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Penny Finch is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Payson High School Classified Employee Award. Finch as worked at Payson High for 13 years and helps all the teachers and students at the copy center.
“I love the copy center because I get to visit and interact with all the staff and students,” Finch said.
The teachers at Payson High appreciate how helpful and cheerful Finch always is.
“It doesn’t matter how quickly you need Penny to copy something for you , she never complains and is always happy to help. She really makes Payson High School a better place,” said English teacher Krystal Baker.
By Spencer Durrant
On Monday, November 12th, Payson High School had its annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. Former Green Beret medic and holder of two Bronze Stars Kyle Hill gave a presentation, and it was the most moving presentation Payson High School has ever heard.
Hill talked about his experiences in war, and how it changed him as a person. More with emotion rather than words, Hill was able to communicate his love of country, of freedom, and of doing good in a rapidly regressing world.
Hill’s presentation was screaming at the audience to understand that we all have potential to do greatness. Hill’s achievements that he shared with us are incredible; fighting and serving as a Green Beret, he was part of one of the greatest special forces groups in the world. But he himself said that his own greatness paled in comparison to the greatness that he knows we all have.
And that is the message he wanted us to hear and too feel. The message of how bettering ourselves will often better others as well.
I want to add my voice to his and thank him for his service. And remember, there isn’t anything you can’t do if your put your mind to it and better yourself.
Also at the assembly, the winners of the Social Studies essay contest were announced. Keaton Evans took first, Brigham Flint took second, and Taylor Brown took third. Evans wrote about voting.
“I belive that voting is an issue, that everyone should be involved, and everyone that can vote should vote,” Evans said.
Flint also wrote about voting.
“ It’s an American right,” Flint said.
Evans won the 50 dollar grand prize, Flint won 25, and Brown won 15.
By Braden Clark
There comes a point in time where each person will have to be a leader. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, however the way you act determines what kind of leader you become.
November 10, On the campus of Utah State University, hosted the ALE (Aggie Leadership Extravaganza) students all around the state of Utah, and even some from Nevada and Idaho.
Lander Crook and I made the three hour travel to Logan where even a hellacious snow storm couldn’t even stop us. When finally made it to the campus we were greeted to with speakers, who proceeded to instruct us about what it takes to be a leader.
“If you can dream it you can do it” was the theme of the whole extravaganza and was printed on the back of every USU Ambassador t-shirt. The whole point of the conference was to show that anything can happen, you can become the leader you want to be if you work toward it.
“After high school it isn’t about who you know anymore; it is about who knows who you are,” one speaker.
She spoke of how important networking is in the future, and how to get people to remember who you are. The future is laid out for us and it all depends how hard we work to get the most out of it.
By Ciera Lundberg
TJ Tucker: the ultimate Payson High fan. Although this awesome senior once started out as a sophomore (poor kid) he has slowly progressed during his senior year to obtain the honorable title of Fan of the Month. TJ’s love for PHS started during his sophomore year when the seniors told him to dress up as crazy as he could for the games.
“I love Payson ‘cause we’re awesome and we try hard,” said TJ. TJ believes that dressing up for the football and basketball games is a necessity for our teams to do well.
“The more PHS cheers and gets crazy, the more pumped up our team gets and we do better,” TJ said.
TJ plays baseball here at Payson High and he loves when the students at PHS come and support, but he doesn’t think that they need to get all dressed up and cray cray for baseball.
“It might get a little weird,” said TJ.
So there you have it. TJ Tucker is an amazing example of pure Lion Pride. But someone can always do better. So who’s it gonna be next month?
By Brigham Flint
When you think of Payson sports, many of us think about the boy’s basketball or wrestling team. However, the girl’s basketball team may not be mentioned quite as often. Among their team leaders is senior guard Kaitlyn Hamilton.
“As a senior, we’re supposed to take responsibility and motivate everyone to do their best,” she said.
Though Kaitlyn has played four years of basketball, this is only her second season at Payson. Last year, she immediately became an important part of the team. Kaitlyn was among the team’s leading scorers last season, and has the highest point total of those that returned this year.
Apart from excelling individually, Kaitlyn wants the team to have a winning season.
“I really enjoy my teammates,” Kaitlyn said.
Her teammates also play an important role in motivating her to do well and be successful in high school basketball.
By Jenna Haroldsen
Ranked 1 in State going into the season, Payson’s Wrestling team is playing for keeps this year. Their first tournament of the season, the Millard Ironman, was November 30 and December 1. With only 4 seniors, all of which are Captains, they are expecting to do well this season.
“We have a strong team this year and we seniors have a lot of experience,” said Wrestling Captain, Devan Judd.
The majority of this year’s team consists of sophomores and juniors. The 4 captains this year are KK Loveless, Taris Schramm, Jed Melon, and Devan Judd. The new PHS Head Coach replacing Chris Loveless, is Jeb Clark.
By Braden Clark
It is easy to say that our girls team had an abysmal season last year, so to say that they can only improve from last season will be an easy feat. With a record of 1-18 they could possibly win more games they did all of last season in their first week. Returning starters Katelyn Hamilton and Katelyn Hannifan look to lead the Lady Lions to a season they haven’t had in a long time.
“Expectations this year is that we’ll go far because we have worked harder this year and Payson High should plan on seeing us in state this year,” said Senior Brenae “Bonesaw” Rosser.
Losing two of their leading scorers from last year Taylor Quist and Tess Spencer, “Katelyn Squared” look to take the roll of leading scorers for the Lions. Hamilton coming off a team leading 19 three pointers is a threat from deep. Along with Hamilton’s precision from deep also Hannifan is also a threat from deep hitting 11 threes, second on the team behind Hamilton, the Lions will look to unleash fire upon opposing teams from the three point land.
