February 2015

Latino's in Action Conference

Attributions: 
Written by Jairo Uribe
LIA students from Payson Junior.
Students Playing Leadership Games at the Conference.
Students Making Valentines.
Students providing service to the Elderly of their community.
More Valentine Cards for the elderly.
Students serving their community.
Jasmine Garcia and Susan Estrada heading to the Conference.
Alberto Fonseca on the bus.
Latinos in Action students from several schools, including Payson Jr!

The class of Latinos in Action recently went to  a mini conference at Dixon Middle School. There, we joined up with different schools like Diamond Fork and Mt. Nebo. At the conference we did community service, played games, and listened to a speaker to tell us about his life story.

The service project was making valentine cards for the elderly that got mailed to them. We played different types of games. The speaker that was there to talk to all the students was a very important man from Utah Valley University. He first started with his child hood and where he grew up. Then he talked about his teen years like were he went to high school, who he hung out with, and what he did as a teen-like play football. Finally, he moved on to college, got a degree from Colombia University, and now he is a Vice President for UVU.

The conference was a good experience and the LIA organization learned a lot, while having fun.

We love you, Mrs. Staheli!

The tree is planted by staff and Staheli's family.
Mr. Swenson hugs Mike Staheli, LuAnn's husband.
Mr. Swenson pays tribute to our beloved librarian.
Students in best dress to honor our amazing librarian!

On Tuesday, February 17, students and teachers gathered to honor our beloved librarian, LuAnn Staheli, and plant a tree in her honor. 

Members of Mrs. Staheli’s family came to the school to be a part of this tribute. Her husband, Mike, beautifully expressed the love that his dear wife had for her students and how special Payson Junior has been to their family.

LuAnn passed away last week after fighting a year-long battle with cancer. LuAnn taught English classes at Payson Junior High for 33 years before moving to her dream job of librarian for the last 2. As a lover of books, Mrs. Staheli was an advocate for reading, especially when it came to her students. She was always ready to recommend a new book, discuss a book or author, and share her vast knowledge of literature with anyone who asked!

The tree will grow in front of the school and will always be a reminder of this wonderful woman who influenced so many students and teachers at our school. We love you, Mrs. Staheli and will miss you very much!

 

State Champion as a 7th Grader

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CJ Ward, talented bowman, with some of his gear and accolades.

CJ Ward was recently recognized by the Utah Bowmans Association and is Payson Junior High's Athlete Spotlight for this month.

 

CJ was presented with a Utah State Champion plaque by the Utah Bowmans association on Saturday January 24, 2015 at Utah Valley University. As a 7th grader, CJ has already earned the prestigious title of State Champion-an incredible feat for any student, let alone a student so young.CJ competed in the Utah State Championship series in the youth bowhunter division. The series consist of six different archery disciplines, and he finished the series with four 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and one 3rd place finish.CJ also competed in several other tournaments throughout Utah including the Utah summer games where he was awarded a silver and Bronze medal. CJ also excels academically and is a 4.0 student in the 7'th grade at Payson Jr. High. Congratulations on your many accomplishments, CJ!