The Pony Express

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

Ally Benning, Podcast Reporter

November 7, 2019

The speech team had success last year under former head coach (now assistant coach) English teacher Laura Hammond. Last year, the team placed fourth in sections and had six people qualify for the state tournament, the most in the program's history. Joe Kalka, 2018 MSHSL Class 8A North Coach of the Year, is...

4-H benefits students by providing empowering life skills

4-H benefits students by providing empowering life skills

Elaina Mankowski, Layout Editor

October 30, 2019

Numerous students benefit from the 4-H organization. Apparent impacts are made through the students following their passions and blossoming their relationships. 4-H is a youth program all over the country based on empowering students and providing them with skills to last a lifetime. They offer differen...

Debate team learns about space travel

Debate team learns about space travel

Meg Skaret, Layout Editor

October 19, 2019

The 2019 debate season started with many new debate members on the team. Along with the new novice population in the club, former head coach, English teacher Laura Hammond returns as an assistant coach with English teacher Cory Quick as head coach.  "Having a large novice division of the team ...

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Emma Wagner, Copy Editor

October 18, 2019

Junior Avery Mitchell said she directed a show that included VSCO girls, as well as directing a parody of the movie "Tall Girl" on Netflix, showing that students included pop culture references into their performances. This is the fifth year the theatre department has put on plays created in 24 hours. Ev...

Theatre students plan summer trip to Scotland

Theatre students plan summer trip to Scotland

AJ Gunderson, Podcast

May 20, 2019

Several theatre students and the theatre director, Grif Sadow, are headed to Edinburgh, Scotland for the National Fringe Festival (often referred to as The Fringe) from July 27 to August 9. Prior to visiting the festival, the theatre students will be stopping in London for a couple days before heading...

Stillwater FFA fishes for a victory

Stillwater FFA fishes for a victory

Toby Weiss, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2019

For members of the Stillwater FFA club, studying hard is a necessity as the Minnesota State Fish & Wildlife Competition is rapidly approaching on April 29, at the University of Minnesota. The FFA organization was founded in 1928 and has since brought forth many eye-opening opportunities for at l...

Brawling it out: students compete in video game competition

Brawling it out: students compete in video game competition

Hazel Flock, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2019

Playing video games for hours is not always a waste of time. For students in the Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament; it is the equivalent of practicing for a big game. Students compete against each other in best two out of three tournaments and show off their skills. Students gather in math teacher Nicholas Spr...

AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID elective prepares students for college

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

AVID is a program offered in the district that is meant to give middle academic students an extra boost on their path to college. Most students enrolled are the first in their family to go to college, so this experience is completely new to them. Despite the benefits of the class, AVID students ...

‘Where Dreams Come True’; Newspaper visits Anaheim

‘Where Dreams Come True’; Newspaper visits Anaheim

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2019

  While most high schools students whistled away at schoolwork and homework April 24 through the 28, 10 members of the Pony Express, accompanied by advisor Rachel Steil and parent volunteer Staci Banks, whistled a different tune. The tune of Disneyland theme park soundtracks, elevator music, ...

Let’s get physical

Let’s get physical

Elise Truman, Online Editor

May 9, 2019

Every Tuesday, a group of young, science-minded students gets together to do exciting physics projects. They spend their time furthering their physics knowledge and applying it practically. The physics club uses its knowledge to build structures like their tensegrity structure or parabolic mirror...

Annual junior/senior prom “prom”ises greatness

Annual junior/senior prom “prom”ises greatness

Taylor Lee, Distribution Reporter

May 4, 2019

After a long year of tests, quizzes, and a lot of busy work, it is finally time for students to celebrate a job well done. What better way than to attend the annual junior/senior prom. Prom will be held at the Myth Live in Maplewood, similar to the past few years. It will be held on May 4 from 7 - 11...

Native American student Alliance club brings awareness to diversity

Native American student Alliance club brings awareness to diversity

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

May 3, 2019

"It's to bring students together with a commonality and connection to being Native students, to bring them together socially, emotionally and to connect with their culture," school phycologist Jennifer Kern said. The Native American Student Alliance club is a fairly new club to the school. The club ...

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