The Mane Street Journal
By: Jessica Hoschouer
Mr. Rockwood, who previously taught at Payson High school, is returning next year, but not as a teacher, as the assistant principal! Mr. Rockwood is really excited to be back to Payson where he began his career. Fresh out of college Rockwood was hired as a teacher at Payson High School. After 14 years of teaching at Payson Rockwood was hired as the dean of students at Springville Jr. High School. Rockwood states that he, "was really really thrilled to get this job!" Payson High School is really lucky to be having Mr. Rockwood as there assistant principal. Rockwood really cares about his students. He wants them to know that he loves education, schools and he loves Payson High.
Each month the staff of Payson High School nominates six students of the month. Teachers get to nominate a student they think deserves to be recognized as student of the month. Teachers nominate students that go above and beyond. Some teachers focus on students improvement throughout the school year. Others focus on grades and how hard they work. No matter what teachers want students to also be kind to each other. Those are just some of the things a teacher might look for when nominating a student of the month.
These students that get nominated get invited to a lunch just for them. Their parents or a friend are invited to come to the lunch with the teacher that nominated them. At the lunch the receive a certificate and some other gifts from the school.
This is a great opportunity for all students to try and accomplish.
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.
Student of the Month
By: Reagan Christensen
Yearbooks are one of the most important things we can keep from High school, It is a big scrapbook of all the students and memories of each year. I've had the please of talking to a few people on the Yearbook Staff and see their favorite parts of being in the yearbook class, making yearbooks, and getting to archive each year.
By: Ashton Eaves
By: Lexi Craig
Throughout 2018-2019 school year, Payson High has achieved many recognizable victories within our sports team. For starters our wrestling team went to the State Championship and won plenty of places. They placed a bunch of places such as Tyson Carter won a state championship. Cole Jensen took second as well as Deegan 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 new baseball coach this year, Hadley Thorpe played baseball at Spanish Fork when he was in high school and then played for Southern Utah University and Utah State in college. He coached wrestling for Spanish Fork High School but he’s always wanted to coach baseball and that’s how he ended up here. He likes helping and teaching kids and baseball has always been his favorite sport. He is hoping to make it to the state tournament this year and thinks that the kids on the team have enough talent to do it. Jilyan Bulkley talks about how the swim team started and how she thought the season will go this year. She talks about how the swim team started with just a couple of kids and now it's over 40 students. Not a lot of people know about the swim meets and need to go to more. She talks about how her daughter really wanted a swim team and it's really cool how it all started.
Thanks for such a good year Payson!
Favorite Moments 2018-2019
This school year has gone way to fast, as seniors get ready to check out and graduate. Juniors and sophomores get ready to get out of school and get ready to enjoy their summer, and last but not least faculty and staff get ready to end this school year with their best. As some students and teachers at phs get ready for their last goodbyes, they will always and forever by lions, but what is something they will remember..their favorite moments at phs. This month our last month of the school year you will get to see what were some favorite moments at Payson High School. Keeley said one of her favorite moments of 2018-2019 was the basketball game Payson vs Salem that was one of her favorites because in the game Payson won Salem and it was a really good experience and really great time but that’s not all. Faith favorite moments at phs were just hanging out with her best friend and catching up. Just being with friends was her favorite moments of 2018-2019 of this school year. Bryan favorite moments of this school year was with some of the teachers at phs, and phs has really good teachers that you can laugh with and have a great learning experience, and that’s not all. Some students at Payson high school said some of their favorite moments of the year was homecoming and some of the other dances that payson high school did like prom, homecoming, sadies ect. We all had some kind of favorite moments at payson high school this school year, we will cry with joy and sadness as some continue and some go on with their lives but we will forever be lions.
By: Pamela Mireles
Here at PHS, we have a very hard working, talented theater and arts group. We recently had another spectacular show go on here at Payson with our performing arts group. The performing arts group had gotten together over the past couple months to put together this great Annie play. They did an amazing job and spent countless hours practicing to get their play to optimal performance.
I interviewed a couple students that were involved with the play before their performance. First off, Adri esplin who was Annie, said that it was her first time being a lead role in a play, her friends told her to do it, and she wants to participate in future plays here at PHS. I also interviewed Spencer Ferguson, who played Oliver Warbucks, I asked how why he shaved his head and he said, “to make it more memorable, He has been a part of the theatre and arts group here at PHS for a while, they have been rehearsing since February, and He liked how the play turned out.
Lastly, I interviewed William Wood again, he was very enthusiastic and had a lot to say. William played Rooster Hanigan, and he enjoyed acting as him because Rooster is an interesting character, he told me that their sibling were the extra children, and the dogs name, he also told me his favorite play was Women and Wallace, because he got to be the lead role. Ultimately, our theater and arts group put in a lot of work for this play, and it was evident, they did a stellar job and still amaze us with their talent.
