Our digital media students had a great time at the Utah Digital Media Arts Festival at UVU on Tuesday, May 7th. Our school was awarded the "Spirit Award" and sophomore student Violet Andrew won first place in the Vector Graphic category with her Adobe Illustrator creation titled "The Rose".
Julie Gowans has taught at Payson High for 13 years, changing several students lives along the way. She has a passion for education and transfers that passion to her students with every lesson. She has a quote in her classroom that reads “I create the future, I teach” which is a great representation of her attitude as a teacher.
As the school year is winding down, our videos this month include, farewells to some of our administrators who will be leaving next year, reflections on some classes that students have been able to take, including some classes that will be coming to PHS next year, we even take a look into the lives of students!
Jessica Hoschouer, Student Editor
Congratulations are in order to Evyn Staheli and Thobe Talbot who are the Class of 2019’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Not only is this a great honor but it also comes with the opportunity to speak at graduation. Traditionally both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian are known to give the farewell address to their class to offer inspiring words of both remembrance and encouragement for the future. Staheli and Talbot will be speaking along with current Senior Class President, Bailey Savage and the Principal’s Choice, Logan Bennett.
May 4- PROM
May 6- Library books need to be turned in.
May 10- Chromebooks need to be turned in.
May 17- Yearbooks will be handed out to those with less than 10 hours of detention and who have paid their fees. Seniors need to complete their checkout list in order to get their year book.
Senior all night party @ Boondocks.
May 22- Graduation @ 2:00pm @UCCU Center
Señor Peck, Spanish teacher at Payson High School who loves to travel so much that he’s been to every state in the Nation, plans to take students on a trip to Spain in the Summer of 2020. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM for those students who are thinking about or even thinking about thinking about going on the trip. Students that will be attending Payson High School next school year, are eligible to go, even if they will be graduating in 2020.
This years current senior Student Council members all share one common thought about finding new members for the Council. They all share pride for their fellow leaders in the school. The process of running for Student Council is extremely intense! The first step to running is to make sure you are Student Council material. You need a good looking track record. This includes spotless grades and attendance marks. You also need to have good relationships with your teachers and other workers at the school. The second step is showing you can be involved.
“Janean is fantastic! She creates magic in her classroom and culture here at PHS. Students are happily engaged in learning, sewing, and discussing childhood concepts. Janean develops an inviting, warm, positive, and energetic classroom that instills a love for children and creating. She is affectionately known as ‘Mama T’. Janean is an outstanding cheer coach and builds positive relationships. She inspires them to do their best in academics and in life. Janean’s attitude, confidence, creativity, and deep understanding of student learning is remarkable.”
For the month of March, Orchard Hills Elementary students partcipated in a reading contest, and one winner was picked from each class to participate in the Basketball Shoot Off for Reading. The Payson High School basketball team was able to help these students in their shoot off. Each participating student was able to shoot baskets to earn up to $7. It was a great celebration of reading and students had a fun time cheering on their friends.
This year the Miss Santaquin crown was passed on from Nicki Mortensen to Payson High School junior Devyn Olson. For Olson’s talent she sang “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Her two attendants were fellow PHS students Erin Miller, 1st attendant, and Liz Waters, 2nd attendant. Payson High School is privileged to be home to such outstanding ladies!