Tis the Season to be Singing

Written by Myranda Goodworth

It was the Christmas choir concert Tuesday the 10th and also the final concert for our student teacher, Mrs.Ivie. She says; “I treasure each of these students individually, they have helped me flourish and I will miss them so much.” The concert was done wonderfully bringing the christmas spirit to the Payson High school auditorium.

Solos by Megan Neal, (Singing “Oh Holy Night”) Brandon Harris, (“Silver Bells”) and Owen Grimshaw (“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”) were done exceptionally with Mrs.Bolz commenting that, “They all worked so hard and it payed off in the end.”

The Arts department works hard on doing many different things, one of which included learning “Silent Night” in American Sign Language to perform. The soloists, Casssidy Radmall, Michelle Rushton, Kaitlyn Mikesell, Megan Rogers, Brookelynn Brailsford, Chloe Worthen, Rebecca Apbood, and Cassandra John, did a wonderful job expressing the song through the hand signals and emotions.

The choirs also performed at Orchard Hills and the new Veterans Hospital (Home) in Payson. A big thanks is sent to Mrs.Bolz and the choir department for helping our choirs garnish their talents and continue to do better and better all the time!


November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month


Each month, teachers vote on which students excelled and really stood out in each of their content areas. The excellent students for November are as follows:

Science- 7th: Ambria Watkins, 8th: Paisley Finch, and 9th: Jacey Orme. Boys PE- 7th: Trevor Moon, 8th: Hagen Wright, and 9th: Diego Tinoco.

Social Studies- 7th: Alyssa Baker, 8th: Jannely Fajardo, and 9th: Morgan Chappuis. Fine Arts- 7th: Ben Larsen, 8th: Carlie Jaussi, and 9th: Cody Robertson. Career and Tech- 7th: Javen Anderson, 8th: Abigail Lisonbee, and 9th: Rex Galloway.

The overall students of the month, representing their entire grade, were: 7th: Erin Miller, 8th:Kobey Evans, and 9th: Harrison Carr.

These students truly work hard and shine in the classroom! Congratulations to you all!



Running for Fun!

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

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

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

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.



A Big Thank You

Written by Haven Johansen
Students show patriotism and gratitude at the annual Veteran's Day Concert.


“This is our way of celebrating those who have sacrificed to protect our country, “ was the first announcement made after welcoming the guests of Payson Junior High School’s Veteran’s Day concert. The entire auditorium was full of proud family members and  fellow students and staff. Soon the Payson High School was filled with the sounds of the band, orchestra, jazz band, and choir playing patriotic songs to honor the veterans.

The concert was peppered with videos of some of the school’s staff sharing experiences they had with the fantastic veterans who had not only devoted their time to protecting our country, but also being outstanding citizens and people afterwards. The audience was touched by the awe-inspiring memories they shared.

Shortly afterward, the halls were ringing with the sounds of the band, orchestra, and choir playing and singing patriotic and historic songs. Some of them were exhilarating and showcased the way swinging, trumpet-filled music affected the early war era. Other songs were saddening and reminded the crowd of  the harsh world of war. Some numbers included Stars and Stripes Forever, a quieting song about gunfire called “Barrage,” and a drum number done entirely on trash cans. All of the performers did a fantastic job portraying feelings and history through music, and at the end of the concert all veterans in the audience were given a token of thanks provided by Poor Boy’s BBQ. From Payson Junior High school, a big thank you to all who fight for our freedom.



Talent Avalanche 2013

Written by Haven Johansen


On November 1,  Payson Junior High revealed an avalanche of talent on stage- some unknown, some unusual, and all of it fantastic. Bringing together some of the school’s hobbies and interests, PJHS’ 2013 talent show exposed just a small portion of the hard work, capabilities and showmanship of our students.

After a round of sign up sheets, auditions, and a careful selection process done by the Student Council, the talent show was finally underway. Preparations involved dress rehearsals, lighting and music setup, costume design, and hours of practice. “I’m so excited! It’s going to be so much fun!” Kenji Heimuli, a member of a musical act, shared enthusiastically. Kenji is a bassist in  a musical group titled “The Sweater Vests,” who performed Seven Nation Army as the first act of the show. Kenji had a right to be excited- it was going to be a big success.

Adrenaline was high as the spotlight focused on the announcer for the first act, Liz Callahan, student council member. The curtains pulled away to reveal a great first act, and the stage continued to showcase 13 excellent talents and groups. They featured original musical compositions, piano ensembles, beautiful vocal performances, a dance number and even a slam poem. Audiences were stunned by the brilliant, and some previously hidden or unique, talent that students brought to the stage.

The performer’s nerves did surprisingly well. “The spotlight makes it so you can’t even see the people, so you don’t really care what you’re doing. I just pretend I’m playing for my grandma,” says Nic Nez, who played an original composition on electric guitar. The lighting, microphones and announcements went perfectly thanks to Payson Junior High’s Student Council.

After the first show, everyone involved set back up, got back in their places and did it all over again for the second assembly. Performers commented that they thought they did even better in the second show and that they felt even more confident. Everyone had a ton of fun, and did a great job! Here’s to an even better 2014 talent show!



A Night of Patriotism!

The Fine Arts Department at PJHS will be putting on its annual Patriotic Concert to honor Veterans. The concert will be held this Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The public is invited to enjoy this free event and to celebrate the veterans who have served our country! Veterans are especially encouraged to come enjoy this evening. Bring your family and come to the concert!



Grizzlies March Against Drugs

Photos by Blake Mortensen

The average American only takes 5,000 steps a day-but students were able to walk 500 miles as a school to take a stand against drugs.

On Monday, October 7th, the Payson Junior High Grizzlies showed their commitment to be drug free, bringing the end of Red Ribbon Week to a close. Over 1,000 students, faculty and staff completed a ½ mile walk, bringing our school total to 500 miles walked. Each homeroom class created a banner that showed their pledge to be drug free, and the PTA decided on 3 winners that were announced at the end of the assembly.

The end of the walk brought students to a mini-concert which showcased several performers. The program began with a group of students performing “Cups” (both singing and playing the cups!). The group included  8th graders: Kyrra Lundberg, Jolene Ballamis, Emily Miller, Megan Dixon, Mariah Webber, Rachel Holt (teacher), Shalice Bascom, Sabryne Kelly, Lily Wimmer, and Sarah Sullivan.

Next were two songs, “I Wanna Hold your Hand” and”Ho/Hey” were performed by a group of students. Haven Johansen,Owen Grimshaw, and Cody Carlisle were on vocals with Kenji Heimuli on guitar, and Austin Stevenson on drums.

The Latinos in Action club participated in a dance led by Justin Socetta performing his robotic dance moves for the crowd.

Jesse Sorenson, Vice Principal at PJHS, gave a principal’s message with the emphasis being make good choices and get involved in positive hobbies rather than doing drugs.

The program ended with two former PJHS students sharing their talents. Addy Elliot, now a Sophomore at Payson High,sang and played the piano to Rihanna’s “Stay” and “Carry On” by Fun. Finally, Heather Bolz performed “God Bless America,” an original piece, and “Ho/Hey” with crowd involvement.

Before walking inside, the winners of the Drug Free Banner contest were announced. Third place went to McKenzie Fairclough’s 7th grade English class, second place to Vanessa Gillie’s 8th grade English class, and first place went to Rachel Holt’s 7th grade English class. The grand prize included a treat from the PTA and the coveted Grizzly Spirit banner.

The whole Red Ribbon week was a great success, and the 500 mile walk was a hit as well! This is the second year that the walk has taken place and is the beginning of a wonderful tradition at our school. Way to be drug free, Grizzlies!