The Pony Express

Roger Stippel has been a member of the Stillwater community for 20 years. Stippel will be retiring at the end of the first semester after 34 years of teaching and coaching. He is planning on running for public office in Wisconsin after retiring.

Roger Stippel retires after 34 years

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter November 20, 2018

AP Government and Politics teacher Roger Stippel is finishing up his last semester of teaching. The 2018-2019 school year marks Stippel's 34th and last year of teaching. At the start of the second...

School board elect Liz Weisberg had signs  placed all over the district and won 16.6 percent of the votes.

School board gathers as new team forms

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor November 20, 2018

The history of the school board has been a bumpy one and there has been conflict within the board and with families. "I think we've struggled the last three years since the decision to close schools,...

Tessa Johansenss father, Tarek Abu Bassam Abu Sbeih, reads to her from a childrens book. Johansen is back to visit him after moving to the United States with her mother, Gina Johansen.

Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem

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

Looking out of a taxi window and to the Palestinian landscape, senior Tessa Johansen notices the growing Israeli settlements, their houses seemingly forming out of thin air. Israelis man posts throughout...

The schoolwork students have to struggle with piles up. It can be hard to keep so many things in mind all at once. It absorbs life.

Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

Elise Truman, Online Editor November 18, 2018

“Someone's intelligence or how hard they're working in a class shouldn’t be defined only in a series of numbers and letters,” sophomore Ellie Capra said. Education is imperative to the success...

Deb Drew with a few of her students.

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Ella Stratmann, Video Editor November 13, 2018

Many people wonder what keeps teachers motivated to keep teaching throughout the years. "The students, I love my students. That is one of the reasons why I love teaching," Deb Drew stated. The passion...

After playing in the boys soccer quarterfinal game on Oct. 25, senior Rayce Johnson and junior Nick Purdie finish off the game and celebrate their win with a Nos energy drink.

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor November 12, 2018

Young adults are experiencing health drawbacks of consuming caffeine daily starting at such a young age. This generation especially is turning to caffeine to resolve stress and exhaustion. Students are...

Malaina Fragnito practices using a bag valve mask to provide breaths during CPR. Fragnito is part of a 916 schools program that provides her with the opportunity to get her EMT certification during high school.

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor November 6, 2018

Many students do not know what they are going to do in their future, but senior Malaina Fragnito does. Fragnito is participating in a 916 school class that provides her the opportunity to get her EMT...

Donyea Davis & Chinmay Sahu working together on their projects for Genesys Works.

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor November 4, 2018

Genesys Works is a program that employs high school students and teaches them how to work an IT job in major corporations. Seniors can experience what it is like to have a $12.50 an hour, nine-to-five...

Local rivers and lake also see pollution from farming, being so far away from larger farms.

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Haley Nelson, Online Editor November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops,...

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Debbie Drommerhausen starts her day in her 45th year of teaching.

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Grace Silbernick , Layout Editor November 2, 2018

“Students...they just want to learn something, they want someone to love them, they want to meet new friends,... they want to have someone that’s going to help them plan out where they want to...

Junior Max Vogel after testing water from Browns Creek for the amount of various chemicals in the water. This natural stream is a prime example of where animals could be harmed if the water were to become dense in pollutants.

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter November 1, 2018

The Stillwater community is affected by water pollution, as is any populated area. Large corporations such as 3M have had effects on the local environment and contributed to the pollution of water...

A list of Universities. The University of Chicago is the clear choice because that was the only college that offered test optional admission.

Universities switch to test-optional administration

AnnaMarie Born, Business Editor November 1, 2018

The University of Chicago and other top colleges are beginning to make the switch to test optional admission. On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that they were going to have a test optional...

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