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Stella McHugh studies during office hours.  Flex times such as office hours will be more available if a block schedule is implemented. A group of staff is working to adapt the schedule for the upcoming years.

Block scheduling allows for an increase in opportunities

Belle Lapos, Layout Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

According to the Foundation for Economic Education, the same public education system has been used for roughly 150 years. It is a system that does not acknowledge factors like teenage sleep schedules and...

The Sustainable Fashion Club holds a clothing swap. Students engage in socializing with peers getting new clothes in an eco-friendly way.

Fashion companies need more sustainable alternatives

Lainey Zinda, Photography Editor December 16, 2023

Fashion brands are quick at keeping up to date with new trends, and teens are the main consumers. But most teens buying these clothes probably do not know the effects their closet has on the planet. Fast...

Juniors Ryo Davis, Olivia Decorsey and Lauren Nelson are on their phones scrolling on Pinterest and Snapchat rather than socializing or interacting with peers. Because of social medias negative addicting effect. Social media has a significant effect on students mental health when talked about in school and the stigma and seriousness of mental health.

Social media has significant effect on students mental health

Ava Aspengren, Business Editor December 13, 2023

Social media has a significant effect on student's mental health when talked about in school and the stigma and seriousness of mental health. ABC news mentions the addiction of social media and the issue...

A Celsius energy drink is being sold in a high school vending machine, which has twice the healthy limit of caffeine for teens. There is no warning label on it and the caffeine amount listed on it is tiny.

Caffeine unquestionalbly dangerous for teens and young adults

Gibson Strub, Layout Editor December 13, 2023

Recently in October, a collage student named Sarah Katz, who went to Penn State University, died after drinking a highly caffeinated energy drink. The drink was a charged lemonade from Panera Bread that...

A few buses pull into the bus lot early in the morning. District administration are considering giving high schoolers more time in the morning.

District administrators should not change when schools start

Gabbi Chau, Political Cartoon Editor November 9, 2023

Schools are constantly changing. We adapt to new situations and circumstances and our schools reflect that. Administrators are considering adapting our school's start times to fit teenager's sleep needs...

This is an illustration of an A/B schedule. A/B schedules are being considered by the district for the 2025-2026 school year.

Staff divided over block schedules

Fen Parham, Layout Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2023

The high school is considering a move to a block schedule for the 2025-2026 school year. St. Paul schools moved to block schedules for the 2022 school year and have remained on them, having received positive...

Stop gun violence sign pin front of a blue sky. A simple message to stop gun violence across the country and also the world. With restricted gun laws gun violence will decrease across the country

Gun Regulations in the U.S

Tyson Blazer, Copy Editor October 30, 2023

Gun violence and school shootings are becoming more common in U.S society. According to a 2022 analysis from the Pew Research center, "Gun injuries are the leading cause of death among U.S children and...

Sierra Maatta, Lawrence College Admin Counselor and Alison Brodersen-Schroder College & Career Coordinator, worked together to coordinate a college visit for students. Senior Jerome Vacek and fellow senior Brandon Barrero were given the opportunity to learn more about college. During the visit they received valuable insight, and learned about some of the challenges college can bring.

College needs to be more accessible for everyone

Pony Express Staff October 30, 2023

Every year, high school seniors face the choice of what to do after high school, and consider if they are willing to take on the burden of student debt to attend higher education. Student debt has more...

Gas goes into the air from a natural gas factory located on the north shore of Lake Superior. These factories produce 30% less carbon emissions than oil factories, but still are a main contributor to climate change as a whole.

Youth lead fight for environmental change

Bailey Holmes, Photography Editor-in-chief October 29, 2023

This past summer, a group of 16 youth environmental activists sued their home state of Montana in a landmark climate trial and won, but not just with scientific facts. They used the Constitution. This...

Teachers implement new cell phone restrictions this year

Teachers implement new cell phone restrictions this year

Netta Hillegass, Field Editor October 29, 2023

Technology has proved to be a helpful resource for many students in their school work, but whether it distracts more than it helps has become an occurring question concerning many teachers. Teachers like...

Senior Marissa Fasick walks into school before the start of the second hour as her first hour is senior elect. Seniors can utilize senior elect to reduce their daily schedule.

Senior elect is necessary for students

Paige Van Duyne, Broadcast Editor October 29, 2023

Seniors can utilize senior elect to reduce their daily school schedule. It is necessary for students to have this as an option, considering the amount of work needed to prepare for their future after high...

Someone holding a black sign that says abortion is healthcare in white letters

Decisions around abortion pills should be a state’s choice

Aubree Bigger, Political Cartoon Editor June 2, 2023

The topic of abortion remains deeply divisive in the United States and should not be left to the federal government. Each state's government should have the right to decide whether or not to ban mifepristone....

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