The FFA motto is “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve.” Payson High’s FFA is the perfect example of this motto. Being part of FFA is no easy task though, FFA members take a written test and are expected to identify the quality in cuts of meat, and identify the quality in yield grade of beef, pork and lamb. The meat evaluation team; consists of MaryAnn Rowley, Katie Swenson, and Fred Openshaw; won first place in state! “FFA is a way to grow personally and gain new leadership skills through agricultural,” said Rowley.
In honor of red ribbon week, Payson High School and Officer John Shepherd put on alcohol awareness night. Parents and community members were invited. He also gave detention credit for going, to get more people involved. By informing people of the risks, and simply getting parents involved, can help prevent underage drinking. They gave out prizes for answering questions. This alcohol awareness night was very successful, I believe. We are very grateful to have people who are willing to help improve Payson High School.
On October 12, Staff and students from the Multi-Cultural service at UVU came in and gave a motivational lesson to the PHS Latinos in Action class to stay in school and not let any obstacle get between them and their educational careers. The guest speakers gave examples of their own personal experiences and advice for seniors wishing to attend college. As one of the guest speaker said, “Thinking and doing it are two different things.” And we hope to see many achievements from Latinos this year, and many others.
The National Honor Society is a service oriented club that loves to have fun. Every month members of the National Honor Society go to the Food and Care Coalition and help serve the homeless. There the students get to serve the food, wash the dishes, dish out the food, and also give canned and boxed food to the needy. The NHS also does one other service project each month.
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment….” Okay, so I’m no good at Shakespeare, but thankfully a few students at our school are. On the 8th and 9th of this month some of our drama students went down to Cedar City to participate in the Shakespeare Competition with a purpose to participate, learn and have fun. The students practiced and performed an ensemble scene from Twelfth Night and earned two superior ratings from the judges.
We’re highlighting FCCLA- the club that works hard and teaches people to stand up and stand out and were in charge of Red Ribbon Week. FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Emphasize the word leaders because, really, that’s what they’re all about. Throughout the year, events like leadership conferences, school activities, and charities are what catch their eye and build them up. They’re always happy to help and even more enthusiastic when they have lots of members.
After the great showcase of Payson’s talent, guest speaker Heather Anderson spoke to PHS about the importance of living a drug free life. Anderson is one of the spokes people for DARE, is an executive member of the of Utah Council for Crime Prevention, she serves on the National Crime Prevention Association, the former Miss Utah USA, and a runway model and much more. She knows what it is like to be tempted with drugs and alcohol, and to have someone close to you go through and addiction. Anderson told the story of how she first handedly saw the effects of drugs on her