Utah College Application Week (UCAW) and College and Financial Aid Night

Sheila Lotz

During the week of November 12-16, Payson High School will be sponsoring Utah College Application Week (UCAW). November 13 and 14 all seniors expected to graduate in 2019 will be encouraged to apply for admission to at least one college or university, if they have not already done so. The purpose of this day is to acquaint students with the college application process and to communicate the importance of applying to college.

Aislynn Monahan Wins The First Photoshop Club Competition

By: Haylee Mckell & Alfonso De La Torre of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

On Nov. 1, 2018 Gabriel Kidrick and Alex Hazel announced the winner of the first photoshop competition of the year: Aislynn Monahan. The first competition consisted in photoshopping Leo the Lion, a stuffed animal that resides in Mr. Peery’s room, somewhere in the world. Monahan exceeded in this, surpassing the advice that Hazel had given, “Work hard, but not too hard.” 

Among other things, Monahan was given a Amazon gift card that she said she would use to buy things to buy tools for her cosplays: another area in which Monahan exceeds.

Modified schedule on Monday & Tuesday


Red Ribbon Week kicks off on Monday, Oct. 29 with a special showing of "Angst" during first period and a Red Ribbon assembly on Tuesday.  Take a look at the following special schedules for those days:

Monday, Oct. 29

1st - 7:55 – 9:00
Angst Video Screening (In 1st period classes) - 9:00-9:45
2nd - 9:50 – 10:50
Lunch - 10:50 – 11:25
3rd - 11:30 – 12:35
4th - 12:40 – 1:40
Collaboration - 1:45

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Raising awareness around anxiety


For anyone who is having a hard time managing anxiety, ANGST is a film that gives a positive, hopeful message of strategies and resources available to students.  The film will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Payson High School auditorium.  The film will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of professionals.  1.5 hours of detention is available per student and per parent/guardian so a possibility of 4.5 hours.


PHS Marching Band places top three at two competitions

By: Jaycee Zimmerman of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

The marching band has worked hard this season to get to where they are. On Oct. 16 at the Wasatch Tournament, Payson High’s marching band placed third in their division. This is the first award they have received this season, and everyone was excited. “I feel like the band is doing great. We have a great attitude this year, and attitude is key because if we have a negative attitude we are going to put out a bad show. So, I think our attitude this year is amazing,” said McCaslin Owens, drum major. 

Save the Kids free Parent Education Night sponsored by Nebo School District


All invited to the #savethekids free Parent Education Night sponsored by Nebo School District on November 5, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Springville High auditorium at 1205 East 900 South in Springville, Utah.

Collin Kartchner and Dr. Katey McPherson will lead a discussion on:

  • Balancing screen time and device use,
  • Protecting and cultivating our children's self-worth,
  • Devising a sensible family use of device plan.

Lead By Example

By: Wyatt Sorensen of The Lions Roar Newspaper

At the beginning of this year's football season at Payson High School, Harrison Judd, team captain, and his fellow teammates decided that every Saturday morning after practice, they would support the Payson youth football teams by watching their games. The high school team would compliment the kids as they played and would encourage them from the sidelines. Hopefully, these young kids noticed that the high school football team was watching their games and worked to impress them by playing better and harder.


Fall Edition of the Mane Street Journal


Another year and another set of students in the Broadcast Journalism class. This year there are more students than ever before, which means more stories about the school to be shared.  Take a moment and read the articles and watch the videos to see these great student produced stories.  As a reminder, everything in the magazine is student chosen, created, and edited.  These student are responsible for every step of the process, and they do a great job. 

Read it here! 


Halloween Concert Anticipations

By Orrin Hapairai of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

The Students of the Payson High School Orchestras have some amazing songs to perform for their upcoming Halloween Concert on Oct. 23, 2018! Gentry Stickney, the orchestra director of all the orchestra groups, said, “We are playing a great mixture of classical pieces, songs from movies, and original works for this concert. For the Halloween concert, I try to keep a spooky and quirky theme going throughout the evening.”