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November 2013

A Big Thank You

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:46
Written by Haven Johansen
Students show patriotism and gratitude at the annual Veteran's Day Concert.


“This is our way of celebrating those who have sacrificed to protect our country, “ was the first announcement made after welcoming the guests of Payson Junior High School’s Veteran’s Day concert. The entire auditorium was full of proud family members and  fellow students and staff. Soon the Payson High School was filled with the sounds of the band, orchestra, jazz band, and choir playing patriotic songs to honor the veterans.

The concert was peppered with videos of some of the school’s staff sharing experiences they had with the fantastic veterans who had not only devoted their time to protecting our country, but also being outstanding citizens and people afterwards. The audience was touched by the awe-inspiring memories they shared.

Shortly afterward, the halls were ringing with the sounds of the band, orchestra, and choir playing and singing patriotic and historic songs. Some of them were exhilarating and showcased the way swinging, trumpet-filled music affected the early war era. Other songs were saddening and reminded the crowd of  the harsh world of war. Some numbers included Stars and Stripes Forever, a quieting song about gunfire called “Barrage,” and a drum number done entirely on trash cans. All of the performers did a fantastic job portraying feelings and history through music, and at the end of the concert all veterans in the audience were given a token of thanks provided by Poor Boy’s BBQ. From Payson Junior High school, a big thank you to all who fight for our freedom.



Talent Avalanche 2013

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:51
Written by Haven Johansen


On November 1,  Payson Junior High revealed an avalanche of talent on stage- some unknown, some unusual, and all of it fantastic. Bringing together some of the school’s hobbies and interests, PJHS’ 2013 talent show exposed just a small portion of the hard work, capabilities and showmanship of our students.

After a round of sign up sheets, auditions, and a careful selection process done by the Student Council, the talent show was finally underway. Preparations involved dress rehearsals, lighting and music setup, costume design, and hours of practice. “I’m so excited! It’s going to be so much fun!” Kenji Heimuli, a member of a musical act, shared enthusiastically. Kenji is a bassist in  a musical group titled “The Sweater Vests,” who performed Seven Nation Army as the first act of the show. Kenji had a right to be excited- it was going to be a big success.

Adrenaline was high as the spotlight focused on the announcer for the first act, Liz Callahan, student council member. The curtains pulled away to reveal a great first act, and the stage continued to showcase 13 excellent talents and groups. They featured original musical compositions, piano ensembles, beautiful vocal performances, a dance number and even a slam poem. Audiences were stunned by the brilliant, and some previously hidden or unique, talent that students brought to the stage.

The performer’s nerves did surprisingly well. “The spotlight makes it so you can’t even see the people, so you don’t really care what you’re doing. I just pretend I’m playing for my grandma,” says Nic Nez, who played an original composition on electric guitar. The lighting, microphones and announcements went perfectly thanks to Payson Junior High’s Student Council.

After the first show, everyone involved set back up, got back in their places and did it all over again for the second assembly. Performers commented that they thought they did even better in the second show and that they felt even more confident. Everyone had a ton of fun, and did a great job! Here’s to an even better 2014 talent show!



A Night of Patriotism!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 10:36

The Fine Arts Department at PJHS will be putting on its annual Patriotic Concert to honor Veterans. The concert will be held this Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The public is invited to enjoy this free event and to celebrate the veterans who have served our country! Veterans are especially encouraged to come enjoy this evening. Bring your family and come to the concert!



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