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Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

One of the most highly respected mixed voice choirs in the state of Minnesota graduated 52 seniors from its 78 person ensemble this past Spring. With close to 70 percent of the choir gone, this raised the question of how things would look in the fall. The Stillwater Concert Choir is an auditioned SATB group for adv...

Wellness Center staff lend a helping hand

Wellness Center staff lend a helping hand

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

September 25, 2019

Nestled in the hustle and bustle of the crowded halls of high school hides a place of peace and clarity that many tend to overlook. A quiet place free of judgement and the stresses of everyday life, the Wellness Center is a safe haven for anyone looking to take a moment to take care of themselves. ...

Principal showcases student leaders

Principal showcases student leaders

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter

September 23, 2019

The school built a new installation showcasing student leaders in the downstairs main rotunda. This new installation brings an updated and refreshing look to the rotunda while also highlighting students leaders recognized for leadership in academics to our democratic elected representatives in Student Council. Over the course of the last four mon...

Restaurants suddenly close downtown Stillwater

Restaurants suddenly close downtown Stillwater

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor

September 21, 2019

Downtown has always been known as a busy hangout spot for many, however recently things have taken a turn. Restaurants and storefronts are suddenly closing around the beloved town with reasons unknown. Locals and tourists are shocked as familiar businesses close their doors with no notice.   The...

Students new opportunities for soft skills grow

Students new opportunities for soft skills grow

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter

September 7, 2019

A unanimous vote from the Curriculum Advisory committee opened the door for an expansion of the second step unit. This new take on soft skill building made by the district is called the Child Protection unit. The unit takes the students from kindergarten to 5th grade on an engaging experience to learn...

New grading system creates better consistency

New grading system creates better consistency

Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief

August 31, 2019

“Grades should reflect what students know and can do. Everything else has to somehow revolve around that,” Principal Robert Bach said. Over the past year and a half, a group of representatives was put together to look at modifying the old grading scale being used. This scale was not consiste...

Coffee cart sales teach valuable skills to special education students

Coffee cart sales teach valuable skills to special education students

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

May 16, 2019

Though Fridays often signal the end of the week, sometimes teachers need a little boost to finish off the week. At Lake Elmo Elementary, the staff is getting an extra kick through the coffee cart, which delivers orders every Friday. Run through the special education department and funded by a grant from the P...

Summer internships help students decide their future

Summer internships help students decide their future

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

May 15, 2019

As students continue the path of high school, many of them, especially upper classmen, are starting to explore and research jobs and careers for the future, one of these explorations being summer internships. From the experience of an internship, students can gain knowledge of a certain job and see what...

Deaf Awareness Day provides education, experiences

Deaf Awareness Day provides education, experiences

Elli Swanson, Photographer

May 11, 2019

Deaf Awareness Day occurs once a year and aims to celebrate the Deaf community and bring the community together as one. This year Stillwater Area High School honors this day by hosting the event at the high school. On April 27, the Deaf community and different high school students taking American Sign Language will gather together for a day filled with diff...

The 9/10 formal gives underclassmen opportunities

The 9/10 formal gives underclassmen opportunities

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

May 9, 2019

A classic high school tradition, prom, is quickly approaching. Students worldwide look forward to it as an extravagant cultural element of their high school careers. Though the majority of juniors and seniors attend, sophomores and freshmen mostly miss out on the opportunity simply due to their age....

Lakeland citizens call for a city wide audit

Lakeland citizens call for a city wide audit

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

May 9, 2019

“Does the city want to spend up to $18,000 on an audit that’s going to prove nothing?” Mayor Richard Glasgow asked during what was supposed to be the April 16 Lakeland city council meeting. A large chorus of disagreement came forth from the audience as they displayed their disapproval of Glasgow’...

ASL students host Deaf community event

ASL students host Deaf community event

Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist

May 8, 2019

ASL students hosted the Deaf Awareness Day event April 27, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For the sixth year in a row, ASL students from across Minnesota had the opportunity to interact with members of the Twin Cities Deaf community. American Sign Language, shortened to ASL, is a nonverbal language predominately...

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