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...

Students reflect on what they took for granted in previous school years

Ms. Yates B-day social studies class using part of their 84 minute class period as work time. This year, in addition to a quarter schedule, class times have also been adjusted in length from 55 minutes to 84 minutes.
Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor October 15, 2020

Students have been given a choice of whether they would like to learn online or attend hybrid learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Neither option is anything like previous years, and looking back,...

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...

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...

‘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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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