Grizzlies Participate in the BYU Spanish Fair

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On April 18, 2013, students enrolled in Spanish classes at Payson Junior High School went on a special field trip to the BYU Spanish Fair. The fair included a variety of events which allowed  for different kinds of language use and cultural knowledge ranging from memorized performance to spontaneous conversation.

John Carlisle, a Spanish teacher at PJHS, explained, “The trip basically was that we went and enjoyed the experience of going to another country.  The students passed through customs of Españolandia, a simulated mini-country, speaking Spanish like the natives.  They exchanged money, took a subway, haggled with merchants, ate food, had their pictures taken, wrote postcards and some of them even went to jail while in this country.  The students had a great time while on the trip.  At the end we created a vision for the students to pursue higher education and to use their knowledge in powerful ways.  I think those that went had a wonderful time.”

This was a great experience for those students who were able to attend. Thanks to all the faculty and others who made this trip such a success!


PJHS Principal Honored

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Carl Swenson was in for a big surprise when he was called down to the gym to handle an “emergency.” He walked into the room filled with students and faculty all applauding this wonderful educator. Principal Swenson was awarded the prestigious Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education on Monday, April 29, 2013.

While presenting the award, Karen Huntsman stated, “Education is something that is very important to my husband and our family. We are here to honor the very best junior high principal we could find. Mr. Swenson wants to make a difference in your life.”

 Mr. Swenson was nominated by colleagues who say he is a master teacher and leader who helps his students and teachers, too. His motto as an administrator has been “We teach students first, then content second.” His focus on student success is obvious when looking at several programs put in place at the junior high. One of these include Grizzly Club, which rewards students with good grades, attendance and behavior to an outing from school once every term. and Grizzly Den, which is either remediation time for students who need extra help from teachers or a reward for those who are keeping their grades high. Mr. Swenson’s love for athletics also translates into the school with various activities through the year including a triathlon and a fun run.

After being presented the award, Swenson told the crowd that “Being in education has impacted me. I am a better person because of you.” Thank you, Mr. Swenson, for all that you do for your students, staff, and school! We appreciate all of your hard work and are better people because of you!



An Evening of Musical Magic

The Fine Arts Department from PJHS proudly announces an upcoming choir concert, "Spring into Musicals." The performance will be located at the Payson High School Auditorium on Friday April 26th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Music selections have been chosen from broadway and movie musicals, including a beautiful medley from the ever-popular Les Miserables. Come show your support for these wonderful students who have worked very hard to prepare for this fun-filled, musical evening!


April Students of the Month

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 The following students have been selected out of the entire student body of PJHS as the Student of the Month in each class:

Science- 7th Tyler Rowley, 8th Cody Robertson, and 9th Rylee Moreno. Social Studies: 7th Hagen Wright, 8th Nick Montoya, and 9th Riley Moreno. Language Arts: Harlee Huff, Charlotte Dansie, and 9th Lilibeth Uvalle. Fine Arts: 7th Logan Miner, 8th Kaylee Mellen, and 9th Sarah Anderson. PE Boys: 7th Kade Manzanares, 8th London Finch, and 9th Ammon Warnick. Library: 7th Victoria Montgomery, 8th Eddie Molina, and 9th Isabella Welch. PE Girls: 7th Kyrra Lundberg, 8th Hana Johnson, and 9th Madeline Miller. Career and Tech: 7th Madison Houston, 8th Jessica Humphreys, and 9th Hailey Jones. Math: 7th Tyrell Russell, 8th Justin Riley, and 9th Codie Lewis.

The overall student of the month for 7th grade is Hagen Wright, with 8th being Hana Johnson, and 9th is Isabella Welch. Congratulations to all of the April Students of the Month for their hard work, example, and dedication!



March Students of the Month

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The following students have been selected to represent their grade in these classes as PJHS Student of the Month. These students, who have all worked very hard to earn this prestigious honor, include:

Science: 7th Rhett Meek, 8th Kaden Laypath, and 9th Melanie Ward. Social Studies: 7th Ryan Craig, 8th Cody Carlisle, and 9th Tim Wheeler. Language Arts: 7th Carter Brandon, 8th Jesus Cortez, and 9th Brayan Lopez. Fine Arts: 8th Alyssa Behrend. Boys’ PE: 7th Clayton Peterson, 8th Bryan Hedelius, and 9th Ty Dansie. Girls’ PE: 7th Sidney Brown, 8th Alyssa Stevenson, and 9th Amanda Nelson. Library: 7th Katelynn James, 8th Erika Heaps, and 9th David Trauntvein. Career and Tech: 7th Jessica Baxter, 8th Aubree Hartle, and 9th Megan Hazelet. Math: 7th Daniel Dalton, 8th Hunter Nelson, and 9th Jace Crump.

