The Pony Express

First Student Council presidents of color help increase their peers’ voices

Student council presidents, seniors Abdulaziz and Nikhil Kumaran represent student voices in the board meeting about the Brookview expansion.

Ashlynn O'Connor, Social Media Editor

January 27, 2019

Senior best friends Abdulaziz Mohamed and Nikhil Kumaran are known as the first student council presidents of color. These young men are known to have done a remarkable job leading the student council. They both want to make a difference for their peers. They lead the council with party planning, dances...

Ida Holde Bjorkelund adapts to life in America

Girls varsity gymnastics team huddles up before a meet against White Bear Lake on Jan. 2. They are hoping for another state title this season.

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

January 27, 2019

Ida Holde Bjorkelund is a foreign exchange student from Norway joining the district for her senior year. She has been welcomed in by many, including girls on the varsity gymnastics team. She is meeting new people and enjoying new experiences in the United States. She is so excited to continue her journey here ...

Pete Hamilton and Mike Parker teach math together

Hamilton talks to his team trying to get them ready for the game. Hamilton and his team face Lakeville south.

Kevin Kerber, Podcast Reporter

January 26, 2019

Teachers Pete Hamilton and Mike Parker, have been friends for a long time and they both love teaching math. They teach math together with each of their classes have about 60 students. They have to teach in the same classroom because they work so well together and improve the classroom in such way...

Bartkey reflects on the lessons of crime journalism

Julie Bartkey presents key points of her career with first hour newspaper students.

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

January 21, 2019

Standing at the head of the classroom, she stood tall with an inviting smile on her face, upholding herself with impeccable professionalism. She was an award-winning journalist, with an Emmy and multiple associated press awards to her name. Though she had a sophisticated demeanor, her seasoned career e...

Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic visits journalism classes

Jon Bream shares stories on interviewing Prince, Taylor Swift and other musicians with third hour newspaper students.

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 20, 2019

“Ting. Ting. Ting.” Star Tribune Rock Critic Jon Bream sits in a San Francisco recording studio, separated from music legend Prince by only a pane of glass. Prince stares at him, steadily hitting a drum stick against a cymbal every few seconds. He clearly does not want to speak to Bream, and Bre...

Passion and integrity responsible for Falzone’s dream job

Chelsey Falzone shares how she achieved her dream job with second hour newspaper students.

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2019

Chelsey Falzone can't remember when she began to love baseball. All she knows is that she was the girl who would go home after school to study stats and watch old baseball documentaries. "I think baseball has some beautiful parallels to life," Falzone said. "Maybe that's why I liked it." However, a b...

Puhrmann anything but ‘On Her Own’ as Éponine

Senior Molly Puhrmann will continue to practice and rehearse each day until Les Miserables opens in April. She does anything from vocals to blocking on stage, to preparing.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

January 11, 2019

“I said okay Molly, you're not a track star. You are not a basketball star. Go try out for the musical. You can do this…” Molly Puhrmann, senior and lead of the musical, told herself as she prepared for her audition in the school musical, Les Miserables. Music, a large passion of Puhrmann's, started seven years ago and has not diminished one bit. “I'v...

Digital world comes with privacy concerns

Apple's ad and privacy policy says it is designed to let users share what they want to share. Further down, the policy says Apple can use purchases, searches and demographics to fit ads to a specific user.

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

January 11, 2019

Today, teenagers rely on the internet and do not know what it is like to not have it. Living in a digital world has its perks, but there are also pitfalls, especially when it comes to privacy. Often, people know that privacy is a concern, but do not really know what information can be collected with their act...

Nelson accepts full ride scholarship to St. Michael’s college

Senior Sydney Nelson was awarded a Book Award last spring. She was noticed as a student by St. Michael's college for her academic achievements and volunteer work throughout the community.

Elli Swanson, Photographer

January 7, 2019

Last spring, senior Sydney Nelson was awarded a Book Award for her involvement in the Stillwater community. Nelson is taking almost all AP courses along with French and orchestra that she has been committed to for many years. Outside of school she devotes most of her time to helping out in the St...

Mental health issues rise in teens

Sophmores Emma Villarreal and Camryn Hartwig study for a chemistry test. They stay after school for extra help for multiple classes to understand their  work to their best ability.

Maria Supan, Business Editor

January 5, 2019

Throughout the teen population, mental health has become a worldwide problem. Anxiety and stress can affect a teenager's daily lives, relationships with others and above all, physical health. An increasing number of teenagers walk around with a mental illness, and is undiagnosed. The rise of teen and young adults poor psychological well-being has increased dramatically throughou...

Breien share fight through house fire

The household of the Breien family burning to the ground at around 5:00 a.m. on Nov. 24 2017. The fire was in a Lake Elmo neighborhood called Discover Crossing, and was started by an outdoor grill that had been left on.

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

January 3, 2019

"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...

Capra serves as Stillwater Community Thread representative

Sophomore Ellie Capra volunteers to bag groceries at Cub Foods. As the representative for Community Thread, she recruits volunteers for events.

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

December 31, 2018

Baubles, Bangles and Bling, Rake A Difference and Holiday Hope could only have one thing in common, Ellie Capra. Within the past year, sophomore Ellie Capra has become Community Thread’s main contact for volunteers at the high school. Community Thread is a non-profit organization in Stillwater ...

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