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Ocean acidification consuming world oceans

Ocean acidification consuming world oceans

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2020

Nearly 75 percent of the world's coral has been wiped out due to ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is the absorption of excessive amounts of carbon dioxide in the ocean, causing the water to become more acidic. The pH, or measure of ion concentration in bodies of water, has increased in acidit...

Coronavirus quarantine causes positive benefits for environment

This detailed graph shows the Nitrogen dioxide emissions in China in Jan. and Feb. before and after the coronavirus outbreak. The picture in Feb. had a drastic reduction in Nitrogen dioxide levels in the air due to people being quarantined.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a halt on many public events, sports, and even schools. With the spread of the virus across the states, people have been quarantined in their homes for weeks to help contain and stop the spread of the virus. Furthermore, with many people being quarantined, there has...

News sources withhold awareness: immature, unacceptable

Updates are being posted via FOX news, controversially calling the fire strictly caused by humans. The Australian wildfires are currently being covered by both scientifically backed stories and articles based on belief.  These differences in article key ideas is revealed in mainstream news sources, being read and taken in all over the world.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

February 24, 2020

The Australian wildfires have taken over and destroyed more than 12.35 million acres of land, killing at least 24 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. This catastrophic trend of wildfires, bushfires and any uncontrolled burn has weaved itself into mainstream media more prominently than ever. Wit...

Global climate change strike attracts local protestors

Students gather at St. Paul capital on Sept. 29 to protest climate change. Students' handmade vibrant signs in hopes to catch the government's attention.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-chief

October 13, 2019

A global climate change protest took place in major cities all across the globe, including St. Paul on Sept. 29. Protestors and young climate activists gathered at the state capitol to protest climate change in hopes for a green and clean future. A significant amount of students skipped school to protes...

Staff couples share a glimpse into their lives

The Banicks met in Jan. 2013 at a friend's house. This picture was taken right when the Banicks starting dating.

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter

February 14, 2019

Amanda Banick, math teacher and girls swim and dive coach, worked at the White Bear Lake ALC. The security guard at the school consistently offered her his son's phone number. She felt it was a little out of the ordinary. After many failed attempts, a secretary convinced her and she gave Amanda's numbe...

Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

The doe waits in the trap on the morning of Dec. 4, 2018, just an hour prior to the commencement of the experiment. The deer was lured into the trap using corn as bait.

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

December 11, 2018

On Dec. 4, science teacher Andrew Weaver’s Field Biology and AP Biology classes caught a deer in the ELC. Once the deer was anesthetized and unconscious, students proceeded to gather information on the two-year-old doe using blood samples. They also had to regulate the deer’s body temperature, as an...

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Local rivers and lake also see pollution from farming, being so far away from larger farms.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops, turning to chemicals to help them. These chemicals get drained into water streams that are now unu...

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Ike Gunderson, Online Editor

January 4, 2018

This year flex time was implemented and the focus is equity and students finding their passion. The overwhelmingly positive response raises the question: What are kids doing during flex time? The Pioneer Press recently released an article which dives into this issue and describes what the most po...

What’s in Mr. Weaver’s desk?

What's in Mr. Weaver's desk?

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

November 12, 2017

  Andrew Weaver is the AP Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher. He is known for being bizzare, funny, and wildlt entertaining. His desk reflects his humorour and interesting personality. "I have a radio transmitter to put on sophomores," Weaver said. "Find out where they're smoking." Many random items inc...

Science teacher Weaver offers dating advice to students

Juniors Hunter Hippel and Cates Eliasen talk about fun things they could do together as the weather improves. On the internet, you can find thousands of fun ideas that will help boost a relationship. “It’s important to be creative in relationships, to show that you care,” junior Brice Hafemeyer says.

Anthony Alvarado, Student Playlist Editor

April 5, 2017

As spring quickly approaches, young adults are granted more opportunities now that the weather permits it. Wanting to demonstrate their affection, many students look for a creative way to showcase their soft spots in the new season. When the snow melts and the temperature increases,  many ideas ari...

Partnership Party raises money to enhance District 834

Gina Jostes recently won her third award at The Davinci Fest as an art grand champion. Max Ylitalo, center, was a semifinalist at a national Science Talent Search competition. Nate Farmer, end, another winner of the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair were all present at the event.

Sam Hudachek, Video Team

April 6, 2016

The Partnership Plan is an education fund for Stillwater Area Public Schools. Their main goal is get the community to join in on their support for the education and well being of students. This year, the Partnership Plan created a fundraiser to bring in new resources, known as the Partnership Party, ...

Andrew Weaver brings fun to biology

Biology teacher at SAHS for 25 years, Andrew Weaver cracks a joke as he installs trail cameras with his first hour AP Environment Science class. The class is installing 4 cameras in the Environmental Learning Center,

Andrew Weigel, Online Photographer

December 17, 2015

From a quick first glance, the room appears cluttered. Then after further inspection, it comes to light that everything is in it's place, there are just so many things in so many different places, that it appears disorganized. There are taxidermy mounts along the back wall and hanging from the ...

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