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ACT postponed due to COVID-19

Photo by Ella Gag

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

March 29, 2020

¨I believe that the biggest effect on the Class of 2021 is the emotional impact of the uncertainty that comes with tremendous change,¨ Assistant Principal Chris Otto said.  As the global pandemic COVID-19 has taken its course, events are being canceled or postponed. The ACT was scheduled for Marc...

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

Stillwater school district cuts the ACT out of the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The ACT is a test that measures student's skills in 5 core areas: English, math, reading, science and writing (optional).

Carina Block, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

This year's junior class took the ACT April 2 with no cost to the students, but a large price tag of $41 thousand to the school. Next year, there will no longer be a free, school-funded ACT exam. In recent years, the state has not provided school districts with money for them to provide tests like the A...

Media center renovations implemented by administrators

Boxes being unpacked with books and other new supplies for the media center.

Ben Kazmerski, Information Graphics Editor

October 30, 2018

This year, the media center has received the attention of administrators who allocated funds for a full renovation of the spacious room. According to staff, the new tables and computers are going to be arriving soon. The media center is one of the last spaces in the school to be updated following...

Otto and Nord: ultimate bond created for two sisters working together

“Much of the staff knows we’re sisters, so I figured much of the student body knew. I am surprised to find out that so many actually did not,” Mrs. Otto said.

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

April 5, 2018

Sisters share an unbreakable bond that is like no other bond held between two people. Sisters tend to be with one another from birth all the way to possibly college. Adulthood is when sisters usually go off to work in different fields and different places in the world. However, math teacher Stephani...

Soft seating furniture allows for easy collaboration

Soft seating furniture allows for easy collaboration

Morgan Grim, Photography Editor

October 26, 2017

Furniture that was newly added with the schools construction allows students and staff members to collaborate before and after school more easily. The school now has comfortable seating and new tables making working and socializing fun and easy. With the new addition to our school, the district also add...

Courtyards offer collaborative opportunities, social gathering spaces

Courtyards offer collaborative opportunities, social gathering spaces

Mikayla Cousineau, Distribution reporter

September 12, 2017

The dust of the seemingly perpetual high school construction has finally settled, and in its wake stands a variety of collaborative workspaces for staff and student use, including two brand new courtyards. The courtyards are located at the heart of the school, providing easy access to both the old...

New teachers transition to high school

Assistant Principal Chris Otto says,

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 of new teachers will progress. This construction process has already made an immense impact on t...

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Pony Express Staff

February 14, 2017

One of the problems at school is vaping and vandalism in the school's bathrooms. This problem has raised concern for some of the staff. Not only is it an illegal activity, it is also negatively impacting students who do not vape, and need to use the bathrooms. Vaping, although similar to s...

Giegle improves lives through chemical counseling

Geigle talks with a student on a Friday after school.

Hailey Buelow, Social Media Reporter

December 7, 2016

  For many kids, high school is the time for trying new things. Whether it's trying a new sport or activity, finding different kinds of people to be friends with, trying unfamiliar classes or just trying out a new style, there are endless opportunities for young people in high school. Ther...

Effects of construction felt around building, many eager for completion

Effects of construction felt around building, many eager for completion

Anna Koenning, Copy Editor

October 25, 2016

The clangs and clanks of construction ring through school daily, but the effects of construction on people are more than just a headache. Though teachers encounter roadblocks like disruptions to the classroom and flooding, they ultimately anticipate the finished building eagerly. Since passing the...

Enhelder loves her job as secretary

Shelly is not afraid to share what she truly thinks and her co-workers get it. “I’m a pretty open book. Anyone here that knows me knows me,” Enhelder says. Enhelder is not going anywhere anytime soon, so staff and students might want to get to know her.

Shad Kraftson, Distribution Reporter

February 12, 2016

If someone were to have walked into the White Pony Center on Jan. 28, they would have found an empty desk. Something would have felt off. The office would have seemed dead. If they came back the next day, the office would have appeared livelier because Secretary Shelly Enhelder was back at work d...

Youth Service Bureau explains social media to parents

Kjell Sandstrom, Distribution Reporter

April 29, 2015

  “The Internet is like a swimming pool. We don’t tell kids to not swim in the pool, we teach our kids swim!” explained Youth Services Bureau therapist Lea Thornton. This was the overall message conveyed at the social media awareness presentation held by the Youth Service Bureau April 13 at St...

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