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Satire offers a biting message

When Payson High School senior Steven Martinez stumbled across the play, “Supermodels in Jeopardy,” he knew he had a winner.

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Speaker urges students: Be true to yourself

Justin Boudreau figures he’s addressed more than a million students and teachers in his 13 years as a motivational speaker.

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GCC students awarded top honors

Two Gila Community College students will compete on the 20th Annual All-Arizona Academic Team, an honor recognized by newly elected Governor Doug Ducey.

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Looking pretty: GCC’s new cosmetology program

Gila Community College aims to train more beauty makers at its Rim Country Cosmetology Academy — and the community can help.

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Payson schools excel in report

District costs low, but students do well on AIMS

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts released last week by the Auditor General’s Office.

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Culinary Arts students learn how to make healthy tasty

Devon Wells plopped a huge cookie sheet down on the counter.

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It’s elementary: Jump Rope for Heart!

This week, both Payson Elementary School and Julia Randall Elementary held their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.

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Theater teacher reaches students with Renaissance Fair

Nick Pfeifle waited with Payson High School theater instructor Kathy Siler for the rest of the students at the gates of the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

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PHS band strong in regionals

The marching band uniforms might be put away, but the competitions continue.

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Schools fear impact

Board worries bills will hurt students

After listening to an alarming summary of new laws likely to cut funding and increase demands on public schools, newly elected Payson school board member Angie Prock asked a pointed question.

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Payson student wins county spelling bee

Rim Country seventh-grader sweeps 2015 competition

Rim Country Middle School student Colton Justice triumphed over students from school districts around Gila County to take first place at the 2015 Gila County Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 20.

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Governor signs law ending AIMS test in schools

On Friday, Feb. 20 AIMS (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) breathed its last breath.

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Pledges revive university land purchase plan

Foundation, Alliance will cooperate to buy 253-acre parcel by July

As backers work to heal recent rifts, the way has opened once again to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a 6,000-student university in Payson.

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Payson business program wins awards

Thirty Payson High School DECA students came home with awards from the AZ DECA Central District Conference held in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 13.