PHS student wins runner up in New York Times contest

By: Cynthia Gonzalez and Paige Davis of The Lion's Roar Newspaper

Dari DeMille, a senior at PHS, won runner up in the New York Times 2016 Summer Reading Contest Week 10. Ms. Griffin had asked all her AP Language students to submit an entry into the contest. She wanted her students “to write for an authentic audience on a topic they find interesting.” 

Sept 19-24 at a glance


Hope Week September 19-23

Monday-College Tours & Pre-Act Test
Tuesday-Sharing Hands Message Board (near lunchroom)
Wednesday-Hope Assembly:Speaker, Brad Wilcox
Musical Chairs (lunch activity)
Thursday-School Hope Chain
Friday-Hope Balloon Launch (lunch activity)

Other Calendar Items

Sept 20

Tennis Wasatch @ Payson

Soccer @ Springville

Volleyball @ Wasatch


Sept 13-17 at a Glance


Sept 13

 Tennis Uintah @ Payson

 Cross country @ Payson

Volleyball @ Salem Hills


Sept 15

Tennis @ Springville

JV/Soph football Wasatch @ Payson

Soccer @ Maple Mountain


Sept 16

Cross country @ Spanish Fork

Tennis @ Juab

Football @ Wasatch


Sept 16-17

Sophomore volleyball @ West


Sept 17

Welcome Back!

By: Kate Searle

The 2016-2017 school year is in full swing with club rush, school lunch, Homecoming Week, soccer matches, try-outs for the school musical, and Chromebooks for every student.  

Be sure to check the school website daily for announcements and highlights.  You can also find the bell schedule, who your counselor is, and upcoming events by clicking on the primary links on the left of the screen.

This year is sure to be a good one.  Welcome to the Pride.


WHO: Youth up to age 18

WHAT: Free healthy lunch

DATES: Mondays - Fridays June 6 - August 19

TIME: 1:30PM - 3:00PM

WHERE: Memorial Park 300 S. Main Street (Payson)

No registration required Children must consume food on-site

Contact Kerri Duncan with questions at 801-887-1251 or

Newspaper staff iHopping out

Lion's Roar Newspaper Staff

A year filled with stressful deadlines, creative minds, friendships made, and lots of pride is coming to a close for the Lion’s Roar Newspaper Staff. The staff worked hard to produce a newspaper that the students would enjoy, and make everyone proud. Day in and day out we’ve enjoyed working hard to represent our school to the best of our ability, and we hope everyone has enjoyed our masterpieces. The staff would like to give a big thanks to our readers, and an even bigger thanks to the student body of Payson High School. We’d also like to thank our awesome advisor, Mrs.

Dance Company Showcase

Picture and Article By Sabryne Kelly

On May 5, 2016 PHS Social Dance Too performed their Waltz to the song “Why you Wanna” at their dance company showcase. There were five couples consisting of: Michelle Rushton & Cory Koetje, Mckell Wright & Magnum Gettling, Jacob Hanks & Sarah Black, Ben Rowley & Aubrey Marsh, Josh Morgan & Melanie Ward. The girls wore purple shirts with black skirts and they looked very uniformed and professional. The boys all wore white shirts with black pants. Payson was represented very well by our dancers in Social Too.


Open Gyms for Volleyball Begin

Brooke Barnett, Photo from Google Images

 Volleyball tryouts are coming up this August which makes now a great time to prepare for them. Volleyball open gyms are held Tuesday and Thursday nights, starting at 5:00, and going until 7:00 pm. The coaches are Coach Eliason, and Coach Mott. Coming to the volleyball open gyms is a great way to get practice, as well as to get the coaches attention. At the open gyms, you will be doing warm ups and drills that will help to improve your volleyball skills. If you are interested in playing volleyball this coming year, these open gyms will definitely not be a waste of your time!

Provo Bike Trip

Ben Phillips

On Tuesday, May 3, Mrs. Miller’s B3 class participated in a biking trip. This journey started in Provo, lasted for 20 miles, and ended in Thanksgiving Point. Being a small class, staying together and finishing fast was no difficult task.

The class met at the start of first period, and left in the suburbans to Provo. Although tired by the end, no student was injured, and each had a great experience to remember.