The Pony Express

Sophomore Sophia Nelson tests her blood sugar level, by using a blood glucose meter, testing strip and lancing device. Sophia checks her blood sugar levels multiple times a day to ensure that it is not too high or low.

Facing death twice has not stopped Nelson from living

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor January 2, 2019

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure...

Music teacher Dennis Lindsay received an award for a Partnership grant this year. Tubas! Tubas! Tubas! will provide students with new tubas to practice and perform with.

Bev Petrie leads Partnership Plan, supports community

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter December 30, 2018

When the school does not have the funding to support the activities that the student body spends their time with after school throughout the year, grants from the Partnership Plan provide funds to...

Boyd Huppert surprised newspaper advisor Rachel Steil during her third hour newspaper class.

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2018

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper...

Ayuna Lamb-Hickson is pictured above with two friends from her dance school who are also her competitors in their age level, Roisin (center) and Maddy (right). Not many people know that Lamb-Hickson Irish dances but shes okay with that. It brings us all closer, the dancers. Its like this thing that we love and we train so hard for. It makes me feel like I have this special thing, Lamb-Hickson said.

Taking over the world, one dance at a time

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief December 10, 2018

A little girl, about the age of nine, is silhouetted by the sun setting behind the mountains of Wyoming awash with the fading goldenrods and deepening shades of rose. She hops about on a large, flat, centuries...

Special education teacher Nicole Schroepfer works with her students to help them learn to count money and prepare them for the world outside of the classroom.

Special education teacher Nicole Schroepfer makes an impact

Sadie Heieren, Photographer December 10, 2018

Special Education teacher Nicole Schroepfer has been pushing disabled students to do their best in school at Stillwater for 11 years. Her experience in teaching has allowed her to connect with students...

Mary Leadem Ticiu the Assistant Principal of the ALC gets flowers congratulating her for receiving the 50 over 50 award, recognizing her hard work and dedication to the ALC and its students. Ticiu has been at the ALC for three and a half years.

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor December 6, 2018

As most students listen to their teacher's lecture or take notes, a small hallway in the back of the school learns in a different and interesting way. The ALC or  St. Croix Valley Alternative Learning Center...

Junior Maddie Whittington and her team, celebrates win against Shakopee on Nov. 8 at the state tournament.

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

Paige Sanders, Photographer December 5, 2018

Junior Maddie Whittington, committed D1 to University of Illinois her freshman year and continues to thrive as a player. Throughout her junior year, she became determined to be the best player she...

Members of the Ponies girls cross country team celebrated their conference championship with Coach Podolske. The Ponies would go to capture fifth place at the State meet.

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Derek Berg, Video Editor December 4, 2018

For 38 years, the girls cross country team has been lead by coach Dawn Podolske. In this last season, the Ponies captured the conference title for the first time since 2000 along with a State tournament...

ALC students work hard on their homework while their teacher Tom Wendt talks with his students. Wendt is very close with his students.

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor December 4, 2018

Having a strong education is very important when it comes to the real world. When a student does not get the proper education that they need, it can harm their futures in immeasurable ways. The Alternative...

Superintendent Denise Pontrelli traveled in Italy last year with her family. She loves to travel for fun outside of work.

Superintendent Pontrelli shares glimpse into her role

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter Editor December 3, 2018

Many people wonder what the job of being a superintendent is like. "The only reason I do this is to try and make it a better experience for kids," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said. Denise Pontrelli...

Matt Brine chats with a customer while helping them decide on dinner. Matt works with his brother Mark in the meat department as co-owners, along with sister Polly Hoy, who works in the kitchen as well as clerical duties.

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2018

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever...

Website that links communication between teachers, parents and students concerning academic achievement. Teachers post grades on this website and also announcements. Students use this tool to check their grades.

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

Grace Roeske, Social Media Editor November 21, 2018

The Stillwater Grade Reporting Policy is focused on reflecting student’s achievements and it explains what grading includes. It is also the link between teachers, parents/guardians and students when...

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