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The intersection at the UVU entrance has been re-designed, and will open just in time to affect the commute of those attending our high school graduations and practices held there. This new intersection type is the first of its kind in Utah County. UDOT has provided some helpful preview information in the Continuous Flow Intersection document provided by UDOT. There is also a video and other details found on their website.
We encourage anyone that will be attending graduation at UVU, to review the provided information so that you can "See it before you drive it."
Also Note: The intersection is scheduled to be closed from Friday May 18th 10pm through Tuesday May 22nd 5:30am, which will affect those going to Graduation practice on Monday. There are alternate routes posted in the alternate route document also provided by UDOT.
PHS Windows on the Workplace Guest Speaker: Traci Shepel
By Sierra Steele
Traci Shepel, manager at local Maurices store was guest speaker last week for the PHS Windows on the Workplace program. Traci said the rewards of working retail at Maurices are endless.
“There is always something different going on, and fun,” Strebel said.
Benefits of the job include not having to have any schooling and being to work around having a family at home to take care of. She said Maurices is caring to work around her personal life and family. There is only one disadvantage of working retail she said.
“You may not have a pay check because the clothes are so cute you’ll want to buy them all!”
Overall Maurices sounds like a great place to have a job.
This past year Payson High School has had the privelidge to have Mr. White as an assistant principal.
Sadly, we have to give him up to our hated rivals, Salem Hills High. They are incredibly lucky to have him, as he has been a great addition to this school. Maybe with Mr. White SHHS can finally be as cool as Payson.
“I’m not excited to leave Payson, but going over to Salem will be a new adventure,” said Mr. White. “I’ll miss interacting with the students and going to all the sporting events. I’ll really miss the color green.”
His place will be taken by former wrestling coach and computer technology teacher: Chris Loveless.
“We will miss Mr. White, but Mr. Loveless is awesome,” said Pricipal Ford. “He’s going to be a great fit for the position.”
Mr. Loveless has given the Payson Wrestling team all of his time and has really made a name for Payson in our region and across the entire state. He works very hard for Payson High and we will all be sad to give him up as a teacher and coach.
By Daniela Garcia
On April 17, 2012 the Payson High School Softball Team hosted their annual Swing for Life game. This year the games were against the Delta Rabbits, the Varsity, JV, and Sophomore teams all were each victorious. During the games there was a silent auction held where people could bid on blankets, jewelry, and much more. In between innings Payson’s own Hypno-Hick would go out on the field and auction off different items that were donated by the public, items like a gym pass, blankets, purses, bats, gift cards. The money raised in the silent auction as well as the live auction was added together for a total of $2,800. Last year the money raised was donated to PHS own Summer Simmons to help her with the financial costs that come with thyroid cancer. Summer Simmons is now cancer free.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that our softball team can help someone in need and that we raised the most money we ever have before,” said Captain Miranda Callaway.
To start off the varsity game, Shaylee Larson went to the mound to warm up, the first three batters of the Rabbits got stroke out to end the top of the first inning. The bottom of the inning the Lions scored two runs. To start the bottom of the third the Lions led 2-0; with two girls on base Jaisha Webb came up and hit her tenth homerun.
“It always feels good to hit a home run. It shows that not only is our team great defensively, but that we will put up the points offensively to back up our pitching. Even though it’s awesome to hit a home run, it’s just as important to get on base. My team has done a really good job of putting themselves on the bases so that when someone hits a homer we put up multiple points. We really help each other’s stats and I’m glad I have girls that get on in front of me,” said Webb.
After that the Lions were on a hitting streak and scored three more runs. In the beginning of the bottom of the fifth inning the Lions had ten run ruled the Delta Rabbits and the game was over, pitcher Shaylee Larson had pitched a no hitter, first one this season, and the final score was 10-0.
The Lady Lions are now 3-2 in region and are going to face their opponents one last time before state. We wish the lady lions the best of luck in the rest of their season.
The boy’s soccer season is quickly coming to an end. These boys have had an amazing season; they tied for first in region and got second in state. Our lions won their first state playoff game against Bear River. Team captain Tyler Watson scored the winning goal to take them to the next game. “Our boys have worked hard and have done really well this season. I am proud to say I am the coach of these awesome boys!” says Wright. We all wish you luck Mighty Lions!
By Maygan Straight
Last Saturday 10 girls put themselves out there to compete in the Miss Payson Pageant. Though our winner was regrettably not from Payson, we had 5 stars that were from our great city.
Mercedes Jons, Nancy Pratt, Emily Hayes, Ysabella Matta, and Kylee Swensen got sponsors, found a cause, and showcased their talents all to compete for the title of queen.
Each girl is supposed to represent their town with composure, grace, and philanthropy. They are tested on each of their qualities during the pageant.
Nancy Pratt received 2nd attendant and Mercedes Jons walked away with the Director and Contestant Pick.
“I had a great experience,” said Mercedes Jons. “It was so much fun even though I didn’t win the top title. Even though we were all competing against each other there was so much support in the group. I got to know the other girls on a completely different level. I had no idea some of the talents the other girls had.”
Renee Crouch and Judy Skinner ran the pageant for the girls. They put together a competition that gives girls in our area the opportunity to win scholarship money and represent their town in parades and at ribbon cuttings for the city.
