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By Jessica Bastean
Payson High’s debate team placed second at the debate region tournament. Congratulations to Anthony Wilcox, Megan Snow, Heather Reid, Ariane Keele, Alexis Cortez, Jessica Bastean, Nathan Womack, Ali Bufton, Juan Trujillo, Easton West, Kelsey Wood, and Nick Hindes on taking second place at the Region debate tournament and all qualifying for the state debate tournament.
Our very own Payson High debate team has just finished a great debate season. The team competed in both the region and state debate competitions. The debate team sent 12 Payson debaters to region. Each debater had to compete in one debate and one individual event. Debates consisted of Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, and SPAR. The individual events consisted of Original Oratory, Congress, Impromptu, and Mixed Exempt. Overall Payson placed second in the region debate tournament which served as a great reward for all the hard work they put into preparing for the debates. Ms. Ralph, the coach of the debate team said, "Our debaters here at Payson are awesome and amazing and I'm so lucky to work with them."
Each debater from Payson that attended the region tournament qualified to attend state. At the state tournament each debater focused on one event, which they spent two whole days debating in. Nick Hindes, a member of the debate team, commented "I thought that state was a fun experience. It was a good learning experience for all of us who went and we will all be very prepared for next year." The debate team here at Payson High worked very hard and did their best at state which closed the debate season well.
By Daniela Garcia
19 Payson High School Latino in Action Students attended the annual LIA Conference at UVU on March 15, 2012. The Latinos in Action Conference gives an opportunity for all the LIA groups in the state to get together and get to know each other, listen to motivational speakers, attend workshops and watch different schools perform traditional dances. The workshops consisted of different leaders teaching perseverance in different ways to many students.
In one workshop the student groups from each school were challenge to come up with a business proposal and find a solution for it, the winning school would win 1,000 dollars for their school. This year the proposal was why is it that African Americans and Latino students in our schools in Utah score so low on the ACT. The students came up with a commercial and posters and solutions that could be done to change that.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions because questions lead to answers and answers lead to knowledge and knowledge leads to power,” quoted motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda Jr.
There were three motivational speakers that spoke, each speaker told there story and motivated our students. The speaker that motivated our LIA students the most was Key Note speaker Jose Hernandez; he is one of two Latino Astronauts in the world. He was a migrant student, from a very young age he worked in different cities in California in different fields migrating from different areas for work. He did not have very much schooling, nor did his parents, his parents only having a third grade level of schooling pushed him to attend school and work hard. He put in his mind to work hard and be one of the first Latino astronauts, he applied at NASA eleven times. But he never gave up, doing everything he could he worked and worked to become an astronaut, at age 41 he got accepted and is now the NASA engineer, he is in charge of overseeing the equipment on the ship. His story motivated many of our students that no one can put you down and that nothing is impossible if you work hard.
“Jose Hernandez is by far the best speaker I’ve heard, he is a great example and very inspirational,” said Ivan Cardenas.
At the conference Senior James Lopez won a scholarship for 1,000 dollars to use at any school he wants. Lopez turned in an application and an essay talking about how he is a leader in our school and times when he has had to overcome something in his life.
“I want to be a roll model to all the other Latino Students by getting good grades and show that they can do anything they want in life,” said Lopez.
There is many opportunities for any student and the Latinos in action Conference shows that to all the students and teaches them many skills so they can work hard and accomplish any goal.
“LIA Payson High School welcomes bilingual students in the class room, regardless, as long as they can speak two languages and they can be an asset to the group. We welcome Jaisha Webb, not a Latino student, to the club, she supports us and we all love her very much. Anyone is invited to join, find me or Mrs. Gillie for information,” quoted Cardenas.
Three Payson High School teachers presented at the annual Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference held March 2 in Salt Lake City. Biology teacher Brian Blake, psychology teacher David Rockwood and chemistry teacher Linda Walter presented a lecture about teachers developing their own textbooks.
Students in Blake’s classroom interact on iPads with his online textbook and students in Rockwood’s class learn from his published sports psychology textbook. Walter uses Moodle and other online interactive tools to teach her students in innovative ways.
Using the technological tools available to publish textbooks and facilitate class learning is something Blake says is essential to today’s classroom.
“Technology in the science classroom is important because it exposes students to the type of learning and work that they we get in the real world,” Blake said.
“Also technology in the classroom engages the student and brings the material to their playground. Students so often "power-up" before they get to school and when they go home, but are told in school to turn all their devices off while at school. Technology lets them own the material.”
On the last day of the conference Pam Turley presented Brian Blake the 2012 UCET Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. According to Turley, even more impressive than Blake’s use of technology in the classroom is the way he has been able to collaborate with other science teachers in the Nebo School District through the use of technology.
“The teachers who teach the same science courses throughout the district are sharing Brian’s courses in Moodle, are collaborating on the content on an ongoing basis, and are functioning as a powerful professional learning community on a district-wide scale,” Turley said.
Blake felt honored to receive the award on behalf of the work many good teachers are doing.
“I am grateful for the recognition, but also feel undeserving of the honor as I feel I have just been doing the things that have been asked of me to do. I have been doing what many good teachers are doing,” said Blake.
