The Pony Express

Lori Stippel has ‘nailed it’ in final days of teaching

Photo by Aubrey Kelley

Ben Valerius, Announcements Editor

May 4, 2018

With the end of the year on the horizon, students are anxiously anticipating the end of long school hours and endless nights of homework. Teachers get the chance to take a break as well, and many look forward to the start of summer vacation. However, when fall rolls around and the high school beg...

Silver Byrd prepares to study in Thailand

Alternative Copy story by Emma Polucha

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

April 10, 2018

Junior Silver Byrd is living out a popular high school fantasy by studying abroad in Thailand for her senior year. Byrd has been learning Thai in preparation for next year, as her host family will speak little to no English. She explains that Thai is a hard language to learn because there are not traditional ...

Otto and Nord: ultimate bond created for two sisters working together

“Much of the staff knows we’re sisters, so I figured much of the student body knew. I am surprised to find out that so many actually did not,” Mrs. Otto said.

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

April 5, 2018

Sisters share an unbreakable bond that is like no other bond held between two people. Sisters tend to be with one another from birth all the way to possibly college. Adulthood is when sisters usually go off to work in different fields and different places in the world. However, math teacher Stephani...

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018

Among the monotonous halls that thousands of students shove through daily, some students stay nestled in a photo covered room, eating, socializing, or doing homework. The room always has someone in it, not because of the relaxing recliners or the ever-present snacks, but because social studies tea...

Atkins family takes over stage

Alternative Copy story by Paxton Watson

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

April 2, 2018

Senior Emma Atkins and her mother Stephani Atkins both played the role of "Sad Girl 2" in "Bye Bye Birdie" almost 30 years apart. The role of "Sad Girl 2" is full of extremely animated and comically sad dancing, as described by the actress. Emma Atkins and Stephani Atkins are very close, and find the ...

Kamara uses his talents to create music

Alternative Copy story by Susan Hubbard

Noah Schoolman, Copy Editor

March 29, 2018

Rap music has an increasing presence in the music industry. With this movement, people have been inspired to follow. Many have begun creating rap music themselves, such as senior Emmanuel Kamara. During the school Black History Month celebration, Kamara performed the rap from the song “Glory”. He is talented and has a strong lov...

Luke VandenBergh receives ROTC scholarship

Photo by Luke Dickinson

Malaina Fragnito, Student Playlist Reporter

March 23, 2018

Numerous scholarships are available for people after high school graduation to continue their education. Senior Luke VandenBergh received a scholarship he has always dreamed of, for the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps [ROTC]. By completing a three step process which includes physical examination, assessme...

French teacher Jackie Parr serves as role model

 Parr's many years have strengthened her love for the french language and culture. She finds joy in sharing it with students.

Mikayla Cousineau, Distribution Reporter

March 17, 2018

They say that to teach is to touch a life forever. French teacher Jackie Parr has spent the last 17 years of her life sowing seeds of knowledge into the lives of students across the world, with the goal of helping them discover what the world has to offer. Her efforts to enhance their experiences ha...

Leider, Bailey share impact and outlook of adoption

Photo by Chloe Squires

Luke Higgins, Distribution Reporter

March 8, 2018

When junior Michael Leider was two and a half years old, he was adopted by his parents. Leider was originally from Detroit. Since then he has been with his adopted parents. Leider is grateful for being adopted, he is happy that he has food and a roof over his head. There are approximately 135...

Charlson shares her passion and love for equestrian

Charlson shares her passion and love for equestrian

Rosie Braun, Online Editor

March 5, 2018

Ever since she was a toddler, senior Ceci Charlson has had a fascination with horses. When she was three, she began to ride them and instantly fell in love with the sport of equestry. She has continued to grow her love for what she does throughout her many years of experience. Horse riding is a sport of responsibility, c...

Officer Paradise’s life-saving event inspires her career in law enforcement

Alternative Copy Story and Photos by Katelyn Krech

Katelyn Krech, Student Playlist Reporter

March 5, 2018

Officer Lindsey Paradise can be seen by students patrolling the hallways during the school day. Not many students know, however, that a life altering event took place during Paradise's sophomore year at Fridley High School. Paradise was attending a high school basketball game when one of the coaches...

Stauffer’s tick research lands him at national conference

Alternative Copy Story and Photos by Kenzie Motz

Susan Hubbard, Video Editor

March 4, 2018

The snap of his elastic glove meeting his skin interrupted the steady hum of the DNA machine in the corner. His white lab coat, surprisingly unstained by the pipettes of pigment he had been using, hung still as he conducted his research.  These were the sights and sounds that surrounded junior Max Stauffer as h...

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