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Students find independence taking gap year

Sintra Nichols a 2018 SAHS graduate who did an apprenticeship in Florianopolis, Brazil. Nichols worked at a preschool and help aid for the betterment of the school.
Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2019

A few Stillwater students are taking a year break in between going to school. A gap year is used for students who want to serve as an intern or raise more money for college. Some students take a gap...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Junior Alli Kelm prepares for the ACT. There are multiple ways to prepare for the ACT. Kelm practices  her speed and knowledge of questions by doing practice worksheets.
Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter December 20, 2018

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth...

Students take ACTion, ACT prep course offerings

Across the country, juniors and seniors prepare to take the ACT, such as junior Haakon Bjork. The competitive nature of the test has created many means of trying to get a better score: apps, books/booklets, and classes.
Elise Truman, Online editor November 16, 2018

  An all-out academic battle, where only the strongest survive, and even fewer thrive. The ACT is a standardized test that the majority of the midwestern and southern students take during their...

Alternatives to colleges create opportunities

Alternatives to colleges create opportunities
Max Kennedy, Distribution Reporter May 23, 2018

There are more opportunities than ever once completing high school and with these vast choices many students are looking towards high paying jobs that are less schooling time. This also allows less student...

Unaffordable college puts students in a bind

Unaffordable college puts students in a bind
Lilly Sample, Online Editor April 14, 2018

Elementary school, middle school, high school, college: that is the most common, and encouraged, order of a students’ life. Though education through junior or senior year is required, everything a student...

O’Neal strives for future dermatology career

Politics is a huge extracurricular piece to senior Sydney O’Neal’s academic agenda. Participating on mock trial and the Young Republicans, O’Neal argues a point on the repeal of Obama Care. Motivated about her future academic standing, O’Neal says, “There will be I think scholarship money if I get in, if I don't get in I'll still go to the U and go to med school.”
Tiana Meador, Editor-In-Chief March 30, 2017

  As college commitment comes to a close, the University of Minnesota medical school is assessing 10 incoming freshmen who are going to be selected to participate in an accelerated seven-year...

College In Schools program may be at risk

College In Schools program may be at risk
Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter January 12, 2017

Students across Minnesota may not be able to get free credits for college anymore, since the College in School program throughout Minnesota has the possibility of shutting down. The College in Schools...

Financial aid, flawed necessity

Financial aid, flawed necessity
Adam Humpal, Social Media Reporter December 5, 2016

Massive student debt, skyrocketing college tuition and a widening education achievement gap has fueled the discussion about federal financial aid for college. President Barack Obama has made student...

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school
Travis Jacobson, Social Media Reporter November 7, 2016

According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, by their 50's, students who majored in a liberal arts degree earn about $2,000 more than students who majored in professional degrees....

Seniors make biggest decision of their lives

As the year progresses, the college pressure placed upon seniors continues to rise. In recent years the competition to get into college has become more intense as students are achieving higher grades, taking more AP courses and achieving higher average scores on the ACT.
Adam Sutcliffe, Read and watch team November 18, 2015

As their senior year progresses, many seniors are finding themselves faced with the most important decision of their lives: selecting a college. However, for some, their decision has already been made....

Exploring college application process

Exploring college application process
Christopher Gilleo, Photographer November 18, 2015

All around the United States, high school seniors are sending in college applications to their dream schools, hoping to be accepted.  Unfortunately, schools will be forced to reject a large sum of...

The ins and outs of college application

The ins and outs of college application
Dylan Cook, Visual Arts Media Editor November 18, 2015

Nearly every student at Stillwater Area High School will face the task of applying for college. Knowing what looks best on an application can make the process of applying less stressful and help to...

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