At 145 pounds, Cole Ford won his first state title last Saturday. He has placed in the State Tournament all four years of his high school wrestling career but this year he took the title.
Our 145lb wrestler has had a lot of ups and downs throughout his career but there has never been a time where he has stopped working hard to accomplish his goals.
“Winning has a great feeling of accomplishment,” said our state champ, Cole Ford. “It makes all the hard work and everything worth it. That being said, I believe that everyone needs to have their fair share of losses to keep them fighting and trying to be that much better.”
Under all the pressure and scrutiny, Cole performed to the best of his ability and came out on top for the Lions.
“Cole’s had a great season!” said Head Coach Loveless. “He’s wrestled really well and is wrestling as good as he ever has.”
Cole Ford has been wrestling almost constantly for as long as he can remember. He’s spent a big part of his year at two huge tournaments in Reno and Virginia.
“He’s one of the hardest working kids in the room,” said fellow teammate Devan Judd. “He sets an example for hard work and work ethic for the team. I know that if Cole is working hard, so are the rest of us.”
Cole spends the majority of his time at school down in the wrestling room working to improve not only himself but his teammates.
“Cole Ford is definitely one of, if not the hardest working kids I know. He put in extra time after every practice every day to ensure he reaches his goal,” said Mitch Brown. “He is the most deserving kid I know of the state title.”
All his hard work in the off season has really carried over into his competitive high school career with a win-loss ratio of 55-5 this year.
“Cole has only lost to really legitimate kids this year,” said Coach Loveless.
Two of his 5 losses were to the same kid who turned out to be a 3-time state champion whom he beat once. “They were really close matches,” said the Coach.
Along with being an all star wrestler, Cole Ford is an All-Academic Award winner with a 4.0 GPA.
“He always adds personality to a class, and is a joy to work with,” said Business English Teacher Mrs. Bridges.
By Maygan Straight
In a whirl of practice, hard work, and dedication the Paysetters placed 6th at the Utah State Drill Competition at UVU of February 3rd and 4th.
“We are pretty dang proud that we placed 6th with our routine this year,” said drill team member Alexis Chanthapannah.
Every day since June the Paysetters have been working towards competition season and their work and dedication has paid off. They placed at every competition they attended this year.
“I am so proud of my team this year,” said Head Coach Chelsea Judd. “This has been my best group of girls in my 3 years of coaching. I’m already so excited for next year’s competition because of how well the girls did this year!”
They did several routines at the State competitions. One was a military routine choreographed to an edgy Dubstep Remix. The other routine, Character, “had lots of Espirit De Corps,” said Judd.
The Paysetter’s really wowed the judges and almost placed in the top six out of 19 teams.
“Their dance routine at state was the best I’ve ever seen them do,” said Judd.
The girls came off the competition floor they were all smiles and had no regrets, which is characteristic of our girls.
There is a lot of wonderful talent on this team and they always work so hard with big smiles on their faces.
One of our very own, Katie Nelson, won the 3A State Drill Down Award out of 350+ girls. Along with Shelby Mortensen, Lexie Ward, Becca Brown, and Camille Thomas all performing solo routines at the competition. Lexie Ward placed 5th at the UVU competition and 2nd at Delta out of 22 girls.
Not only do these girls have a lot of talent but they also have brains and drive. Larisa Nettleton and Savannah Davies work hard for the team while also maintaining at 3.75 GPA or higher which qualified them for All-Academic awards.
“The drill team is so much fun! We are so loud and crazy – definitely something to motivate me to get out of bed at 5am every day,” said Chanthapannah. “Plus our coaches are amazing.”
By Ryeley Butler
A lot of paperhearts: check. Sugar flour and frosting: Check. Girls ready to compete for the title of 2012 Sweetheart Royalty: Oh Yeah!
Many people put a lot of work into the days between February 6 and 11, Sweethearts week. The Payson FFA spent a lot of time working on events and decorations; there were many peometitors, all fighting for the honor of ruling the students of Payson High as Sweetheart Royalty.
Savannah Davies, Audrey Miller, Mercedes John, Lauren Menlove, Amberly Child, Katherine Peiper, Brooke Draper, Nicole Barnett, Jessica Evens, Ginger Rieske, Alesha Lee, Meagan Stanton, Mary Allphin, Kaylee Cook, Jennica Trevort, and Terra Throckmorten: 16 girls all fighting to win.
The lovely ladies that were nominated for Sweethearts royalty had to make a poster to advertise the upcoming dance. There were many very good entries and they were all creative. Every girl spent a lot of time making her poster the best it could be. In the end Savannah Davies led the pack with the best poster.
Friday was the annual cake auction. A lot of time was put into baking and decorating the very intricate cakes that were sold. Many of these beautiful cakes were sold for a lot of money that helped toward funding Sweethearts. The cake that made the most money was made by the very same lady that made the winning poster, Savannah Davies.
“My cake sold for $270 thanks to a very supportive family. I thought the whole thing was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being with all of the different girls. I like milking the cow most because it was really funny. A lot of the girls didn’t know how to do it,” said Davies.
After the long, grueling week, three came out on top, Svannah Davies the queen, her first attendant was filled by Jennica Trevort, and second attendant was Audrey Miller.