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.
Those that participated in the fall sports at Payson Junior High this year had great seasons. The cross-country team, freshman football team, tennis team, high school soccer team members, and high school volleyball team members all experienced team-specific measures of success. PJHS athletes from each team conducted themselves very well on the tracks, fields, and courts of competition.
Students at Payson Junior High had a great time participating in the school’s annual Fun Run on October 19. The Fun Run, which has been organized annually by Jennifer Braithwaite, helps promote fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. True to tradition, this year’s run had a huge number of student and faculty participants. This year 287 students and faculty participated which is up significantly from last year’s number of 184 students and faculty members who participated.
Last month students at Payson Junior High enthusiastically took up their principal’s challenge to read at least 26 minutes a day for 26 days as part of Payson Junior High’s Second Annual Principal’s Reading Marathon Challenge. Mr. Swenson, the principal at Payson Junior High and an avid runner and finisher of several marathons, challenged the students at PJHS to read 26 minutes a day for 26 days prior to this year’s St. George Marathon which he and Mr. Burton, an English teacher at PJHS, ran.