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Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

The Peer Helpers gather at Camp Icaghowan on Lake Hiawatha, where the retreat was held during the weekend of Nov. 2. They participated in team building activities and learned tools to be effective in their new roles.
AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter January 4, 2019

With the recent creation of the Peer Helper Group, a program designed to prepare a group of students to effectively help their peers, the program advisors decided to organize a retreat. This retreat was...

Facing death twice has not stopped Nelson from living

Sophomore Sophia Nelson tests her blood sugar level, by using a blood glucose meter, testing strip and lancing device. Sophia checks her blood sugar levels multiple times a day to ensure that it is not too high or low.
Megan Baxter, Photography Editor January 2, 2019

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure...

DIRO offers new outdoor activities locally

DIRO outdoors allows all ages to
Marlee McGuire, Social Media Editor December 21, 2018

Living in the St Croix Valley, outdoor experiences are waiting for people to enjoy. Outdoor adventure stores exist, but coordinating the equipment and experience often create a barrier to making it all...

Club discusses Korean (pop) culture

K-pop club going to see Burn the Stage at AMC in Roseville. The movie is about BTS, a globally popular K-pop group. The students in K-pop club went on this field trip to learn more about the history and daily life one of their favorite bands, spend time together and have fun.
Kyra O'Loughlin, Layout Editor December 14, 2018

Korean culture has exploded globally over the last few years, from skincare, to the fashion, the food, and to the music especially. The annual Korean Music Festival now attracts approximately 30 percent...

Students prepare for Scholastic Art Competition

These are examples art hung up in the art wing of SAHS. These were created, by students in art teacher Peter Koltuns painting class earlier this month.
Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor December 14, 2018

The Scholastic Art Competition is a national event that gives students in grades 7-12 a chance to express themselves through 29 different forms of art and writing. With a deadline of Dec. 7, motivated...

Jockeys of Comedy prepare for winter performance

The Jockeys of Comedy play a game to improve their improv skills. It involves troupe members stopping a sketch at various points,  one member taking another's position, then resuming with a new scenario.
Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter November 30, 2018

The improv troupe known as the Jockeys of Comedy are working hard to prepare for their holiday season performances. Improvisational comedy comes in two main forms: short form and long form. Short form...

Mock Trial defamation case underway

Members of the Mock Trial meet to discuss this year's case at Eckberg Lammers' office. The team meets here on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to work.
Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor November 29, 2018

The Minnesota State Bar Association brings to life another case for the 2018-2019 Mock Trial teams across the state. While working with the case of Hayden Brooks vs. Cahill Monitor, Stillwater's Mock Trial...

Remembering Keaton and effects of mental illness

Keaton Larson stands with his Mother, Tessa Andrews for his Senior Pictures
Ben Wrightsman, Video Editor November 28, 2018

It was a cold, hollowing, dark early in the morning the day before Thanksgiving. A call had gone out to 911 with the report of a young man in Stillwater armed with a knife. Sirens blared throughout the...

Deaf event fosters appreciation for deaf culture

ASL teacher Amy Caslow flips hash browns at Metro Deaf School on Nov. 10. She, along with many of her students, were volunteering at the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.
Taylor Lee, Distribution Reporter November 26, 2018

 On Nov. 10, a select number of ASL teacher Amy Caslow’s American Sign Language level two students went to St. Paul Metro Deaf School to complete their first of two Deaf culture events. They were instructed...

National Honor Society food drive gives back to community

National Honor Society students help transport the food from a first hour class. They put the food near a door so it can be brought to Valley Outreach for families on Nov. 21.
AnnaMarie Born, Buisness Editor November 20, 2018

The National Honor Society has teamed up with Valley Outreach during the Thanksgiving, the season for giving back. Starting Nov. 12, students are bringing in food to their first hour. All of the food is...

Debate team strives for winning season

After school on Oct. 22, team members practice for their upcoming tournament at Minnehaha Academy. In the flex room, juniors Henry Still and Madi Kulzer rehearse their opinions on the new topic. Debaters will argue if Amazon is positively or negatively affecting America.
Issy Boegel, Copy Editor November 15, 2018

Since the start of the school year, the debate team has competed in tournaments across the Twin Cities. They have become tough competition against other schools who take debate as a class. On Oct. 13,...

T.R.U.S.T buddies unifies students

Students gather to discuss T.R.U.S.T. Buddies, Paula Harrison's group that unifies all our students. They work towards a stigma-free school.
Maggie Dalager-Ericsson, Online Editor November 10, 2018

T.R.U.S.T buddies is an acronym that stands for True Respect Unifies People Together. This what the club is trying to accomplish, unifying students in general education with special education students,...

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