assignments. These classes are just more difficult than a normal class would be.
everyone to appreciate high school and live in the moment. Everyone worries about the past and the future and this year we want the student body to focus on living life in the moment.
By: Reagan Christensen
By: Lexi Craig
Payson High Schools wrestlers went to state this year. This is a crazy experience for our wrestlers. They placed a bunch of places such as Tyson Carter won a state championship. Cole Jensen took second as well as Degan Palmer, Wyatt Hone and Tucker Naccarato. Brock Loveless and Tyler Knapp took third. Many others placed as well. The wrestling coach, Jeb Clark, has mentioned how much they have trained and the amount of effort they put into this accomplishment. He states that he believes that attitude is what can make or break a wrestler. Our wrestling team did really well this year and Payson High School is extremely proud of them.
Junior Classes Next Year
As the end of the year is coming closer to the end junior are getting ready to register for next year there senior year and they are looking for some good classes so what are those classes and what are they looking forward to next year.. This month you will get to know a little more about that. Some of the junior said that they are taking some college classes so that it will look good on there transcript, also it a little challenge for some of them, and it’s also a good way so that they get ready for college classes in the future. Most junior are looking forward is to graduating because I mean that pretty exciting, also there looking forward to next year because it’s there last year of high school and they get to do a lot of things next year like fun activities ect..
By: Pamela Mireles
By: Whitney Peterson
Everyone knows that in the month of February, the Sweethearts dance is upon us. Sweethearts is a girls ask dance and is a semi formal dress. The week of Sweethearts, there is the Sweethearts assembly. The FFA directs the dance and plans everything. So they host all the activities and the assembly. During the Sweethearts assembly, they choose who will be the royalty. Girls get nominated and go through a series of activities and than by the end of the assembly three girls get chosen to be the royalty. They make a cake and bring it to auction off. The students and even parents and teachers can bid on the cakes. The cakes are so good they get up to the 2 hundreds. This year we had a very special guest as our auctioneer. The Hypno Hick. He is a hypnotist and does shows at many different high schools and activities. Sweethearts is a very fun dance that Payson High loves.
Payson High Clothing
By: Ashton Eaves
Payson high school has great students and a lot of pride, one of the ways we represent that is through the clothing we wear. I've gone around and asked a few people their opinion on school clothing and to get insight on the future of payson merch, Enjoy.
How do you feel about the clothing you have now?
I think it’s okay and I think it could be improved.
Does the school have plans to add more clothing and what will it be?
we do have plans to add more clothing we're looking at the catalogs now and we're looking, one of the things I know we're looking at is a baseball type of t-shirt with that baseball look with the sleeves so I think that will be.. I shouldn’t say cute but whatever you guys use now.
Would you like to see a design competition for the best lion or clothing design in the future.
I would love it, I would love to have something that's not generic that's coming from you students. And bringing the school spirit I think that would be awesome, spectacular, amazing.
Is the clothing something you would like to improve or see go further in the future.
I would like to have it improve this is just its, going into its first year with the new clothing, so It can improve definitely and I love clothes I have a closet like all of you do have clothes, like to improve them and get new ones.
What is the Payson clothing to you?
Austin Anderton(Payson High Student):
So I think it's pretty cool just like they have had the same designs for awhile like if they added some new ones might try some new things and see what people like, that would be good. Yeah it’s a good way to show spirit.
What would you like to see in the future of payson clothing?
Austin Anderton(Payson High Student):
To see some bathrooms would be pretty sick… Yeah.
How does the school clothing affect the students and how they represent the school?
Austin Anderton(Payson High Student):
They just like yeah, show some school spirit and like more unity and stuff but then also having different designs like you’ve got cool designs on the schools then you're basically already cooler than the other schools.
What is the Payson clothing to you?
Andrew Martin(Payson High Student):
Payson clothing is something that's really cool to me but I feel like it could be advanced a lot more than it is right now I feel like that if students and teachers are able to come together and work on the clothes to be able to push forward and make more cool projects and things for Payson.
What would you like to see in the future of Payson Clothing?
Andrew Martin(Payson High Student):
I’d like to see stuff that would correlate to everybody's stuff that would make people feel like they're able to come together as a student body and not feel weird, or outcasts as they're wearing their Payson Pride Clothing.
Once highschool is over we are going to have to figure out what we are going to do with our lives. Becoming financially independent is a goal that most people have, but it is a slow process that takes time. Being financially independent means the same thing as retirement. Saving your money and investing it wisely is way of becoming financially independent You're values in life determine what you find important and what you decide to spend your money on.
Are students at PHS ready for this terrible part of growing up? Will they be ready to pay for their necessities while going through the process of financial freedom? Students at PHS must know how to get ready to leave the nest and become independent adults? We decided to interview some students to see just how ready they are to become financially independent; we asked Brian Fonseca and Eric Gomez on how they pay for their financial needs while still being at home and how they spend their money. We also give you some tips on how to become financially independent. Even though we are just teenagers and it might seem like this is unimportant, it is good to know what being retired is and the possible ways of getting there.
