The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Past graduation ceremony

Seniors prepare for graduation ceremony

Olivia Braun, Copy Editor June 6, 2023

The senior class prepares to end their high school journeys as this year’s graduation approaches quickly. The annual ceremony requires a lot of planning and preparation by both students and staff.  Rachel...

Rutherford Elementarys big playground

Rutherford Elementary creates new playgrounds

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2023

Rutherford Elementary is currently fundraising to replace the school's two original playgrounds from 1998. The new playgrounds will better suit students and create a more inclusive playground experience. The...

Stillwater School District Board Members in a meeting

School board resumes discussions around start time, yearlong calendar

Jasmine Z. Allison, Social Media Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2023

The school board was presented with a study session to look at changes to later start times for the secondary schools and the structure of the district's yearlong calendar on April 11. Many high schools,...

Live Ultimate Frisbee game

Boys ultimate frisbee prepares for State

Ellie Dahlstrom, Podcast Reporter May 31, 2023

With a season of ups and downs, and a record 3-7, the boys ultimate frisbee team continues to have an enthusiastic attitude especially with a large number of new players. The team welcomes anyone to play....

Andrew Weaver sits helping guide students through their final projects. He lets students choose whatever they want for their final research project. He sets the guard rails and helps when needed, but other than that lets the students have freedom in the project.

Andrew Weaver retires after more than 30 years of teaching

Michael Fredericks, Graphics Editor May 30, 2023

The hallway was filled with the quiet rumble of students making their way to classes. A distant but familiar screech filled senior Adam McDonald’s ears. He smiled as he neared his destination. The screeching...

Students are having the time of their lives dancing at prom.

Prom committee prepares for prom

Olivia Williams and Grace Cheney, Podcast Reporter and Photography Editor May 27, 2023

The annual prom dance is coming up on May 20 and students and advisors on the prom committee are planning and preparing for an amazing night. Planning prom takes a lot of time and commitment to make it...

Girl and Boy posing with thumbs up next to each other.

Jenna Phelps, Sam Young voted Student Council presidents

Alex Reedy, Thomas Cass, Podcast Reporter, Online Editor May 25, 2023

Newly elected student council presidents, juniors Jenna Phelps and Sam Young, hope to affect positive change within the school community next year. School events are a large part of the school community...

Freshman Audrey Rogotzke and senior Ryder Rogotzke with thier wrestling 2022 State Championshiop belt. Audrey and Ryder have made Minnesota history by being the first sibling duo to win the boys and girls State wrestling championship title.

The Rogotzke siblings win matching State wrestling titles

Maya Disher, Photography Editor in Chief March 4, 2023

Brothers and sisters hold a bond that is unmatched by any other. Most describe it as a built-in best friend. Someone who is always there to motivate you, protect you, and even win a matching wrestling...

Mason Mora-Clark dribbles the ball down the court during the Unified basketball game.

Pony adapted basketball team plays in the Unified basketball tournament

Aidan Primeau and Oren Hamilton March 3, 2023

Special Olympics Minnesota hosted the annual adapted basketball tournament on Feb. 3 at Eagan Community Center. Stillwater's adapted basketball team participated for their second year.  Throughout...

Health teacher Ryan Bartowskis second hour class engages in physical activity. This is one the many acts of physical activity that can be engaged to help the body relieve stress.

Stress can affect physical, emotional health

Glenn Blazier, Broadcast Editor March 1, 2023

Stress can have severe effects on one's health. If people notice and treat stress before it gets out of hand, the physical effects will be less severe. Stress, after being built up, can lead to extensive...

ALC painting by the ALC hall, made by Josey L, photo taken by Daniel Ortiz. The wall shows the creativity of the students involved in the ALC, this time, shown artistically

ALC to move to Oak Park building

Daniel Ortiz, Podcast Reporter February 25, 2023

The Alternative Learning Center has a space near the language hallway. The place they use has its pros and cons, but recently they got the approval to move to a place where there are only pros; the ALC...

Grace Weitzel sitting on a boardwalk holding violin

Grace Weitzel wins an award at GTCYS

Coral Lariviere, Field Reporter February 24, 2023

Senior violinist Grace Weitzel recently won the concerto competition at GTCYS - Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies while playing a solo. This concerto competition award is extremely tough to win,...

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