The Pony Express

Taking over the world, one dance at a time

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 old rock practicing a dance brand-new to her, the Light Jig. Ayuna Lamb-Hickson had just completed her fi...

Special education teacher Nicole Schroepfer makes an impact

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 and help them to grow their understanding of life. Schroepfer earned an B.S. in Vocational Rehabil...

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

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

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

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 can while accomplishing her goal of improving. Playing sports is something that can bring joy to...

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

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 berth for the second consecutive year. In light of their recent successes, the Ponies look to be back on the rise. Th...

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

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

Superintendent Pontrelli shares glimpse into her role

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 is the Superintendent of Stillwater Area Public Schools. Pontrelli has been the Superintendent for three years. ...

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

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 since. Now, Brine’s is co-owned by siblings Polly Hoy, Matt Brine, and Mark Brine. Brine’s cele...

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

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 it comes to communicating academic progress. Although the policy covers many things like student standards,...

Roger Stippel retires after 34 years

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 semester, the staff and students will miss a very adored member of the school's community. Before t...

School board gathers as new team forms

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, to work together as a board and move forward together. There's been some division and it seems lik...

Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem

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 Jerusalem with machine guns pointed in Palestinian faces. Tessa is returning to Palestine to see her father, Tarek Abu Bassam Abu Sbe...

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