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Exploring why join the military

Exploring why join the military

Luke Higgins, Distribution reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under People

On average, four to five percent of a high school graduating class enlists in the military. At Stillwater Area High School, an average of five to six percent of the graduating class enlists in the military, putting our school slightly above average. Most military recruits come from high schools or young...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, People

The local community plays a large role in supporting their local school district. Students believe that the success of Stillwater Schools is largely due to the support they receive from the community. According to students and staff, the school would be a completely different place without the suppo...

Special education teacher Laurie McKenzie retires after 3 decades

Special education teacher Laurie McKenzie retires after 3 decades

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2018


Filed under People

“Is that right? Oh my gosh, I wasn’t thinking it was quite that long,” Laurie McKenzie, work experience, 'on-the-job' training and interpersonal and communications skills teacher, said, “29 years.” McKenzie’s impressive three decades of working in education began after she received ...

NextGen takes the ‘Worlds’ by storm

NextGen takes the ‘Worlds’ by storm

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2018


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Starting as a kid in FIRST LEGO league, Ethan Badger developed a deep interest in robotics. While he was growing up, Badger was always surrounded by robots built by his brothers and was encouraged by his mother to join FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs as well...

Paraprofessionals create learning opportunities

Paraprofessionals create learning opportunities

Rosalie Braun, Online Editor

May 4, 2018


Filed under People

Paraprofessionals have worked worldwide in schools for many years. From helping kids transport to class to teaching them lessons, they are around when students need them. There are over 40 paraprofessionals at Stillwater Area High School. They provide immediate and continual support for the student...

Mary Peters leaves lasting impact on students

Mary Peters leaves lasting impact on students

Abby Begin, Field Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under People

Stillwater Area High School lost a beloved colleague, friend, mother and media center paraprofessional in March. Mary Peters passed away in March at age 54 after a a two-year battle with a secondary cancer. Peters always had a smiling face that every student encountered when they entered the libra...

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, People

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...

French Olympian coaches Jostes

French Olympian coaches Jostes

Arieanna Junghans, Social Media Editor

March 9, 2018


Filed under People

Although she grew up skating, junior Haley Jostes has a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with a past Olympic figure skater. French Olympian Surya Bonaly, will be featured training Haley on a documentary that will be added to Netflix in upcoming months. Jostes describes Bonaly as an influential person...

Alison Waid helps community member get back on her feet

Alison Waid helps community member get back on her feet

Luke Higgins, Distribution Reporter

March 1, 2018


Filed under People

It was a cold winter day in saint paul Minnesota when 23-year-old Alison Waid a newly licensed social worker. Was filling in for an absent coworker, that was on a trip to Mexico. A client came into Alison’s office and introduced herself as Angelika. The client asked Alison what was the plan for he...

What would you do if…

What would you do if…

February 14, 2018


Filed under Focus, People

Gap year in Brazil means more than traveling to Nichols

Gap year in Brazil means more than traveling to Nichols

Mira Lanasa, Layout Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People, Student Life

During her junior year, senior Sintra Nichols felt she had lost purpose in her education. She wanted to get back on track, but found the only way to get back en route was to go off the trail entirely, and pioneer a new track which lands her in Brazil. Sintra is popularly known for her academics, ...

…You found out your best friend was being cheated on?

…You found out your best friend was being cheated on?

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2018


Filed under Focus, People

We waited at a red light while the sun set. “I think Isaac is cheating on her,” I said. Adults were driving home from work and teens were heading out on the town, my friends and I on our way to dinner. I turned to senior Payton Filipiak who was sitting beside me in the passenger seat and referenc...