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Local music grants help music programs grow

Juniors Abbey Rademacher and Josie Haugen are sight-reading a piece called 'What Happens When A Women Takes Power.'
Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor October 25, 2019

The Saint Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) has opened registration for music program grants across Washington County and the St. Croix Valley. Private and public schools in the area have applied for the...

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Juniors Ella Goette and Sandy Liu and freshman Mason rehearse for the play two hours prior to performing in front of a live audience. These actors have run through the play many times. They continue to work hard and stay determined to put on a good show.
Emma Wagner, Copy Editor October 18, 2019

Junior Avery Mitchell said she directed a show that included VSCO girls, as well as directing a parody of the movie "Tall Girl" on Netflix, showing that students included pop culture references into their...

‘Clouds’ movie set to pay tribute to Zach Sobiech

Friends and family of Zach Sobiech met in September with the cast members for the film. They spent some time in downtown Stillwater together, and hit it off like old friends.
From left to right:
Amy Adamle, Madison Iseman, Grace Sobiech, Mitchel Kluesner, Sammy Brown and Steffan Argus.
Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter October 16, 2019

Nearly seven years ago, Stillwater alumni Zach Sobiech fell victim to Osteosarcoma. However, his legacy has continued to impact the local community and people across the globe ever since. His hit song...

Innovations team helps students plan their future

The innovations team gathers for a meeting after school on Oct. 10 in Rachel Steil's room to discuss the 2020-2021 course registration guide.
Stella Bertsch, Field Reporter October 10, 2019

The Innovations team spent the past year designing a new registration guide that includes College/Career Pathways and Programs of Study. This new design helps students make informed decisions about their...

Top Secret Project returns

The Top Secret Project was held Sept. 30 in the auditorium. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation led a presentation about the
Ava Hoelzel, Photographer October 7, 2019

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted the Top Secret Project on Sept. 30.  The Top Secret Project featured an exhibit and a presentation in the auditorium.  The objective of this event was to inform...

Administration implements new changes to high school parking lot

Gunnar Johnson, Copy Editor September 30, 2019

Stillwater Area High School modified its parking lot this year to better traffic flow in and out of the school parking lot. By modifying this, students are getting out of the parking lot later, but parents...

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

In front of Warner Nature Center a sign stands that welcomes thousands of  visitors. Freshmen Eiri Salman and Shannon Pothen saw it often when they visited the Center during elementary school. Salman said she remembers the Center as her ¨favorite field trip.¨ But the sign now looks slightly different. It currently displays a neon green piece of paper that notifies visitors  of Warner Nature Center´s closure.
Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor September 28, 2019

The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center announced they will close at the end of the year after 50 years of service. This is due to a decision by the financier and owner of the property, the Manitou Fund,...

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Young students flood out of Brookview Elementary at the end of a busy school day. Brookview is one of the newest elementary schools, which was a result of the new and incoming students coming from the southern areas of the district. This K-5 school was opened as a result of the B.O.L.D. plan that was put into place after the district shut down Withrow and Marine Elementary.
Rachel Duerr, Online Editor September 26, 2019

In August 2019, a public research team called The Morris Leatherman Group conducted a phone survey with 570 randomly selected residents of the community to assess the attitudes and obtain opinions of the...

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Choir Director Angela Mitchell leads vocal warm ups with basses before Tuesday sectionals. Each member of the Stillwater Choir is required to attend sectionals once a week at 7 a.m. before school.
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...

Wellness Center staff lend a helping hand

Senior Rowan Bell-Myers stops by for a visit to the Wellness Center to check in about life with his therapist, Nora Eiseland after a long summer away. Located in room E123 near the ALC, the Wellness Center is unmistakable with its bold logo out front.
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,...

Principal showcases student leaders

Freshmen Maura Christianson, Lauren Cuta, amd Edy McCurrie are shown socializing by the Student Leadership Board in the main rotunda during homecoming week.
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...

Restaurants suddenly close downtown Stillwater

Locals and tourists browse through downtown, passing the former Mara-Mi retail storefront location. The space is currently vacant. Many  excitedly wait to see what takes its place.
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....

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