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Lake Elmo Elementary students gather in the media center to watch Shahd Abouhekel’s video. The students were able to learn about Muslim culture as well as interact with one another.

Senior Shahd Abouhekel shares Muslim culture, representation in schools

Mackenzie Vang, Podcast Reporter June 13, 2021

"It would have been amazing if we had different books portraying a variety of cultures and traditions. If I did have this experience like the elementary schoolers now, it would’ve opened up conversation...

Carolyn Leopold, Kelly Lindquist and a coworker pose during a retirement ceremony held by the Stillwater Public School District in May.

District recognizes 62 retirees at Lake Elmo Inn

Henry Jansen, Distribution Reporter June 10, 2021

The Stillwater School District recognizes their reputation is earned through the hard work of its staff, so it took a moment this year to recognize its retirees. Some of whom have worked for the district...

Principal Rob Bach helps junior Ella Hamilton in the hall. demonstrating how Bach is attentive to his students needs.

Bach wins Administrator of the Year

Karley Rydeen, Distribution Reporter June 5, 2021

With his open mind and attentive nature, Principal Rob Bach was named Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secretaries to the Principals. This award amplifies the dedication and leadership...

Maddie Motz, Elise Karlstad and the Choir board work in preparation for welcoming choir students as well as the Home Concert at Stillwater Area High School. With the crazy year that everyone has experienced, the Choir board has done what it can to transition and progress smoothly.

Concert Choir prepares to close turbulent school year with Home Concert

Jay Lohr, Food Blogger May 30, 2021

In the midst of the craziness this past year, Concert Choir has been preparing for one last concert to lay rest to their year of hard work and preparation. The “Home Concert” will be held at Stillwater...

Senior FFA reporter Brianne Johnson prepares for the Plant Sale on May 7 and 8 by transplanting and trimming plants. The sale took place along the curb at Stillwater Area High School to allow for social distancing.

FFA hosts annual plant sale

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor May 28, 2021

  Senior reporter Brianne Johnson led the FFA as they hosted their annual Plant Sale on May 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. To comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, the sale took...

Students create posters to promote the Voices of Change virtual conference. These posters were put around the school to encourage students to attend.

Voices of Change conference impacts students

Mackenzie Vang, Playlist Reporter May 28, 2021

Cultural Liaison Cornelius Rish and several other student leaders held a virtual conference called The Voices of Change conference on April 16. This was intended to openly communicate to school administration...

Lydia Geiser holding her fully filled out vaccination card proudly after her second and final dose of the vaccine on April 24, 2021.

16 and 17 years olds are allowed to get the COVID vaccine

Josie Crombie, Video Editor May 24, 2021

After almost a year of the spread of COVID-19 and the struggles that go along with it, the first ever vaccine was administered in December of 2020. Sandra Lindsey was a nurse and a healthcare worker who...

Dr. Christopher Rogers, who will be Brookview Elementary School’s new principal in the 2021-2022 school year, visits classrooms and exchanges air high fives during his first day as interim principal at Afton-Lakeland Elementary in the 2020-2021 school year.

Brookview Elementary to receive new principal, new classrooms

Henry Jansen, Distribution Reporter May 24, 2021

Brookview Elementary School in Woodbury is set to receive some upgrades for the 2021-2022 school year. This includes the addition of eight new classrooms and a new principal. Though eight classrooms...

The school board held their regular meeting on April 22. During this time they covered the standard reports of information, and they held a work session to further debate the next steps towards a levy referendum this fall.

School board lays out 3-part plan to address district funding

Morgan Delaney, Online Editor May 21, 2021

The school board has created a plan to renew an expiring operating levy. However, when needing more money to go towards levies, the board must ask the taxpayers to vote. They are given an opportunity to...

Students participate in the walk out at the high school. Students bring posters and flags to state their opinion.

Students react to recent killing of Daunte Wright

Jorge Moreno Sanchez, Cartoon Editor May 21, 2021

People of color are one of the main victims of police brutality. Incidents of police brutality have increased since the past year. On April 11, Daunte Wright was a victim of police brutality. Wright...

Students gathered outside of the high school to support law enforcement, while they held thin blue line flags. Counter-protesters stood across from them, and they held a flag along with cardboard signs.

Students walk out April 29 in support of law enforcement

Morgan Delaney, Online Editor May 18, 2021

Editor’s Note: As an Editorial Board, we struggled with how to approach this issue and the events that have transpired over the past month, especially as it relates to social justice and how it impacts...

On left, junior Claire Abbott and on right junior Addie Foote pose for their photo for the Project Green Challenge. Abbott and Foote were recently announced as second place winners in the international competition.

Juniors Claire Abbott and Addie Foote win second place in international Project Green Challenge

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief May 7, 2021

Juniors Claire Abbott and Addie Foote won second place in the international Project Green Challenge. The two competed against 4,572 other students in all 50 states and 82 countries. Their project aimed...

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