The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

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

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...

Picture of Mr. Maxwells classroom

It is imperative voters renew levy

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor In Chief October 28, 2021

On election day Nov. 2, district taxpayers will be presented with two questions: an operational levy to continue funding for quality learning to district students and a technology levy to provide new technology...

Juniors Addy Foote, Claire Abbott and grace Storm have decided to plant a garden in the courtyard at the high school to help society and spread awareness.

Climate Change affects more people with every day

Lindsey Crain, Copy Editor June 4, 2021

Climate change has been affecting the planet for over 650,000 years. Along with the effects it had over animals, plants and our natural environment. These effects have caused decreases in certain animal...

Photography Editor-in-Chief Mairin Torgersons senior photo.

College students pay full-price for online experience

Mairin Torgerson, Photography Editor-in-Chief March 14, 2021

With millions of students across the globe becoming well-accustomed to attending school from the safety of their homes, it seems online school is the new normal. Though some schools have returned to in-person...

Calculus teacher Mrs. Nords Classroom lays empty at the end of Nov. 9, the last day school will be in session for students in Group A. The school will still be  open to teachers and students who are involved in extracirriculars.

New Distance Learning schedule will mistakenly cause students anxiety

Drew Jurek, Layout Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

As of Thursday, Nov. 5th the School Board announced that Stillwater Area High School and both Middle Schools will move to a completely distance learning model with the commencement of classes on Nov. 16th....

Broadcast editor-on-chief Stella Bertschs senior photo.

Disposable masks affect environment

Stella Bertsch , Broadcast Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2020

There is a statewide mask mandate in Minnesota and in 33 other states. While disposable masks are convenient, they have a harsh impact on the environment. They can end up in the ocean small sea animals...

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