The Pony Express

Dylan Stormoen begins teaching yoga at local studio

Dylan Stormoen begins teaching yoga at local studio

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

December 14, 2019

The art of yoga has been used as a relaxation exercise for many years. Led by one or more instructors, students will assume various poses in order to simultaneously stretch their muscles and relax. Senior Dylan Stormoen started teaching classes in September at Studio One Yoga in downtown Stillwater. Having practiced yoga for several years, Storm...

New Pathways program expects to roll out in 2020-2021 school year

New Pathways program expects to roll out in 2020-2021 school year

Morgan Hildreth, Camera Editor

December 14, 2019

Transitioning from middle school into high school can be a scary time for some. To help reduce the anxiety for incoming freshman and their families, Pony Possibilities night was created. Pony Possibilities is a night were families can come in and learn a bit about scheduling, transitioning into the high...

Moms Demand Action fight to stop gun violence, start responsible gun ownership laws

Moms Demand Action fight to stop gun violence, start responsible gun ownership laws

Alexis Brainard, Online Editor

December 7, 2019

  Moms Demand Action is an organization that focuses on preventing and stopping gun violence in the United States. They fight for public safety and push for responsible gun ownership. The groups have meetings and activities to spread awareness in different communities. “I like owning a ...

Students encounter ‘copycat culture’

Students encounter ‘copycat culture’

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter

December 5, 2019

This school year Stillwater High School saw a greater number of students breaking away from the stereotypical Lululemon, Patagonia and Champion brands, choosing instead to embrace a more creative side of fashion. These breakaway students are choosing to express themselves, while testing the societa...

Advice from Olympic gold medalist sparks girls nordic ski team

Advice from Olympic gold medalist sparks girls nordic ski team

Allison Benning, Podcast Reporter

November 29, 2019

Jessie Diggins' gold medal victory in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea inspired the whole community, but she has affected a specific group more than anyone else. "She has impacted me because she's just a really good person," junior Liv Myers said. "She'll talk about things that...

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Julie Xiong, Graphics Editor

November 28, 2019

Education is key to a successful life and career. The future of our society depends on the younger generations to make a change, therefore, proper nutrition must be provided. President Trump’s administration is considering reducing the number of students able to receive free lunches at school. The support and privilege ...

Creating opportunities for girls in local community

Creating opportunities for girls in local community

Aarya Yang, Layout Editor

November 27, 2019

This season, wrestling is going to be available for girls. St. Croix Valley Athletics Association created a new program that is exclusive for girls wrestling, which is offered for girls from pre-k to sixth grade. The program is meant to empower young girls to be confident and strong. With this exclusive p...

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

November 26, 2019

“I like how much I grew because I was constantly being challenged, my thinking and my maturity was always being tested and I was always growing. And it was really fun to master different ways of teaching and different books to teach,” English teacher Kim Thompson said. Thompson has been teachin...

School Board accused of breaking Open Meeting Law

School Board accused of breaking Open Meeting Law

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor

November 21, 2019

The School Board has received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Administration declaring the school board had defied the state’s Open Meeting Law during a meeting of the Finance and Operation Working Group on Aug. 29. The incident in question involved a member of the School Board who attended a me...

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Fiona Stahl, Photography Editor

October 7, 2019

“The girls have helped support her and make her feel like a bigger part of something and she’s truly embraced that,” coach Julie Ligday said. Junior Madi Hayden makes this year extra special because she has down syndrome.  Hayden joined the cheerleading team this year, after having cheered when she ...

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

October 2, 2019

The walls of the classroom are bare, the cabinet behind the teacher’s desk void of personal photos, art, or mementos. The walls may be empty, but the chairs are not. No more than 20 students sit in rows, facing the front, all without desks. Despite the plain appearance of the classroom and the early ...

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2019

You are losing money. I’m losing money. Your parents are losing money. People are losing jobs. We have yet to see the full impact of what this will mean for us. President Donald J. Trump engulfed the United States into a full-on trade dispute with China in June 2018, and it hurt the average consume...

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