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On February 13 the Payson High School newspaper staff went to UVU for the Deseret News and the UVU Review Newspaper Conference to have the experience to learn from experienced journalists. There were workshops where journalism students could chose different topics to lean about areas of journalism. Each topic had to do with how to improve on a certain part of writing whether it was hot to make a feature article or how to edit your article so that it makes sense.
The conference included a competition to celebrate student journalists’ work. Payson High School won 3 awards. The awards they received were 2 place for overall newspaper design, Honorable mention for front page design, and Jayden Worwood got 1 place overall for graphic design.
“Traditionally we don’t win many awards for design, but we have a lot of good design talent this year as well as writing talent. I’m proud of the hard work of our newspaper staff and that we are competitive against larger, more well-funded schools,” said newspaper advisor Krystal Baker.
The UVU, Desert News Conference was a great opportunity for us as a newspaper staff to hear from experienced journalists and to learn more about how to make our writing and design better.
Early in February, the outstanding seniors of Payson High's Sterling Scholars were announced.
These students have put in a lot of hard work and effort to achieve their goals. The Payson High Sterling Scholars of 2012-2013 include: Katelyn Hannifin, Business and Marketing; Justin Wride, Computer Technology; Lexie Ward, Dance; Jacob Humpherys, English; Meerlay Gomez, Family and Comsumer Sciences; Itsareny Garcia, Foreign Language; Heather Sorensen, Mathematics; Becca Brimley, Music; Brandon Peterson, Science; Rachel Rowley, Skilled and Technical Education; Rachelle Wilkenson, Social Science; Austin Perry, Speech/Drama; and Tayler Brown for Visual Arts.
There is more to being a Sterling Scholar than getting scholarships.
“I wanted to be a Sterling Scholar because I knew it would push myself outside of my box and get my science ideas outside to get other people's reaction,” Brandon Peterson said.
The process of getting the final Utah Sterling Scholars is quite the lengthy process. In a sense, there are a few different ‘rounds.’ The first ‘round’ would be the school Sterling Scholars. Next, are the school semi-finalists.
The Payson High semi-finalists are: Katelyn Hannifin, Justin Wride, Meerlay Gomez, Becca Brimley, Rachel Rowley, Rachelle Wilkinson and Tayler Brown.
“When I found out I was a semi-finalist, I was pretty shocked,” Rachelle Wilkinson said.
The competition is between three areas in the Wasatch Front Region: North, Central, and South. The Regional Semi-Finalists, ‘round’ three, from Payson High were chosen through extensive interviews on February 12.
Through this process, 2/3 of the region semi-finalists were eliminated from being a state finalist.
State finalists will be chosen on February 27, one student from each department.
Applying for a Sterling Scholar is an opportunity that every senior is presented with. You never know if you'll make it all the way to a state finalist and be offered a scholarship that will make your collage life quite a bit easier.
After coming off a 16-10 record, and an appearance in the second round of the state tournament last season, after losing to 3A state champions Snow Canyon High School, our Payson Lions baseball team looks to turn heads this coming season. With a change to the coaching staff, new head coach Brad Kidd looks to start his first year with a bang.
“We have worked really hard this offseason and the stuff that Coach Kidd is teaching us is helping us seniors and helping the juniors improve too,” said senior Talon “Kid Rock” Proctor.
Not only did the Lions get a new head coach but they also return key players from their post season run from last year, returning seniors such as Jordan Mellen, TJ Anderson, Javier Torres, Tallon Proctor and juniors Seth Sorenson and Wyatt Voorhees.
“A few of us have played a lot of varsity innings over our years, and I hope our experience will get us started off hot to start this season. While our younger players get use to the varsity speed,” said senior TJ “The Man” Anderson.
Lions look for new players to step up and fill the roles that seniors of last year left. One key to Payson’s success is the addition to Payson High School transfer student Jaxon Hendrickson, and where he had key varsity outings as a sophomore for Springville High School.
“I finally get to get back on the diamond, it has been long time coming and I finally get to play after sitting out last year. I hope to make significant impact on this year and bring success to us this year,” said senior “The man with a plan” Jaxon Hendrickson.
At a glance, the Lions baseball team has a very promising future if the returning seniors can step up and be leaders for those juniors and sophomores looking to fill key holes left by graduating seniors. It is obvious to point out the giant hurdle Payson will have to climb that is Spanish Fork High School, but if they could steal one game from the Dons we could possibly looking at a region championship for our Mighty Lions.
It was the goal of the Payson track team to win a state championship by the year 2020. They proceeded to do just that earlier this month. On February 1-2, they made the trek up to the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City to compete against other Utah schools for a shot at the state title.
