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Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

As his class flipped through the brand new pocket constitutions they had just received, one boy recited the preamble to their very own Constitution, “We the P.I.E.sters, in order to form a more perfect fifth grade, establish leadership, ensure learning, provide for our classmates, promote kindness...

EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

With three deaths within three years in the Stillwater school district, the ISD 834 school board finally took the initiative to create a mental health program for middle and high school students. It's easy to feel unheard in our school district, but if there's any cause that's important for them to actually tun...

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...

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...

EIC Column: ALC part of school community

EIC Column: ALC part of school community

Hailey Willius, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

The St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center (ALC) has been moved to the high school campus this year. With each school running on different time schedules, a complete change in building size and environment, ALC students are adjusting to the new environment. Having the two separate student bodies ...

EIC Column: non-athletes lettering in athletics, huge step forward

EIC Column: non-athletes lettering in athletics, huge step forward

Linnea Phillips, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

Varsity athletes have to have dedication, work ethic and sportsmanship to succeed in their sport. But not all students who letter in varsity sports even play the sports they letter in. Many students are turning to the alternative of volunteering with a team in a management position or assisting position t...

EIC Column: U.S. lacking in foreign aid due to Trump’s prejuidice

EIC Column: U.S. lacking in foreign aid due to Trump’s prejuidice

Emma Lowey, Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

The Trump administration has sparked controversy for being wildly unprofessional and compassionate to the people of Puerto Rico and lacking in the call to help fellow American citizens. The behavior reflects poorly on the U.S.’ image as an aiding country because it makes it seem as though we are neglec...

Trump administration rolls out controversial new sexual assault policy

Trump administration rolls out controversial new sexual assault policy

Hannah Boardman, Print EIC

October 25, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

In politics today, sexual assault is a controversial topic. There have been debates over what counts as substantial evidence, with the two options being preponderance of evidence or clear and convincing evidence. The Obama-era administration set the standard of preponderance of evidence. Over the past...

Trump’s missile strike on Syria in retaliation

Trump’s missile strike on Syria in retaliation

Abby Banks, Print Editor in Chief

May 3, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

  President Donald Trump recently ordered a missile strike on an air base belonging to Bashar al-Assad, Syria's current president, in retaliation to the use of chemical weapons on civilians. While militant force can have its occasional need, Trump's motives for the strike seem to be in relat...

New conference system aids all students

New conference system aids all students

Olivia Weirtz, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 30, 2017


Filed under EIC Column

For many parents who attend conferences with their child's teachers regularly, the verdict is always the same. The student is either probably excelling, or is getting by well, in which case the student could easily improve his/her situation. The new conference system that is being piloted this year and...

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2017


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

Learning is being compromised because high school students care more about their grades than actually learning the material. Students copy assignments to save time and their GPA. High school is the gateway to college and or real world jobs, so it is important to make sure students are absorbing everything...

Array of disorders do not usually require conventional drugs

Array of disorders do not usually require conventional drugs

Tiana Meador, Online Editor-In-Chief

November 29, 2016


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column

"Natural, 100 percent organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, pesticide free," these are the words that spray across every major food market, giving consumers the reassurance that they are eating 'pure' substances. However, this trend seems to halt when it comes to medicine- with a drug addict...