The Pony Express

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

Now that students are back in school, the controversy around the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance will most certainly surface again. There was a time when students stood with hand over heart and recite the Pledge every day without much fanfare. Those days are long gone, and the divide between ...

New cell phone policy decreases distraction in class

New cell phone policy decreases distraction in class

Taylor Lee, Distributive Reporter

September 15, 2018


Filed under Editorial

There is a new cell phone policy this year. It was put into place after much careful consideration from a committee of teachers and staff. Assistant Principal Matt Kraft headed the committee last spring. Many students find themselves burnt out after and even during a long, boring lecture. The only reason...

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

September 13, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

This last fall, administration updated and changed the cell phone policy. Students are only allowed to have their phones on them in passing time, lunch, before and after school and when it serves a purpose in the classroom. Using them otherwise results in punishments that become more extreme over...

President Trump shuffles his cabinet

President Trump shuffles his cabinet

Paxton Watson, Podcast Reporter

May 12, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Podcasts, Political Opinion

President Donald Trump has been taking a lot of heat in the last few weeks due to the fact he has reshuffled his cabinet multiple times. This started on March 13 when President Trump removed the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. This was followed by the removal of his National Security Advisor, H.R....

EIC Column: Terrible truths haunting TSA

EIC Column: Terrible truths haunting TSA

Michael VanLieshout, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

Why me? That is a question I ask myself when time after time I am randomly selected for a frisking at the hand of a Transportation Security Administration agent. What is the deciding factor that distinguishes who of the over 1.7 million Americans who board domestic flights in the United States each...

Staff Editorial: Year round schooling a waste of time

Staff Editorial: Year round schooling a waste of time

April 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

Since public schools started in America, the usual school year ends right before summer. This gives students and teachers a three month break of summer vacation in between the school year. Over time, people have challenged this school year normativity by starting year round schools that do not inclu...

Unaffordable college puts students in a bind

Unaffordable college puts students in a bind

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

April 14, 2018


Filed under Editorial

Elementary school, middle school, high school, college: that is the most common, and encouraged, order of a students’ life. Though education through junior or senior year is required, everything a student learns is seemingly in preparation for college. College is treated as the most important part of e...

Student activists: more powerful, more necessary than ever

Student activists: more powerful, more necessary than ever

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

The Parkland massacre was easily one of the worst tragedies to occur in recent years and one of the most devastating terrorist attacks to happen on U.S. soil. Students who have been able to stand up to protest these completely preventable deaths represent a larger movement of political involvement on...

EIC Column: Marching makes a major difference

EIC Column: Marching makes a major difference

Ellie Faeth, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2018


Filed under EIC Column, Featured Videos

Dating all the way back to 1941, marching in protests on the streets of Washington D.C. (among many other state capitols) have become highly publicized, popular events, especially in recent years. These types of protests are extremely important in today’s society, as they were since 1941, and actua...

Safety regulations called into question after Parkland shooting

Safety regulations called into question after Parkland shooting

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

March 15, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

Less than a week after a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. resulted in the deaths of 17 people, Stillwater Area High School held an emergency lockdown drill. During this lockdown, many students questioned just how prepared the school was for emergency situations su...

Staff Editorial: pushing back bell times detrimental

Staff Editorial: pushing back bell times detrimental

March 12, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

These days, it is a common sight to watch hundreds of tired students shuffle into school every morning.  During the winter, the sun hasn’t even fully risen; temperatures are below freezing for most of the school year.  This scenario has lead administrators to question the time at which schools begin...

Know your rights: guide to exercising First Amendment

Know your rights: guide to exercising First Amendment

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

In the weeks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida there have been a wide variety of responses to the tragedy. Some have been through thoughts and prayers, some have been through social media, but the biggest by far has been the steady stream of marches and walkouts in schools ...