The Pony Express

Trap team works towards nationals in new season

Eighth grader Melanie Johnson shoots at the Alexandria State Championship in 2019, held by MSHSL. This year's championship is currently scheduled for June 8 through 16.

Meg Skaret, Layout Editor

April 10, 2020

The trap team promotes the tradition of clay target shooting and trains its members to respect and conserve the outdoors. Practices for the team started earlier this month at the Oakdale Gun Club. The team competes with other schools in the state by gaining points throughout the season. They are progr...

9/10 formal takes a turn

The 9/10 formal offers a fun night to spend with peers. Juniors Tucker Farver and Celia Gear took advantage of the 2019 spring formal to spend time with friends.

Alexis Brainard, Online Editor

April 3, 2020

Junior and senior prom is around the corner. This means the 9/10 formal is coming up too. The dance, however, might not happen because of the COVID-19 outbreak. "As far as I know I do not think we are doing it," junior Ethan Vargas said. The 9/10 formal is supposed to happen on April 25. All grade...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ actors find new passion in theatre

Students prepare for

Anastasia Bertsch, Video Editor

March 14, 2020

Every spring the theater department puts on a musical. This year they are performing “Beauty and the Beast". The play is a classic story of loving someone because of their personality not their appearance. The show takes place on March 27-29 at 2 p.m. and April 2-4 at 7 p.m. The auditions for t...

Fish and Wildlife students recieve hands-on experience

Week old Trout swim in Weaver's trout tank marking the beginning of the breeding season. Many precautions need to be taken to make sure the trout grow healthy and strong for release in the spring.

Adam Guinee, Podcast Reporter

March 10, 2020

Passion for animals is so common that the school has an entire Fish and Wildlife class dedicated to them. Fish and Wildlife has been a staple of elective sciences for several years and is dedicated to teaching students about the local ecosystem and about Minnesota's fish, birds and mammals.  ...

TRUST club pushes for inclusion among students

Senior Rachel Folden spends time with a fellow TRUST buddy. Building trust and friendships during meetings every  Wednesday strengthens the heart and mind to include anyone and everyone.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

March 5, 2020

The Pony TRUST club began with a push for inclusion among the student body, as well as staff members. The program betters relationships between students with or without disabilities by promoting acceptance regardless of social norms or labels. The Pony TRUST club consists of student with disabilities a...

FFA helps students dig deep into Agricultural Science

FFA helps students dig deep into Agricultural Science

Lucas Polucha, Video Editor

March 3, 2020

Stillwater’s local FFA Chapter recently participated in FFA week, from Feb. 22-29, where the club generated awareness about the opportunities FFA gives to students. The local chapter was also preparing for the upcoming State Conference in late April, but has been forced to suspend activities due to CO...

Robotics team, Armada, starts build season to prepare for competition

Robotics captain junior Ben Abbott is testing the robots programming to make adjustments. The robot can sense the light that reflects back at the sensors from the reflective tape.

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

February 9, 2020

The robotics team, Armada, has started the build season. The build season, January to March, prepares the team ready for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Every year there is a challenge and teams across the country build robots then compete in competitions.  “Every year is a little differen...

Speech team works their way to state

The speech team meets a few times a week to practice their speeches for upcoming competitions, working with coach Joe Kalka and his assistant coaches in the coaches classrooms. Senior Mason Borchardt practices with his partner for state.

Annabel Lantz

February 5, 2020

The speech team has done a lot of preparation and practice to get where they are now. Students start preparing for their season in November and work hard for about four months. It helps students with many things like standing in front of people and talking, it helps improve their stamina and lots mo...

Newly found pathways program, almost up and running

Innovations team meeting after school to discuss the pathways program. Pathways is expected to serve as a course-filter to focus on a specific career path of a student. This program will be fully effective fall of 2020.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

December 8, 2019

This year, a new program has made its way to stillwater the high school after being discussed in recent years. The Pathways program aims to prepare students for their future careers with a flexible layout of classes that should be taken to help them better achieve their aspirations. Pathways was s...

Foreign Exchange Student Club smooths transition of coming to new country

Foreign Exchange students meet to discuss how things are going and what people are doing. One student gave a presentation about Germany this month.

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer

December 7, 2019

“It [the Foreign Exchange Student Club] gives them [the foreign exchange students] time to step out of their classroom, and just be with each other,” school counselor Krista Koenen said.  The school provides foreign exchange students the opportunity to meet with each other, staff and other st...

Theatre class practices for upcoming show, ‘Fairy Tale Misfits’

Students in theatre class practice during the entirety of fifth hour. They try to memorize lines and blocking as senior Jahnett Coleman-Cotton, a director, assists them on what to do.

Emma Wagner, Copy Editor

December 1, 2019

This year, a new set of faces will emerge on the stage as theatre class starts with a new cast and a new show called "Fairy Tale Misfits." Students and parents are excited for the new show due to the fact that kids are going outside of their comfort zone to perform in front of an audience. This ex...

Speech and debate team nationally recognized again

The debate team works hard before their first match on Nov 9. The first match sets standards for the rest of their season as they try to find ways to stay in the top 10 percent of teams nationally.

Morgan Hildreth, Camera Editor

November 30, 2019

  The speech and debate team has been nationally recognized for the third time in four years. The first time the teams were recognized was back in 2015 and once again in 2018. The National Speech and Debate Association has named the Speech and Debate team to the prestigious 100 Club. B...

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School
Student Life