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Bartlett’s childhood wish becomes reality

Bartlett’s childhood wish becomes reality

Fiona Stahl, Online Editor

October 23, 2019

Over the course of the past year, biology teacher Stacy Bartlett and her family, have been in the process of adopting a six year old girl from China. This long process brings many challenges, but is much rewarded with their new addition.  Bartlett explained “it is hard, but having biological kids is h...

Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree

Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

October 22, 2019

“He's one of the most positive and heartwarming people I've ever met," sophomore CeCe DeLeon said about sophomore Danny Valerius. Valerius entered remission after being diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer, when he was 12.  “Before I was diagnosed, I noticed these ...

Addiction always comes with vaping

Addiction always comes with vaping

Isaak Sahulka, Layout Editor

October 22, 2019

  When people vape, they vape nicotine. Even if it is vape juice that says 0 mg of nicotine, there are traces of nicotine still found in some juices. Nicotine is a drug that is highly addictive and used in smoking products such as vape juice and cigarettes. People know nicotine is in these p...

Sara Damon uses her skills from Fulbright to benefit students

Sara Damon uses her skills from Fulbright to benefit students

Grace Sneden, Buisness Editor

October 20, 2019

AP human geography and global studies teacher Sara Damon received the Fulbright scholarship last school year and spent January through June traveling to 11 different countries in Africa. Damon spent most of her time there in Botswana, as a part of the population studies department. She took classe...

Vaping illness epidemic continues to spread

Vaping illness epidemic continues to spread

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor

October 20, 2019

Vaping is undoubtedly known by almost every high school student in the U.S. It is no secret this is a substantial threatening problem across the country, however many students are not taking vaping and the harsh risks that come along with it seriously. The truth is, vaping and high schoolers do not...

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Fiona Stahl, Photography Editor

October 7, 2019

“The girls have helped support her and make her feel like a bigger part of something and she’s truly embraced that,” coach Julie Ligday said. Junior Madi Hayden makes this year extra special because she has down syndrome.  Hayden joined the cheerleading team this year, after having cheered when she ...

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

October 2, 2019

The walls of the classroom are bare, the cabinet behind the teacher’s desk void of personal photos, art, or mementos. The walls may be empty, but the chairs are not. No more than 20 students sit in rows, facing the front, all without desks. Despite the plain appearance of the classroom and the early ...

BIZAA club helps children thousands of miles away

BIZAA club helps children thousands of miles away

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer Editor

September 29, 2019

 “And I think that it’s a great cause. And something we all should be trying to help,” junior Brynn Wurgler said. BIZAA club raises money for kids in Nigeria, who are in need of an education. Spanish teacher Kirsten Carter runs the club with help from students. These people look forward to...

Norton shares passion for vintage cars

Norton shares passion for vintage cars

Emma Urban, Photographer

May 12, 2019

Senior Jack Norton is a proud owner of his 1978 Mercury Cougar. Norton is a huge fan of vintage cars and this was his first of many he plans to buy. Norton decided to impulsively buy his Mercury Cougar when scrolling through Craigslist, and has not regretted his decision since. Norton's Mercury C...

Maxwell and students leave for a trip of a lifetime

Maxwell and students leave for a trip of a lifetime

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

May 10, 2019

Each year in June, Brandon Maxwell English and AVID teacher accompanied by his wife and students will go on a trip to Tanzania. This year, the trip will include more stops, juniors Rachel Bernath and Faythe Hendry will visit Tanzania along with other countries over the summer. They will visit multiple...

McCarthy receives Partnership Teacher of the Year award

McCarthy receives Partnership Teacher of the Year award

Sadie Heieren, Photographer

April 16, 2019

Every year, eight teachers in the Stillwater district are honored and awarded by the Partnership Plan. This year, social studies teacher Kris McCarthy was one of few people awarded the 2018-2019 Partnership award. A public banquet is being held in honor of the award winners on April 15, at the Grand Banquet Hall. Tickets are $22 ...

Ward reflects on horse’s rare condition

Ward reflects on horse’s rare condition

Ben Wrightsman, Video Editor

April 6, 2019

Many of us have grown up with superheroes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Iron Man. All of these superheroes have both strengths and weaknesses, which are played out in the arenas of their battles. Such is the case with a special superhero horse named Wondergirl. Wondergirl is a 17-year-old horse...

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