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

In 2016, a research study was done by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and they show how Minnesota has the worst school counselor-to-student ratio in the country. The figure shown above then depicts the counselor-to-student ratio by Minnesota county.

Minnesota students push to see new solutions to the mental health crisis

Maya Disher, Photography Editor in Chief February 22, 2023

The push for more mental health resources within schools has been an ongoing battle for students in Minnesota. Students have been pioneering this battle by coming up with mental health initiatives and...

Stressful finals week

Finals help prepare students for their future

Garin Warner, Podcast Reporter February 22, 2023

While finals week can be very hard on students, they have an important impact which students can only see in the long run. Some classes are wandering away from finals, but these types of tests are a...

Black man protest along side other black lives matter protestors while holding a sign saying, How Many More #BLM. Though the black lives matter movement brought equal rights in the late 1960s, people are still fighting for equal treatment of African Americans

Tyre Nichols, the fight against police brutality

Angela Taylor, Business Editor January 14, 2023

On Jan 7, 2023, tragedy struck the hearts of many when a 29-year-old black man, Tyre Nichols, was assaulted and beaten by five black police officers in Memphis, TN. The abuse of power was the result of...

Student Delaney Johnson watches Taylor Swifts music video for her song Anti-hero with the deleted scene. As she watches the video she thinks about what the meaning of the video is.

Taylor Swift called fatphobic by media

Milena Sandstrom , Podcast and Distribution Reporter December 7, 2022

Taylor Swift released a music video for her song, Anti-Hero, which is on her newest album, Midnights and got backlash from the media. The song Anti-Hero has a powerful meaning of how we are our own worst...

Student Sara Norton in a field of flowers.

Climate change protests rise in U.K.

Sara J. Norton, Broadcast Editor In Chief December 6, 2022

Climate change is a big problem, but it is only getting worse. England has had significant protests and rioting through the climate change organizations 'Just stop oil' and 'Enough is Enough.' Defacing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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