Samuel Sanchez - Ursus Soto
Golf is a very fun and beneficial sport for students and young adults who are interested in a really good skill that they are going to use for a good majority of the rest of their lives. In this video it shows the point of views of former golf team members and the coach of the teams.
Andrew Martin (Interviewer): Golf is a really good opportunity for students to learn skills throughout their life and also it is for scholarship opportunities.
Andrew Martin: When you were on the golf team did you enjoy having coach Miller as a coach?
Ryan Hatfield (PHS Student): Yes, I really did enjoy having her as a coach she was really strict with her team, which is good and everything so yeah it was fun having her as a coach.
Andrew Martin: How was your experience on the team?
Ryan Hatfield: I had a lot of fun on the team we did a lot of fun stuff, we also took stuff very serious.
Andrew Martin: Do you plan on trying out next year?
Ryan Hatfield: I do plan on trying out next year, I'll have to see how busy I am, but I'd love to try out for the team again.
Andrew Martin (Interviewer): When are the boys tryouts this year?
Coach Miller: Boys tryouts this year are going to be around July 22nd and 23rd. We will be going to St George at the end of July we also start region meets August 5th. We have two a week until school starts then we will have one a week. State tournaments are at the end of September, and the 1st of October this year at Wasatch.
Andrew Martin: Why should people try out?
Coach Miller: The golf team is really fun because it's kind of a individual sport but a team concept, if that makes sense, so anybody that wants even a senior that can come to play if they know how to play golf and play well they could play as a senior even if they haven't played any of the other years. So it's kind of a easy kind of sport.
Andrew Martin: How have the team's been in the past years?
Coach Miller: The boys have done really well in the last couple years. We went to State last year as a team, other than that I have taken individuals to state this year. I've got some new recruits coming which should be pretty good. I've got some kids returning that have played several years, so the boys should be really good. The girls we have right now is going on. We have three returning girls. We will may have four total on the girls team, so we're going to have to do really well to make it as a team. But I do have two or three that should make it to state as individuals on the girls.
Andrew Martin: How have you enjoyed coaching the team?
Coach Miller: Oh I love doing golf. A lot of people want my job, my coaching job, so it's kind of a lot easier than any of the other sports because it's either the kid who uses the sport all by them self at those meets, where they don't, it's not me deciding who plays so it's more up to them as an individual to make the team and to make the top six to go to those meets so it's easier that way because there's not as many parents involved in it. So it's kind of a cushy job. But I love golf anyways so I would play it 24/7 if I could.
By: Andrew Martin
Logan Sorensen is the spotlight of this months video. We all know that he is an all around superstar at playing basketball, but today we get to dive in a little deeper to what else Logan enjoys. Logan coming in at ninth for the Utah state basketball scoring stats, and is not too far from the top. He uses his basketball IQ to help the overall playing level of the whole team by excelling in his potential.
Logan fills us in on other sports he played before becoming fully involved in basketball. He says, “ I played football and baseball, football until eighth grade and baseball until seventh grade, but I Just focused on basketball.” As we know that choice was a very wise one. We talked about who could have influenced him anyway with basketball. “ No one in my family really played basketball so I was a fan of the MBA. My favorite player of all time is Ray Allen I loved watching him and he's the best shooter of all time.” We also get a little background of how it all began with the sport he is so very good at. He started playing in second grade he then went to an accelerated team in third which is when he started traveling around Utah county building on his skills and his knowledge to make him the player he is today and the places he has gone and will continue to go.
My next interview was with Logan's coach Anthony Mitchell. Mitchell has been able to first hand watch Logan over the years through practices, tournaments, and his over playing time in games. He has watched his improvement and the success he has brought through the years.
Mitchell says, “ Logan is a terrific player!! He can shoot, rebound, dribble, and pass. He's a competitor, he wants to win.” Anthony also adds “ Logan is also know by a couple of coaches in our region as the best player. They knew he would be good, but they were very surprised by at how good he actually became. Which is a huge tribute to him by how hard he works during the off season.” As a coach you have to be proud to were a player who have coached since the beginning could go. “ there's a few colleges that want Logan to come play for them and I'm excited to see where he ends up playing it will be fun to watch him on the next level.”
I know even from his teammates he is influenced them so much on and off the court. Ben Larsen says “ Logan is so good at making everyone feel involved and is jut a really good friend to everyone.” He also adds “ this season being able to play with Logan I have gotten to know him a little more and we have gotten closer than ever.”
Logan has come so far in the sport playing aspect of life and he is hopeful to continue to grow and to play one as are all of us. Logan is not only an amazing basketball players, but a great teammate.
By: Kade Bingham
This month we get to learn a little bit more about the newspaper and what they do. Alysha and Jennifer talked about how they like newspaper parties and how they like to create a newspapers every month.
