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Students find independence on gap year

Students find independence on gap year

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief

May 24, 2019

A few Stillwater students are taking a year break in between going to school. A gap year is used for students who want to serve as an intern or raise more money for college. Some students take a gap year to work or travel, among other things. Sintra Nichols, a 2018 SAHS graduate, took a gap year and...

Wikileaks founder challenges freedom of press

Wikileaks founder challenges freedom of press

Marlee McGuire, Copy Editor

April 30, 2019

A test of our boundaries of national defense and governmental transparency can describe Julian Assange and his actions over the last decade. Julian Assange, the founder of the website Wikileaks, has recently been arrested by British police April 11 after seeking asylum in an Ecuadorian embassy for seven years. Wikileaks, a...

Three school board members exemplify the bystander effect in private Facebook group

Three school board members exemplify the bystander effect in private Facebook group

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019

There is a secret Facebook group called “Support Our Schools - 834 Unites.” It does not show up on the search page, the only way to gain access is by requesting admission from one of its current members. The group boasts 1,600 plus members including three school board members: Sarah Stivland, Liz We...

Bus on cameras may hold drivers accountable

Bus on cameras may hold drivers accountable

Emma Stansbury, Distrubition Reporter

March 1, 2019

A controversial topic including the safely of children throughout the country is up for discussion. A new law might pass for school bus stop signs to have cameras placed on them, to catch everyone running them. Cameras should not be placed on school bus stop signs because they will only hold people ...

EIC Column: snow days added back to original calendar

EIC Column: snow days added back to original calendar

Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

The Polar Vortex this winter has caused many schools to close down due to the weather conditions. The Stillwater district had room in its calendar for one snow day, but due to the anomaly of days that the schools had to shut down, there is a discussion on which days should be added back to make up fo...

Trump administration reinstitutes gender based discrimination

Trump administration reinstitutes gender based discrimination

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2019

Being the highest employer of transgender individuals in America, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a military ban on transgender people has been a huge blow to the community. After a proposed ban was blocked back in 2017, the Supreme Court has recently decided to allow Trump to move fort...

Covington youth handle tense situation better than adults

Covington youth handle tense situation better than adults

Martin Kurle, Podcast Reporter

January 30, 2019

A conflict in front of the Lincoln Memorial between a group of Catholic high school boys wearing Make America Great Again hats, a group of Native American men and five black Hebrew Israelites which consisted of shouting racial slurs, chanting and even pounding a drum in a boy's face was first interprete...

Minnesota voters prepare to see marijuana on ballots

Minnesota voters prepare to see marijuana on ballots

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

January 30, 2019

Minnesota politicians prepare for a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana use to pass their desks and potentially appear on the 2020 ballot. State Rep. Raymond Dehn recently proposed a bill Jan. 22, that would leave legalization of marijuana up to the voters. Before the measure can appear on the...

Alumni, new Manger owners bring new flavor to Bayport

Alumni, new Manger owners bring new flavor to Bayport

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

January 20, 2019

Two Stillwater alumni Mike and Nicole Willenbring have taken on the challenge of opening a restaurant. Manger will take over the space of the previous L'Etoile Du Nord, located in Bayport, mid-January. It will offer a variety of foods from oysters, to pizza cooked in a wood fire oven, along with a wine bar...

Staff Editorial: keep budget cuts away from classroom

Staff Editorial: keep budget cuts away from classroom

Pony Express Staff

December 17, 2018

Due to a $2.5 million deficit for the 2019-20 school year, board members are working to reduce expenses.  Thousands of people will be impacted in the district next year as tough decisions will be made to cut the budget. Board members should aim to make cuts that have the least impact on student learning. Programs,...

Not your normal net, cleaning up ocean plastics

Not your normal net, cleaning up ocean plastics

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor

November 1, 2018

People may be surprised when hearing a 600 meter long net it set out to sea in order to collect clusters of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This patch is located between the coasts of California and Hawaii. However, this so called "largest cleanup in history" may very well be the key...

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