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March 2014

Nature Grooves

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:35
Written by Sarah Sullivan

The Payson Junior High Choirs Presented “All Nature Sings.”  This amazing event happened Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Payson Junior High School Auditorium.  It was Directed by the wonderful choir teacher Ingrid Bolz, with the just as amazing accompanist Janice Lindsey.

It was a wonder-filled night with three solos by Julia Reber who sang “Landslide,” Abby Garrett who sang “Hang, on Little Tomato,” and Ezra Bird who sang ”Twilight on the Trail.”  They ended strong with a combined choir singing, and dancing to the upbeat anthem “Eye of the Tiger.”

"I think each choir has learned a lot this term.  It is very gratifying to me to see progress in our performance abilities as the school year unfolds,” says Mrs. Bolz,  “I am very proud of those who sang solos last night also!!  And of course I totally enjoyed watching all my awesome students sing and dance to "Eye of the Tiger", which we sang twice last night!!  I want to say thanks to all of our talented, hard working students here at Payson Jr. High.”


A Day For Science

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:33
Written by Haven Johansen

The Nebo School District science fair was a smashing success. Students spent two months putting countless hours into becoming experts in the project of their choosing.

Payson Junior High offered up its own round of scientists- Kenji Heimuli, Aubrey Carroll, Nathan Reeves, Benton Staheli, Weston Amos and Gabe Doyle.

Two ninth graders and one seventh grader will be moving on to the BYU Science Fair- Aubrey Carroll studied the effects of typing speed of piano players and non-piano players. Nathan Reeves built a prototype to stop the washing machine from getting off balance and violently shaking. Benton Staheli studied the effects of musical pitch on mold growth.

“Doing the science fair and passing district was an amazing experience. I was walking around before the fair and started to doubt my project. After hearing my name being called to move on, I had never felt so wrong!” Says 9th grader Aubrey Carroll.

All students worked very hard on their projects. They chose interesting topics and developed them into a presentation for the fair.

One of PJHS’ science teachers, Mrs. Anderson, says, “The science fair is a great opportunity that allows students to explore a topic that is interesting to them. I loved seeing the look of surprise on the student's faces when they found the results of their projects! I am so proud of all their hard works and efforts.”  


Students of the Month for January

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:26


The students at Payson Junior have been working hard this month, leaving teachers debating which students to recognize as Students of the Month. The task has been completed, and January’s top students are as follows:

Science- 7th: Sawyer Algers, 8th: Austin Hone, and 9th: Emily Walters. Language Arts- 7th: Rebecca Apgood 8th: Madison Houston, and 9th: Stephanie Tidwell. Girls PE- 7th: Brinn Loveless, 8th: Megan Lind, and 9th: Madison Bing. Boys PE- 7th: Orrin Ward, 8th: Elliot Evans, and 9th: Lorenzo Ruiz. Math- 7th: Joe Baxter, 8th: Daniel Cortez, and 9th Braxton Judd.

Social Studies- 7th: Mauri Blauer, 8th: Kathleen Olsen, and 9th: Valerie Cornwell. Fine Arts- 7th: Chloe Poulsen, 8th: Micah Toelupe, and 9th: Christian Herrera. Library- 7th: Garit Bibler, 8th: Kerstin Taylor, and 9th: Chay’Lyn Gordon. Career and Tech- 7th: Leslie Salas, 8th: Riley Redford, and 9th: Weston Banks. Special Education- 7th: Talin Wyler, 8th: Chloe Williams, and 9th: Tiaza Warden.

The overall students of the month, representing their entire grade, were: 7th: Chase Openshaw, 8th:Tayt Kearl, and 9th: Lucy Hales.

Congratulations to all of these honored students, and keep up the good work!



Champions are Made of Sugar, Spice, and Defense!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:51
Written by Sarah Sullivan

On Thursday, February 6, Payson Junior High’s Freshman Girls Basketball Team had a special net-cutting ceremony to celebrate their place as District Champions.

The night before, the girls played Mapleton in the championship game, and ended up victorious with an overall score of 30-17. The high scorers were Lucy Hales with 9 points and Allison Pray with 8. But Coach Corbett, Assistant coach to the Lady Grizzlies, credited their success mostly to their defense. He said, “We had a team goal to hold each opponent to under 20 points- and we did it! They all worked so hard and they met that goal.”

In the pre-season they scored 0-3.  In the team won over Spanish Fork, and rival Mount Nebo, but lost to Mapleton.  “This game provided a new desire in the team to stay focused and close out opponents when they have the chance.” said Mr.Corbett the assistant coach.  The scored 529 total points this season, and had an 11 game winning streak,with an overall record of 13 wins, and 4 losses.  They are the new district champions, and to celebrate ‘cut the net’ on February sixth.  Every member of the team even signed a ball to keep in our trophy case, that can remind us of their dedication.  

At the net-cutting ceremony, Principal Swenson talked about how nervous he was at the game. He explained, “I was shaking, and I wasn’t even playing! But we are so proud… This came from a lot of work and a lot of time...You worked as a team and did it together! And you became friends off the court. These girls are all great examples to PJHS.”

Over the season there were injuries to key players Lucy Hale, and Alison Pray.  Inspite of the injuries the team was strong.  Mr. Corbett, and Mrs.Fox really enjoyed teaching these wonderful, dedicated girls.  They came to practice determined to improve themselves individually, and as a whole.  

The team members are Alexis Taylor, Larian Rosser, Amanda Rowley, Allison Pray, Kimberly Martin, Ashlyn Bollar, Jessalyn Etheridge, Lucy Hales, Abbie Smith, Sierra Bolton, Terissa Hamilton (who plays for Payson High’s team), and team managers Natalia Godinez, and Madison Bean.

The team’s love for the game, for their coaches, and for each other was apparent as spectators watched this wonderful celebration. They have worked incredibly hard all season and that work paid off! Congratulations ladies- you are champions!


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