The Pony Express

The fight through a fire

The fight through a fire

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

January 3, 2019


Filed under Feature, People

"I was Black Friday shopping and when I got back it was 3:30 a.m. I got out of the car, it smelt like bonfire, and then I went inside, not thinking much of it because it was Thanksgiving. So I went inside to the mudroom, I pet my dog, and he wagged his tail. Nothing even smelt in the inside, and everythin...

Bev Petrie inspires and leads Partnership Plan

Bev Petrie inspires and leads Partnership Plan

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

December 30, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People, Podcasts

When the school does not have the funding to support the activities that the student body spends their time with after school throughout the year, grants from the Partnership Plan provide funds to allow students to have these opportunities. Activities and fundraisers are also hosted by the Partners...

Nicole Schroepfer, special education teacher, makes an impact

Nicole Schroepfer, special education teacher, makes an impact

Sadie Heieren, Photographer

December 10, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Special Education teacher Nicole Schroepfer has been pushing disabled students to do their best in school at Stillwater for 11 years. Her experience in teaching has allowed her to connect with students and help them to grow their understanding of life. Schroepfer earned an B.S. in Vocational Rehabil...

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

Paige Sanders, Photographer

December 5, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Junior Maddie Whittington, committed D1 to University of Illinois her freshman year and continues to thrive as a player. Throughout her junior year, she became determined to be the best player she can while accomplishing her goal of improving. Playing sports is something that can bring joy to...

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Derek Berg, Video Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

For 38 years, the girls cross country team has been lead by coach Dawn Podolske. In this last season, the Ponies captured the conference title for the first time since 2000 along with a State tournament berth for the second consecutive year. In light of their recent successes, the Ponies look to be back on the rise. Th...

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Many people wonder what the job of being a superintendent is like. "The only reason I do this is to try and make it a better experience for kids," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said. Denise Pontrelli is the Superintendent of Stillwater Area Public Schools. Pontrelli has been the Superintendent for three years. ...

Roger Stippel retires after 34 years

Roger Stippel retires after 34 years

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

AP Government and Politics teacher Roger Stippel is finishing up his last semester of teaching. The 2018-2019 school year marks Stippel's 34th and last year of teaching. At the start of the second semester, the staff and students will miss a very adored member of the school's community. Before t...

School board gathers as new team forms

School board gathers as new team forms

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

The history of the school board has been a bumpy one and there has been conflict within the board and with families. "I think we've struggled the last three years since the decision to close schools, to work together as a board and move forward together. There's been some division and it seems lik...

Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem

Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Looking out of a taxi window and to the Palestinian landscape, senior Tessa Johansen notices the growing Israeli settlements, their houses seemingly forming out of thin air. Israelis man posts throughout Jerusalem with machine guns pointed in Palestinian faces. Tessa is returning to Palestine to see her father, Tarek Abu Bassam Abu Sbe...

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Ella Stratmann, Video Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Many people wonder what keeps teachers motivated to keep teaching throughout the years. "The students, I love my students. That is one of the reasons why I love teaching," Deb Drew stated. The passion that Drew contains for her students is heart-warming and very admirable, and her students are the ...

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People, Showcase

Many students do not know what they are going to do in their future, but senior Malaina Fragnito does. Fragnito is participating in a 916 school class that provides her the opportunity to get her EMT certification in high school. The purpose of the EMT program is that it encourages students to get ...

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

November 4, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Genesys Works is a program that employs high school students and teaches them how to work an IT job in major corporations. Seniors can experience what it is like to have a $12.50 an hour, nine-to-five job in the IT world. According to seniors Donyea Davis and Chinmay Sahu, it is most definitely a re...