The Pony Express

Chasia Riddle gets her first promotion in the army. She will be leaving for her training in April.

Chasia Riddle graduates high school early to join the army

Joshua Wallace, Playlist Reporter April 22, 2021

Senior Chasia Riddle graduated school early to join basic training for the Army. She leaves for basic training in April and is set to be there until September, which includes a two-week quarantine at the...

Brent Peterson holds original photo of 1903 graduating class.

Lost photo of Stillwater’s graduating class of 1903 found in Illinois

Elly Flaherty, business editor April 21, 2021

An old photograph of Stillwater’s graduating class of 1903 was found in an antique shop in Boody, Ill. The owners were curious where this piece of history was from, so they messaged Stillwater Area High...

Senior Gabe Beyer stands outside his food truck at the 2018 Washington County Fair. Due to COVID-19 cancellations, he was unable to serve customers at last year's fair.

Gabe Beyer’s restaurant: playing chef turned into great success

Olivia Bystrom, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief April 21, 2021

There is an unbelievable amount of planning, money and good old fashioned blood sweat and tears that goes into starting a new restaurant. It comes with a risk that even experienced adults will shy away...

The band Saguaro plays their original song, Puzzle Pieces, a song about breakup and not getting what you are giving in a relationship. They practice in senior Isaac Reiner’s living room, their regular practice spot.

Student band prepares to send out an EP

Stella Bertsch, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief April 17, 2021

The band Saguaro formed in the fall of 2018. Band members include seniors Levi Hutton on drums, Hannah Doyle on vocals, Isaac Reiner on bass and Leah Cosgrove on guitar. Throughout the past few years,...

Senior Alex Steil works on his homework during class. He also practices cello before Con Amici rehersal.

From journalist of the year finalist to cello prodigy; Alex Steil gets it done

Mairin Torgerson, Photography Editor-in-chief April 17, 2021

"An incredibly dedicated and passionate student," and, "destined to be a great journalist," is how journalism teacher Laurie Hansen describes senior Alex Steil. But for others, they may bring up his...

The storefront of Hannah's Homemade Heavens is decorated for Valentines on a chilly day in Stillwater. The bakery shares a corner with Jim's Barber Shop and Meister's.

Local bakery manages to stays open despite pandemic

Sophie MacDonald, Digital Graphics Editor March 24, 2021

Hannah’s Homemade Heavens, located near the corner of Churchill and Fourth St S., has continued to please customers with delicious baked goods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Owner Hannah Fazendin...

Zack Quaderer, Adult Boot Camp Coach, goes through his warm-up in preparation for their sessions workout on Feb. 17. Quaderer leads this workout every Wednesday and Friday evening at the PAC.

Coach Zack Quaderer’s class brings challenges, positives amidst pandemic

Austin Buck, Broadcast Editor March 12, 2021

Zack Quaderer has been coaching the Community Ed Class called “Adult Boot Camp” since late spring 2020. As a part-time job, Quaderer has put much of his free time towards improving and improvising...

The Herbert sisters sit in their kitchen recording their newest episode. Hannah (left) has the script outline in front of her, and Paige (right) has the computer monitoring the audio and time they've been recording.

QuaranTeens podcast starts during COVID quarantine

Stella Bertsch March 12, 2021

Early in the pandemic, sitting around the dinner table with their family, freshman Paige Hebert and sophomore Hannah Hebert talk about the struggles of being in quarantine as a teen. They discussed things...

Andrew Weaver outside with one of his raptors.

Weaver hatches, raises falcons to instruct his classes

Harrison Walz, Copy Editor March 12, 2021

Andrew Weaver, biology and environmental science teacher, is most widely known for his long-time dedication to raising Peregrine Falcons.   Weaver's hobby started in his youth when he used an incubator...

Afton-Lakeland Elementary secretary, Foua Fitzpatrick, stands at her desk, in the front office, of Afton-Lakeland Elementary on the morning of Feb. 24. She is the first person that people see when they enter the building, which is why it’s so impactful that she represents diversity and a welcoming atmosphere.

Afton-Lakeland Elementary’s secretary provides students with new perspectives

Mason Buck, Broadcast Editor March 12, 2021

There are few minority staff members in the Stillwater school district, and the Afton-Lakeland Elementary secretary, Foua Fitzpatrick, is one of few Asian-American staff members. After a few years of working...

Senior Jack Wells played hockey during the 2019-2020 season. He has a lot of passion for the sport and looks forward to coming back after the recovery.

Jack Wells Bounces Back From Major Leg Injury

Grant Miller, Food Blog Reporter March 9, 2021

Anything can be dangerous. Junior Jack Wells realized this after breaking his leg playing a pickup game of football at Woodbury High School. Wells fractured his fibula, tibia, tore his PCL, tore his medial...

Students in Mrs. Harrisons P.E. class do fun activities with friends.

Unified PE offers an inclusive experience for all

Tucker Wyland, Podcast Reporter March 7, 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the globe, people are finding new ways to bring back normalcy and adapt to the ever changing world. The Unified PE class, under the direction of Unified PE teacher...

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