The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Senior Soel Riser commits to Mankato for track and his academics. Riser competes in the relay and runs the 400.

Soel Riser committed to Mankato for track and academics

Makayla Shugg, Copy Editor April 21, 2024

Senior Soel Riser committed to Minnesota State University Mankato for track and his academics. Riser has been in track since 5th grade and he has continued it throughout high school while also playing...

Lake Superior waves crash against the rocks at Stoney Point in Duluth, Minn. The lake would normally be at least slightly frozen over, but due to warmer temps and more rain storms, 10-15 foot waves have been rolling in.

El Niño: leading cause of unusually balmy winter temps

Bailey Holmes, Photography Editor-In-Chief January 25, 2024

At this point, it is clear that the Midwest is experiencing one of the warmest winters on record, leaving everyone dreaming of a white Christmas, and wondering why Mother Earth has switched to a year-round...

New AP environmental science teacher Peter Stenross hands out papers to students. Stenross is new AP environmental science teacher replaced Andy Weaver after he retired this last spring.

Peter Stenross, new AP environmental teacher, replaces Andy Weaver

Makayla Shugg, Copy Editor October 30, 2023

"When hiring a new teacher after someone who has been teaching for 30 years it can be challenging but Peter Stenross brings good energy and good knowledge like what made Andy Weaver special," astronomy...

Benjamin Straka is showing his Clase Nobel Educator of Distinction award. He is a biology and astronomy teacher. This award is a great honor and he is very proud of it.

Benjamin Straka selected as Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Lavender Schleder, Social Media Editor October 26, 2022

Benjamin Straka, one of the biology and astronomy teachers, was nominated by a student and selected to be a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction over the summer.  Straka has been in the Stillwater School...

Students work on computers in a crowded classroom.

Office hours change to help students succeed

Shannon Pothen, Layout Editor February 23, 2022

Over the past two years, students have been falling behind in classes, especially this year when students and teachers have to stay out of school for days because of positive COVID cases. It seems like...

Junior Alwyn Malinis works on history notes on his computer while reading the online textbook on his phone. Due to online learning, it is not uncommon for students to have to use multiple devices to complete their work.

Covid 19 forces Online learning making students and teachers reliance more on technology.

Carter Stratmann, Social Media Editor October 31, 2020

Since the start of the 2020 school year, students and teachers have relied heavily on technology to complete work as a result of the e-learning system put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. Ever...

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.

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

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,...

The Da Vinci Fest features drawings. Both the picture on the left, by junior Jordan Schmidt, and the picture on the right, by junior Lily Cichon, were submitted in the 2018 Da Vinci Fest. Both done in charcoal, Schmidts piece is a portrait of sophomore Abbie Garness, and Cichons piece portrays her parents.

Da Vinci Fest blends artistic passions in community

Elsa Persson, Online Editor January 12, 2019

One of the community's most special showcases of talent is coming around once again. This festival displays incredible art and science projects made by students in the Stillwater district, for which participants...

Student leaders Bijou Acers and Emma Bourne, both sophomores, lead a YFSS meeting during the morning of Oct. 9. They discuss the use of solar power in the school district.

Youth for Sustainable Solutions push for recycling, solar power and political action

Elsa Persson, Online Editor October 26, 2018

Service projects, environmental lobbying, and even working with organizations at the state capital are expected activities of environmental activists, yet they also cater to a younger demographic:...

Junior Maleka Hussein stands in front of no cell phones In the restroom sign after exiting the ladies restroom. You can find these signs all around the school.

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter September 13, 2018

This last fall, administration updated and changed the cell phone policy. Students are only allowed to have their phones on them in passing time, lunch, before and after school and when it serves a...

Assistant Principal Chris Otto says,We are in the hiring process currently. The front of the high school’s exterior will remain the same.

New teachers transition to high school

Elise Luoma, Student Playlist Editor May 2, 2017

With the new construction and transition of ninth graders, more faculty is needed to cater to all students. As the transition plan has added new buildings to the existing school, the hiring process...

Political views should not overrule environmentalism facts

Political views should not overrule environmentalism facts

Travis Jacobson, Social Media Reporter January 3, 2017

Florida is going to sink into the ocean! So will California! The seas will overtake the land! The ice caps are melting into nothingness! This is the speech of radical environmentalists 30 years ago...

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