January 2019

The New Sophomore Starting Varsity Player

Maddie Mitchell

Now that basketball season is among us, a lot of changes have been made that could be for the good. The basketball team’s starting lineup consists of all seniors...with the exception of one sophomore. Although the sophomore is the oddball of the starting line up, his height fits right in. Samuel Mitchell is a 6’3 shooting machine who now starts varsity. This seems to be a pretty nerve wracking change for such a young player. The man himself describes his experience.

Eat Mor Chikin!

Ryan Lines

Let's take a moment of silence to remember the lives of the chickens that were lost last night as Payson High School invaded Chick-Fil-A in Spanish Fork for an epic evening of fundraising. If you mentioned PHS at checkout, Chick-Fil-A would donate 15% of your check total and give it back to Payson High School. 

KSL Teacher Feature Honors Payson High Teacher Gaylynn Parker

Lana Hiskey

KSL Teacher Feature honors Nebo educator, Gaylynn Parker, former teacher at Spanish Fork Junior High and current teacher at Payson High School. Mrs. Parker was honored for her accomplishments by the Zion’s Bank and KSL’s NewsRadio Teacher Feature award. Nominated last spring by a former student, Mrs. Parker was honored on January 10, 2019.

The Newspaper class throws a party for their teacher, Mrs. Searle, who is expecting twins

Alfonso De La Torre

Mrs. Searle, who teaches Digital Media and instructs Payson’s DECA club, is expecting twins in February, so the Lion’s Roar Newspaper threw her a blue themed baby shower on Jan. 17. The team wanted to make sure they partied with her before Searle left. Students in the party planning committee wanted to give her a proper party, since she’s not coming back for a while after she has her twin boys. Searle said to her B3 Digital Media and Newspaper classes, “I will probably come back when they’re in kindergarten...I love this teaching stuff.” Mrs.

One in a Million

Rebecca Apgood

Jessi Hoschouer is an amazing person in many different ways, she doesn’t let anything stop her from enjoying life, including her battle with Alopecia. For those of you who don’t know what Alopecia is, it’s the partial or complete absence of hair on the body where it normally grows. Only 1.9% of the worldwide population have or will develop Alopecia at some point in their lives. Jessi learned that she had Alopecia when she was five years old. Then, she didn’t fully understand what it was and now that she does, it’s not something to put a bump in the road.

Payson's DECA invites students to a Jazz Game

By Alfonso De La Torre of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

Payson High School’s marketing club, DECA is inviting the people of Payson High to a Utah Jazz game that will take place on January 18 at 3:30pm. DECA members will be selling Jazz tickets during the week of January 14th. Whoever wants to buy a jazz ticket doesn’t have to buy the tickets from a DECA member, however, since they are also being sold at the finance office. The thing that Jazz-enthusiasts should be most excited for is that those who go to the game get to see the players warm up on the basketball court.


Utah Valley Job Fair March 13


On Wednesday, March 13 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Utah Valley Convention Center located at 220 W Center St in Provo, Utah will be the Utah Valley Job Fair.  This is the best place to find a new or better job.  Bring many copies of your resume, dress professionally and be prepared to talk to hiring representatives. Find out more information at fb.me/UtahValleyJobFair or UtahValleyJobFair.com

Make-up double the detention hours


Welcome to 2019! There are only a few days left in Term 2. In an effort to give students some extra time to improve grades, we have scheduled mini student/teacher conferences on Thursday, January 3 from 2-4 pm. We will release students from school at 2 pm so they can meet with any of their teachers. Buses will run at their regularly scheduled time.