April 2022

Meet our New Head Football Coach: Arnold Ale

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PHS is very excited to announce that our new head football coach will be Coach Arnold Ale. Coach Ale (pronounced “Ah-leh”) comes to us from Los Angeles, CA, where he has served his community as the former head football coach and athletic director at Carson High School, among others. Coach Ale also has experience coaching at the collegiate and professional levels, having coached for Los Angeles Harbor College, Long Beach City College, San Jose State University, and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Meet This Year's Valedictorian & Salutatorian

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Payson High is excited to announce that the valedictorian for the class of 2022 is Emily Morrill. And the salutatorian is Emily Knapp. They have excelled tremendously in their academic accomplishments. And they will both speak at our graduation ceremony on May 26.  Congratulations to these two Emilies!

For more information about how PHS chooses our valedictorian and salutatorian you can read about it on our website.

State Drama Results

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Payson did GREAT at State Drama on Saturday, April 23rd. 

All State 3rd place Humorous monologue: Kara Orr

State Superior Medal Winners:

Val Grimes

Tanna Lavery

Mekhia White

Rion Richins

Lilly Hilton

Brinley Bettis

Ashlyn Durfee 

Helen Wheeler

Jake Laney

AJ Rindlisbacher

Hannah Glazner

Sydney Lane

Ellie Jorgensen 

Kara Orr

Jordan Hall

Tyler Pyne 

Alexis Terry

Way to go Payson Lions!!

2022-2023 Student Council

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Congratulations to all those who made the student council 2022-2023! We are excited to see all the amazing things you will accomplish. 


Student Body Officers

SBO President: Bre Jardine

SBO Secretary: Kaley Hanks

SBO Assemblies: Maddie Bassir

SBO Events: Lizzy Jensen

SBO Historian/Media/Public Relations: Renik Carman

SBO Historian/Media/Public Relations: Lilly Binks

SBO Technology: Ricky Ledesma


Senior Class Officers

Sr. Class President: Claire Austin

Our New Head Girls Tennis Coach: Jeremy Barber

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Payson High School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Coach Jeremy Barber as our new head coach of the Girls Tennis Team. Our previous head coach, Coach Kris McDougal, has resigned in order to focus on her retirement pursuits. And we are very grateful for her dedicated service to our school and community.

Our New Head Girls Soccer Coach: David Kindrick

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Payson High School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Coach David Kindrick as our new head coach of the Girls Soccer Team. Our previous head coach, Coach Ciera Ward, has resigned in order to focus on her growing family.

State Science Olympiad Winners

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Emily Morrill and Allie Young competed in the state Science Olympiad competition on Saturday (April 9) and won first place in the forensics competition. Congratulations! We are proud of our Lion Science Olympiads. 

College Access Advisor

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Most high schools in our area (including PHS) have a “college access advisor” who works alongside our counseling department. They are recent college graduates who are hired through the University of Utah and then placed in selected high schools around the state. College advisers seek to help more Utah students attend college. Working alongside school staff, advisers assist students with navigating the college admissions process.

Spring Break 2022

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Nebo School District Spring Break is next week, April 4-8. We will see you back at school on April 11! We are excited to finish the school year STRONG. Enjoy your break, Lions!