May 25, 2012
Former Payson High School teacher and coach Ted Pettet, center, poses with the winner and a nominee for the annual scholarships awarded by the Mogollon Sporting Association. Sam Grassel, at right in photo above, won the scholarship for the boys graduating with the Class of 2012. Cameron Romance, at left, was runner-up for the $2,000 prize.
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A trio of Payson High School’s most well-rounded seniors has reaped $4,000 in Mogollon Sporting Association scholarship money to be used next school year to help pay education expenses at three Arizona colleges. Sam Grassel, Natalie Black and Katelyn Curtis received the scholarships May 21 during an informal awards ceremony and barbecue cookout at Rumsey Park. Ted Pettet, the MSA member who the scholarships honor, was on hand to announce the recipients. Because Pettet was formerly a coach at Payson High and harbors a deep interest in sports, the scholarships annually honor graduating seniors who have excelled in athletics, extracurricular activities and academics.