November 2013

The War of Pennys Has Be Declared, PHS!

By Jessica Staheli

Tis the season for Payson High School’s annual Penny Wars!

You might ask, “What is Penny Wars?” and we here at PHS have the answer. Penny Wars is an annual event that takes place for two weeks at the end of November and the beginning of December. Penny Wars is a friendly competition between the three classes to raise money for local families in need this holiday season.

HOSA Field Trip to Mountain View Hospital

By Jamie Finch

            The HOSA club recently toured the Payson hospital with the objective to learn about all the occupations available in the facility.  The members were able to see firsthand the everyday environment at the hospital to know what goes on. 

Dallin Johnson, a HOSA member, shares his favorite experience of the trip. 

Payson High Pledges to be Drug and Alcohol Free

By Erika Gee photo by LaCee Hanson

As a part of red ribbon week, a Zero Fatalities representative came and spoke to the students of PHS. Zero Fatalities is a program that tries to eliminate unsafe driving. Using the phrase “Don’t drive stupid”, they talk about risks such as drowsy driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and not buckling up.

Girl's Soccer: Payin' the Price

By Austin Warnick

There were doubts going into this season and no one can argue that with early injuries and losses. The girls’ soccer team started the season off to a 2-5 record, but the girls were confident from the beginning of the season that they were going to do an awesome job in region play.

“We are thrilled that we got first in region, now our first state game gets to be at home and we are in a good seed,” said Senior Captain Ciera Lundberg.

PHS Dark Horse: Cole Diamond

By Erika Gee

While some people believe that sprinters cannot become distance runners, Cole Diamond has proved this theory wrong. Appearing seemingly out of nowhere, Diamond has become one of the top five runners on the Cross-Country team this year.

Cole started out his sophomore year playing baseball for the high school, and then joined the track team as a sprinter during his junior year.  As a senior, he decided to try Cross-Country which has been very beneficial to the team.

PHS Dance Company: Welcome to a New Age

By Mako Watkins

“I promise to stand by you forever!” This cheer rings clear with pride, hope, and excitement behind stage before every Dance Company performance.  Payson High’s Dance Company is an advanced performing company.  The season has just begun and the team has already become a family.  

“We have an awesome team!  These girls are great students and amazing performers.  They work hard,” Coach Anderson said.

 The school’s theme this year, Welcome to the New Age, ties into this year’s Company almost perfectly.

PHS Has a New Swim Team

By Mako Watkins

For the first time in over a decade, Payson High has a swim team. With a only 7 members, there must be a lot of time and dedication put into practice to prepare them for the upcoming winter competition season against the larger teams. There’s also a lot of fundraising that the team has been hosting to help prepare them for all of the swimming gear costs. One fundraiser that happened this month was the Full Moon fun run! It was a great success, and everyone who went had a great time.