April Student Athlete Spotlight
3.8 GPA; Honor Roll all 4 years; Football All-American; 4-Year Letterman in 3 sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball); 1st Team All Region Position Player (Baseball); 1st Team All Region Defensive Utility Flex (Football); 1st Team All Region Quarterback (Football); 1st Team All Region Defensive Back (Football); 1st Team All Region Point Guard (Basketball)
Terrific job Dexter!
March Student Athlete Spotlight
4-Year 3.8 GPA; 4-Year Varsity Letterman Softball; 4-Year Varsity Letterman Volleyball; 4-Year All Academic Honorable Mention Softball; 4-Year All Academic Honorable Mention Volleyball; 2022-2023 National Honor Society Vice President; 2023 Longhorn Varsity Softball Captain; 2022 Arizona Diamondbacks Game Changer Award; 2022 All Region First Team Position Player Softball; 2022 Longhorn Varsity Volleyball Captain
Awesome job Chancie!
February Student Athlete Spotlight
3.5 Cumulative GPA; 8 College Credits; 2022-2023 Varsity Basketball Captain; Lettered in 3 different sports; 2-Years Varsity Football Manager; 3-Year Varsity Basketball Starter; 3-Years Lettered in Track.
Good Job Brianna!
January Student Athlete Spotlight
3.9 Cumulative GPA, 15 College Credits, Lettered in 3 different sports, 3-Year Varsity Soccer Starter (Lettered), 3-Year Lettered Varsity Basketball, 2-Years Lettered Track, 2021 & 2022 All Region Soccer, 2020 – 2021 Golden Boot Recipient, 2022 – Defensive Soccer Player of the Year
Fantastic Job Cloe!
December Student Athlete Spotlight
4-year 4.0+ GPA; Eagle Scout; 2022 – Lettered in Soccer, Football and Cross Country; 4-year Varsity soccer starter; 3-year Letterman in track and field; 2022 – Soccer First Team All Region; 2022 – All-Region Honorable Mention Kicker in Football; 2022 – Most Field Goals scored in all of 3A Division Football.
November Student Athlete Spotlight
3.88 unweighted GPA, Weighted GPA 4.0; 3 year Varsity Letter; 2022 – 3A Volleyball First Team All-Region; 2022 – Varsity Volleyball Captain; 2022 MVP Payson Invitational; 2022 – All Tournament Team Florence; 2021 – Payson Hall of Fame Sophomore most Athletic Female; 4 year Scholar Athlete
Fantastic Job Robyn!
Michael Ellis Educator of the Month
District Emergency Response Coordinator; Payson High School Teacher for the past 13 years; Started a K-12 Science Enrichment program with Meena Rustage; 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Arizona Regional Teacher of the Year.
Thank you Michael Ellis!
Nathan Stoelk Educator of the Month
Student Government Sponsor, Social Studies Department Chair, Freshman Academy Advisor, Speech/Debate Sponsor, Teacher for 11 Years, 3 Years at Payson High School
Thank you Nathan Stoelk!
Joselin Mendoza Student-Athlete Spotlight
3.90 Unweighted GPA; 7 College Credits; Longhorn Marching Band Drum Major; 2 Year Varsity Soccer; DECA Member; Link Crew Member
Terrific work Joselin! Congratulations!
McKenzie Ball Student-Athlete Spotlight
Cumulative 3.6 GPA, weighted GPA 4.16; Principal’s Honor Roll; Key Club Member; 3 Year Letter Winner for both Track & Cross Country; 2-Time State Qualifier in Cross Country; 2022 – Qualified in 1600 meter run & 3200 meter run for State Track Meet; 2022 – Qualified in 4×800 relay for State Track Meet
Wow, Great work McKenzie! Congratulations!
Bree Hall Student-Athlete Spotlight
3.95 unweighted GPA, 4.25 weighted; Aspire Foundation Honor Award: 4.0; National Honor Society Officer; Sports 360 All Academic Award; Varsity Letter in Softball: Freshman, Sophomore, & Junior; Varsity Softball Captain; 2022 Regional Offensive Player of the Year; 2022 3A All State 1st Team: Position Player; 2020, 2021, & 2022 AIA Scholar Athlete
Fantastic work Bree! Congratulations!
Emma Macnab Student-Athlete Spotlight
4.0 GPA; Principal’s Honor Roll; Senior Class Vice-President; 3 Varsity Letter in Track; 1 Varsity Letter in Volleyball; 1 Varsity Letter in Beach Volleyball
Awesome Job Emma! Congratulations!
Connor Hatch Student-Athlete Spotlight
Unweighted GPA 3.92, 32 College Credits, Member of the National Honor Society, 3 years of Varsity Football and Varsity Basketball, 2 years of Varsity Track, State track Finalist in Hurdles, Man of Character Award for football, 1st Team All Region Football Kick Returner.
