On October 14, Payson Junior High Held its annual Fun Run as part of the school’s Red Ribbon Week. 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. 273 students and faculty participated in the run. Both runners and spectators of the two-mile event, which began and ended at the Payson High School track, cheered raucously for the finishers from spots lining the course and the track stands.
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 students, faculty, and parents in the audience, the performers gave the audience a great show. Seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade students all performed well. The talents performed included singing, dancing, piano playing, guitar strumming, cheering, and tumbling.
In the early morning hours of September 15, 21 students, two teachers, one administrator, and one alumnus from Payson Junior High departed from the Loafer Mountain trailhead in Payson Canyon with their sights set on the summit of the mountain. Eric Archer (a P.E. Teacher at Payson Junior High) has led a group of students to the top of Loafer Mountain each fall since 2006, and the annual hike has become a highlight to many adventurous students at Payson Junior High School from year to year.
This year Payson Junior High is again offering 4-H clubs after school. There are 10 clubs offered with about 75 total students regularly attending one of the 10 clubs. Most of the clubs are supervised by Payson Junior High School’s teachers; however, some are supervised by members of the community. The current schedule of clubs will run from September to the first of January. 4-H clubs offered at the school on Mondays include Guitar Club with Mr. Plaisted, Chess Club with Mr. Ward, and Edible Art with Ms. Ogden. On Tuesdays, Biking Club with Mr.
Payson Junior High’s Latinos in Action club has had a very positive impact on the local community this year. The club organized with the purpose of getting students involved in the community through service oriented activities. Members of the club volunteer their service in a number of ways. This year, the club has done a lot of volunteer work at Park View Elementary. Members of the club volunteer at the school each day helping students with guided reading and at times math practice.
Payson Junior High School Students Shine in Science Olympiad
Payson Junior High School Students made an excellent showing at the Utah Science Olympiad held on March 26 at Weber State University in Ogden. The Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of different scientific concepts through experiments and presentations. The Payson Junior High team, which was coached by Mr. Golden Adams and was known as the B-21 team, took eighth place overall at the state competition, and many students on the team had notable performances.
This year at Payson Junior High a new program called Grizzly Den has been implemented that has produced some amazing academic results. Grizzly Den is a program that allows students to meet with their teachers, regularly, for additional subject help. Under this program, students receive mini report cards four days out of the week (excluding Wednesday because it is an early out day).
Most students wouldn’t get up at 5:30 A.M. and drag themselves to school on a day that school is not even held, but such was the case with the students who participated in Payson Junior High School’s annual badminton tournament. Over 60 students participated in this year’s tournament which was held on January 14; both the school’s gyms were filled to capacity with students vying for this year’s tournaments championship doubles team.
The Payson Junior High wrestling team recently took first place at the Bo Wilson Memorial Dual wrestling tournament held at Salem Hills High School. The 12-team tournament featured many of the top junior high wrestling teams from around the state; teams were matched against other teams with each team wrestling 6 other teams. The Payson Junior High team won all 6 of their matches beating Altamont, Juab, Pleasant Grove, Brighton, Mountain Crest, and Delta.
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.