KSL Radio Travels to Payson High – Answer to Wednesday Challenge

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:25
KSL Radio Hosts with Katie Kelly and student
KSL Radio Hosts with students
KSL Radio Hosts with Jesse Sorenson
KSL Radio Hosts with Tracy Warenski
KSL Radio Hosts with Coach Clark
KSL Radio Hosts with students
KSL Radio Hosts with students
KSL Radio Hosts with Mayor Wright
Dave with Jesse Sorenson and David Rockwood

KSL Radio hosted a live broadcast at Nebo’s Payson High School this past week. KSL 100th Anniversary Tour is traveling along the Wasatch Front to visit schools and focusing on local issues in various communities.

“It was an honor to be the first school district and high school to be selected. We were able to spotlight just a small portion of the incredible things going on in Nebo School District and Payson High,” stated Lana Hiskey, Communications and Community Relations Administrator of Nebo School District.

Did you know:
Forbes named Nebo School District America’s Best-in-State Employer for 2019 out of 80,000 U.S. employees.

Nebo’s graduation rate is 93.6 percent, significantly higher than the state average of 88.1 percent and the national average of 80 percent. Nebo students receive over $28 million in scholarships yearly. Nebo District belongs to the Utah Valley University K-16 Alliance and is a member of the Brigham Young University Public School Partnership.

● Nebo School District saved parents and students over $10.4 million in the 2021-22 school year by providing Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes for college credit.
● Over 80 percent of Nebo student graduates took at least one Concurrent Enrollment, Advanced Placement, or MTECH class during their high school experience to help them become college and career ready.
● Advanced Placement (AP) students, in 24 different classes, earned 2,405  college credits.
● Nebo students, in approximately 84 different classes, earned 32,438 college credits with a 98 percent pass rate by successfully completing Concurrent classes.
● Nebo District’s Career and Technical Education students passed 3,857 Skill Certification tests and 209 industry credentials.

Nebo School District continues to be a growing district and experienced significant growth the first decade of the twenty-first century with approximately 300-500 new students each year. The commitment to a quality education continues today for more than 35,000 children in 46 schools and 4 specialty programs, encompassing nearly 1,315 square miles including 21 communities from Springville to Elberta. Nebo is in the top 10 percent of large districts in the nation and is the sixth-largest school district in Utah.

Nebo’s Teacher of the Year, Tracy Warenski, was interviewed about her philosophy of education. She mentioned that it takes an entire team and school to make a difference in the lives of students. Tracy is also a finalist for Utah as Teacher of the Year.

Principal Jesse Sorenson mentioned many historical facts about Payson High going back many years. He is a product of Payson and is passionate about the school and area. KSL’s Amanda requested to do a follow-up interview with Principal Sorenson next month.

The Payson High Pipe Band was also showcased on KSL Radio with teacher Diana Lees. This Scottish Pipe Band is a novelty across the state but has been around for a very long time. The class is starting to explode with student enrollment, not only at the high school level but the junior high and middle school.

Wrestling Coach Clark talked about the many State Wrestling Championships, individual and team. The Broadcasting class, along with teacher Brandon Arnold, came to observe and see what a live broadcast looks like since they do one every week at the high school.

Katie Kelly, business, marketing, digital media, and DECA teacher, came with students to participate in this exciting event. The drama classes came down with teacher Rock White along with many other students and staff.

Even Payson Mayor Bill Wright interviewed about the growth and exciting events going on in Payson City.

Nebo enjoyed having Tim Hughes and Amanda Dickson, the KSL NewsRadio Show, as well as the Dave and Dujanovic show until noon. The radio hosts all seemed surprised that the Footloose movie was filmed at Payson High and a bit shocked that there is still some memorabilia to see.

Congratulations Natalie Billie  for answering this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash.

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By Lana Hiskey