By: noah braithwaite
It’s the time of year here at PHS, the juniors will be taking the 4 hour long test the ACT. The ACT is a test that every junior in country has to take and it decides what you’ve learned through your years of school and depending on your score what collage you can get into. We went around Payson High School asking students how they feel about the ACT, some students had great answers to our questions. We asked Andrew Martin, Ashton Eves and Tyler Burke, who are all juniors at Payson High, three questions, 1. How do you feel about the ACT ? 2. How are you preparing for the ACT? 3. Are there any colleges you are looking to get in with a good ACT score? They gave us some wonderful insight.
Track season is right around the corner and practices have already started, let's see what this years athletes and coaches have to say about track...
Junior athlete Kayden Todd was the first to be asked what he is most excited for this year in track, he answered and said “ Um, I’m excited to compete, to go against other schools, I think that would be really fun. Then when asked why he’s doing track this year, he responded; “So I can get faster cause I play like other sports and stuff and you need to be fast to be good. Junior Cooper Ott was then interviewed and asked what he’s most excited for, he enthusiastically responded “track is lit!” he then goes on to say “We get to run a lot, and I like running” He then rethinks his statement and says “not really.” Then when he is asked if he doesn’t like running then why was he doing track, his answer was simple, “to get faster” Junior track runner and soccer player Logan Wride was then asked what his favorite part about track and why he was doing it. He responded, “I like having coach long there cause he’s funny, and I like thinking that i’m getting faster. Words similar to Logan’s seemed to be a common trend in many of the athletes who spoke about their experience of running track and a major part of it contributed to helping them improve in other sports such as football.
Another athlete interviewed was Tyler Bott, who both runs and does field events. He was also asked what his favorite part about track was and why he chose to participate this particular year. He answered and said, “Uh my favorite part about track is being able to get in shape, and I’m running it to get faster for football.” It seemed like a fitting answer since that is what many other athletes said as well. The final track runner interviewed was newly appointed track captain Ari Sanders, his answer to the questions asked deemed to be a bit different than that of the other football players, Even though Ari is a football player alike. He said “ when asked why he is running track he replied “because of the competitive aspect, and I think it’ll be fun.”
The interviews then change from the players to the coaches. The first coach interviewed was current assistant football coach Dustin Long, who works with the sprinters. He was asked about why he thinks it’s good that the kids come out and run track. He was in depth with his reply when he said, “I think track like any sport is about what we teach the kids on and off the field, discipline, hard work, dedication, it gives them an opportunity to connect with people that they might not always connect with and builds an atmosphere and a culture of camaraderie and school spirit.”
Payson track head coach Dennis Archuleta was then asked the same question as coach Long which was why he believes it is good for the kids to run track. His answer was also very in depth similar to Dustin. “Um, it’s good for them to come out and run track so they can stay in shape and learn some life skills of not being able to quit, and to push themselves to PR’s(personal records) and to uh, be able to know that they can overextend themselves and their bodies to make them feel good. Coach Archuleta then was asked why he chose to coach track this year despite having coached it for so long. His response was detailed and described his coaching experience. “Well i’ve been coaching track for about twenty years off and on. From eight year olds to high school kids, Um so i’ve been doing it for a long time but it’s been good to come over here and have the high school experience and to be able to come and coach these high school kids.” Dennis, who is known by the track kids as coach Archie, enjoys his track experience coaching and after the interview expressed his intent to continue coaching as long as he can.
Well there you have it, straight from the players and coaches.
By: Mike Lowry
By: Ari Sanders
With soccer season starting up, many players are coming into this season with high hopes and big goals, here are some of those players goals.
Joe Brandley was asked what he was most excited for in the upcoming season, he responded “Probably just practicing with the team and getting closer to the team”
Next Braxton Hall was asked what his goals were for the season, his answer was to score as many goals as he could, work harder than everyone else, and become the best player he can be. He also said that he was most excited for the rivalry game with the Salem Skyhawks and he hopes to beat them again
*Braxton is currently out for most of this season but should make a return near the end*
Logan Wride was asked about his goals for this season he stated that he wanted to score more goals than he did last year and to win more games than they won last year. Next he was asked what he was most excited for, for the season. He said that he was excited for tournaments in St George, missing school, and just playing the game.
Foreign Exchange student Falko Kretschmar was asked about his goals for the season, he said that he wants to make it to the playoffs, and have an all around great season. He was also asked about the team, he said that they have a pretty good team, and that they have been practicing and learning together for a few months now, and that they should be better than they have been.
Ki Bateman was asked about his goals for the season, he said that he wanted to improve their record from last year and have a fun time. He also said that he thinks the team will do well since they have all been playing together on city league and club teams since they were little kids.
Tregan Palmer was interviewed about his goals, he stated that he wanted to qualify for the state playoffs, and compete. Tregan has big plans for after the season, he wants to play college soccer so another one of his goals is to play well enough to get noticed by scouts. Tregan also thinks that the team that has been put together has a lot of potential and should do a lot better than the years before.
Ethan Bateman didn’t have much to say, but what he did say was that the team was good and if they try hard enough they will do pretty well, he also said that they should have a good chance at a great season, but only if they want it bad enough.
Overall the players on Payson’s soccer team have worked hard and have high hopes for this upcoming season and should have a good, fun, entertaining season.
By: Ari Sanders