The Pony Express

Speech and debate team nationally recognized again

The debate team works hard before their first match on Nov 9. The first match sets standards for the rest of their season as they try to find ways to stay in the top 10 percent of teams nationally.

Morgan Hildreth, Camera Editor

November 30, 2019

  The speech and debate team has been nationally recognized for the third time in four years. The first time the teams were recognized was back in 2015 and once again in 2018. The National Speech and Debate Association has named the Speech and Debate team to the prestigious 100 Club. B...

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 ...

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...

Rondeau skips way to educational success

Junior Sophie Rondeau (middle) explains techniques to some novices at a Debate tournament. “My favorite part of debate is definitely the people on the team! They consistently make tournaments and practice more fun, and each person brings something unique to our team. I also enjoy researching our topics, and I feel like learning about both sides really helps me develop my own stance on each issue,” Rondeau says.

McKenzie Bohlig, Photographer

November 5, 2016

"Grade skipping, also known as 'green-shirting,' used to be standard practice before other enriched academic options, such as gifted programs, became commonplace. Still, even with enrichment programs, some kids are better served by going up a grade," Noodle.com reporter Sarah Rivera said. Junior Sophi...

Young Republicans and Democrats hold first debate

Young Republicans and Democrats hold first debate

Olivia Weirtz, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2016

There has been an increase seen in the political involvement of students, and this can be attributed largely to the emergence of the Young Democrat and Young Republican clubs last year. Created to educate members about political opinions and beliefs, these clubs have drawn interest from a vast population...

Debate team argues their way to state

 When gathering research, especially from the internet, credentials can get questionable and that’s one the times when the four captains step in to make sure that the information is liable.“Personally, I’d say I did a good job with making sure everything was prepared for the team,” senior and captain Jack Franz says. During a break between rounds, juniors Haley Tholen (left) and Owen Sutherland (right) laugh with senior Jack Franz as they prep for the upcoming round.

Brianna Halverson, Social Media Reporter

January 12, 2016

  Desks had been arranged on one side of the classroom in the direction of the judge and spectators were to occupy the other half of the room. Nervous hands were wrung, and the last minute preparations slowed until all that could be heard was the judge’s pencil scratching the debaters’ names into hi...

Speech team comes out screaming

Anna Craggs, Photographer

December 24, 2014

Some people in this world find it fun to stand up in front of a bunch of other people and speak their mind. They speak their opinion without caring what anyone else has to say about what they think. However, most of us would rather hide under our beds before we do that and pretend that we do...

Debate team starts strong

Coach and English teacher Laura Hammond Laux oversees both debate and speech teams.

Mackenzie Bottolfson, Copy Editor

October 28, 2014

The debate team placed fifth at the 2011-12 state tournament, third at the 2013-14 state tournament, and are currently working hard to prepare their arguments for the 2014-15 state tournament. The Stillwater Area High School debate team is overflowing with kids who have an immense passion for what they...

Johnson leads speech team to state

The SAHS speech team is a community of close-knit students who share a passion for public speaking. Junior Carly Johnson, shown second to the left in the second row, competed against the top 24 high school speakers in the state. Photo by Conor McClellan.

Ayden Delaney

July 20, 2013

All eyes focus on junior Carly Johnson as she stands up to open up to the audience and judges with a speech she wrote herself. Despite high stakes, she remains calm, comforted by knowing many of the eyes are those of her teammates there to support her. Johnson represented the Stillwater Area High...

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