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Incoming Payson High School freshmen got a rousing greeting from teachers and administrators on Tuesday. PHS principal Kathe Ketchem was part of the program greeting the 150-strong freshmen class, which is the largest class at the high school.

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College plans decline for Payson graduates

Fewer than half of recent high school graduates say they’re heading for college

The number of Payson High School graduates who head off to college has declined, mirroring a disturbing statewide trend. Only 48 percent of graduates this year said they have enrolled in either two- or four-year post high school programs. That number stood at 62 percent last year and 56 percent the year before, according to figures released by Don Heizer, head guidance counselor at the high school.

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