Payson Junior High recently held its annual talent show, and the participating students showed how truly talented they are. Judging by the thunderous applause and cheers that came from the student, faculty, and parent audience in attendance, everyone was impressed with what the talent on display. Seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grader students performed various talents. The talents performed included singing, dancing, piano playing, guitar strumming, drumming, bagpipe playing, and even tumbling.
The show consisted of several great student performances: Brytney Rosser (vocal performance); Kris and Megan Anderson (sisters, vocal performance); Jamie Finch (vocal performance) accompanied by Preston Lange (piano); Danielle Gubler (vocal performance); Emily Garrett (piano performance); Natalia Dorado, Yazzmin Rosales, Jazzmin Flores, Jessica Redmond,, Carolina Redmond, Michelle Zamora, Ana Lopez, Guadalupe Gonzalez, Fabiola Figueroa, Gema Albor, and Maria Lara (dance number); Jalon Watts (vocal performance); Alex Thompson, April Jensen, Kalee Doyl, and Lexi Drummond (lip sync); Chase Healey and Damon Bean (vocal duet); Jenna Wright (piano performance); Amber Ringer, Becca Brown, Taelyr Bair, and Aubrey Nelson (dance number); Jessica Bastean (vocal performance); Ms. Ericksen, Josh Evans, Michael Sonderegger, McKay Savage, Chase Healey, Megan Snow, Austin Peck, Alex Peck, Kayla Hawkins, Nathan Heaps, Tyson Prince, Bailey Carter, and Kassidy Evans (drumming group); Maris Mortensen (vocal performance); Skyler Rushton (bagpipe performance); Karly Mecham, Talyr Mortensen, and Shaelyn Waters (dance performance); Sierra Steele, Haley Gonzalez, McKenzie Muniz, Sierra Monroe, Katelyn Boothe, and Emily Hallett (dance performance); Caitlin Oberg, Taylor Salazar, and Sierra Davis (tumbling); Megan Snow and David Green (guitar performance); Mr. Plaisted, Emily Petty, Jazz Vasquez, Tat Grinshaw, David Green, Junior Murillo, Allison Chapa, and Anna Fordiani (rock band performance).
Haylee Coombs, a ninth-grade student at PJHS, commented on the show saying, “PJHS has a lot of talented students. It was great to see how talented our classmates are.” Preston Lange a ninth-grade performer in the show said, “I was nervous, I felt like throwing up as I waited for my turn, but it was also fun and exciting.” Alex Thompson, also a ninth-grade performer, said of the performance, “It took a lot of work to get ready for our song (a lip sync to Queen’s “New Bohemian Rhapsody”), but it was a lot of fun practicing with friends. And we got the reaction we wanted.”
Mrs. Gifford, Payson Junior High School’s student council advisor, expressed her appreciation to all the students that participated in the show: "I was so impressed with the preparation and professionalism of each act. They did an OUTSTANDING job, and wowed all the students and staff!"