PHS Physics Class Experiment with Co2 Cars

By Brianne Hiatt

This year the Co2 cars made by the physic classes at Payson High School were not only the fastest, but also the most stylish. “I do the cars partially for fun and to review what we’ve done and it’s a hands on experience.”  said Mr. Van  Ausdal, a Physics and Chemistry teacher at PHS.

                The 2011 Best of Show winners:                                2011 winners of the fastest cars :

1st place: Kylee Swenson                                                              1st: Carlos Aguilar

PHS Spring Play: Little Shop of Horrors

By Jakob Johnson

               This year’s musical was Little Shop of Horrors. The cast did a great job being hobos, drunks, semi-sadists and a man-eating plant. “It’s really fun to be a hobo,” said Shaunese, one of the hobos.  For those of you who didn’t see the musical, you missed a creepy performance about a plant taking over the world, and Justin Craig being playing a drunk. “It’s fun to experience something I’ll never experience and it’s fun to make people laugh,” said Justin Craig.  Here is a little overview for those that missed it. 

PHS Music Students Go to State Solo & Ensemble Competition

By Taylor Campbell

PHS goes to state, again!

Taylor Campbell

On February 23- five students from PHS went to state.  The difference? This was not a sports function; it was the Solo and Ensemble contest open to all band and orchestra students in the school.  The students that will represent Payson High School at the state competition are listed here:

Adam Anderson

Rebecca Brimley

Danielle Drager

Rachel Havens

PHS Journalism Staff Attends Desert News Conference

By Marvin Eberhard

On Thursday February 17, the Lion’s Roar Newspaper staff attended the 2011 Deseret News and UVU Review Journalism Conference at Utah Valley University. The writers and editors attended several workshops and seminars. They gained plenty of new knowledge about newspaper layout and writing articles.

PHS National Honor Society Holds Senior Citizen Dance

By Jakob Johnson

The NHS and Student Council hosted a Senior Citizen’s Valentine’s Dance at the city center on February 11th. It was very fun and a good experience for the NHS/Student Council members that went.  “I thought it was fun, and a good experience for students to get to know a different generation and get to know the things they do and have fun with,” said the NHS advisor Mrs. Bensen.

PHS Japanese Club Fundraiser for Japan

By Mercedes John

As we all should know, Japan has been hit with a devastating earthquake and then a tsunami. Thousands have lost their lives, and thousands more are missing. Those who survived the horrendous natural disaster are without food, power, gas, and drinking water. To help with the relief effort Isaac Webber is teaming up with his sister, Sara Webber, and Southern Utah University, to raise money for the Japanese people. Isaac is hoping that PHS will contribute to the fund by raising $500 dollars worth of donations.

PHS 2011-2012 Cheerleaders


PHS 2011-2012 Cheerleaders


·      Kassandra Allsop

·      Hailee Barrus

·      Bailey Biggs

·      Jakenzie Brown

·      Haylee Coombs

·      Brooke Draper

·      Chelsea Ellsworth

·      Taylor Frazier

·      McLaine Hoffman

PHS Drill Team Returns from Competition

By Merceedes John, photos by Brianne Hiatt

The PHS Paysetters have really shown us what they can do. On December 4th they had their first competition at Davis High School and did amazing.  They placed 2nd in their military and kick routine, and 3rd in dance.  Competing against the reigning state champs, our Paysetters were still able to place 2nd. Great job Drill Team!  On December 11th they competed again at Northridge High School.  Although they didn’t place, they worked really well as a team, and did a great job.  . On January 12 the drill team had their annual Paysetter night.

Payson B-E-A-T-S Salem!

By Ben Spencer and Kase Greenhalgh

               Coming off a stunning loss to Springville, the Lions looked to regroup against region rival Salem Hills. They started off a little slow, only scoring ten points to Salem’s fifteen. In the second quarter the Lions tied them in scoring, putting up thirteen; going into the half with a five point deficit. The crowd was ready to rally behind the trailing Lions, but it wouldn’t do any good against Salem’s three point rain at the start of the third.