Valentine Grams

Written by Sadie Marvin

Love was in the air at Payson Junior High. The students of PJHS were in a lovely mood this Valentines day season. Students bought candies,flowers,and wrote notes to their fellow students. The PJHS student council organized, sorted, and sold the candies and flowers to the students.The student council sold the items at lunch February 2nd-10th. The students could either buy something, write a note, and have it delivered,or they could just write a note to make their friends day.

The student council cut hearts of all different colors a few weeks in advance to prepare. When they received the written hearts, they filed them by their 3rd period teachers class. They  then marked who got a heart and who didn’t on their lists. They stapled the candies to the hearts, and got them ready to deliver.

The students were anticipating February 13th, the day the Valentine Grams would be delivered.Some students even made their own valentines to distribute. It seemed like good deeds were happening everywhere before the day arrived. Everyone was complimenting each other, and being kind.

When the day arrived, the student council were in a rush to get the Valentine Grams  ready to deliver. When they were ready, the student council went to every class and delivered the items to the students. Smiles erupted on the students faces as they received their notes and candies. “It was really fun, and everyone got something” an eighth grade student claims. In conclusion, the Valentine Grams were a big success, and made the students of Payson Junior High’s day.

Money Wars Assembly

Written by Tayt Kearl
Student Council members compete in a pie eating contest with students from the crowd.
Student Council members Sam Sanchez and Tayt Kearl before the pie eating contest.
Freshman watch the teachers embarrass themselves at the assembly.
Mr. Davis acts as a Christmas tree, getting decorated by Mr. Jensen and Mr. Sorensen.
Mr. Swenson prepares to "kiss his dinner" and holds up the little pig while Holt stares, terrified.

Payson Jr. High students raised over One Thousand Dollars for Primary Children's Hospital.

Every year the Student Council does a fundraiser for a good cause.  This year they decided to raise the money for Primary Children's Hospital.  They decided it would be a battle between the grades.  The winning grade got to go an embarrassing teacher assembly.  After a tight competition for a week and half, with some Mr. Swenson curveballs (extra money for a grade) the 9th graders came out on top.  All the combined grades raised 1,300 dollars.

Since the 9th grade won they went the teacher assembly.  This had many different stages as the assembly went on and they got progressively worse for the teacher.  One example is, Mr. Sorenson had to eat jalapenos.  Mr. Farley’s beard got dyed green.  Mr. Swenson Mrs. Holt both kissed their  Christmas dinner (pig.)  This assembly was a good reward for raising so much money. Thanks to everyone that donated!

Stellar Science Fair Students

Mrs. Anderson (middle) pictured with the students who will advance to the BYU Fair.
Abby Maloy (1st place 7th grader) and Abby Hine (2nd place 7th grader) receiving their awards.

Nebo School District's annual Science Fair was held Wednesday, February 25 at Landmark High School. This fair was for students grades 7-12 and had a total of 40 projects presented.

 Payson Junior was able to send 6 students: Dan Havens (8th), Abby Hine (7th), Abby Maloy (7th), Isabel Maloy (9th), Ahren Schmoyer (9th), Sarah Sullivan (9th), and Lily Wimmer (9th).Mrs. Anderson, Science Fair Advisor at PJHS said, " I am so proud of all of the hard work and effort my students put into their projects. They spent countless hours re-testing and perfecting their projects. Outstanding job to everyone who participated, and special congratulations to the winners." 

Two of Payson's own seventh grade students were able to place at the prestigious fair, with Abby Maloy taking 1st place, and Abby Hine placing 2nd. These girls, along with Isabelle Maloy, Sarah Sullivan, and Lily Wimmer, will be moving on to the BYU Science Fair March 23-26.

Good luck ladies and congratulations to all who worked hard on their projects.


Latino's in Action Conference

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

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!


Dessert, Dancing, and a Show

Written by Sarah Sullivan

Every spring a fundraiser is held for Payson Junior High’s amazing band.  It is themed to follow Glenn Miller from Europe in WWII.  This years was decked out, complete with flag decorations, carnival cutouts, and desserts fit for a king.  There was swing dance, big band songs, and a few piano pieces.  The vibes were great, and the music was, too.

