PJHS can SLAM it!

Written by Myranda Goodworth and Mrs. Holt
Mrs. Gillie's Class Winners
Mrs. Holt's Class Winners
Ms. Hoffman's Class Winners
Mrs. Fairclough's Class Winners
Mr. Aintablian's Class Winners
Mrs. Bragg's Class Winners
Mrs. Frandsen's Class Winners
Ms. Louder's Class Winners
Mr. Hoopes Class Winners


It’s that time of year again for the school poetry slam where feelings and emotion are used to bring beautiful words to life!. The talent and work put into the poems this year has been amazing! Students wrote or found a poem at least twelve lines and spent time memorizing them to a perfection that they could SLAM it! They would perform for their English class and two representatives would be selected from each class to perform in the school slam.

The top 10 winners will represent our school at the District Poetry Slam, Tuesday May 6 from 6-9 at Salem Hills High School. Those winners include: Caili Bogan, Miah Rushton, Perla Barreda, Abby Garret, Micah Toelupe, Kaden Laypath, Franscisco Ugarte, Zach Day, Bailey Jensen, and Grace Wilson.

The 5 runners up, who will advance to district if any of the winners are unable to attend, include: Abby Jensen, Talbie Oberg, Samantha Mortensen, Paige Durrant, and Sabryne Kelly.

Honorable Mention prizes went to Mitchell Marrot, Corbin Tharpe, Nick Montoya, Jose Valle, Wyatt Sorenson, Armando Chacon, Allison Nielson, Michael Rowley, Mindy Riding, and Owen Grimshaw.

Congratulations to all those who represented their English class in the school poetry slam! The caliber of writing and rhythm was phenomenal, and the talent was extraordinary! Keep writing poems, practice slamming, and get ready to slam it next year!


The New Scoop of the English Department

Written by Kyrra Lundberg

For this Teacher Spotlight we decided to hit up the English department. We rounded up some  of the teachers in that department and interviewed them. The questions that we asked were, what is your biggest fear, your least favorite class and, what is your advice for students at Payson Jr. High.

Mr. Antablian said that the only thing that scares him is “ fear itself”.  His advice to students is  “don’t be an idiot.” Ms. Hoffman’s least favorite class in school was Algebra. She hated it! Mrs. Holt’s worst fear is not the dark but the things that hide in them, and her advice to the students is “Be kind, dream big, and work hard.” Mrs. Bragg’s worst fear is not accomplishing her goals.

These teachers have now shared a little bit of themselves with us students at Payson Jr. High. More dirt on the teachers is coming soon!   


PJHS PE Teachers: Unmasked!

Written by Kyrra Lundberg

This Teacher Spotlight highlights the PE teachers. This week we asked the teachers the following questions: what was their favorite teacher moment was, their favorite excuse to skip class and,   what were some of the fashion trends back when they were in school.

Mr. Archer said that one of the trends was sagging his pants. His favorite teaching moment was when teaching a 85 minute math class got up when the bell rang saying “class is already over?”. Miss. Gardner (being a health and PE teacher) favorite moment was when a student walked into class while she was teaching the male anatomy. Her favorite way to skip class was to sleep longer. Mrs. Braithwaite on the other hand never skipped class! One of the trends she remembers was Britana bell bottoms.

These teachers have now shared a little bit of themselves with us students at Payson Jr. High. More dirt on the teachers is coming soon!    

March's Magnificent Students

March Students of the Month


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 March top students are as follows:

Weston Banks, Madison Bing, Valerie Cornwell, Chay’Lyn Gordon, Christian Herrera, Tiaza Warden, Lorenzo Ruiz, Riley Redford, Kathleen Olsen, Braxton Judd, Sawyer Alger, Rebecca Apgood, Joe Baxter, Gerit Bibler, Mauri Blauer, Daniel Cortez, Brinn Loveless, Chloe Poulson, Lesly Salas, Orrin Ward, Kerstin Taylor, Austin Hone, Megan Lind, Madison Houston, Micah Toelupe, Chloe Williams, and Talin Wyler.

The overall students of the month, representing their entire grade, were: 7th: Orrin Ward, 8th:Madison Houston, and 9th: Madison Bing.

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



Grizzlies Get the Gold!

Written by Haven Johansen

On March 3, 2014, Diamond Fork Junior High School hosted the District Powerlifting Competition. Offering a variety of lifts and events for each weight division, the competition is held for all junior high students in the district and is held 2 or 3 times a year due to increasing popularity.

Payson Junior High’s own Mason Call took 1st place in his division and Hunter Peterson missed a fourth place medal by one point. Get ready for the last competition of the year- it will be held at Mt. Nebo Junior High. And as Mr. Archer, Payson’s physical education teacher so enthusiastically puts it, “Go Grizzlies!”

