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Scholarship to honor deceased graduate

Scholarship to honor deceased graduate

Justin Hannasch, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2015


Filed under Local News, News

Senior year is one of the busiest and stressful years for a high school student. Not only do seniors need to worry about homework and extracurricular activities, but now they must worry about college applications and scholarships. One big part to all these scholarships is the Stillwater High School Communit...

Senior selected to represent Minnesota at Boston conference

Senior selected to represent Minnesota at Boston conference

Emalyn Brandt, Copy Editor

December 8, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Photo Slide Shows

Senior Colleen Jordan knew since her 8th grade year of school that she wanted to lead a career in the medical field when her teacher blew up raccoon lungs with a straw. She has worked to earn her nomination from one of her former high school teachers for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA. The program is a...

Sixth graders could move to Oak-land Jr. High one year early

Sixth graders could move to Oak-land Jr. High one year early

Sarah Junko, Layout Editor

November 23, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Sixth graders from Valley Crossing and Lake Elmo Elementary could possibly be moved to Oak-Land Jr. High for the 2016-17 school year. This move would ease the stress of the grade shift in the fall of 2017 and to ease overcrowding issues at Lake Elmo Elementary. Parents of sixth graders at Valley Crossing are...

Pontrelli and Hill explore schools for National Education Week

Pontrelli and Hill explore schools for National Education Week

Governess Simpson, Layout Editor

November 20, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Photo Slide Shows

While students strive for academic success, this week, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli and Josiah Hill, English teacher and Union President, will be learning from all the schools in the district. National Education Week was founded by Devin Schain, and its goal is to expand educational endeavors th...

District 834 welcomes new Superintendent

District 834 welcomes new Superintendent

Kathleen Billingsley, Copy Editor

November 12, 2015


Filed under Local News, News, Showcase

With warmth and kindness in her eyes, one can tell new Superintendent Denise Pontrelli is perfect to take the seat as District 834's new superintendent. Coming 40 minutes away from the Spring Lake Park district, Pontrelli is breaking in new turf. As exciting as getting a fresh start sounds, this is a m...

Pony Express ranks International First Place, Quill and Scroll

Pony Express ranks International First Place, Quill and Scroll

Mary Burchill, Fashion Blog Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Stillwater staff and students have always taken pride in their school and achievements, which is a very long list. On the list includes the school newspaper, The Pony Express, with a staff of nearly 100 students that dedicate their school and personal time to create an award winning newspaper. ...

Fairgrounds transform into zombie playground

Fairgrounds transform into zombie playground

James Thomson, Read and Watch Camera Editor

October 20, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Read & Watch, Showcase

Military Zombie Hunt is a paintball game that occurs at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Customers get to ride in the back of military grade trucks while firing paintballs at oncoming "zombies." Military Zombie Hunt owner Nick Jackson said, “I am the owner, well, supervisor, of Military Zombie hunt. I make sure that my zombies are prepared and that people are having fun and being safe." The Zombie Hunt uses military trucks to transport customers in their zombie apocalyptic journey. These trucks were used dur...

Assistant Principal Matt Kraft joins SAHS from Woodbury

Assistant Principal Matt Kraft joins SAHS from Woodbury

Dylan Cook, Visual Arts Media Editor

October 20, 2015


Filed under Local News, Multimedia, News, Photo Slide Shows

This year Stillwater Area High School brought Matt Kraft into the district as a new Assistant Principal. This addition will bring a new personality and set of skills to the district. Kraft began his time in the beginning of this school year. He is filling a position that was previously occupied by Assista...

Pankalo provides specialized learning opportunities for disabled students

Pankalo provides specialized learning opportunities for disabled students

Sarah Junko, Layout Editor

October 19, 2015


Filed under Local News, News

District 916 authorized the purchase of property in Lake Elmo to move forward in their three step facilities plan. Step one was building Karner Blue, a special education school in Blaine. Step two is building Pankalo, another special education facility, but this one will be in Lake Elmo. The purch...

Junior equipment managers join Mountain Biking Team

Junior equipment managers join Mountain Biking Team

Dylan Foster, Field Reporter

October 14, 2015


Filed under Activities, News, Showcase

The mountain biking team has acquired some new team members. The only difference is, they do not ride the bikes, they make sure the team rides safely. Juniors Will Gasperini and Isaac Robinson have joined the mountain biking team as new equipment managers. The equipment managers ensure that the ...

Pony Express TV returns after decade hiatus

Karisma Vang, Social Media Editor

October 5, 2015


Filed under News

The Pony Express went from newspaper to online and now TV. They started this "just last year in August," senior Samantha Flipp said. The Pony Express TV plans to give out weekly announcements, but it will be live with anchors and a exciting news about the school. Stillwater has,"never tried this before," seni...

School resources contribute to college prep

School resources contribute to college prep

Tiana Meador, Photographer

October 5, 2015


Filed under News

College is a growing source of anxiety among many high school students of the millennial generation. Whether it is the growing pressure to be successful, or simply doubt, many teens are unaware of the options they have to soothe their nerves. In 2015, the trouble that millennials face in the...

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