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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, ...

Goetzke dances through life

Goetzke dances through life

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2018


Filed under Arts, In-Depth, People, Showcase

Body-aches, tired muscles, swollen feet, extreme exhaustion. All of these sound like symptoms of an illness, or side effects of a medication, but for freshman Isabel Goetzke they're proof that she's done something right. Ballet is a historically difficult type of dance, with dancers trying to obtain...

Gilbert working toward Division 1 recruitment

Gilbert working toward Division 1 recruitment

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

February 4, 2018


Filed under People

It was a Tuesday morning in the heart of Indianapolis. The freshly watered grass and dirt marked the start of a new day for baseball. The sound of the baseball hitting the bat became the primary sound in the ballpark. Drew Gilbert, 16, just finished warming up in the cages. He put his baseball cap on over...

Shaffer always comes back to family and perseverance

Shaffer always comes back to family and perseverance

Mira LaNasa, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Under hundreds of spotlights and in front of countless cameras and dozens of directors is where Chris Shaffer wanted to be since he was a middle schooler. He wanted the thrill of being on live television. He wanted his chance to bask in the heat of the lights. He had to persevere through years of reje...

One man’s journey from flute player to professional French horn player

One man’s journey from flute player to professional French horn player

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under People

A man sits behind a curtain. His golden horn resting gently on his knee as he awaits instruction. "The first excerpt please" says a disembodied voice from behind the curtain. He prepares his horn, steadies himself, takes a long, slow, calming breath and then blows strong and gentle into the horn sounding...

Alum Pete Winslow: International Soccer Star

Alum Pete Winslow: International Soccer Star

Will Gleason, Photography Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under People

Pete Winslow has spent his whole life proving people wrong. In 2007 he discovered his passion, and began to prove to the world that he didn’t know what the phrase “I can’t” was. With no legs and only 3 fingers, Winslow became an international soccer champion. Pete stumbled across power soccer in 2007 at...

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Tess Schoenborn, Online Editor

January 24, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Local Arts, Music, People

The studio was dark, only lit with colorful Christmas lights. It was hot and muggy from the amount of focus that was happening within his mind. The music produced was playing in the back, not loud but definitely not quiet. He pounded his fist against the desk as he continued to try to read the lyrics corre...