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Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

The Academic Vision Committee's new draft of a school wide grading policy released on Jan 7. While still a rough draft, it is getting a lot of feedback from staff.

Ellsa Ohmann, Layout Editor

March 20, 2019

In January, the school's Academic Vision team created a draft for a new school-wide grading policy. The draft was distributed to staff around the building to gather constructive feedback. Ideas for this draft arose when administration and teachers were getting multiple questions and comments from par...

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

Senior and Black Student Union Co-President Misikir Kebede introduces herself during the first Black History Month event, a Girls of Color panel focusing on the intersection of race and gender.

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 23, 2019

Black History Month saw different events celebrating the cultures of students of color. Via panels, showcases, dancing and culturally significant music played during passing time, Black Student Union and Student Council worked together to host events throughout February. Black Student Union is entering its second year and increasing ...

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, the novice team, with less experience, received first place while the JV team was awarded second place....

Quick takes over debate team as head coach

Quick takes over debate team as head coach

Kenzie Coyle, Layout Editor

October 5, 2017

  After six years of being coached by Laura Hammond, the debate team has a new head coach, English teacher Corey Quick. As the debate season begins, the team members are adjusting to the differences between Quick and former head coach, Hammond. While Hammond is still helping out, she ...

Speech heads to State

Speech heads to State

Alex Ehde, Twitter Reporter

March 31, 2017

The Speech team head to state April 21. Speech involves an individual or group of students who are judged against presentation in a round competition.  Only a few students are invited to state every year from each school. Last year, the only student from the school who was invited to state which w...

Debate team finished second in State at the Classic Minnesota Debate Tournament

Debate team finished second in State at the Classic Minnesota Debate Tournament

Press Release by Corey Quick

December 5, 2016

The Stillwater Area High School Classic Debate team, coached by Laura Hammond and Corey Quick, competed in the state tournament Dec. 2-3, at South St. Paul High School.  Students, who came from fifteen schools around the state, debated the topic of increasing US military presence in the South Chin...

Chess club makes stellar comeback

Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter

November 21, 2016

Walking through the English hallways after school on Thursdays, students may walk into room C218 and find a new club. The chess club has been revived in the high school. In previous years, there have been chess clubs after school, but they didn’t last. Chess interest throughout the U.S h...

Third political party possible for next election

Third political party possible for next election

Shenyn Gale, Photographer

January 14, 2016

More is always better in politics When thinking about politics, some would think of the two major parties, the Democratic and Republican party. Not many think about a third party and few know of a third party. The question still remains, should there be an official third party.  With more and more people ...

‘The Rouge One’ takes on theatres

Corey Quick and Paul Wieland holding Star Wars themed bangs.

Gideon Bimpey, Social Media Reporter

January 9, 2016

The Star Wars franchise has never failed to disappoint its fans, and it plans to add to the legend and possibly top it with the latest installment, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. The Star Wars Franchise started in 1977 with Episode IV: A New Hope. Since then, the Star Wars series has boomed into a cult...

Student teachers enhance learning in classes this year

Student teachers enhance learning in classes this year

Sam Gater, Photographer

December 4, 2015

When faced with the idea of being taught by a student not much older than them, many have a predetermined idea on student teachers. Still in college, inexperienced and nervous, some students believe that having a student teacher could be more harmful than helpful. The new round of student teachers introduced to this semesters classrooms have more than disprove the harmful notion. Although some...

Military serving our country, after they come back

Military serving our country, after they come back

Adam Sutcliffe, Social Media Reporter

January 11, 2015

  When the average person thinks about the men and women in service for the U.S. military branches, they think of the soldiers currently serving, and the ones whose names have long since passed into the past. The names that are often forgotten are those who are still around us, the forme...

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