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Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ebbie Benson, Copy Editor
October 11, 2016
Filed under Focus

Beginning fall of 2017, more than 700 freshmen within the district will attend the high school for the first time. It is a big change from what everyone is used to, and adjustments will need to be made between now and then. In order to ensure that all the freshmen feel settled and comfortable at the ...

School board considers advisory for incoming ninth grade students

School board considers advisory for incoming ninth grade students

Mira LaNasa, Layout Editor
October 10, 2016
Filed under Focus

From the BOLD transition to the middle school transitions, the district community is feeling the affects of District 834’s new changes. With the transition of ninth graders into Stillwater Area High School, administration is considering implementing advisory. This proposal is being considered b...

Freshman Dara Andringa swipes varsity soccer spot

Olivia Knox, Distribution Reporter
October 4, 2016
Filed under In-Depth, Locker Room, People

Freshman Dara Andringa moved here from Madison, WI and is now starting varsity for the girls soccer team, taking away a spot from returning players and scoring a goal in the first game. Andringa played on an Elite Club National League (ECNL) team as a midfielder, which has helped her prepare her f...

Mitchell fills big shoes with choir

Mitchell fills big shoes with choir

Kalley Lewis, Copy Editor
October 4, 2016
Filed under People, Photo Slide Shows

Choir director Angela Mitchell is following in the footsteps of Erik "Doc" Christiansen in directing The Stillwater Choir. The Stillwater Choir is a large ensemble of high level singers that has been conducted by Erik Christiansen since 1988. With the announcement of his retirement last spring, came a lot o...

Super fans show super school spirit

Super fans show super school spirit

Hailey Buelow, Social Media Reporter
September 18, 2016
Filed under People, Showcase

It's a Friday evening and among the bleachers at the high school, and among the cheering teenagers is a small group that are responsible for the schools exhilarating school spirit. This small group are the super fans, and everyone knows who they are. Because they great at their job, they definitely stan...

Dollars for Dreams helps those in need pursue better futures

Dollars for Dreams helps those in need pursue better futures

Katie Hutton, Online Editor-in-Cheif
May 11, 2016
Filed under Activities

Spanish teacher Kirsten Carter,  appears in front of the classroom with a beaming grin on her face, declaring to the class that she has a plan to share. She asks the class permission to speak in English, as she often does before explaining an important concept that she wants her students to understa...

St. Croix Ballet puts on ‘Sleeping Beauty’

St. Croix Ballet puts on ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Karisma Vang, Social Media Editor
May 10, 2016
Filed under Activities, Photo Slide Shows

  This year the St. Croix Ballet got ready for their spring show, that played on April 24th. They choose between Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella every year, this year was Sleeping Beauty. The dancers who participated enjoyed the presence of being on stage. Finally able to show ...

Builders Club improves community early on

Builders Club improves community early on

Erin Lemanski, Photographer
May 10, 2016
Filed under Activities, Photo Slide Shows

  Serving the world one community at a time, that is what the Builders club at Stillwater Junior High School stands for. Their goal is to improve the community with the help of the Kiwanis club alongside them. The club aims to create service-minded students and provide leadership opportunities for ...

New culture educates exchange student

New culture educates exchange student

Emalyn Brandt, Copy Editor
May 10, 2016
Filed under Focus, Photo Slide Shows

Leaving with an abundant amount of 'See you soon's and 'Good luck's in her heart and mind, junior foreign exchange student Kamila begins a new chapter of her life in the United States.  After landing from the over 10 hour and 6,000 thousand mile plane ride, Kamila is ready to embark what awaits ...

German exchange student reflects on past year

German exchange student reflects on past year

Matt Johnson, Social Media Editor
May 9, 2016
Filed under Focus, Photo Slide Shows

  By the time most students are in their fourth year of high school, they aren’t finding much new in their experience, unless it is their first year in America.  For senior Can Sommermeyer this is all new, and a long way from home, even though he has lived here for nearly the whole year. A Germa...

Noah Cates: scoring his way to the top

Noah Cates: scoring his way to the top

Taylor Johnston, Social Media Reporter
May 7, 2016
Filed under People, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Holland passes the puck to Cates. Cates’ skates graze across the ice as he spins around Hill-Murray's defense man.  The buzzer goes off sounding through out the arena. Junior Noah Cates made the goal, the crowd goes wild. Everyone is cheering him on. Cates is stormed by his teammates pulling hi...

Bader retires from teaching

Bader retires from teaching

Lauren LeBourgeois, Copy Editor
May 7, 2016
Filed under People, Photo Slide Shows, Read & Watch

Retirement is a major turning point in one’s life. It symbolizes moving on to bigger and greater things and is a time for relaxation or for some, the opposite, such as traveling. For social studies teacher, Nancy Bader, she plans on doing just that. Bader has reached that point in her life and is ready to retire. ...

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