Other schools in our district have taken to calling us trash, talking garbage on us, and just all around not really liking us. However, sometimes at our lowest points, we also think that we are nothing special. In order for other schools to even think about respecting us, we need to start having respect for ourselves. If we respect ourselves than others will respect us too. We need to keep having positive thoughts, and just take in all of the negative comments and throw them in the actual trash.
From the article The True Meaning Of Self Respect by Amanda Mina she stated, “Self-respect is about having a sense of honor and dignity about yourself, your choices, and your life.” Max Bennion explained how when he talks to his friends at Salem they can be kind of condescending right in the beginning of any conversation, they are always surprised to hear that students actually like attending Payson High School. In a post on Instagram Max stated, “The PHS student section will always amaze me. People say: ‘Payson never wins,’ as if that’s a bad thing? No. Every single game, we are a full student section that stands until the very last second of the very last quarter. We never stop coming back, and we never stop cheering. Being unstoppable isn’t about winning, it’s about never stopping no matter what.” Yes, Payson High School doesn’t win every game, but that is why our student section is so amazing. Because no matter if we win or lose, we are always there to supporting our fellow lions.
Never judge a book by its cover. People judge Payson on whether our football team wins or loses. Bridger Kilmer, a senior at Payson High School, loves PHS, he had this to say about why other people don’t like our school, “they had an experience with a person from Payson that they thought the person was trash and they judged the whole school on one person.” You can’t judge a school based off of one person, or how good we are at certain things.
When asked the question how having pride at Payson helps them battle and show others their pride, Bennion expressed, “If you are constantly saying Payson sucks, the other schools are like, yeah, and they can kind of get a higher edge up on that. When you have pride at Payson it kind of builds a shield around the school, and allows others to have pride. So pride is self sufficient, if you have it.“ Standing up for what you love gives you a sense of pride, that can be found nowhere else except for inside yourself. “Self-respect is about having the courage to stand up for yourself when you are being treated in a manner that is less than what you deserve.” said Amanda Mina from the article The True Meaning Of Self Respect. Here at PHS we deserve as much respect as any other school.
There is no denying that a lot of people do not like Payson High School. The question is, how are we going to change that? When you’re out and about, wear your Payson attire with Pride, if you hear someone disrespecting Payson, shut it down and stand up for your school. If we want other schools to respect us, then we need to start by respecting ourselves.