The Pony Express

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...

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...

Staff Editorial: Upperclassmen seek priority with tickets

Staff Editorial: Upperclassmen seek priority with tickets

March 1, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

Snoball, one of the most popular dances for Stillwater students, took place on Jan. 20, with tickets sold out well before then. The dance was held at the JX Event Center, where the maximum capacity is 720 people, meaning tickets were limited to under one third of the student body. Because of this, som...

Staff Editorial: Paying for Pony Activity Center generates pushback

Staff Editorial: Paying for Pony Activity Center generates pushback

December 22, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Showcase, Staff Editorial

This year, Stillwater Area High school opened its new multi-million dollar athletic facility, known as the Pony Activity Center (PAC).  The new facilities - which include an indoor track, weight rooms, gymnastics and basketball gyms - had teams and individual athletes excited.  It’s not hard to see...

Staff Editorial: purse and bag restrictions unfairly affect innocent students

Staff Editorial: purse and bag restrictions unfairly affect innocent students

October 19, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

As students line up to enter the Pony Stadium for another exciting football game with bags in hands and on backs to hold items, they are faced with security telling them they cannot bring those bags inside. The stadium policy, more strictly enforced this year, does not permit items such as bags, purses, w...

Staff Editorial: School vouchers are unfair to public school students

Staff Editorial: School vouchers are unfair to public school students

May 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

In Minnesota, students can use school vouchers to help them afford private schools by paying for a part of the tuition. During 2016 alone Minnesota spent $35 million on school vouchers. This equals almost half of a percent of the States public school budget. It is not fair for students to use money ...

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

February 14, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

One of the problems at school is vaping and vandalism in the school's bathrooms. This problem has raised concern for some of the staff. Not only is it an illegal activity, it is also negatively impacting students who do not vape, and need to use the bathrooms. Vaping, although similar to s...

Staff Editorial: Open campus for lunch will cause problems

Staff Editorial: Open campus for lunch will cause problems

January 14, 2017


Filed under Featured Videos, Staff Editorial

  Stillwater Area High School is one of the few schools in the metro that does not have an open campus at lunch, meaning students must stay in the building and cannot leave to eat nearby. Students have been frustrated about this for a while, but there are good reasons for the closed cam...

Staff Editorial: Trump brings strong feelings from young voters

Staff Editorial: Trump brings strong feelings from young voters

November 6, 2016


Filed under Political Opinion, Staff Editorial

Donald Trump has become the face of controversy across the nation. Supporters and antis alike, he is currently one of the most talked about people. Trump is known to be an extremist. And, of course, his supporters are, too. Current polls show that although Hillary Clinton is in the presidential lead,...

Staff Editorial: Social media becomes popular news outlet because of technology advacements

Staff Editorial: Social media becomes popular news outlet because of technology advacements

April 28, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

The 21st century has brought about many changes to the world of technology. Social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram or even Snapchat are being used by millions of people around the globe, but these sites are still trying to evolve and keep up with the ever changing world. Social media certainly is not de...

Staff Editorial: Strong brand names become more powerful

Staff Editorial: Strong brand names become more powerful

March 15, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

In a world dominated by material possessions and social hierarchies based on how you look and how much money you have, brand names and logos have become a major factor in the consumer industry. Brand names such as Nike and Michael Kors attract spenders across the US that are willing to pay more f...

Staff Editorial: High school needs more preparatory classes

Staff Editorial: High school needs more preparatory classes

December 3, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Staff Editorial

School, a place for learning and growing. It’s a place that should prepare students for real life and get them on the track to success. After 13 years in such an institution, they should be ready to take the next step, they should know the basics to get them where they need to be. However, school a...