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Exploring college application process

Exploring college application process

Christopher Gilleo, Photographer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth

All around the United States, high school seniors are sending in college applications to their dream schools, hoping to be accepted.  Unfortunately, schools will be forced to reject a large sum of potential students. Applying for and choosing a college is extremely stressful and potentially ...

The ins and outs of college application

The ins and outs of college application

Dylan Cook, Visual Arts Media Editor
November 18, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Nearly every student at Stillwater Area High School will face the task of applying for college. Knowing what looks best on an application can make the process of applying less stressful and help to ensure acceptance to desired schools. Any student who desires a college education must submit their a...

Halloween traditions for all ages

Halloween traditions for all ages

Karisma Vang, Social Media Editor
October 26, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth, Multimedia, Photo Slide Shows

You know what time of year it is, when kids stay up all night running door to door getting their stash of candy for the next year. While many people are doing the traditional Halloween events, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and dressing up, are a variety of people doing other traditions. They may go trick or treating all night, but many st...

Thirteen is too old to trick-or-treat

Thirteen is too old to trick-or-treat

Andrew Weigel, Photographer
October 26, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Focus, In-Depth

Trick-or-treating is an age old Halloween tradition. Originating from the Celtic end-of-year holiday Samhain. Halloween is celebrated in many parts of the world on Oct. 31. Kids dress up and go around the neighborhood houses saying, "trick-or-treat" and hoping for their favorite candy bars. However, there are m...

Kierstyn Tupa travels her way to success

Kierstyn Tupa travels her way to success

Annie Seiler, Online Editor
October 25, 2015
Filed under In-Depth, Multimedia, People, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

After hopping out of a plane at the LAX airport, junior Kierstyn Tupa hits the gym, grabs a smoothie and heads to her modeling shoot or dance class for that day. Day in and day out in Los Angeles, while balancing family, friends, and school in Stillwater can be quite the challenge for 16 year old K...

District 834 expands high school for freshmen

District 834 expands high school for freshmen

Shad Kraftson, Distribution Reporter
October 13, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth, Multimedia, Photo Slide Shows

The new renovations in the high school will make seniors and juniors want to stick around for the 2017-2018 school year. Sophomores are in for a treat their senior year as many excited features will be added to the building. Thanks to the passing of a bond last spring, the district will expand...

Building remodel impacts parking lot space

Building remodel impacts parking lot space

Madison Crain, Layout Editor
October 13, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth, Multimedia, Photo Slide Shows

In two years the ninth graders are coming to the high school, the school and parking lot are getting a new look. The chaos of trying to park in the morning and the rush when school is over a school parking lot is a huge part of a school. Change is happening, the school is getting an upgrade whic...

Gap year becomes increasingly popular

Gap year becomes increasingly popular

Andy Bjerk, Social Media Reporter
May 19, 2015
Filed under Focus

The traditional high school student goes on to a four year college with nothing but summer in between graduation and their freshman year. This could be because a student is completely ready for the next chapter in their academic career or because it is what the rest of their family did. This trend is...

Words from the wise: advice to underclassmen

Words from the wise: advice to underclassmen

Allie Langness, Online Editor-In-Chief
May 18, 2015
Filed under Focus

In a short couple of months, the seniors will be leaving to go their separate ways, and they will be venturing off to begin the next adventures in their lives. Before they leave, they will make some of the best memories of their high school years. Upperclassmen have life knowledge that can be deemed...

Seniors begin preparation for college life

Joel Lange, Social Media Reporter
May 17, 2015
Filed under Focus, Photo Slide Shows

As May rolls around, seniors all over begin the tough adjustment to life away from home. Some will go on to schools out of state, while other will attend local colleges like the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. Regardless of where students move off to, there are very diverse ...

Students share superstitious pasttimes

Katie Hutton, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 12, 2015
Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Tarot cards have often been recognized as being a portal into the future within popular culture. Within books and movies, tarot cards are used by old ladies with long hair and bony fingers. They are read by these ladies in a tent, where ignorant passersby can pay an obscene amount of money for fak...

Tollefson leaves behind a legacy to remember

Tollefson leaves behind a legacy to remember

Sam Hudachek, Social Media Reporter
May 4, 2015
Filed under In-Depth, People

Since the beginning of the school year, there have been rumors of many teachers retiring or leaving. One of those people at the center of them was theater director Haeri Tollefson. He confirmed himself that 'Cinderella,' the school's spring play, will be his last. Tollefson has been the theater d...

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