December 2013

Running for Fun!

Attributions: 
Written by Rachel Holt

Payson Junior High School focuses on excellence in all areas: personal, academic, and physical. As part of the annual Red Ribbon week, students and staff show their commitment to physical fitness by participating in a Fun Run. This year’s run took place on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 with 318 participants finishing the 2 mile race.

During Red Ribbon Week, schools focus on the importance of being drug free. The Grizzlies emphasized to students that they have greater opportunities and positive lifestyles when they stay away from drugs. This run is just one example of making good choices.

J.O. Braithewaite, teacher at Payson who organizes the run explained, “This has been a tradition at Payson Junior for 17 years. This year we had more teachers run than ever before, 18 in total. The weather was great and I am proud of all of the runners being brave enough to compete and have fun with our school community.”

The top ten finishers for each grade and gender were awarded t-shirts- a prize that all students get very competitive about! Those winners were as follows:

9th Grade Boys: 1st place-Tyler Manokin (11:21), Ivan Webber, Carson McNaughton, Kellis Johnson, Garrett Pullan, Micheal Rowley, Coleman Tanner, Justin Sauceda, Jose Sandoval, and Jace Jones. 9th Grade Girls: 1st place- Amanda Rowley (14:32), Sierra BBoulton, Lucy Hales, Necia Torres, Aubrey Carol, Perla Barreda, Keisha Palmer, Taylor Olsen, Morgan Chapuls, and Shayla Draper.

8th Grade Boys: 1st place- Matthew Vanmoos (11:47), Ryden Anderson, Levi John, Brandon Harris, Brendon Earl, Cody Ostler, Brock Bulkley, Wyatt Elmer, Clayton Peterson, and Chris Turner. 8th Grade Girls: 1st- Claire Rowley, Kobey Evans, Emily Rowley, Megan Hall, Abbie Jensen, Madison Mittleman, Rylie Norman, Mariah Webber, Jana Worthington, and Madison Houston.

7th Grade Boys: 1st Cole Peterson (11:49), Gideon Argyle, Kade Rowley, Zeke Mangum, Aiden Balzy, Logan Sorenson, Tregan Palmer, Raul Cisneros, William Wooten, and McClaine Nielson. 7th Grade Girls: 1st- Sara Wiberg (14:59), Ruby Baird, Kari Evans, Emily W, Katlyn Johnson, Brinn Loveless, Casandra Jon, Maddie Mitchell, Lexi Vorever, and Michelle Garcia.

Thanks to everyone who participated to make this a wonderful event!

 

Up With Music

Attributions: 
Written by Myranda Goodworth

 

On Thursday October 17th, Perfect Harmony, Chamber singers and the seventh grade choir performed their fall concert “Up With Music.”  The first of many more! The stage was set and the classes were filled with excitement waiting for the concert to begin. The building was filled and they began singing songs like their famous “Rhythm of life”, “Popular”, and “I see the light.”

Solos by Megan Dixon (singing “Stay” by Rihanna) and Ashlie Shuffler (“Turning Tables” by Adele) were done exceptionally bringing a loud roar of applause from the audience along with duets by Alyssa Behrend and Mckaylee Burke (“For Good” from Wicked) and Cambrielle and Skyler Fitzwater (Phantom of the Opera) Bringing another roar from the audience.

Mrs.Bolz commented that, “It has been fun to work with my great students. They are off to a great musical start this year. I love seeing our students develop and share their talents!” They’ve now been preparing for their upcoming performance on December 10th, “Tis the Season to be Singing” and are thrilled. Come and see it and good job to our Choirs!

 

 

Travel Into the Woods

Attributions: 
Written by Sarah Sullivan

Hey there all you future actors.  Make sure to sign up for our school musical “Into The Woods.”  Auditions have opened up until Wednesday the 18th, instead just Monday, through Tuesday.  You thought you missed out, but now you have an extra day of chances to be a school star.  Make sure you bring your talent, and your great personality to your audition.

The story is about a witch who teaches many fairytale characters lessons about the way they live their life.  The characters include Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (and the Beanstalk), a crazy witch, Red Riding Hood, and of course the Notorious Big Bad Wolf.  So sign up today,and embark on a journey through song, and acting.  It’s already a hit, so don’t waste another minute, come travel with us into the woods.

 

Actors in Training

Attributions: 
Written by Sarah Sullivan
Drama students experience the Shakespeare Festival.
Practicing their facial expressions for the stage!
Students take in a play at the festival.

 

On October 16, 2013 a group of PJHS students took a field trip for The Shakespeare Festival.  Mr. Aintablian, the school’s drama teacher, chaperoned the students to Cedar City.  He had remembered many great things, and enjoyed going with the students.  They got to stay over night, meet people who had made a name for themselves in the drama department, and participate in competitive activities.

It was one of the first chances students had to stay overnight, and get away from parents.  They got to get their own food,and stay in their own hotel rooms.  They were able to display responsibility, and learn what it is like to be on their own.

Attending the festival was not only the students, but performers who had been on broadway.  The students were given the opportunity to be coached, and watch professionals in action.  It was a great learning experience that allowed them to be around amazing, and successful participants in that field.

At one point 2,000 people danced to “What Does the Fox Say?”.  They also, got to act competitively.  They got to try their best at something, and there were possibilities for scholarships.  For actors in training, this was a big deal.  To say the least, it was one of the most fun, learning experiences available.