The Pony Express

New experiences arise from Covid-19

Sophie Lundgren turns to at home haircuts in this time of quarantine. Not able to get access from the salons lead her and many other individuals to turn to other at home alternatives.

Calli Dierkhising, Food Blog Reporter

October 29, 2020

The decreasing number of people allowed to participate in sporting and extra-curricular activities due to social distancing has led to a change in everyone's lives. Specifically for teenagers with fewer events, this creates an opportunity to get a job and help others around the city through the work of vo...

Rish addresses equity issues surrounding community

Cultural liaison Cornelius Rish is currently his first year in the Stillwater school district and he is adjusting to the current situation of equity and diversity at SAHS. Rish will represent the BIPOC student community and coach teachers on new learning curriculums to include more diversity.

Connor Quaderer, Podcast Reporter

October 27, 2020

“I'm glad I'm doing the work I'm doing, but we're going to need a lot more of me in Stillwater. We're going to need many more people doing the work,” cultural liaison Cornelius Rish said as he talked about the current state of Stillwater’s diversity and equity. Rish is starting his first year as the new c...

Attorney General Barr threatens protesters with sedition

Peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Los Angeles stand together in the faces of law enforcement. A number of protests have emerged in prominent cities in response to the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.

Lubnag Xiong, Copy Editor

October 27, 2020

Even though the majority of the Black Lives Matter movement has proven to be peaceful, United States Attorney General William Barr has considered charging violent protesters with sedition. Barr’s responses to the protests are just a way to subdue the overt issue of inequality in America and to suppress the ...

Teachers work to keep students safe

Math teacher Peter Hamilton takes precautions by wiping down desks. Hamilton ensures safety for students in the classroom.

Greta Sorenson, Social Media Editor

October 1, 2020

Teachers have been affected by COVID-19 immensely, and have to change their style of teaching by incorporating online learning. This year teachers are experimenting with new ways to teach students and are finding their way through this pandemic. The new schedule consists of only three classes for one quarter ...

All students currently eat for free

Juniors at Stillwater Area High School, Amelia Bretl, Nick Koehn and Connor Quaderer take advantage of the free lunches provided due to COVID-19. Each student can receive one entree but must take one serving of fruits or vegetables.

Austin Buck, Broadcast Editor

October 1, 2020

Due to many families across the country being in financial hardship right now, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) extended a nation-wide waiver allowing all children ages 0 to 18 to receive free breakfasts and lunches during the school week, regardless of family income.  Any student in the community ages 0-18 can receive free breakfasts and ...

COVID-19 creates new cafeteria set up

This is the new seating arrangement in the cafeteria for the 2020 school year. The cafeteria looks very quiet and empty due to the individual desks and the reduced number of students attending to lunch.

Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor

October 1, 2020

This 2020 school year is already unlike anything ever seen. One of the many differences is the cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria, students see individual desks spread out six feet apart so the contact between students is limited due to the CoronaVirus. Traditionally, the cafeteria and lunch is a time during the day ...

Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

Even though tough times are crushing performing arts, they still manage to spread good

The Minnesota Orchestra stands for applause after performing Gustav Mahler's

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

No one had prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, least of all performing arts venues. Because of social-distancing constraints, operatic and classical orchestras around the globe have stopped performances and ask for donations to help keep the music afloat. Even long-standing, world-class orchestras have...

Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and the federal government are providing basic funding measures for Secretary of States’ offices and...

Possibilities to create prom alternative

Seniors Jenna Yingling, Annika Brown, and Catherine Monty before prom 2019. The girls were very excited for the big night.

Natalie Williams, Photography Editor

May 1, 2020

As COVID-19 rips throughout the world, the cancellation and delayment of events are an everyday occurance. However, the cancellation of one occasion is devastating teenagers around Minnesota. One of the most looked forward to events every year, prom, is cancelled. All year, juniors and seniors in hig...

Bourne learns in nature

Bourne learns school in nature while also gaining important skills and making memories. The Conserve School is located on 1,200 acres of land so there is quite a bit to explore and learn about.

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

April 23, 2020

Everyone learns differently. Some people learn best in the classroom, others learn better physically doing what they are learning. For junior Emma Bourne, she took the route not commonly taken by high school students. Bourne is spending the spring semester at an unusual kind of high school, she is cur...

Members of the community reach out to their neighbors and friends

Jess Buck started sewing masks by request of her neighbors that are healthcare workers. They are very thankful that she has made them feel safer at work.

Elaina Mankowski, Layout Editor

April 5, 2020

COVID-19 has left everyone feeling lonely and distanced from those we care about. Many are feeling helpless because they cannot do much to help everyone when they are not working on the front lines. In Bayport, many community members have begun to reach out to help their neighborhoods and communities in ...

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