The Pony Express

Danny Valerius sleeping in the hospital bed during one of his many visits in the winter of 2015. Danny was in the first and most intense stage of his chemotherapy at this time where he went twice a week.

Danny Valerius: cancer survivor

Morgan Delaney, Online Editor November 18, 2020

When Danny Valerius was in sixth grade, he was attending St. Croix Catholic School (SCCS). Like every normal 11 year old boy, he was full of energy. One of Danny’s main passions was basketball and he...

Molenda and his band, the Stellar Jays performing at Battle of the Bands last year. Although the band did not end up placing at the competition, it was a momentous occasion for both Molenda and his band members.

Morgan Molenda keeps punk culture alive

Olivia Bystrom, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief November 18, 2020

In the words of famous punk band The Exploited "Punk’s not dead," at least not in senior Morgan Molenda’s garage, anyway. As if it were straight out of a 1980’s coming of age film; sharpie signatures...

From left to right: Otto Hanlon, Hugh Hanlon, Austin Buck, Mason Buck. The four boys during their trip up to the boundary waters during June, 2020.

A week in the woods

Charles Calderone, Business Editor November 18, 2020

“I caught one!” Hugh Hanlon yells to his friends Austin and Mason Buck. It’s a warm summer day at the boundary waters in northern Minnesota, the smell of a bonfire in the distance swirls around the...

Paula Harrison and the Unified class follow along to a dance video. Dancing is one of the many activities students enjoy together in this class.

Paula Harrisons journey in teaching creates unity

Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor November 18, 2020

Paula Harrison looked down at the icy cold water, grabbed the warm hands of the anxious teenage students next to her and they jumped in. The freezing lake water was so cold that when her body hit the water...

Dennis Lindsay conducting the Concert Wind Symphony. Lindsay truly expresses his passion for music by conducting in a neat way.

Conductor with a true passion for music

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor November 18, 2020

A young Lindsay Dennis Lindsay has had a passion for music his whole life, even though he wanted to be an electrical engineer. Whenever he conducts music, he always finds a unique way to put the band...

Nickleby attends one of her students plays.

Nickleby Takes Pride In Teaching Health

Elly Flaherty, Business Editor November 10, 2020

Mrs. Nickleby was at her desk when she was asked who her biggest inspiration was. She responded: “Probably my dad. He was a teacher and he has always instilled in me and he still does to this day. When...

Derrick Schmidt, ETS Performance coach, Ethan Mosley, Bo Dustin, Brendan Bernier and Ethan Bernier, run a safe and productive workout.

Personal training positively and negatively affected by COVID-19

Emily Hornbuckle , Business Editor November 8, 2020

Workouts, personal training and athletics are being affected by COVID-19. People who would normally go multiple times a week are barely going now. The Pony Activity Center (PAC) is having its lowest numbers...

Science teacher Andrew Weaver inspiries a character in the movie

Weaver helps inspire a character in upcoming Disney+ film ‘Clouds’

Bella Godfrey, Online Editor November 8, 2020

Science teacher Andrew Weaver has a character based on him in the upcoming film “Clouds”, which is being released Oct. 16 on Disney+ about the inspirational life of former graduate Zach Sobiech....

The new English teacher Granger Taft talking in front of the classroom having a discussion on animated movies to get to know each other more. This show Taft's personality as a fun teacher that bonds and connects to his students.

English department welcomes Granger Taft

Karley Rydeen, Distribution Reporter November 7, 2020

The school recently added a new member to their English team, Granger Taft, who teaches English 9. Taft taught at Dakota Hills Middle School and Park High School for a few years before joining Stillwater....

School nurse, Deb Hammergren, in her at home office all set up for another days work as a Covid-19 triage nurse.

Superhero, more like school nurse

Mackenzie Chang, Online Editor November 7, 2020

  “The most difficult part of this job is hearing the heart breaking stories from families. In my new role, I work as a resource for these families that need guidance,” school nurse Deb Hammergren...

Former student Zach Sobiech was the inspiration for the upcoming move 'Clouds', which premiered on Disney + Oct. 15.

Disney plus will be releasing Zach Sobiech ‘Clouds’ this October

Macy Gonnion, Online Editor October 29, 2020

“You don’t have to find out you're dying to start living,” 17 year old Zach Sobiech said. At the age of 14, this Oak-Land Junior High School student was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare type of...

Junior Madeline Stricker learns from home. Although she is enrolled in the B-day hybrid option, she learns from home three days a week on platforms like Schoology and Zoom.

C-day, 100% online learning effects remote learners

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor October 28, 2020

For the 2020-2021 school year, students have a new option called C-day, a 100% online learning option to reduce social interactions with other students to prevent COVID-19. Although C-day students have...

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