The overall students of the month are 7th Ryan Craig, 8th Cody Carlisle, and 9th Melanie Ward.

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work and dedication in the classroom!



February Students of the Month

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Every month, the faculty and staff at Payson Junior High choose one student from each grade and subject as the student of the month. These students are chosen based on dedication to their studies, behavior in the school, and being overall outstanding kids! The following students have been given this special honor for the month of February:

Science: 7th Isabelle Malloy, 8th Amanda Rowley, and 9th McKell Wright. Social Studies: 7th Claire Rowley, 8th Abby Ellsworth, and 9th Lem Searle. Language Arts: 7th Josh Ullery, 8th Dylon Sasser, and 9th Kayson Ewell. Fine Arts: 7th Alyssa Behrend, 8th Caili Bogan, and 9th Jacob Hanks. Boys PE: 7th Tanner Prince, 8th Austin Gubler, and 9th Joey Jensen. Girls PE: 7th Savannah Collard, 8th Elizabeth Callahan, and 9th Maizie Brown. Library: 7th Erika Heaps, 8th Ashlyn Soto, and 9th Tanner Holt. Career and Tech: 7th Jacob Ethridge, 8th Bryce Apgood, and 9th Elizabeth Olsen. Math: 7th Carlie Jaussi, 8th Hagen Thomas, and 9th Aaron Gravance.

The overall students of the month for each grade are: 7th Jacob Ethridge, 8th Caili Bogan, and 9th Jacob Hanks.

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work!



Choir Concert Tonight!

On Wednesday February 27, 2013, Payson Junior High School Choirs will present their winter concert called “Free to Be.” The concert will take place at 7:00 pm in the Payson High School Auditorium. Performances from the 7th Grade Chorus, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers will occur and will include a variety of music and styles! The students have worked hard to prepare for this concert and would love to share their talents with the public! Come enjoy a fun, musical evening!

Grizzlies Shine in Music Festival


On Wednesday, February 6th 2013, band students from Payson Junior High School competed in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. For two months prior to the festival, these dedicated musicians prepared one song to play in front of judges, hoping to please them enough to win a ribbon. Several students were able to do just that and wow the judges with their incredible skill, memorization, and musicianship!

There were four categories (marked by roman numnerals) that students could be rated: I Superior, II Excellent, III Fair, and IV Poor. If they got a Superior then they also received either a Superior Solo or Ensemble B.A.R [Band Award Ribbon].

After they had performed their hearts out for the judges they had to wait until the next day to find out which ranking they earned from the judges.

24 students received a Superior Rating for either a solo or small ensemble. Those students are (pictured) are: Sabryne Kelly, Owen Grimshaw, Stacie Snow, Tylee Leiter, Megan Welton, Nick Montoya, Spencer Worthington, Brendan Earl, Josh Steele, Natalie Shulze, Mikayla Yost, Kelsie Morgan, Allison Elder, Caleb Peterson, Michael Losee, Josh Morgan, Sabrina Petty, Tyler Haroldsen, and Hanna Walker. The rest of the students (not pictured) include: Ericka Heaps, Kenji Heimulli, Tate Grimshaw, Christian Childs and Chase Carter.

Mikayla Yost, 8th grade student who received a Superior Rating, said, "We received more Superiors at this festival than we have had in a long time! I'm glad that we could be awarded for all of our hard work!"

Congratulations to all students who participated! This event was a big success, and your hard work and diligence paid off. A special thanks to Dalton's who supplied delicious sandwiches and snacks for the judges and helpers. Congratulations again to the musicians at PJHS! Go grizzlies!


PJHS Students Participate in Powerlifting Competition

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, Nebo School District held a Powerlifting Competition. The event took place at Diamond Fork Junior High School and was a fun-filled, challenging event for the competitors!

Participation is open to all junior high students in the district. There are usually 6 events, most of which are lifts, but there are also a couple of non-lifting events (such as medicine ball throw, vertical jump, sled pull, or shuttle run. There are several weight divisions and students compete against those in their same weight class.

Participants from Payson Junior High School included Bryson Tanner, Wyatt Johnson, Steven VanMoos, Matt Makin, Jason Broadhead, and Levi John. Two of these students medaled in the competition: Wyatt Johnson took first place in his division, and Bryson Tanner placed second in his division!

Congratulations to these students and to all of the participants for your hard work!

PJHS Choir Students are "Free to Be" Musical!

On Wednesday February 27, 2013, Payson Junior High School Choirs will present their winter concert called “Free to Be.” The concert will take place at 7:00 pm in the Payson High School Auditorium. Performances from the 7th Grade Chorus, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers will occur and will include a variety of music and styles! The students have worked hard to prepare for this concert and would love to share their talents with the public! Come enjoy a fun, musical evening!