Alongside winner Stephanie Diamond, our own Nancy Pratt will ride in the Miss Payson float during all the parades this summer.
“I’m so excited to represent Payson High as the 2nd attendant,” said Nancy Pratt.
So if you want to see our girls in action, come watch them at this upcoming summer’s public events.
By Spencer Durrant
Springtime isn’t a time to clean out the house and the yard – it’s a time for football. Spring practices for college teams are happening, and the NFL draft provided plenty of excitement, even though the NFL season doesn’t start until August.
Here in Payson, the Lions Football team is getting ready for next season, holding practices every Tuesday. Last season, the Lions went 3-7. The highlight of the season was the nail-biting win against archrival Salem Hills High School, a game where junior quarterback Devan Judd threw for 483 yards and 5 touchdowns. His performance was notable enough to get the Lion’s win mentioned on Sports Beat Sunday that weekend.
The Lions are looking to make big strides next season, but head coach Jeremy Chapman says he’s most excited to see how much his players can improve.
“I’m excited to see the fruits of their labors,” Chapman said.
The Lions were a young team last season, but most of the improvements fans will see on the field are going to be a result of the maturity and growth of the players.
“There’s going to be more balance, a natural transition into a balanced offense,” said Chapman.
To go with a more balanced offense, the Lion’s are going to be sporting a revamped defense, headed by Coach Clint Peery.
“Defensively, we’re looking to stop the run, lock down receivers in the passing lanes, be more aggressive, and knock some people’s heads off this year,” said junior linebacker Jacob Buckner.
With all the adjustments and improvements, the Lions are looking to have a very productive season.
Two players that could add to the productivity are junior quarterback Devan Judd and junior linebacker Jacob Buckner.
Judd played last season in a very pass-oriented offense, throwing the ball the majority of the time. The run game was virtually non-existent. In the game against Salem Hills, Judd attempted 48 passes. Compare that to the average 29 pass attempts by the top 120 FBS college football teams, and the Lions offense looks very unbalanced. But the Lions are committed to bringing a more balanced attack to the table, and you can look for Judd to be the leader of the new – look attack.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Jacob Buckner will be seeing his first high school football action in over a year.
“Words can’t even describe how excited I am. Not playing last year made my hunger and drive for football even greater,” said Buckner.
“I’m going to make a lot of plays, and encourage a lot of people to make plays, and be technically sound. Those are my goals,” Buckner said.
Hopefully his infectious attitude will rub off on his other defensive teammates and inspire great play from the Lions in their 2012 campaign. They’ll continue to practice hard over the summer and will be ready to take the field in September.
By KD Apgood
The 100th year of Payson has been one to remember. We have started so many new traditions and have continued with new ones. The best part of this year has been working together as a team to help our school come together. We love doing assemblies, lunch time activities, and going to after school events. All of the student council members have become one big family.
“At times we have wanted to strangle each other, but when it came down to getting things done we put our differences aside and we got it DONE!! I wouldn’t change a thing about my stu co family. I will definitely miss every single one of them when I’m gone. And hopefully we all will stay in contact because my senior has definitely been the greatest in the whole world……. It’s only as awkward as you make it.” Said Public Relations, Jeff Marvin.
We all have loved working with all of the teachers and students this year. Seniors remember who you are and good luck out there!
PHS Librarian, Judy Skinner, is retiring after a 24 year career in education. Skinner has been an employee at Payson High for 18 years, 6 years spent as a P.E. and health teacher, and 12 years as the librarian.
During her years as librarian Skinner has witnessed many advances in technology, including the addition of a new computer lab.
“It was really exciting to have the library remodeled and get a computer lab,” Skinner said.
Recently, Skinner made Kindles available for check out, making PHS the first high school in the district to have such a luxury.
“She’s up to date on technology and she is kind to everyone,” said coworker Anna Pearson.
Mrs. Skinner will miss the association she has here with the students and faculty.
“My favorite thing about my job is when a student is doing research and I’m able to help them find the best information they can to complete a project,” Skinner said.
The English teachers at the high school appreciate her kind disposition and willingness to help.
“We will miss having Mrs. Skinner in the library. She is so helpful to all the students. I can send any student her way and she won’t let them leave the library until they have a book to read or resources for a class project,” said English teacher Krystal Baker.
After retiring, Skinner hopes to travel, take oil painting classes, quilt and, of course, read. In her spare time, Skinner is also a dancer in the Golden Girls, a dance company for women.
Loved by students and faculty alike, this one of a kind librarian won’t soon be forgotten.
“Mrs. Skinner is one of the kindest, energetic, professional women I have ever met. And I am really going to miss my friend,” said English teacher Eloise Bridges.
Payson High School sophomore Dallin Neaves won an Apple iPad courtesy of the Ken Garff Keys to Success Program.
50 students nominated for Key Cards during the year had a chance to participate in the competition for the iPad during an assembly held at Payson High May 7. Neaves said the moment his name was called to compete he knew it was his lucky day.
“I had no doubt I was going to win when I stepped onto the basketball court. I was pretty pumped,” said Neaves.
Neaves was nominated for the Keys to Success program by health teacher April Mangum for his good grades and leadership in the classroom.