The Pony Express

Junior Tyler Olson studies an ACT Prep Class textbook. Many students take time out of their classes to study for the ACT, which interferes with their focus and learning experience during class time.

ACT testing adds unneeded stress and provides an unfair advantage

Lucas Polucha, Video Editor February 18, 2020

For many college-bound students, the ACT or SAT tests present the largest hurdle in high school. What is intended to be a test of one's ability too often becomes a stressful, inaccurate and even unfair....

School Board directors Tina Riehle, Sarah Stivland and Mike Ptacek are three of the four board members who voted not to expand Brookview Elementary, despite a growing community support surrounding the elementary school.

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief December 20, 2019

As a student who lives between Lake Elmo and Woodbury, I can see that times are changing.  Almost every day of my life I have driven past the Lake Elmo Airport.  Across from the Lake Elmo Airport, there...

The lunch room supplies students with nutritious lunches, free or paid. Everyday, thousands of kids rush to eat their lunches and receive a break from learning all day, but with Trumps reduction of free meals, students could lose this opportunity.

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Julie Xiong, Graphics Editor November 28, 2019

Education is key to a successful life and career. The future of our society depends on the younger generations to make a change, therefore, proper nutrition must be provided. President Trump’s administration...

Freshmen Kendall Bajda, Eva Stafne, and Amelia Venzke hang out before the bell on a Friday morning. Rather than utilizing the Friday as a help day, they are waiting for the first bell to start their  seven hour school day.

Four day school week proven more beneficial

Olivia Wavamunno, Podcast Reporter November 22, 2019

Within the past couple of years, Colorado schools―district 27J, as well as many others, have implemented four day school weeks rather than five. While some have found the change to bring some inconveniences,...

Senior Michael Finch views Breitbart News’ Facebook page. In 2018, Wikipedia said Breitbart could only be allowed for opinion supports in their informative articles because of the reporting slant.

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2019

Breitbart News, during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, was one of the most trafficked news sources on the internet, behind Fox News. It is one of the farthest right news sites in the conservative...

The most popular social media app, Instagram, recently took away the ability to see the amount of likes on a post. Likes are no longer visible on the platform.

Instagram takes away likes, completely changes platform

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-In-Chief November 11, 2019

One billion people are active every month on the most popular social media app, Instagram. With updates and changes often made to this growing platform, Instagram recently made a significant change to...

Junior Sam Hickey reads about the Iran situation on his phone. While American news has a strong focus on foreign policy, these issues do not seem to have a strong influence on voters.

Donald Trump continues to worsen situation with Iran, America silent

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor October 30, 2019

President Donald Trump's bad policy towards Iran has increased tensions to such a point that we could be on the brink of one of the worst wars in decades. However, the U.S. political scene continues...

School board members voted 5-2 at a board meeting in June to begin discussions about a separation agreement. Superintendent Pontrelli is not interested in cutting ties with District 834.

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

Julia Bennet, Social Media Editor-in-Chief October 28, 2019

The school board began discussions this past summer regarding a separation agreement with the Superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Closing three elementary schools and changing the course of action for the...

Students gather at St. Paul capital on Sept. 29 to protest climate change. Students handmade vibrant signs in hopes to catch the governments attention.

Global climate change strike attracts local protestors

Paige Sanders , Photography Editor-in-chief October 13, 2019

A global climate change protest took place in major cities all across the globe, including St. Paul on Sept. 29. Protestors and young climate activists gathered at the state capitol to protest climate...

On Twitter, Back to School Essentials video has gotten 15 million views. The video is accompanied by other videos and messages from the Sandy Hook Promise Organization.

Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor October 1, 2019

Gun violence, especially in schools, is a prevalent topic in today’s society. The Sandy Hook Promise Organization put out a video PSA entitled “Back to School Essentials” urging viewers to know...

The Stillwater student section supports the football team at a home game against Roseville; Stillwater won 24-11. This was Stillwaters 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.

Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators

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...

Myth Live remains empty on a Wednesday night. This is expected because no concerts were occurring that night.

Myth Live unfit for prom

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor May 5, 2019

Prom takes place at The Myth this year, a venue for mostly rap and rock concerts.  The Myth has a bar for adults and hosts many concerts.  The venue is clearly meant for adults, and not for students. In...

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