Terrific Tournament

Written by Haven Johansen

At 6am (yes, am,) on March 27, PJHS hosted its Singles Badminton tournament. This tournament was Payson’s second of the year, and the reasoning for the insanely early start is that it allows students to participate even if their after school schedules are busy.

There were a lot of close games, and most teams played matches! There were 4 PJHS alumni at the tournament, and they were beaten by many of our students. Mr. Archer, the school’s physical education teacher, said, “It was a lot of fun.” There will be another tournament in April for all those interested.

Into The Woods

Written by Myranda Goodworth
The Full Cast of Into the Woods


Payson Jr. has headed Into the Woods this week! This years new drama teacher, Mr.Aintablian, has been preparing along with his student cast for the delightful musical “Into the Woods”. A mash-up of fairytales where characters like Cinderella, Jack, two Princes, the Baker and his wife, the witch, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel head into the woods in search for something they wish for. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and an exciting play for all who come to see.

The cast includes: Owen Grimshaw as the Baker, Alyssa Behrend as the Baker's Wife, Abigail Garrett as the Witch, Caili Bogan as the Narrator, Erin Bridenbaugh as Jack, Lora Burton as Little Red, Mariah Webber as Cinderella, Brandon Harris as Cinderella's Prince, Cambrielle Fitzwater as Rapunzel, Evan Brandley as Rapunzel's Prince, Dylon Sasser as Mysterious Man, Paige Durrant as Jack's Mother, Jordon Henson as the Wolf, Kaitlyn Sharp as Milky White, Harlee Huff as the Stepmother, Madison Mittelman as Lucinda, Bryanna Hammond as Florinda, Ben Andrew as Cinderella's Father, Kaden Mecham as the Steward, Ashley Jensen as Granny, and Aubrie Marsh as Cinderella's Mother.

The tech crew includes: Ashlyn Sharp, Kea Hancock, Cortnie Hancock, Daniel Sasser, Robby Ewell, Myranda Goodworth, and Dane Peterson. 

David Aintablian was the Director for the show, with Musical Director Ingrid Bolz, Assitant Director Aleasha Hancock, and Director's Assistants Adalyn Coon and Mo Carter.

Students had the chance to watch the play Tuesday and Thursday during school and have been invited to the evening performances at 7:00 pm on the 3rd and 4th. All families are welcome for closing night tonight! It is two dollars at the door and all PJHS students are free! Everyone is invited, it is sure to be a play you will enjoy.

Opening night was a huge success, filled with many family and friends who had come to see the play. The students were proud of the job they did on their first night and are so excited for their final showing. They have worked hard memorizing lines and getting characters down and it’s been an amazing example of what hard work can do. Proving that “If you know what you want then you go and you find it and you take it.”

Congratulations to all the cast and good luck on your final performance!



The Showcase of Talents

Written by Sarah Sullivan
Connie Erickson leading the World Drumming 4-H Club
The Swing Dance club getting their groove on!


St. Patricks Day, 2014.  The world drummers were prepared sitting in the Payson Junior High Auditorium.  They were dressed in colorful clothing, and had made a half circle, prepared to begin the school’s 4-H showcase.  They played along to traditional songs, and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” led by the school’s talented band teacher, Mrs. Erickson.  There was even a song where the audience participated by clapping beats along.  It ended strong, and everybody clapped loudly.

Next up was the drill team.  They looked like zombies, complete with drawn on scars, and fake blood.  It was a dance of flags, and the undead.  The flags came in endless colors, there was even a black, torn, post-apocalyptic looking flag, to match the zombie theme.  The show didn’t last long, but it was truly a sight to see.

The second to last act was the school’s Glee Club.  Led by the amazing Mrs. Holt it was truly impressive.  They stood in a line, and sang bits of a song each.  Each singer sang for about twenty seconds then, passed a microphone down the line.  It ended, and began with a group song of “Lucky”, a perfect song for St. Patricks Day.

The very last act was the swing dance club.  They were led by Mrs. Lake, a mother of one of PJHS’s students, and a great dancer.  They did a swing dance  to “Jump Jive and Well.”  They looked very classic.  It was an extremely fun experience.  You could feel their excited energy radiating.

 There was also, a table full of pictures from the photography clubs.  Awards were given to different photos.  There was food made by the cooking club served, including clover cookies.  The HOBI club had a table with colored sticky notes, so that you could write nice, encouraging notes.

It was a successful event for an equally successful set of clubs.  4-H is really a great opportunity to socialize, have fun, and develop new talents.  You can tell the students really enjoy it.  The showcase is a great opportunity for family, and friends to see what was learned, and watch their kids have their moment to shine.



Nature Grooves

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

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.”