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Kendama trend returns after six years hiatus

Senior Jeffrey Robinson prepares to execute a trick. Kendamas are making a comeback after disappearing for 6 years. Sweets Kendamas is a local Minnesota company that is a favorite of students.
Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief April 4, 2019

After disappearing from student's hands for six years, kendamas, one of the hottest trends from elementary school, is back. The viral game first came onto the scene back in 2012 and 2013. Kendamas were...

Springer’s students teach community technology skills

Junior Juliauna Belisle helped a community member with technology questions he had, so he can communicate with his family more efficiently March 6.
Jordyn Le Vasseur, Layout Editor March 15, 2019

Computer Science teacher Nicholas Springer recently brought a group of students to Community Thread to help senior citizens with technology questions. He met a few students on March 6 to discuss their...

Key Club strives to serve community

Key Club members participated in making May Day baskets for teachers last year. The Key Club has over 90 members and meets every other Thursday in the main gym.
Soren Danelius, Layout Editor March 14, 2019

Most students do not participate in community service, but those who do have a special space for community service join Key Club. The Key Club is a student-led community service club; they meet every...

Dungeons and Dragons club rolls for a natural 20

Dungeons and Dragons club debate over semantics. Pictured from left to right are junior Rowan Bell-Myers, senior Nathan Breisler, and senior Aztlan Sanchez. The other two members, senior Tyhlir Lowry and junior Aaron Mozey were not present at the session on Feb. 12. The adventuring frequently gets side-tracked when someone brings up memes or the practicalities of magic in real life.
Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist March 13, 2019

"It was probably one of the more fun experiences I've ever had," senior Nathan Breisler said. Breisler was about 12 years old when he got into Dungeons and Dragons. His brother's group needed a tank,...

Concert orchestra explores music in Boston

Concert orchestra works through a musical piece while be lead by director Zach Sawyer. The group leaves for Boston March 28.
Chas Morgan, Layout Editor March 11, 2019

As the orchestra students prepare for their trip to Boston, Mas. their teacher and director, Zach Sawyer is just as excited as they are. Sawyer, who has been Stillwater's director for the past four years,...

Carter makes a difference one dollar at a time

Dollars for Dreams displays a map in Spanish teacher Kirsten Carter's room to show where their loans go. Members started this map when the club first began three years ago. They have helped 63 different people in 26 countries.
Julia Bennett, Business Editor March 5, 2019

Spanish teacher Kirsten Carter began the club Dollars for Dreams three years ago to help people in other countries to escape the poverty cycle. She never imagined the impact it would have on not only her...

Business Professionals of America Club advances to State

Students attend weekly practice in BPA advisor Philip Schut's classroom. The students practice for their upcoming state competition in March.
Toby Weiss, Camera Editor February 28, 2019

The Business Professionals of America Club has received top awards within their first year of having been created. The club recently competed with about 100 other students statewide at regionals and received...

Polar Plunge delayed due to weather

Paula Harrison is the leader of the TRUST buddy club and an unified PE teacher. She had decided to reschedule the plunge to March 1.
Nathaniel Willius, Distribution Reporter February 16, 2019

A Polar Plunge is an event in which the participants jump into a cold lake. There was one planned for Feb. 9, for when some students were going to participate to help raise money for T.R.U.S.T buddies...

‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm

On Dec. 27, the One Act team rehearses for their first competition next month. Junior Elsa Persson beams as she reads her script.
Taylor Lee, Distrubution Reporter February 6, 2019

Last year’s One Act team performed “Scenes from Metamorphoses” and, for the first time in history, went to the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] State One Act competition. However, they...

K-Pop Club celebrates Korean culture

K-Pop club sets up for their end of semester party. They meet every Wednesday after school.
Derek Berg, Podcast Reporter February 2, 2019

Every Wednesday after school they will only be doing one thing: dancing and singing and celebrating Korean culture. They are the K-Pop Club, created five years ago under the guidance of advisor and print...

BSU welcomes non-black students

Members of the Black Student Union make a huddle to celebrate a successful meeting. These students form long-lasting bonds through a common ground.
Grace Wirkkala, Online Editor January 23, 2019

The Black Student Union advocates for a more diverse club by including students of all races in their meetings. The club aims to create a welcoming and safe space for black students who may otherwise feel...

Stillwater speech team battles funding deficits

Members of the speech team last year took home many awards, including senior Ceci Montufar and alum Adam Johnson. Johnson has returned this year as an assistant captain, along with other veteran teammates.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief January 17, 2019

Confidence and a strong voice are not the first things associated with the Gen-Z teenagers struggling with higher rates of mental illness than any before them. Yet, in a nook of Stillwater Area High School,...

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