The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Junior Lydia McFarlene holds up a Nerf Gun, planning to go get some Nerf War kills.

Nerf war needs improved player regulation, administration honesty

Allie Schlagel, Layout Editor May 31, 2022

Junior Cayleigh Benson looks down at her watch and sees that the clock reads 9:15 p.m. Sweat trickles down her forehead. The tension is high. Cayleigh is camping outside Kwik Trip waiting for her friend...

Senior Mikai Tasch is the social media Editor-in-Chief and copy editor for the Pony Express. He planned on going to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for civil engineering.

Federal minimum wage should increase amid high inflation

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor May 3, 2022

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25/hour since July 24, 2009. For many citizens across the United States, this is not a livable wage. Although some believe that the federal minimum wage should stay...

A red electric car is hooked up to a charging station outside of Walmart off of Hudson Road in Woodbury, MN.

U.S. should move towards renewable energy

Katie Kangas, Layout Editor-In-Chief April 26, 2022

Although cutting other countries off from U.S. trade of oil and gas sales and letting the U.S. make their own oil would be an effective strategy to become more self-sufficient as a country. The U.S. should...

Hudson senior Carter Hinzman signed with The Ohio State to play football  next year.   He has a nil deal that comes with it. Athletes work hard for their sports and should have the chance to benefit from their hard work.

Athletes take advantage of new NCAA rules

Shannon Pothen, Layout Editor April 21, 2022

For years, college athletes have vied for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which regulates student athletes in North America, to allow athletes to be paid for the use of their name,...

Part of the GSA club sitting around a table holding their weekly meeting.

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill endangers Florida LGBTQ+ youth

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor April 18, 2022

The "Don't Say Gay" bill introduced in Florida is working to restrict discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity within public schools. The bill has passed in the state's House and Senate, and...

Picture of officer Paradise

Administration must increase transparency with safety

Pony Express Staff April 15, 2022

So far this year, Stillwater Area High School has gone into two lockdowns occurring Dec. 14, 2021 and Feb. 22 in response to emergency events. During both lockdowns, the school has provided vague communication...

Parents Bill of Rights infringes on students education

Parents Bill of Rights infringes on students’ education

Bella Godfrey, Graphics Editor and Online Editor-In-Chief April 13, 2022

On March 3, the Minnesota senate held its first votes for the Parents Bill of Rights. The Parents Bill of Rights Act is a Republican-backed piece of legislation regarding parents' right to know what their...

The American Flag flies through the air at Stillwater Area High School representing freedom.

Students should stand for Pledge of Allegiance, express gratitude

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor-in-Chief March 6, 2022

The school bell calls as students settle into their desks. “Please prepare for the Pledge of Allegiance,” crackles across the loudspeaker.  Every Tuesday morning during first hour, students are...

People are holding up their phone flashlights while someone is singing at the 2020 talent show.

Talent show returns after two years

Sara J. Norton, Photography Editor and Public Relations Editor February 24, 2022

"If you really want to do something, do it. It does not matter. Whoever says no, don't do it for them, do it for yourself," junior Travis Avery said as he prepares to perform in the school's talent show...

Picture of Mr. Maxwells classroom

It is imperative voters renew levy

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor In Chief October 28, 2021

On election day Nov. 2, district taxpayers will be presented with two questions: an operational levy to continue funding for quality learning to district students and a technology levy to provide new technology...

This yard has seen an increase in dead fish due to chemicals running off into the yard. Because of this, fishing birds have considerably less food.

Climate change can no longer be questioned

Charli Burdick-Kitchell, Graphic Editor and Copy Editor October 23, 2021

The increase of environmental climate change is not an if anymore, it has been affecting everyone yesterday, today, tomorrow and across the globe to personal yards. Climate change is a cause-and-effect...

Seventeen Republican-controlled state legislatures pass laws that further limit their constituents ability to vote in upcoming elections. Supporters say that it will increase voter confidence in our elections, while social activists say that it is an attempt to suppress minority voters.

Republican state legislatures pass voter suppression laws

Jasmine Z. Allison, Social Media Editor October 13, 2021

After the 2020 presidential election, 17 Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed laws that further limited their constituents' ability to vote in upcoming elections. Republican supporters...

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