Mrs. Noll's Portuguese class gets a spirited surprise

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

Sarah Noll’s B1 Portuguese class received a pleasant surprise when Dr. Shepherd, Mr. Mecham and Mrs. Gowans walked into her classroom on Wednesday November 7th. As soon as Mrs. Noll saw the award that Gowans had in her arms, she knew what was coming.

Mrs. Noll was supposed to have received the Spirit of the Lion award one day before during a faculty meeting, yet Noll was absent because of training.

Sterling Scholar due today

By: Armando Chicon and Evyn Staheli of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

Sterling Scholar is a prestigious award that provides recognition for high school seniors. This award is found exclusively in Utah and began in 1962. At this time, there was already a program in Utah for recognizing outstanding high school athletes. Deseret News felt as though academia should be recognized on the same scale as athletics. Hence the creation of Sterling Scholar.


Swimming to Success!

Ryan Lines

Come on in, cause the water’s fine! Our swim team here at PHS has started going to meets as of last weekend with a huge invitational. Placing fourth overall at the starting invitational has given the Swim Team hope and invigorated the team for their meet at Orem!


Two assemblies scheduled for next week: Monday and Thursday

Monday and Thursday next week will have different schedules to accommodate two fabulous assemblies:

Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday, November 12 will have the following schedule:

7:55 - 8:55 1st 60 Minutes

9:00 - 10:05 Assembly 65 Minutes

10:10 - 11:05 2nd 55 Minutes

11:05 - 11:40 Lunch 35 Minutes

11:45 - 12:40 3rd 55 Minutes

12:45 -  1:40 4th 55 Minutes

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.