Payson High should be proud of all the students who have gone on to serve in the military. They are the reason that this country is free and they need to be honored for their service. On the wall next to the main office is a memorial with the names of people in the Payson area who have served our country. Paul Meredith, with his wife, Larraine, made it a project to create the memorial. “I have such admiration for these guys; they have willingly served our country and they need to be honored,” said Meredith.
Dancing to the motto, “We are the dancers, we create the dreams” the Dance Company girls are practicing hard every day and getting closer as a company. “We’re preparing for concerts and looking forward to performing,” said Coach Mason. Dance Company President this year is none other than Ale Hernandez, Vice Presidents are Saralyn Winget and Bethany VanMoos, Secretary is Hannah Menlove, and the Historian is Katelyn Cook. “I love all the girls and they are all motivated and dedicated,” said Ale Hernandez.
It’s that time again… yes, boys basketball season! All the boys are very excited to kick off the season. Our first game is Tuesday the 23rd at home against Tooele! “This year the teams goal is to win more games and become state champs!” said Coach Lunt and Clint Bateman. This year they plan to work hard with help and strength from seniors, juniors, and even some of the sophomores and of course the captains who are BJ Ford, Braiden Wright, Kolton Jewett, and Clint Bateman. All together there are 24 boys total on this year’s team.
At the start of this month LIA started serving a Wilson Elementary school on a reading program twice a week. Each LIA students has been assigned an elementary school student to work on. They will also cater to the teachers and assist with classroom needs. “I like to help out younger kids and it’s a fun experience,” said Kimberly Rodriguez. Yesenia Casillas helps her child recognize words, colors, and motor skills. “Its way fun and the little kids get attached to you, it’s just way cute,” said Casillas .
On November 11, 2010 PHS faculty, staff, and students had the opportunity to listen to one of our own Payson High School graduates and military man, General Jeff Burton. General Burton spoke about his tours while in the military and how important it is to honor our soldier’s everyday not just on Veteran’s Day. “The assembly made me reflect on how we should show more support and thankfulness for the soldiers I know and any soldier I see. I really enjoyed it,” said PHS student Audrey Miller. Thank you to General Burton and all who helped put together a great assembly.
For H.O.S.A. week, they had vital signs done, dress up days, a spirit day, and also a blood drive. But perhaps the most exciting activity of HOSA week was dissecting cow hearts. HOSA advisor Mr. Blake received cow hearts from Dixon Meats in Payson and the students gathered to cut them apart. “I want to be a doctor and so cutting a heart into the left aorta was my favorite part,” said Aaron Etheridge.
Six juniors from the Nebo School District, including three from PHS, organized a HOBY community leadership workshop for 54 Freshmen on Saturday, November 13 at BYU. The entire workshop was totally run by six juniors of the district: Audrey Miller, Jasmin Moyano, and Mercedes John as an assistant from the PHS and Alex Minson, Cason Acor, Lisie Dixon, Matt Russell.
The 2010-2011 Girls Basketball team is ready to start a fresh new season. The team is working hard toward improving and dominating every team in our region. Coaching the team this year is David Hiatt, Tona Graff, Paul Barber, and Lee Ryan. “We will surprise people,” said Junior Mary Allphin. “If we play as a team we will be successful,” said Coach Hiatt. This year’s team goals are “to be united as a team,” said Senior Katelyn Barney. The team is also working hard toward their goal “to conquer and win the state championship,” said Sophomore Priscilla Hales.
Will Payson be able to take state again for the third year in a row? Yes, winning state will be a lot harder this year but that is the teams overall goal. There are 40 boys on this year’s wrestling team including 7 returning state placers. We have three state champions: Brady Loveless, Zac Loveless, and Mitch Brown. We also have four state placers: Jed Mellon, Cole Ford, K.K. Loveless, and Austin Riding.
On November 2-6 the members of the PHS marching band were on band tour and the state competition in California and St. George. The band took a plane trip at 3:00 a.m. down to Disneyland for three days of relaxation, rides, performances, recording sessions, and clinics with “Bob from Philadelphia.”