Of the thirteen 3A teams competing at the meet, Payson won by a landslide, amassing 103 total points. Second place had only 68. Dalyn Lowe won the triple jump and Joe Nettleton was the leader in the shot put. The boy’s 4x200-meter and both the girls and boys 4x400-meter relay teams were also victorious in their events. Other medalists included Trevor Golding, Dakota Lange, Gunnar Mortensen, and the girl’s 4x200-meter team.
“We all ran our races and did really well,” said hurdler and relay runner Jake Makin. “We have worked hard and just had a lot of good athletes.”
On February 8, some of Payson’s runners again competed at the Olympic Oval in the Distance Challenge, a meet specifically for longer distance events. They ran exceptionally well and set a lot of personal records.
Payson also competed in the Simplot Games, the national indoor championships, held at Pocatello, Idaho on February 14-16.
Payson’s track team also held a Heptathlon, a competition with a variety of events, to determine the best overall athletes on the team. Andrew O’Malley and Allyse Thomas were the winners.
The girls’ basketball team had an interesting season, to say the least, but they pulled through, working hard and accomplishing victory as a team. They dominated in the game against Spanish Fork on Friday, February 8, with a score of 55-47.
This season was slightly disappointing for the girls on the team, but these girls are tough, and they showed Spanish Fork what Payson is made of. An important moment for the team, as most everyone could agree, was the triumph of the last game of the season.
“We won our last game. We worked hard and finished strong,” said Erica Rowley.
Could they have done better? Perhaps, but the girls put in the effort and exertion to work as a team. They played hard and didn’t let anything get them down.
“This season was frustrating because we had the potential,” said Katelyn Hamilton. “We could have done better, but we did our best and never gave up.”
To the girls who played this year, kudos to you for holding your head high. To the girls planning on playing next year, good luck.
After a game against Bear River, Payson’s boys basketball season came to an end this past month. Despite the season-ending loss, it has still been a successful season for head coach Dan Lunt and the roaring Lions.
Payson’s team had a rough start to their season, struggling to a 1-6 record. After a team meeting with only the players, the Lions decided what they needed to change. Before each game, they began chanting the phrase “Perform”, with each letter standing for something that would help them win. They were able to fight back from the early season slump to make the playoffs. They dominated in region play, defeating teams by as much as 50 points, and posting an 8-2 record. Their only losses here came against Spanish Fork.
On February 15, the team hosted the Bear River Bears in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears pulled to a lead in the first quarter, and were able to hold out until the end to win 67-60. Daniel Reno, this year’s leading scorer, led the team with 26 points. Kaleb Wright added 18 more in the loss.
"One of our keys coming into the game was handling pressure and that’s where the game was decided," Coach Lunt told the Deseret News following the game.
This marked the final high school game for Wright, as well as fellow senior Jacob Humphreys. Both have made valuable contributions to the team throughout the season.
“I played my best for my team and school and tried to represent Payson well,” said Wright.
Sweetheart’s week (February 4th-9th) was a big success this year, thanks to the FFA who arranged it all. The nominated Sweetheart’s royalty always has to have some farming talent with competing in milking cows and roping. They also battled it out with best-looking poster, a pie-throwing contest, interviewing, and lastly the cake auction.
The 2012-2013 Sweetheart’s royalty contestants were: Mckell Wall, Rachel Rowley, Kristen Robbins, Kari Thompson, Heather Sorensen, Carlie Beckert, Morgan Menlove, Shacotah Manwill, Camille Thomas, Jordyn Earl and Grace Heaps. After a long week, the royalty was announced on Friday, February 8th as follows, Kristen Robbins: Second Attendant, Rachel Rowley: First Attendant and Mckell Wall: Queen. Winners of each individual contest: Poster judging: Mckell Wall, pie-throwing: Mckell Wall, roping: tie between all of the contestants, cow-milking: Mckell Wall, interview: Kristen Robbins, best cake: Mckell Wall.
“The cow-milking contest was by far my favorite. It was so much fun to watch most of the girls milk a cow for the first time. Many of them even drank it!” said Kristen Robbins, 2nd attendant, about what she enjoyed most about this week.
“Sweetheart’s week was so much fun. I got to spend a lot of time with some girls that I didn’t know very well, and I got to try a lot of new things. Besides all of the stress of getting everything done, and planning my own sweethearts date, it was a ton of fun. And I got to spend a lot of time with some amazing people,” said Mckell Wall, Sweetheart’s queen.
Good job to all of the girls who competed and a big thanks to the FFA for all of their hard work and effort put into an awesome Sweetheart’s week.