Payson High School has witnessed history: the first back to back state championship!! Our wrestling team dominated in 2009, and they’ve done it again for 2010 baby! In fact, we had 16 wrestlers go to state, 13 placed in the top six, and 5 Payson High School wresters, Mitch Brown, Zac Loveless, Brock Brown, Colton Cannon, and Brady Loveless, placed 1st in the state by winning both their matches at state! Cannon had this say about the team and the championship, “As a team, we’ve been working hard together since we were freshman, and all that work has paid off.
Sweethearts’ week has rolled right back in and out already this year with all new competition: Poster making, cow milking, interview, and cake making were a few things involved in becoming the royalty for the annual FFA sweethearts dance. Monday started off with poster making. We had to somehow incorporate the theme LEAD OUT LOUD and in some way advertise for the dance as well. The winners for the poster making were Rachelle Whatcott, Nicole Mellen, and Saige Bertschi.
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 destroying many homes, buildings and orphanages. Since that time, The Foundation for Children in Need has been raising money to send a Utah-based construction crew to Haiti to rebuild the “Enfants of Jesus” orphanage. On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010; Payson High School and Salem Hills High School joined forces for one cause, one purpose and one thing in mind, to raise money to help Haiti. The night kicked off with Payson’s Concert Choir singing The Star Spangled Banner arranged by Deb
PHS Journalism class recently visited Special Need kids at PHS as well as two classes at Santaquin Elementary in an effort to spread holiday cheer. The Special Needs students received a morning full of holiday carols, candy canes and fun as Journalism students read them Christmas-related books. While there, many of the students reconnected with their younger selves. Journalism members were seen singing along to the book The Twelve Days of Christmas and really getting involved with the kid-friendly environment.
This year PHS wrestling has had an amazing season! The Lions have brought a lot of experience and depth to the mat; with the 4 returning state champions they are working to repeat as 4A state champions. While wrestling in one of the toughest regions in 4A Payson will continue to dominate in region 8.
January 21st-23rd were some very exciting days for the drama students of Payson High School. Utah Theatre Association Conference (held at UVU in Orem) requested a performance of their contemporary play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]. On Saturday the 23rd of January at 11:15, this rambunctious group of students preformed in front of conference attendees. “I thought UTA was fun, the best part was when Mitch had ‘break down’ and it took six of us to get him off the stage,” said Teal Delli Gatti.
The lights are slowly turning on, the floors are clean and waxed, the bleachers are being pulled, and the students are arriving. The Lion’s Den has been opened.
Whether it’s a volleyball game, wrestling match, or basketball game, the Lions are there to support the team. All of the members of the Lion’s Den are PHS’s finest. They are an elite group of students who are there every game to support. The game could be predicted as a complete loss for the Lions, but the members of the Lion’s Den are still there. Regardless of the game outcome, they are there!
On January 21, Payson High’s Paysetters were put to the test in region. They competed against five other schools, including Maple Mountain, Uinta, Spanish Fork, Salem, and Springville, to be in the top four. They awed the crowd as they strived to make it to state. Unfortunately, they were unable to make it, and Maple Mountain took first place. “It was really fun; we did our best. We didn’t place, but it was still a good experience,” said Makayla Mecham.