January 2014

PHS Winterguard

By Mako Watkins

                 Our school is home to many unique and interesting sports and activities. One of many being a small club called Winterguard. A seasonal sport, they rotate from Color Guard in the spring and summer months, to Winterguard in the fall and winter seasons. They perform alongside Payson High’s marching band, creating formations using flags and batons.

 “We practice year-round and make up a lot of the visual aspect of marching band.” Sierra Ellertson said.

PHS Winter Play: See How They Run

By Alexis Carter

            Have you ever listened in on somebody’s conversation and just got bits and pieces of what they are talking about? It can get really confusing really fast.  Stories can get mixed up and you can misinterpret what is being said. You miss important parts of the story, causing you to become confused. That’s what is happening in the up and coming play, “See How They Run”.  The characters are becoming chaotic as they hear different parts of different stories.

PHS Drill Placed 2nd in Region

By Mako Watkins

On Saturday, January 16th, the Paysetters took a trip to 3A Region. The most important Drill competition of the season.

“Region was nerve wracking and exciting all at once. I was just ready to take the floor and leave everything out there,” Hannah Marin said.

                Feeling pumped and prepared to attack the dance floor, these ladies danced their hearts out and scored impressively high, with almost perfect scores, but were setback by a penalty given to their lift group in Character, placing them 2nd overall.

PHS Dark Horse Matt Hales

By Seirra Steele

Sweat, desire and dedication are just a few of the attributes you have to have to be on the Payson High basketball team. One dream, one team, one desire, to get that state championship trophy. All of the boys are extremely dedicated, we can see that when they step on the court, but who is that one player that stands out? That player that even at the worst times still seems to give it his all and fight until the very end? That player that always seems to have a positive attitude on, and off the court.

Indoor Track and Field: Carrying on the Legacy

By Erika Gee

These past weeks have been great for the indoor track team. The team has already competed in two meets and many athletes have set new PRs (personal records), while a few have placed very highly.

On January 17 and 18, the Lions went to the BYU Indoor Invitational where Trevor Golding placed 6th in the long jump. Then, the Lions went to Weber State on January 24 and 25 for another invitational. At Weber State, Trevor Golding placed 5th in the long jump and the men’s 4x800 relay team (Josh Evans, Jordan Bailey, Garrett Esplin and Malachi Dinkins) placed 1st.

Lady Lions: Shooting for Glory

By Erkia Gee

The Lady Lions had their first region game on January 14 against Juab. They ended up winning 45-49 with a little help from Makenzie Simons who was making shots left and right. This leaves the Lions with a season record of 1-0 so far. Prior to the region games, they were 3-9.

                The team has many strengths among the athletes. Co-captain Lauren Hazelet said that it was impossible to narrow down exactly who the most contributing player is.

Eloise Bridges Receives 2013 -2014 PHS Crystal Apple Award

By Krystal Baker

English teacher Eloise Bridges is the recipient of the 2013 -2014 Payson High School Crystal Apple Award. Bridges has taught at PHS for 23 years, and currently teaches Business English, and Concurrent Enrollment, College Writing courses. Bridges recently took on an 8th English course, leaving her with no preparation hours during her work day. Bridges as a reputation as a tough teacher at PHS, but is much loved by her students.