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ACT tests should not be required for college admissions

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2022

High school students wonder if it is still worth their time and money to take college readiness exams, such as the ACT and SAT. This is because colleges across the nation are becoming test-optional, including...

Student voice necessary for school policy making

Student voice necessary for school policy making

Lizzie Gardner, Podcast and Distribution Reporter November 28, 2022

When policies are being made in any situation they will always impact the majority the most. So, when the students make up the majority of this school, then they should have the most to say about it. Students...

Bidens new student loan forgiveness plan could forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt

Biden’s new student loan forgiveness plan could forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt

Peter Banister November 3, 2022

In August of 2022, President Joe Biden issued a federal order to forgive up to 20,000 of student loan debt to those needing financial aid.  This plan was made by an executive order to help students with...

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Supreme court overturns Roe v. Wade

Ava Cheney and Ellie Dahlstrom, Political Cartoonist and Online editor, Podcast and Distribution reporter October 21, 2022

“Everybody has the equal right to be born, everybody deserves a chance,” junior Grace Bakke said. This summer, Roe v Wade was overturned and now opens up the opportunity for conversation, and allows...

A student lets a peer into the parking lot exit line after school. Some students dont let anyone into the exit line while some let multiple people into the line.

Parking lot changes leads to less confusion

Belle Lapos , Layout Editor October 20, 2022
Walking out the main doors at 2:10 has drastically changed in the last year. Traffic is no longer backed up for quite as long, new drivers are feeling safer, and there is much more freedom when it comes to choosing where to park. These changes are in result of the new lot system that has taken place over the summer. Whether you are a staff member or student, there is no debate that the chaos of the parking lot last year caused many safety issues. Staff in the school have been working on this new system all summer but have things really changed for the better? 
School parking lot as the day ends and cars coming and going.

Administration changes school parking lot fee structure

Soel Riser and Oren Hamilton October 20, 2022

Over the summer, administration made changes to the parking lot, allowing students to park freely and provide more space for community and staff members to park and use facilities. In order to park...

Overturning Roe v. Wade limits access for women

Ava Cheney, Online Editor October 18, 2022

Over the summer, Roe v. Wade was overturned and there have already been effects seen on women's health in the south. There is also fear of what will happen to the children who will be brought into...

Ron DeSantis brings attention to current immigration policies

Ron DeSantis brings attention to current immigration policies

Grace Cheney, Photography and Copy Editor October 9, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis grabbed the public's attention when he decided to send 50 Venezuelan immigrants up to Martha's Vineyard to bring attention to the United States immigration issues. DeSantis...

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...

The Walt Disney Company responded to the signing of Floridas Dont Say Gay bill. The company received heavy backlash for its hypocritical response.

Disney responds to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Gabrielle Knowlan, Photographer and Copy Editor May 27, 2022

On March 28, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1557, the “Parental Rights in Education'' bill, more controversially known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.  It reads, "Classroom instruction...

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...

The 2020 Fortnite Gaming Tournament at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Austraila. Are esports real sports?

Time to give esports the recognition they deserve

Hunter Reardon, Social Media and Podcast Editor April 27, 2022

The debate on whether esports should be considered a sport has raged for a long time. In fact, esports and traditional sports share way more similarities than people think. The resolution to this debate...

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