Seniors Savor Satin And Sparkle


Payson High School celebrated its Prom Night on Saturday at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Foreign exchange students from China and Germany fit right in at the unforgettable event.

Payson High School celebrated its Prom Night on Saturday at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Foreign exchange students from China and Germany fit right in at the unforgettable event. Photo by Michele Nelson. |

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Sierra McMartin and John Buskirk pause between dances.

On the evening of Saturday, April 27, the town of Payson was awash in chiffon and lace, satin and sparkles and all shades of tuxedo.

Before the dance started, numerous couples met at Green Valley Park to snap photos, while others met at parents’ homes or other picture-perfect spots. Then the prom-goers whisked off to dinners at Diamond Point, Fargo’s and Subway.

The annual Payson High School (PHS) Prom gave students a taste of being a grown-up with a fancy evening out and lots and lots of dancing.

Macy and Davis Dailey — twins — were elected King and Queen. They balked at dancing with one another, so a laughing fellow male student stepped in, donned Macy’s tiara and danced with Davis, to the crowd’s delight.

The Mazatzal Casino’s ballroom floor never had a moment’s rest as girls brightly festooned in all the colors of the rainbow danced with dates, in groups and with friends to music by a local deejay.

Little lights dripped from the ceiling. Pictures under an arbor, a pond and voting for the King and Queen of the Prom were in a room off the main floor.

A platter with cut-up vegetables and chips and dip sat next to a bubbling punch bowl. For a sweet treat, the casino had a chocolate fountain partygoers could dip fruit and marshmallows in to cover in sweet gooey goodness.

Principal Anna Van Zile and school board president Barbara Underwood stopped by to see the party along with other teachers from the high school.

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