Fantastic Work Connor! Congratulations!
Travis Christianson Student-Athlete Spotlight
Unweighted GPA 3.36; PHS All Academic Team; Sports 360 AZ All-Academic Football Team Honorable Mention; 4 Year Varsity starter for Football; 3X All region Linebacker; PHS Defensive Player of the year; 4 Year Varsity starter for Wrestling – Qualified for State Freshman, Sophomore, & Junior year; 182lb Weight Class 3A State Champion; Finalist for AZ Wrestler of the year
Awesome Job Travis! Congratulations!
Ayden Ormand Student-Athlete Spotlight
3.8 GPA, National Honor Society member and AIA Scholar Athlete in Football, Baseball and Wrestling. Plus Student Advisory Committee member and 12 College Credits completed
Fantastic work Ayden! Congratulations!
Emmy Whaley Student-Athlete Spotlight
4.0 GPA; Honor Roll; 3 year Varsity Basketball Letter Recipient; Honor Society President; FFA Vice President; Bass & Outdoor Club Secretary!
Awesome work Emmy! Congratulations!
January Spotlight – Sadie Hazelo
Sadie Hazelo is January’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight!
Sadie is 2019’s National Honor Society Vice President and Student Body Vice President, plus, she will graduate with 39 College Credits Completed!
Sadie has 4 year Varsity Letter in Volleyball and 2 year Varsity Letters in Track and Field.
Wonderful accomplishments, Sadie! Congratulations!
December Spotlight – Porter Flake
Porter Flake is December’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Porter has many accomplishments and will graduate with 20 college credits completed! In addition to being Varsity Team Captain for both Football and Basketball, he also holds 3 Year Letter in Football, Basketball and Track.
Well done Porter!
November Spotlight – Raci Miranda
Raci Miranda is November’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Raci is Vice President of the National Honor Society and is currently enrolled in 5 College courses. In addition, Raci has 5 full ride Softball Scholarships to Division 1 Colleges!
Way to go Raci! Congratulations!
October Spotlight – Conner Faust
Connor Faust is October’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Connor is a Junior Varsity Football Player, Varsity Track Athlete, and FFA Member. Connor also won 2018 State Novice Prepared Speaker.
Congratulations to you Connor!
September Spotlight – Seth Helmer
Seth Helmer is September’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight!
Seth has many achievements to be proud of. Seth has been a member of PHS Robotics Club for 3 years and is the Robotics Safety Captain. Seth has enlisted in the US Navy in the Advanced Electronics Computer Field.
Congratulations to you Seth!
August Spotlight – Robyn Wilson
Robyn Wilson is August’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight!
Robyn has many accomplishments including World Champion 3D JH Division, 2019 Western Nationals Archery Champion, and NASP Academic All-American Team 2019.
Congratulations Robyn! We are all proud of you!
July Spotlight – Allan Cerna
Allan Cerna is July’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight!
Allan is a member of National Junior Honor Society and recipient of Academic Success Award, along with being named 2019 Longhorn Baseball Golden Glove. Allan is an inspiration both as an athlete and as an academic.
Congratulations Allan! We wish continued success for you!
June Spotlight –
Meredith Kiekintveld is June’s recipient of the Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight!
Meredith is an exceptional athlete and academic with an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists & Technologies and Scholar Athlete from AZ Interscholastic Association.
Congratulations Meredith! We are cheering your success now and in the future!
May Spotlight – Cole Tenney
Cole Tenney is May’s recipient of the “Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight”! Cole is a 4 Year Varsity Letterman in Soccer, 3 Year Varsity Letterman in Track and Field and a National Merit Scholar Finalist. Congratulations Cole!
April Spotlight – Raegen Ashby
Raegen Ashby is April’s recipient of the “Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight”! Besides being an amazing Longhorn Athlete, Raegen’s leadership skills shine as Vice President of both the Student Body and National Honor Society. Congratulations Raegen, we’re looking forward to your continued success!
March Spotlight – Rayce Mathews
Rory is proud to announce this month’s Student-Athlete Spotlight recipient, Rayce Mathews! Rayce is an exceptional leader within Payson High School and our community. He is currently holding a weighted GPA of 4.071 as the PHS Senior Class President, along with being a well-decorated Longhorn athlete. Congratulations Rayce, you deserve it!
FEBRUARY SPOTLIGHT – SAVANNAH WHITE
Savannah White is the recipient of the first Rory Huff Student Athlete Spotlight! Outside of being an amazing Longhorn athlete, she is an Academic All-American and a strong leader within her school. We are proud to highlight her accomplishments and are excited to watch her succeed in the future!