The Pony Express

Students should think twice before drinking on vacation

Students should think twice before drinking on vacation

AnnaMarie Born, Buisness Editor

March 5, 2019


Filed under Spotlight

With spring break in one month, many students will be going somewhere for vacation. There are 190 countries with the legal drinking age of 18. There will be students going places out of the country, where the legal drinking age is under 21. Although it is legal for students to drink in that country, ...

Year-round school offers less time on relearning

Year-round school offers less time on relearning

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor

March 2, 2019


Filed under Spotlight

"I would hate year-round school. I like summer vacation and having a long time off to just relax," senior Shamus Boe said. Students are aware of the 10 month calendar that includes the much anticipated summer and winter break, only to arrive back at school with rolling eyes, as they take their first step into the dreadful hallways. This "s...

Homelessness brings attention to community

Homelessness brings attention to community

Jordyn Le Vasseur, Layout Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Spotlight

Homelessness is an issue that is faced today by thousands of people, including some students. Being homeless affects students’ education and how they learn. In Stillwater, there are shelters for individuals and for families who are struggling financially and those shelters offer food and cloth...

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

"I’m well aware that three of you did go and talk to our lawyers, and I don’t believe that all of you are aware of that," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said at the school board retreat Feb. 11. The new school board took office in January. With the newest school board having only been in offic...

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings. A brainstorming suggestion to rotate the Student Council Presidents from their current seats...

Minnesota winters changing due to climate change

Minnesota winters changing due to climate change

Elli Swanson, Photographer

January 25, 2019


Filed under In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows, Spotlight

Over the years, Minnesota winters have differentiated due to mild changes within our Earth's climate. "I certainly remember different winters when I was growing up," biology teacher Benjamin Straka said. "The winter's my kids are going through are different than the winters that I remember as a kid."...

UK votes to break up Brexit

UK votes to break up Brexit

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

January 19, 2019


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

Rows of seats line the room from top to bottom. Hundreds of eyes are pointing towards a single figure in the front of the room. Short, grayed hair lines their face filled with looks of worry and deceit. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, begins to speak and announces that Brexit will...

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase, Spotlight

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever since. Now, Brine’s is co-owned by siblings Polly Hoy, Matt Brine, and Mark Brine. Brine’s cele...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor

November 12, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Spotlight

Young adults are experiencing health drawbacks of consuming caffeine daily starting at such a young age. This generation especially is turning to caffeine to resolve stress and exhaustion. Students are also using caffeine to improve their athletic performances. Adults are becoming increasingly concerned...

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People, Showcase

Many students do not know what they are going to do in their future, but senior Malaina Fragnito does. Fragnito is participating in a 916 school class that provides her the opportunity to get her EMT certification in high school. The purpose of the EMT program is that it encourages students to get ...

Volleyball team strives for State

Volleyball team strives for State

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Showcase, Sports

The 2018-2019 Ponies volleyball season has been “exciting!” according to Head Coach Bob Fischer and they show no signs of slowing down. The team is currently 19-6-0 in league and 8-0-0 in conference games, putting them first place in the Suburban East conference. Last year, the 2017-2018 team made it to state quarterfinals where they lost to Lakeville North....