Payson Junior High’s band teacher, Mrs. Erickson directs this salute to old school music.  All the while Boyd Erickson serves as MC.  They are both lively, and all together put on a great show.  They played over a dozen songs, featuring solos from each talented musician.

The band was dressed to fit the part, as were the swing dancers, making the event so realistic the front door seems to be a time machine.  The dancers even supplied an old school dance lesson to anyone.  Grabbing their family, and friends to dance along, the swing dancers were now half of the crowd.  There was not a dull face, or a frown left.

PJHS faculty, custodians, and administration support and supervised the event.  Jennifer Braithwaite did a wonderful job with the food arrangements.  Deb Boschard elegantly decorated the tables.  Students served as very well-dressed waiters.  Even some parents helped, such as Juliet Preston, who played a beautiful piano.  It is an amazing event for Payson Junior High.  From the riveting music, to the carnival cutouts, and the overall feeling of being in a different time, it is unlikely to disappoint.


Student Gov Gets Lots of Love!

Written by Haven Johansen

Every year, Payson Junior High holds a week of Student Government elections for those who wish to plan and execute the events at our school. There is a lot of tough competition and everybody has to bring their game- there are posters, flyers, t shirts, pins, candy, and catchy slogans everywhere. Those who are voted in by the members of their grade are filled with good ideas and enthusiasm for life at school. Everybody has to prove that they will do great things for PJHS.

So let’s not forget Beach Day, Neon-themed dances, and an all around school pride- we give the credit to this year’s wonderful student council. The events mentioned above are just a few of all of the fun experiences they have given us. We as a school have been lucky to have such hard workers in Student Gov. Thank you to everyone who made it all possible!

As for next year, congratulations to all those elected- for eighth grade we have Brock Sorensen, Holly Mills, and Logan Bennett, and for ninth- Kaisley Theobald, Claire Rowley, Tayt Kearl, and Megan Dixon! You guys will do a fantastic job and have worked so hard to get those well deserved votes!

Students Hike to Big Tree

Written by Ruby Baird

On Tuesday, May 20th 35 students left at 6 in the morning to go hike Big Tree. Big tree is no walk in the park. The students had to qualify in order to go. Mr Archer said the fitness testing was easier then the hike itself. The fitness testing includes running and doing bleachers. About ¼ of a mile was strenuous, you had to go up this really steep hill.

After everybody made it up the hill went hiked a extra bit to go see and overlook into the valley. It was beautiful! When we made it to big tree it was amazing! The tree was huge! It took 5 people to wrap all the way around it, and it was very tall. We spent 1 hour at Big Tree.

On our way down everyone fell at least once. It was ¼ a mile of steepness going down, not up. In the end, we were faster than the bus, we made it down and spent sometime at Elk Ridges awesome park. All students had a great time!

Participants included: Gideon Argyle, Ruby Baird, Taylor Baldwin, Ezra Bird, Ben Brown, Herman Cisneros, Orlando Corona, Jesus Cortez, Ryan Craig, Brock Elmer, Kari Evans, Kobey Evans, Albertyo Fonseca, Brayden Garff, Hayden Hansen, Levi John, Hunter Johnson, Tayt Kearl, Alex Mecham, Bryce Mecham, Kaden Mecham, Rhett Meek, Kassie Neal, KD Olsen, Brienna Olson, Cody Ostler, Ben Phillips, Corben Ringger, David Rowley, Jared Rowley, Gerardo Ruiz, Sable Saunders, Blake Spencer, Corben Wells, Cade Wooten, Eric Archer, Stephanie Garner, and John Plaisted. 

Mr. Archer coordinated the hike, and explained, "Even though this is a shorter hike then Loafer it is pretty tough.  There's a section that's about 1/2 a mile long that is very steep and it turns out to be about a 10 mile hike.  This was the largest group we've ever taken to "The Big Tree" and I didn't hear a single complaint.  Beautiful weather, great kids and a fun hike!"

Thanks to all of the students who participated, and especially to Mr. Archer who planned this wonderful activity!