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While politicians insist that A.C.T. testing should be required, facts disagree

Anxiety builds as students line up to take the A.C.T. at Century College, a test that will likely deceive people.

Adam Guinee, Podcast Reporter

January 10, 2020

The A.C.T is supposed to be a test that measures a persons capacity as a student by evaluating them in the four subjects of english, math, reading, and science. ACT, inc. is the non-profit organization which created the A.C.T. test. They continue to assert that the assessment measures a student's ac...

Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators

The Stillwater student section supports the football team at a home game against Roseville; Stillwater won 24-11. This was Stillwater's first victory of the year. Fans cheer loud in the stands.  Student spectators are no longer able to cheer from the front row of the student section.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

September 12, 2019

Football games have not been the same since the drama regarding seating began. The "Friday night lights" used to have more excitement, but the energy has turned in a negative direction. Fingers are being pointed, but nothing is being done. Who would have known where student spectators stand is worth...

Students find independence taking gap year

Sintra Nichols a 2018 SAHS graduate who did an apprenticeship in Florianopolis, Brazil. Nichols worked at a preschool and help aid for the betterment of the school.

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

Assange's lawyers are taking the defense that he is a journalist. Many U.S. citizens believe that this case could change the way Americans deal with 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

The private page is not easily accessible. In order to gain access one has to know someone in the group, request that they allow them to request to join the group and then get accepted. This makes it incredibly difficult to use the conversations in the group as evidence to the public of maltreatment and malice because it is difficult to ascertain in the first place.

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

Children frequently have to get on and off the school buses. The school buses are all lined up and ready to begin their journey to drive children home safely. A new bill in congress is being debated on currently to put cameras on the school buses.

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

Snow days to be made up before the end of the school year, not after.

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

President Donald Trump tweeted about the transgender military ban when it first went into place back in 2017. It was blocked, and then reinstated in late January with a 5-4 vote from the Supreme Court.

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

A bill was proposed to legalize the possession and recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota on Jan. 22. Politicians hope to turn to the people for vote on this potential law.

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

A wood-fire oven is used at Manger for a unique way of preparing their dishes. Owner Mike Willenbring is seen here cooking a cut of beef tenderloin on a skillet in the wood-fire oven.

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

Photo by Paige Sanders

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,...

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