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Students express creativity at Da Vinci Fest

Students visit the Gertens booth at the Da Vinci Fest Jan. 25. Students were able to take a quiz to learn about different plants. The Gertens  booth was one out of the 41 community booths guests could visit.

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

January 31, 2020

The 12th Annual Da Vinci Fest was held Jan. 25 at Stillwater High School. The Da Vinci Fest is an educational fair open to the community in the spirit of Leonardo Da Vinci. The fest is put on by The Partnership Plan and highlights art, science and technology projects all created by Stillwater students...

The Partnership Plan hosts annual Partnership Party

Members of the community celebrated the Partnership Plan at last year's Partnership Party. They helped raise money for the school district. They are able to gather again this year on April 5 at the JX Event Center.

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

April 15, 2019

The Partnership Plan is celebrating 30 years of providing educational opportunities for classrooms during its annual fundraising party at the JX Event Center April fifth. They hope to raise money and recognize years of hard work by making this year's gala an 80's theme. The Partnership Plan is a nonprofit organization that b...

Da Vinci Fest blends artistic passions in community

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, Schmidt's piece is a portrait of sophomore Abbie Garness, and Cichon's piece portrays her parents.

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 strive to win the competition. The Da Vinci Fest is an annual tradition in the Stillwater...

SAHS students top finishers at regional science fair

Max Ylitalo's recent science fair project recently won not only the Da Vinci Fest, but also the Science Talent Search. He was one of only four chosen from Minnesota.

Dante Hoyos, Distribution Reporter

March 15, 2016

Two Stillwater students managed to succeed in taking home first and second place at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Junior, Nathan Farmer and senior, Max Ylitalo both are passionate about the field of science. Ylitalo claimed first place and Farmer claimed second. Having both competed in the...

Gina Jostes third time DaVinci Fest winner

Gina Jostes third time DaVinci Fest winner

Emalyn Brandt, Copy Editor

February 23, 2016

She stands behind her art work with flaming amounts of pride and amusement.  Senior Gina Jostes, recently won an award at the DaVinci Fest for the third time as an art grand champion.  This year her art piece titled 'The Mad Hatter’s Garb' won an award in the category of mixed media.  Jost...

Da Vinci Fest molds inventive minds

Students at Oak Park Elementary proudly display their artwork on the wall in the staircase of their school. Most of the art was made by 5th and 6th graders and some pieces may even be entered int he Da Vinci Fest this year. The kids at Oak Park take pride in their work which is an important quality in the worlds of art and science alike.

Dante Hoyos, Distribution Reporter

January 12, 2016

  Da Vinci Fest is an annual art and science fair sponsored by The Partnership Plan that takes place at the high school. Stillwater students are encouraged to compete in the festival, but enrollment in the festival is open to all students in District 834. This year the school is hosting the...

Graffiti mural makes a statement


The graffiti mural can be found near the art hallway next to the Pepsi vending machine. Created by JoJo at the Da Vinci Fest, the mural has been admired by many students.

April 1, 2014

Scrawled under bridges, composed on bathroom walls and illustrated on idle train cars, graffiti is often regarded as nothing but teenage kids with a spray can. Recently however, graffiti has made its debut in the  hallways, not as vandalism, but as art. The artist, a man that goes simply by JoJo, cre...

High school hosts eighth annual Da Vinci Fest


Students browse the art at the eighth annual Da Vinci Fest.

Maddie Engstrum

January 27, 2014

Stillwater Area High School hosted the eighth annual Da Vinci Fest on January 11, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Da Vinci fest is a  St. Croix Valley community event promoting student art, science and film projects.  This free event is sponsored by The Partnership Plan (TPP) and is open to the public. Da Vinci Fest...

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