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The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Girl playing lacrosse

Shift in sports culture challenges student athletes

Olivia Braun, Copy Editor April 19, 2023

In recent years, there has been a massive shift in sports culture and it has had a big impact on student-athletes. Specifically, high school sports have intensified and athletes have shifted to only playing...

Mars the cat who is waiting at the Humane Society to be adopted.

Animal cruelty creates concerns and issues

Ava Biederman, Photography Editor March 15, 2023

Animal cruelty has been an issue for years. Pet owners and animal lovers need to use resources to learn more and spread awareness to help. Animal cruelty is split into two main categories: active cruelty...

Photo of students in a classroom

Students lack motivation after pandemic

Ian Parham, Layout Editor March 13, 2023

After years of struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, school is back to normal. Years of disruption, however, have taken their toll on the student population. Online learning, hybrid schedules and canceled...

Health teacher Ryan Bartowskis second hour class engages in physical activity. This is one the many acts of physical activity that can be engaged to help the body relieve stress.

Stress can affect physical, emotional health

Glenn Blazier, Broadcast Editor March 1, 2023

Stress can have severe effects on one's health. If people notice and treat stress before it gets out of hand, the physical effects will be less severe. Stress, after being built up, can lead to extensive...

Junior Eme Rickheim doing deep breathing exercises to calm herself in a stressful situation.

Students cope with high school stress

Grace Cheney, Photography Editor March 1, 2023

Everyone deals with some sort of stress in their lives whether it is due to their home lives, school, relationships, sports, etc. and there are many different effects and ways to cope and deal with the...

Frontside of the Stillwater High School building

Students and families make choices about public and private education

George Palm, Broadcast Editor March 1, 2023

Public education or private education is one of the choices students and parents have to decide when going through the education system. With private education costing upwards of thousands of dollars for...

The push to ban assault rifles is critical as mass shootings increase by the day as seen in this graphic. Data from

Legislators pushed to ban assault rifles

Paige Van Duyne, Broadcast Editor February 27, 2023

Legislators are facing pressure to ban assault rifles in the United States. With a rising number of shootings, the push is crucial.  Following the two mass shootings in California this past January,...

Students hiding in the corner of a classroom.

Current lockdown protocols outdated, inadequate

Jasmine Z. Allison, Social Media Editor-in-Chief February 27, 2023

As lockdowns in schools have become a regular occurrence in schools across the country, students have known the school lockdown protocols since early elementary school. While most lockdowns do not end...

A large semi-automatic rifle, designed strictly for advanced warfare.

Mass shootings uprise at alarming rate

Leo Whitley, Podcast Reporter February 27, 2023

Mass shootings are popping up everywhere in America so often, it is hard to even keep track. With new shootings daily, different motives and locations, but similar guns, it makes it hard to understand...

Senior general education student Leah Foster and special education student play in the foam pit. During Unified PE, the students are paired together to work together in many different types of activities.

Students united through physical education

Maya Disher, Photography Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor December 17, 2022

High school is a time when students get to learn how to work and communicate with their peers. They create friendships and learn skills that will be carried into other aspects of their life. These four...

Patrick De St. Aubin posing with two thumbs up in his Ponies TRUST club t-shirt

TRUST club fundraises for equipment

Aubree Bigger, Political Cartoon Editor and Copy Editor December 17, 2022

The TRUST club promotes unity, inclusivity and equality. This club works to unify the school and make students with disabilities feel at home. Often, disabled students can feel misplaced or like they do...

Shelly Phernetton assistant Principle.

School safety effects environment

Reece Bastyr, Social Media Editor December 4, 2022

“I do feel safe because I think this is a caring community and that’s what it takes. Every environment can be safer and we should always strive to do better,” Assistant Principal Shelly Phernetton...

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