The Pony Express

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Derek Berg, Video Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

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 Pontrelli shares glimpse into her role

Superintendent Pontrelli shares glimpse into her role

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

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 Features, In-Depth

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 Features, In-Depth

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 Features, In-Depth

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 Features, In-Depth

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 Features, In-Depth, 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 Features, In-Depth

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...

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

“Students...they just want to learn something, they want someone to love them, they want to meet new friends,... they want to have someone that’s going to help them plan out where they want to go from here. They just want someone to know that they care about them, and I think that’s been forever since time,” M...

Military recruiters seek out students

Military recruiters seek out students

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

October 31, 2018


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Army recruitment is making its way through public schools all over Minnesota. Local army recruitment teams are taking many approaches to get students interested and involved. Sergeant Seth Allia is a recruiter working at the Roseville office. Allia along with others, personally come to schools to...

Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children

Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

From the outside, the Swanson family home looks just like any of the others lined up the block. Not many people know of the great gift that God has given them that lies inside. Two children from Namibia, Godlieb and Esther Swanson, now live here together in this new country. Godlieb is 17 years ...

Salmi wins Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Salmi wins Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Zach Johnson, Social Media Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Darrell Salmi won the award Secondary Teacher of the Year in the state of Minnesota. This award was given to him by MNSHAPE, an organization in Minnesota that gives professional services and resources to teachers. Salmi received the award to honor and recognize for his outstanding services and contributi...

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