April 2011

Payson Junior High School’s Latinos in Action Club Making a Difference

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton
Payson Junior High's Latinos in Action club members

 

Payson Junior High’s Latinos in Action club has had a very positive impact on the local community this year.  The club organized with the purpose of getting students involved in the community through service oriented activities.  Members of the club volunteer their service in a number of ways.  This year, the club has done a lot of volunteer work at Park View Elementary.  Members of the club volunteer at the school each day helping students with guided reading and at times math practice. 

Members of the club also took part in the annual Latinos in Action Conference which takes place at Utah Valley University.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight student accomplishments and provide information that will help students make the transition into post high school education.  Members of Payson Junior High’s and Payson High’s Latinos in Action clubs played significant roles in the conference by delivering rousing speeches for making a difference in our communities.  Such a speech was delivered by Payson High, and former Payson Junior High student, Ramiro Salazar at this year’s conference.

Mr. Sorenson, an administrative assistant at Payson Junior high and mentor to the club, has seen firsthand the good things the club has accomplished.  “Latinos in Action has given our students a stage to share their talents.  LIA students have been able to use their bilingualism to help younger students gain valuable reading skills.  We love LIA at our school and we are very proud of all they have been able to do this year here at our school and for the students at Park View.”

Andres Salazar had this to say about the club, ”Latinos in Action is a great opportunity and it shows dedication to the school’s Latinos.”

There are 18 members in this year’s Latinos in Action Club: Cesar Valencia, Francisco Valencia, Roberto Cortez, Andres Salazar, Diana Quintano, Charlie Ortega, Griselda Martinez, Jonathan Vargas, Ana Lopez, Manuel Espinoza, Yazmin Rosales, Eluney Peve, Wendy Munoz, Michelle Zamora, Kelly Martinez, Dayan Solis, and Erik Garcia.         

Science Olympiad

Attributions: 
Curtis Burton

Payson Junior High School Students Shine in Science Olympiad

Payson Junior High School Students made an excellent showing at the Utah Science Olympiad held on March 26 at Weber State University in Ogden.  The Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of different scientific concepts through experiments and presentations.  The Payson Junior High team, which was coached by Mr. Golden Adams and was known as the B-21 team, took eighth place overall at the state competition, and many students on the team had notable performances.

Josh Evans and Dallin Johnson placed eighth for their Anatomy entry.  Jessica Staehli and Seth Stringham also took eighth for their “Can’t Judge a Powder” entry.  Erin Fuhriman and Dallin Johnson took sixth place for their “Dynamic Planet” entry.  Tasha Griffin and Jessica Staheli took fifth for their Ecology entry.  Tasha Griffin and Karanda Heimuli also took second and won a Weber State University scholarship for their Experimental Design entry.  Tasha Griffin also earned individual accolades for her “Microbe Mission” entry which earned a third place finish and another Weber State University scholarship.  Josh Evens and Jessica Staheli also took sixth place for their Fossils entry.  Josh Evans and Karanda Heimuli teamed up to take sixth place in the Junky Challenge category.  Zach Ethridge and Tasha Griffin teamed up to earn a sixth place finish for their “Mystery Architecture” entry.  Karanda Heimuli and Dallin Johnson placed fifth for their “Road Scholar” entry.  Dominic Hancock earned a seventh place finish in his category for his “Shock Value” entry.  Kassidy Evans took eighth for her Helicopter entry.  And Morgan Keller placed second with a Weber State University scholarship for his Astronomy entry.

Mr. Adams, the coach of this year’s Science Olympiad team, stated, “I’m really proud of these kids.  Eighth place is the best finish at state we’ve had, and next year we’re looking at improving on that.”