Everyone knows that you must have a successful front court to ever win a championship, and the Lady Lions have two seniors patrolling down in the low post. Brenae “Bonesaw” Rosser and Priscilla “Chicken Wing” Hales will look to lock down opposing centers and forwards.
“Like I said before we’ve worked harder than ever before, and we are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” said Rosser.
If I have learned one thing over the years with these girls is that they know how to win, freshman year they tied for the championship and successful seasons over their sophomore and junior seasons. My prediction this year is that if they don’t finish top two in region it will be a disappointing season, I have expectations for my girls this year and I look forward to ride the bus all the way to Dixie State this year.
PAYSON — What was a nail-biter heading into the fourth quarter ended up being a solid victory for Provo's boys basketball team.
Down the stretch, the Bulldogs ratcheted up their defensive pressure and made plays at the offensive end of the floor to open their 2012-'13 campaign with a 40-30 road victory over Payson Tuesday night.
A season ago, Payson won the Region 12 championship in 3A, while Provo finished second in Class 4A's Region 8. The Bulldogs ultimately advanced to the 4A semifinals in 2011-'12, and now, legendary Provo coach Craig Drury hopes this year's squad can rise to the level of last year's successful squad.
“Last year we were pretty good," said Drury. "I’m just trying to get these guys into the same category as the last team was."
It's still very, very early, but so far so good.
Provo succeeded against Payson by producing an incredible defensive showing. Payson was known last year for its potent offense, which was due in large part to senior guards Clint Bateman and Tanner Newbold. Payson managed only 30 points against the Bulldogs, however.
Provo raced out to a nice lead, and really put the pressure on the Lions to make plays offensively. Provo is a very long team, and that length prevented Payson from easily getting into its offense.
Taking an 11-7 lead into the second quarter, the Bulldogs gave up a 5-0 run, which was initiated by Payson sophomore guard Brycen Wood. He looked to be a very bright spot for Payson fans; he played hard, kept his head up, distributed the ball very well and knocked down a couple shots as well.
Provo took an 18-16 lead into halftime behind a buzzer-beating floater from junior guard Wesley Bosco.
Tuesday's game got tied up at 19 with 5:00 left in the third, but Provo grabbed a 2-point lead and didn’t look back. The Bulldogs pushed the ball hard on the offensive end, and made Payson commit a lot of fouls. Defensively, the Bulldogs picked up their effort and really disrupted the flow to Payson’s offense.
The game got a little heated toward the end, as both teams started fouling more on defense. Payson had plenty of opportunities to make a run, but kept committing offensive turnovers while losing rebounds on the defensive end.
Bosco scored 14 points to lead Provo offensively and Cole Gordon added 11 points. Bosco also had four assists and two steals, while Jordan Maw contributed six rebounds and three steals.
This month everyone is trying to give a little more and do some good for the Payson community. The students over at Payson High School are giving back by having their annual Penny Wars.
Penny Wars is a competition between the seniors, juniors, and sophomores to see who can get the most points for their class. The points are based on the different coins and bills students put into their respective classes jars. Pennies that students put into jars are worth positive points for their grade. Any silver coins or dollar bills are negative points towards the other classes. The winning class gets bragging rights on the other classes for the rest of the year. But that’s not the real reason everyone gives money to Penny Wars.
The real reason for Penny Wars is to help families in the Payson community, who can’t afford Christmas for themselves. The process of selecting a family to help is done by choosing some of the families of students at the high school who need it. Then after that it is expanded out to the families in the Payson community who could use some help this Christmas season. So everyone get out there and give some hope to those in need, just give a little of your pocket change or car change any little bit can help.
Penny Wars goes from November 26, 2012 to December 7, 2012 if you want to donate money find a student council member they will be carrying jars around for each class to put money into. Other than Penny wars there are many other ways to give back to the Payson community. So don’t forget the reason for the season and give a little help to someone in need.
By Emily Garrett
On Wednesday October 17, the PHS choirs stepped on stage and harmonized energetically for the first choir concert of the year. With the theme of Folksongs, Foolery and Fun, they stole the attention of the audience with their singing and choreography.
Throughout the concert the two audition choirs, Chamber(Trouveres) and Concert(Bel Coro), as well as Synergy performed their musical selections. As the theme suggests, the songs were based on having fun and messing around, a task that the choirs conquered easily while still keeping proper concert etiquette.
More than once, the choirs had sections in their songs where they were clapping and stomping, and keeping rhythm exact with the accompaniment is necessary in making the songs sound good. Some of the songs performed were Polly Wolly Doodle, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Cindy. In the last song, a few couples from the choir came to the front of the stage and stepped to a folk dance that portrayed the fun of the song.
“I was so pleased with how the choirs performed last Wednesday. They exceeded my expectations! Our goal for this year is to “Go For Gold”, meaning always striving four our personal best and our team best. Everyone gave their all on Wednesday night and we achieved our gold!” said Mrs. Morgan.
Who ever said that a choir concert is straight singing? While there is singing, it's not only vocals. Generally, the piano accompanies the choir, though there are a few times with the advanced choirs when they sing a capella. In these instances, the voices sometimes sound like instruments by themselves. In this concert, there were songs when there was a violin, guitar, and bass guitar being played, as well.
Despite this being their first concert this year, the choirs all did an outstanding job! Come attend the future concerts to support our singing lions with their amazing voices.