This year, Payson High’s Horris Man Award recipient is none other than the wonderful office secretary, Connie Mattenson. To receive the award, faculty around the school voted for who was the year’s best employee, and PHS strongly felt that Mattenson was the best fit, “She’s always happy, and I’m so excited that I got to work with her. She’s always multi-tasking, laughing, and thinking of others,” said fellow office secretary, Janeen Dean. According to assistant principal Ben Ford there’s “nothing better.” Mattenson loves her job at PHS and the people she is surrounded by.
Anna Brimley is Payson High School’s 2010 Valedictorian. Daughter of Linda and Ken Brimley, Anna lives in Payson with her three brothers and one sister. Anna is extremely motivated and has made many grand accomplishments. Her biggest accomplishment of them all would be finishing her associate’s degree from UVU at school, while participating in Concert and Chamber choirs, being part of the State winning drum line, and being an AP Musical Sterling Scholar. Brimley is an extremely hard worker and that has definitely paid off. Anna has received a band scholarship, the New Century Scholarship, a
Payson High’s 2010 salutatorian is Belen Moyano. Daughter of Gloria and Jose Moyano, she received the H.O.B.Y. Scholarship (Hugh O’ Brian Youth Scholarship) after competing against 50 of Utah’s top students. As a junior in high school, she took three Advanced Placement classes while participating in two high school choirs, acting, and performing with Payson High’s Dance Company. Moyano has been in over 15 play productions, of which only two of them were dramas and not musicals.
"Second star to the right, and straight on `til morning" Is the way to the Neverland! The children’s play Peter Pan was just Astounding. Written for elementary school kids and performed May 4th through the 6th, it was just smashing! Kids from all around came to watch the epic story unfold on the Payson High stage. “My favorite part was yelling at all the little kids” said Alex Jensen.
The Ken Garff Keys to success assembly was a bonanza of free stuff. The Luckiest-Girl-At-Payson-High was Ambri Corlett, who won a free Chevy Malibu. “It is a really sweet car, I can’t believe I won it” said Corlett. Her Boyfriend’s (Nathan Cunningham’s) face filled with love, amazement, and joy as he said, “I can’t believe I am with such a beautiful girl with such a beautiful car!” Rumor has it that later that day the couple took a romantic drive to Santaquin reservoir to watch the fish jump…
With most of the members on the Drumline graduating the future classmen are going to have to step it up with they want to keep up the tradition that seniors have set in stone. The 2009-2010 season for Kyle Butler, Anna Brimley, Ryan Shumway, Landon Hale, Amanda Echols, Carole Abraham, Dallen Mendenhall and Melanie Madsen was their last but it was still a blast! Some of the most memorable moments for these seniors “Our final show in St. George in the fall season, coming off the field knowing that you had done amazing” said Anna.
Last week was the Dance Company workshop, and if you were looking to try out for Dance Company, improve your dance techniques, or just looking to have a good time then the Dance Company workshop would have been great for you. We had a pretty good turn out this year including the new Dance Company teacher who came to this event. We started off by warming up with Holly Petty the recent dance teacher. Following that we had our Dance Company president Carolle Abraham teach us more about the way our body could move, through vibratory moves, percussive, swing and a few other movements.
Everyone loves blood drive day. You get to miss class, hang out and eat snacks in the gym, and watch your friend’s faces go white as their blood gush out of them. Broden Parkin said, “I donate blood to help others, get out of class, and get free food”. But to some, blood donation is more than an excuse to get out of class. Blood drives, despite the common rumors, are not to supply the vampire population. Blood drives provide the means to save people’s lives. 4.5 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions.
Shawn Johnson is the recipient of the 2010 Crystal Apple Award. This is a unique award given to teachers who go out of their way to provide help and friendship to the students and co-workers at their school. “I’ve never seen a person who cares more about students than him. Not only the education but about their lives too,” said fellow teacher Jeremy Chapman. Mrs. Brotherson admitted that Shawn would hate the publicity, he doesn’t like to do things publicly; he helps each student without making a big deal about it; he keeps it quiet and to himself.