The Pony Express

Additions possible for Minnesota Constitution

Additions possible for Minnesota Constitution

Elise Truman, Online Editor

March 5, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

The United States Constitution was established in 1789 and is the supreme law of the United States. However, each state has its own constitution, focused more on day-to-day operations, as ordained by the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Minnesota’s constitution was established in 1858 and has...

Stillwater attendance problem still noticeable

Stillwater attendance problem still noticeable

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

February 28, 2019


Filed under Focus

Attendance had been an issue four years ago. Slowly, unexcused absences have been diminishing, while excused absences have been increasing. In the 2015 to 2016 school year, Stillwater had one of the worst chronic absenteeism rates in the state. Even now chronic absenteeism rates are down, but still present. Attendance...

Teachers and staff help those effected by Seasonal Affective Disorder

Teachers and staff help those effected by Seasonal Affective Disorder

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

February 16, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Grades dropping, rare socialization and zero concentration. Already diagnosed with depression, junior Grace Murphy notices that things get a lot worse around winter time. "My teachers are really great and understanding," Murphy said. "One time when I missed five days of school leading up to break...

Self care combats S.A.D.

Self care combats S.A.D.

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter

February 9, 2019


Filed under Focus

"Lethargic," "lack of motivation" and a "sense of hopelessness," are the words Social Studies and Psychology teacher Roger Stippel used to explain Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects student's moods negatively during the fall and wi...

Achieving competitive advantage with 916 Program

Achieving competitive advantage with 916 Program

Joseph Devins, Business Editor

February 3, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

The 916 is a metro area high school located at Century College that teaches students real world training for work after high school. Jill Stewart-Keller is the principal of the school and counselor Jeremy Baldwin is Stillwater Area High School’s direct contact for this program. The school offers 2...

916 Career in Tech program creates new opportunities

916 Career in Tech program creates new opportunities

Zach Johnson, Social Media Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

The 916 career in tech is a program offered to students to help to prepare for a career outside of high school before  graduation. The program allows students to attend courses not offered to students at the high school. This better prepares students for the field they are going into. The district p...

Bartkey reflects on the lessons of crime journalism

Bartkey reflects on the lessons of crime journalism

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, People

Standing at the head of the classroom, she stood tall with an inviting smile on her face, upholding herself with impeccable professionalism. She was an award-winning journalist, with an Emmy and multiple associated press awards to her name. Though she had a sophisticated demeanor, her seasoned career e...

Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic

Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 20, 2019


Filed under Feature, Focus, In-Depth, People

“Ting. Ting. Ting.” Star Tribune Rock Critic Jon Bream sits in a San Francisco recording studio, separated from music legend Prince by only a pane of glass. Prince stares at him, steadily hitting a drum stick against a cymbal every few seconds. He clearly does not want to speak to Bream, and Bre...

916 Career and Technical Center provides college experiences

916 Career and Technical Center provides college experiences

Linda Hill, Podcast Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

916 Career and Technical Center, also referred to as the 916 program, offers different programs to high school students and the northeast school of Century College. They offer two different time slots: morning and afternoon sessions. This program was made to "get the hands-on learning experience th...

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows

“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 class took an exciting turn when Steil was surprised with a visit from her favorite journalist, a...

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

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 is a school designed for students who are at risk for graduation or need a different school setting. Th...

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

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 Learning Center offers a different way of learning for students who are struggling in a common...