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Leadership Team students from Payson High School’s animal sciences program cuddle with horses used for hands-on learning. From left to right are: Katlin Franklin, Jessie White, Carter Tatum, Katrina Kueny, Amy Korth and Kalynn Roggenstein.

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Standing in the new agricultural building on the Payson High School campus, Jadee Garner could easily be mistaken for a senior. Tall and slim, she wears her hair in a ponytail with two daisy flower pins jauntily placed behind her ear. Her voice sounds younger than her years, but she runs her classroom with direction and creativity, winning Outstanding First-year Teacher awards from both Gila County and the Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association.


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