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The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Layout Editor-in-Chief Stella McHughs senior photo

New Voices legislation protects student journalists

Stella McHugh, Layout Editor-In-Chief April 17, 2024

In the 30 years since the landmark supreme court case Hazelwood vs Kuhlmeir, student journalists have been stripped of a vital part of their First Amendment rights. Students' freedom of speech has been...

Students collaborate to come up with the main topics that were discussed in the first Voices of Change session. The conference was split up into three sessions; each session they could pick a different topic to talk about in a small group. During the last hour everyone came together to come up with the most prevalent issues to change.

Voices of Change Conference ignites new ideas

Pony Express Editors-in-Chief March 10, 2024

The Voices of Change Conference is a collaborative meeting and workshop-based conference that is led by Cornelius Rish and the Student Leadership Council (SLC) during BLAST week. It was held in the school...

Photography Editor-in-Chief Ava Biedermans’s senior photo.

Sexism becomes the new joking norm

Ava Biederman, Photography Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2024

Sexism has been going on for more than 3000 years. It started way back when the first two man and women were created in the Jewish lore. There was Adam and Lilith, this was his first wife. While it was...

Social Media Editor-in-Chief Lavender Schleder’s senior photo.

Expression of girlhood sparks awareness around feminism

Lavender Schleder, Social Media Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2023

The expression of femininity has been especially rampant over the last six months, ever since certain pieces of media such as the "Barbie" movie and Taylor Swift's Eras Tour had such a large cultural impact....

Gas goes into the air from a natural gas factory located on the north shore of Lake Superior. These factories produce 30% less carbon emissions than oil factories, but still are a main contributor to climate change as a whole.

Youth lead fight for environmental change

Bailey Holmes, Photography Editor-in-chief October 29, 2023

This past summer, a group of 16 youth environmental activists sued their home state of Montana in a landmark climate trial and won, but not just with scientific facts. They used the Constitution. This...

Potential TikTok ban creates consequences

Potential TikTok ban creates consequences

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor-in-Chief March 30, 2023

TikTok, an app with 150 million monthly users in the United States, is potentially facing a national ban. The effects of a ban could be detrimental to creators and small businesses who have built platforms...

In 2016, a research study was done by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and they show how Minnesota has the worst school counselor-to-student ratio in the country. The figure shown above then depicts the counselor-to-student ratio by Minnesota county.

Minnesota students push to see new solutions to the mental health crisis

Maya Disher, Photography Editor in Chief February 22, 2023

The push for more mental health resources within schools has been an ongoing battle for students in Minnesota. Students have been pioneering this battle by coming up with mental health initiatives and...

Student Sara Norton in a field of flowers.

Climate change protests rise in U.K.

Sara J. Norton, Broadcast Editor In Chief December 6, 2022

Climate change is a big problem, but it is only getting worse. England has had significant protests and rioting through the climate change organizations 'Just stop oil' and 'Enough is Enough.' Defacing...

Black and white photo of someone placing a ballot in a drop box

Congress must stay under Democrat’s control

Jasmine Allison, Social Media Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2022

With the political climate extremely polarized, all eyes are on the 2022 midterms. Historically, the party in the White House loses control of Congress during the midterm elections. However, recent polling...

Senior Mikai Tasch is the social media Editor-in-Chief and copy editor for the Pony Express. He planned on going to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for civil engineering.

Federal minimum wage should increase amid high inflation

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor May 3, 2022

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25/hour since July 24, 2009. For many citizens across the United States, this is not a livable wage. Although some believe that the federal minimum wage should stay...

Parents Bill of Rights infringes on students education

Parents Bill of Rights infringes on students’ education

Bella Godfrey, Graphics Editor and Online Editor-In-Chief April 13, 2022

On March 3, the Minnesota senate held its first votes for the Parents Bill of Rights. The Parents Bill of Rights Act is a Republican-backed piece of legislation regarding parents' right to know what their...

Senior Katie Kangas poses for her senior photo. It is a portrait of her from the shoulders up.

Social media fuels uncivil discourse

Katie Kangas, Layout Editor-In-Chief February 27, 2022

While certain aspects of discourse have stayed the same over time, during the last few years, the way people talk to each other has become more hostile because of the use of social media, the polarization...

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