March 2024

Athletes of the Week: March 29

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The Payson/Santaquin Area Business Chamber would like to recognize 2 Athletes of the Week from Payson High School. 

Competing In Boys Track - Denver Spanheimer - This week, Denver broke 2 junior boys records (110m hurdles & Long Jump) and qualified for state in 3 different events (200m Dash, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump). 

Bacon To Payson

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On Friday, March 22, hundreds of students, faculty, and community members met at the school at 5 AM alongside the Today show where we heard from Kevin Bacon himself that he would be returning to the "Footloose" school for prom.

Enjoy some photos from this event!

Today Show Kevin Bacon Assembly Photos

Athletes of the Week: March 22

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Tanner Staheli - Tennis - Tanner is our Lion of the meet to start the tennis season. He has been playing in the #1 singles spot for our first 3 matches and is undefeated so far this season and has led the team to a 2-1 start.

Lucy Jessen - Softball - She has been super consistent at the plate! She is working hard to get on base for her team! She has been a wall behind the plate while also gunning people down who try to run on her! We love having Lucy a part of our team!

Congrats, Lions!

Kevin Bacon is on his way to Payson High!

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Kevin Bacon has announced he's coming to visit PHS!

Watch the Today show segment here.

We're so proud of all the hard work our Lions have put in all year to get the word out.

Thank you to our Student Council, Jenny Staheli, and each group and individual student/teacher/administrator/community member that made their way to the school bright and early to help with this announcement.

It has paid off, Lions!

Heart of the Lion Award: Term 3

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Congrats to Holly Kuester, our term 3 recipient of the Heart of the Lion award!

Here is what Mrs. Kuester's students said about her:

"I am nominating Mrs.Kuester because she always makes me feel welcome in her classroom. She is always positive and kind towards everyone. I learn so much in her class while having so much fun.

She is literally AMAZING!!!!! She takes the time to listen to students, is so sweet and kind no matter what she's going through, and is just overall a great teacher who is easy to open up to."

We're so glad to have you here at PHS!

Go, Lions, Go!

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Our Lions have been hard at work the past few weeks in sports, academics, and more. Here are some highlights:

Track & Field:

  • The following athletes qualified automatically for state based on their AMAZING marks:
    • Bridger Blauer qualified for state in the javelin
    • Zayden Cook qualified for state in the shot put
    • Ethan Olson qualified for state in the 110m hurdles
    • Olivia Nielson qualified for state in the 200m dash


Welcome to Our New Boys Soccer Coach: Brady Theobald

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Brady was born in Provo, Utah and spent his early years in Las Vegas.  He returned to Payson and attended Park View Elementary, Payson Junior and Senior High Schools.  He loves anything sports related.  He played soccer, basketball and football for the Payson Lions.  While playing, he was active in scouting and achieved his Eagle Scout Award.  He loves the outdoors where he hunts, fishes and rides mountain and motor bikes.  In the past few years he has competed in many mountain bike races including the Leadville 100 Mile in Colorad

Student of the Month: February

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Congrats to our February Students of the Month!

Left to right:

Angelo Chavez, David Cortez, Abigail Cobia, Chloe Carson, Easton Drage. 

Not pictured: Skyler Reiners

Coach Jeb Clark: Wrestling Shout-Out

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Coach Jeb is retiring from coaching after 12 highly successful years at PHS.  Here are some highlights.