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U.S. Air Force member stationed in Afghanistan relaxes with his K-9 partner. As a result of the Taliban’s uprising after U.S. withdrawal on Aug. 30, troops are being deployed again.

Biden administration withdraws Afghanistan troops

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor-in-Chief October 9, 2021

On Aug. 30,  the last U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan boarded a plane back to the United States in compliance with executive orders from the Biden administration. While troops exited, the Taliban overthrew...

With this years new school schedule, students are forced to sit in classrooms for 80 minutes at a time with no breaks, which is not ideal for effective learning.

School should switch to shorter, more efficient schedule next year

Charles Calderone, Copy Editor May 25, 2021

With this school year looking different due to COVID-19 protocols, it has caused the structure of the school day to be changed from what students are accustomed to. Instead of a traditional, six hour school...

A clash between Proud boys, who are dressed in their groups signature black and yellow, and counter protesters outside the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 28, 2020 in a “Stop the Steal” protest. The white nationalist group is protesting over false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.

America needs to address, combat Nationalism

Sophia Arndt, Photography Editor March 13, 2021

With recent and violent attacks on the United States in the form of an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, Canada has opened an important conversation by officially labeling...

Seniors Haley Eder-Zdechlik and Sophie Schuster at their prom in 2019.

Senior-only prom brings up mixed reactions

Kiera Rivers, Photography Editor March 8, 2021

A lot of anticipation surrounds a high school room: a rite of passage, the final dance of high school years and an overall good time. But for this year’s junior class, prom is simply a dream. Due to...

GameStop stock prices per share rise to a peak of $357 on Jan 27, and soon fluctuate in a downward trend. In early to mid February, the stock rests at around $40 a share.

Reddit Beats Wall Street, not really

Connor Quaderer, Podcast Reporter March 6, 2021

The day is Jan. 27. The price per share of GameStop (GME) has reached a soaring high of $347 as Redditors on WallStreetBets (WSB) sit atop their massive piles of cash they rightfully stole from the big...

James Harden before he requested trade to Brooklyn Nets.

Why super teams are ruining professional sports

Josh Wallace, Student Playlist Reporter January 22, 2021

Many professional sports teams are potentially ruining their sport by forming super teams. In the NBA the Brooklyn Nets just made a trade in which they acquired James Harden which made people either super...

This photo shows band teacher Dennis Lindsay along with his one in-person student for Percussion Ensemble on the b day. A room that would usually be filled with around 30 students playing a variety of instruments, from Marimbas to Tom Toms, instead only shows one student and Lindsay doing their “independent studies” while the stands and chairs (not pictured) sit with no one using them during this period. Many of the students in Percussion Ensemble are doing full on distance learning, and in early November with the start of quarter two, this room will be left fully empty.

High school and college students lose many traditions such as graduation

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor December 1, 2020

Generational theft has been used to describe how many seniors, freshman and sophomores in college have/will lose their high school, and college traditions this year. This makes the end of high school...

New schedule offers three courses as full semester.

New schedule offers three courses as full semester

Karley Rydeen, Distribution Reporter November 30, 2020

Students' daily schedule looks different than what they have been used to in the past. Now students participate in a hybrid schedule: three classes per one quarter, along with longer periods. Students...

Calculus teacher Mrs. Nords Classroom lays empty at the end of Nov. 9, the last day school will be in session for students in Group A. The school will still be  open to teachers and students who are involved in extracirriculars.

New Distance Learning schedule will mistakenly cause students anxiety

Drew Jurek, Layout Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

As of Thursday, Nov. 5th the School Board announced that Stillwater Area High School and both Middle Schools will move to a completely distance learning model with the commencement of classes on Nov. 16th....

Social studies teacher Jason Caballero wears a Black Lives Matter pin on his lanyard. It is a subtle way of showing that he and his classroom are welcome to everyone. A pin is one of many forms of teachers showing their support for Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter attire worn by teachers seen as welcoming

Mason Buck, Broadcast Editor November 20, 2020

Teachers should be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter attire. With the recent world and political events, everybody has been feeling more politically opinionated, which has sparked some teachers to wear...

After junior Calli Dierkhising’s early morning shift she comes home to work on her homework. Online days give Calli the freedom to chose when to work. Having a job during school hours teaches students great time management skills.

Staff Ed: Students working during school hours see an effect on learning

Pony Express Staff November 9, 2020

Now that students are part time or fully online, many have considered taking shifts in the morning when school would normally take place. Online days have given students a bit of freedom on when to complete...

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and...

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