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The push to ban assault rifles is critical as mass shootings increase by the day as seen in this graphic. Data from

Legislators pushed to ban assault rifles

Paige Van Duyne, Broadcast Editor February 27, 2023

Legislators are facing pressure to ban assault rifles in the United States. With a rising number of shootings, the push is crucial.  Following the two mass shootings in California this past January,...

ALC painting by the ALC hall, made by Josey L, photo taken by Daniel Ortiz. The wall shows the creativity of the students involved in the ALC, this time, shown artistically

ALC to move to Oak Park building

Daniel Ortiz, Podcast Reporter February 25, 2023

The Alternative Learning Center has a space near the language hallway. The place they use has its pros and cons, but recently they got the approval to move to a place where there are only pros; the ALC...

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 allows students to be heard

Esmeralda Palma-Andrade and Gigi Zawislak February 22, 2023

"Following George Floyd's murder, Stillwater Schools district administration, and staff received an Open Letter from a group of Black Alumni," Office of Achievement and Integration Coordinator, Eric Anderson...

This is College and Career Center Coordinator Alison Schroeder’s first year working in the College and Career Center. She helps seniors apply to colleges and helps them apply for scholarships.

Seniors apply for community scholarships

Kallie Fahs, Podcast Reporter February 21, 2023

Scholarships are open to seniors and money is given by people in the community. Every year there is $500,000 given in scholarships. Oftentimes people donate money for a personal reason. For example, if...

Mr. Maxwell on the teachers team is getting ready to take the shot from the three-point-line. One of the students is defending him from going to the hoop for the layup.

Students bring diversity, inclusion through BLAST

Grace Schwoch and Kennedy Williams February 20, 2023

  “It creates a better community within the student body and that is really important for not only friendships but building trust within your peers and administration,” Iliana Balok, senior...

Booher at the community Closet

Counselor Becky Hopper creates Community Closet for students and families

Ellie Dahlstrom, Podcast and Distribution Reporter February 15, 2023

  Guidance counselor Becky Hopper and social worker Jenna Booher developed a donation center called Community Closet, in hopes to help students and families in need, with quick and convenient...

Students were to design a logo and make it appeal to Connect Lake Elmo. This logo is an example of students who took elements from other Lake Elmo logos and applied it to their logo.

Graphic design students design logo for Connect Lake Elmo

Jeremiah Swartz, Graphics Editor and Copy Editor June 6, 2022

On May, 6, Graphic design students were assigned the job of designing Connect Lake Elmo's logo. Connect Lake Elmo is an organization based out of Lake Elmo and its mission is to get Lake Elmo more connected...

Junior Student Council members sell tickets for serenades during lunch.

Groups assemble for annual Valentine’s Day serenades

Gabrielle Knowlan, Photographer and Copy Editor February 23, 2022

Different musical groups around the school are assembling to help spread the love this Valentine’s Day through serenades. Students send these serenades as a way to express their appreciation for each...

40 Student Council members meet in the main rotunda for their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Freshmen inducted to student council

Brooke Elfert, Business Editor and Copy Editor November 18, 2021

Freshmen anxiously awaited results of their Student Council election Oct. 19, 2020. Results were posted to Instagram to announce the six freshmen who were inducted by popular vote of their peers. Each...

Junior student council members Keira Jelinek and Ellie Burg decorate the main courtyard for the dance. They added streamers and backdrops to make the dance feel normal again, even with being hosted outdoors.

Student council plans Homecoming dance with COVID

Gabrielle Knowlan, Photographer and Copy Editor October 4, 2021

Even with COVID-19 restrictions, the Student Council this year worked to provide students with some normalcy again by returning the homecoming dance. This year's dance was hosted outdoors in the school's...

Junior Ella Spitzer is working on online ACT preparation courses over Zoom.

COVID-19 forces students to go about ACT testing in unique way

Elizabeth Hartner , Photography Editor January 28, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, juniors and seniors are struggling to complete their ACT tests. Last spring, many tests were canceled, leaving students worried about when they would be able to take the ACT. ...

On Oct. 27, the theater was empty because students were rehearsing their plays online over Zoom. They have to do this so students and teacher stay safe, because of COVID-19.

Theater continues to perform despite COVID-19

Kady Peltier and Kiera Rivers, Layout Editor and Photo Editor December 1, 2020

COVID-19, new guidelines this year are affecting the way theater is conducted. These further adjustments come with many new challenges, for example, finding plays that can be recorded without the worry...

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