By: Whitney Peterson
The seniors start out the year with a Senior sunrise and end the year with a Senior sunset. The Sunset is a little meet and greet the school does for the seniors that allows them to get together and make a few more memories before the school year is out. Sierra Williams talks about this, “I was there with my friends until, like eleven, and just hanging out, doing whatever, messing around making those last senior year memories and whatnot.”
For dinner the seniors ate hot dogs and hamburgers. They had a barbecue all set up with the student council lending a helping hand. After all the seniors were finished eating, they had a balloon release. They all wrote something they wanted to let go of and then released the balloon. After that, they all short of had free time. There was a game of missionary tag going on, a game of spike ball, and there was also a lot of people sitting in groups and just talking.
Senior sunset is always a great way of ending the school year for the seniors.
As the school year comes to an end we have many people that leave along with it. From our wonderful seniors to our teachers who have decided it’s time for them to go. This upcoming school year will we be presented with a few changes in our teachers. We have wonderful teachers that are leaving that have presented a great amount of help from and we have been able to grow a relationship with.
A few of the teachers leaving are Mr. Peery who teaches our Tv Broadcasting, Outdoor Production and Broadcast Journalism. He will be moving to Preston, Idaho to be an assistant principal, but he says that he will surely miss Payson. “ I will definitely look back fondly on this place and my time here.” We sure will miss him.
Our next teacher leaving is actually the wife of Mr. Peery, Mrs Peery has only taught one year at Payson but has enjoyed every minute. “ I absolutely loved it, talking to students all the time and just getting to know everybody.” Mrs. Peery teachers our intro to Psych and Sports Psych. Preston Idaho is getting some pretty great teachers.
Another teacher that we will miss is Mrs. Obray. She is one of our English teachers and is a dang good one. She will be moving to a town by Richfield and will teach at North Sevier High School. Which only has about 300 hundred students. Obray says,” I loved it here at Payson if I could take the school with me I would.”
We will definitely all miss our wonderful teachers but we know that they are going to do great things with each of their moves.
The seniors at Payson High School have a lot to do in order to graduate from high school. One of those things that they have to do is Senior Checkout. This video talks about how the seniors feel about the whole process. Check it out.
The first interview that was help was Cade Wootton. The interview went as followed. He was first asked, “How have you prepared for senior checkout?” He said, “Mainly just a lot of time at the school, I spend hours after school painting, and making sure I have all of my detention done.” He was then asked if it has been easy. He replied saying, “Absolutely not, it takes a lot of dedication, you have to stay on top of yourself especially if you want the good grades.” He was then asked if he was going to miss it here at Payson. He said, “There is definitely some things I am going to miss, the people, mainly, some of the teachers are really cool. But definitely not the school work being here.” This interview shows that Payson can be fun and exciting or it can be not all that fun and exciting. The real high school experience.
This next interview was with Ambria Rowley, who is also a senior like Cade. The same questions were asked to her. The first one being, “How have you prepared for senior checkout?” She said, “ I basically just turn everything in when its due, so then you can get your yearbook on time.” She was then asked if it has been easy preparing for senior checkout. She said that it has been pretty smooth for the most part, with turning in assignments. Finally, she was asked if she is going to miss it here at Payson. She said, “Um yeah, kind of. But a lot of time I won't miss the homework, so that’ll be nice.” Ambria shows that there is some of Payson that she cares about. But would rather be out of payson and go into the rest of her life.
The final interview was with Bryson FInley. Who is also a senior. The same questions were asked to him as well. The first question being, how have you prepared for senior checkout? He replied saying, “Well to be completely honest I wasn’t really prepared at all. I kinda procrastinated everything until the last minute. It was a lot of like playing catch-up which is something that you should not do, if im giving advice to anybody. It was not easy on myself.” He was then asked if it has been easy. He said, “I mean, after everything is done it's pretty easy. Just as long as you don’t fall behind you’ll be okay as far as that goes.” Then the final question was asked if he was going to miss Payson. He said, “Oh for sure, I mean I spend a lot of my time here and it’ll be something that’s a big part of my life that is just gone out of nowhere so I think that all of the friends that i’ve made in this year and years past, it’ll be sad but i’m excited.
This interview shows how he is excited for the future after Payson and it shows even though he will miss this place he is looking forward.
By: Andrew Martin
So for my last article of the year I decided to take a look at john and what he does as both a athletic trainer and a teacher and look at what he likes about his job and talk to some of the students about what they like about him.
