The Pony Express

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...

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...

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...

Flex time’s Career and Pathways paves way for success

Career and Pathways  is a program to help students access education and training beyond high school.  Students form small groups of occupations within a career cluster. Occupations within a pathway share common skills, knowledge and interests.
Tyrina McCombs, Distribution Reporter November 27, 2019

Flex time offers a new opportunity to explore Career and Pathways for students to meet with employees of several different industries, such as business or engineering in many career fields.  Administration...

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

The speech team is hard at work at practice last season. Head speech coach Joe Kalka hopes to bring a new perspective to this team when the season starts in November.
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...

4-H benefits students by providing empowering life skills

In 4-H, animal showing is a popular program. Large amounts students show their horses.
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...

Debate team learns about space travel

Allison Shore and Izzy Goetze are a power duo for the debate team. Their team has a new assistant coach, Laura Hammond. The girls are seen practicing in school on October 9th.
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...

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Juniors Ella Goette and Sandy Liu and freshman Mason rehearse for the play two hours prior to performing in front of a live audience. These actors have run through the play many times. They continue to work hard and stay determined to put on a good show.
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...

Theatre students plan summer trip to Scotland

After going through their spring play
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...

Stillwater FFA fishes for a victory

FFA members explore the U of M campus after competing in state. Each year the U of M host the Minnesota State FFA Competition.
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...

Brawling it out: students compete in video game competition

Students practice for their tournament during flex time. Tournaments take place Wednesdays during flex and Fridays after school in video game club.
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...

AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell teaches his students valuable study skills to prepare for college. College prep is a focus of the class. A majority of AVID students end up getting accepted to their college of choice.
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,...

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