John was the first to be interviewed. "What do you do to help students as an athletic trainer?" He responded and said "So providing care for two areas either coverage or care, so for coverage it's more emergency medicine based so if theres some catastrophic injury during the game I'd be the first responder. Care would be more of being with the team daily, if an athlete is injured and wants to come and do rehab I can direct rehab and get them back to play. It's all dependent on what the athlete's expectations are"
Then Cooper Ott was asked what he think of John. His answer was "I think he's very smart, he's a good guy and funny, and as a matter of fact I have a story. One time I broke my hip at practice sophomore year, and he had me walk over and I had to crawl cause I couldn't walk." He then explained that John said he had a fracture and he was surprised to see that John was right when he went to the doctor and there was indeed a fracture.
Logan Wride was asked the same question as Cooper only he had a different answer. "John is the G.O.A.T honestly, he's really pretty funny, and he knows a lot of stuff about injuries so that's good. Then waddles in Braxton Hall, who suffered two pretty bad injuries back to back years. He was asked how John helps students that get injured. He answered and said "Well I tore my meniscus this soccer season and he was able to be there for me and watch me as I progressed to get back and I was able to play soccer, and he made sure that I wasn't over pushing myself but I also pushed myself so I was able to play this season.
After Braxton Kate Callahan and Natalie Edwards were asked what the liked best about John. Natalie said, "I like that John is always having us try our best for soccer and he has a really good personality and he's a good teacher and he has really cute kids." Kate then was interviewed and talked about her having a bad day and John cheering her u and bringing her candy. Jackson Terry had a simple response: "John? Squats, protein, Star wars."
Ethan Bateman then explained how john helps him during soccer season and how he appreciated that.
What a man, what a legend, there you have it people.
John The Trainer
By: Mike Lowry
The news paper is a fun and creative way for students to immerse themselves into the activities, clubs, and people of Payson High School. They work their hardest to find all the fun and interesting stories they can throughout the school but the real hard work goes into trying to reflect the true excitement of the stories through their work. Interveiws, pictures, and articles of their own making are compiled into a single magazine for the month. Once printed out they are able to deliver the fresh paper to all the students and faculty throughout the school. We all then get the privalege of reading about our school from all of their hard work.
By Cade Wootton
Mrs. walter the chemistry teacher at payson high school has been apart of payson's history for as long as just about anyone can remember, she graduated from payson in the 1970’s and has been teaching there for the past thirty six years.
Many of the students at payson love her, Kayden Todd said that he loves her kind personality and her love to help people. Braxton Hall said that he loves the stories that she tells in class, and her love for the subject. Donovan Treanor said that even though he doesn’t have her as a teacher he loves that he can go talk to her about anything. Cooper ott was interviewed and said that she is just a loveable person and that he would hug her all day long if he could.
Mrs Walter was interviewed about her favourite part about being at payson, she said that she just loves being around the teenagers and trying to make them into better people. She was also asked about her, she said that her roots run deep in payson.
Mrs. walter is one of the kindest people anyone could ever meet and she does a lot for everyone she can. So there you have it straight from walters mouth.
By: Ari Sanders
Kristen Whitney is a Jr. here at Payson High School. Kristen has recently won a great scholarship at Southern Utah University she has gotten herself a full tuition scholarship. Kristen said "it is easier then is seems, I was so stressed about my future so I applied for this scholarship more as practice then the real thing but then I actually got it!" Kristen is a great example for all Lions here at PHS!
Student Spotlight- Kristen Whitney
By: Kade Bingham
Ethan Gowans was interviewed about yearbook. Some of the things he said were that it's a lot of fun and that he goes and gets pictures and writes things for the yearbook. He also talks about how and where you can get a yearbook.
We are in that time of the year... where kids are just dying to get out of school. So while everyone is talking about summer we went around Payson high asking students about next school year. We asked them questions about... 1. What are you looking forward to for next year 2. What do you think you will accomplish next year 3. What are you going to miss most about this year. Their answers were great. Andrew Martin is exited to be a senior next year and so is Ashton eaves as well.
By: noah braithwaite
Home coming, more commonly referred to as Hoco by the students, is an intense experience, from asking-to the game the whole week is on edge. However, every year is different for everybody. For example this year the school did not win our game and there was also a huge fire burning just over the ridge of the mountain the whole week! This year we had plenty of activities to keep us distracted from the chaos of the fire. Here is some insight on all of Hoco week 2018 and what happened.
This year for one of the schools many activities for Hoco week we had our annual light parade and as Noah Bird said "Its O-mazing" to be in the light parade. As the light parade was going the town had Pole Creek, and Bald Mountain fires going to keep them nice and toasty even though it was still a little chilly outside that night.
The homecoming game was a good one for sure! We were really close to winning it even towards the end. The cheer, drill team, and color guard did a great job as well awing the crowds with their grand performances as well as the opposing teams crowds as the players were getting ready for the second half.
BY: Tyler Burke