The Pony Express

Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

Joe Kalka hopes to propel speech to new heights

The speech team is hard at work at practice last season. Head speech coach Joe Kalka hopes to bring a new perspective to this team when the season starts in November.

Ally Benning, Podcast Reporter

November 7, 2019

The speech team had success last year under former head coach (now assistant coach) English teacher Laura Hammond. Last year, the team placed fourth in sections and had six people qualify for the state tournament, the most in the program's history. Joe Kalka, 2018 MSHSL Class 8A North Coach of the Year, is...

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

School board members voted 5-2 at a board meeting in June to begin discussions about a separation agreement. Superintendent Pontrelli is not interested in cutting ties with District 834.

Julia Bennet, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2019

The school board began discussions this past summer regarding a separation agreement with the Superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Closing three elementary schools and changing the course of action for the district caused an enormous amount of frustration and distrust within in the community since the BOLD...

AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell teaches his students valuable study skills to prepare for college. College prep is a focus of the class. A majority of AVID students end up getting accepted to their college of choice.

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

AVID is a program offered in the district that is meant to give middle academic students an extra boost on their path to college. Most students enrolled are the first in their family to go to college, so this experience is completely new to them. Despite the benefits of the class, AVID students ...

Student council puts on BLAST week

Student council members junior Lyxie Moosai and Jenna Yingling dress up for throwback day during BLAST week. Each day of the week offers a new theme to dress up for and show off school spirit.

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019

BLAST week is a time for kindness put on by Student Council. This week takes place in Feb. because it is Black History Month and BLAST week helps celebrate and recognize the significance of being inclusive. BLAST week includes guest speakers and events that are intended to bring the community together. The...

Speak up against hate speech

A popular saying seen at protests against the use of hate speech in America.

Annika Brown, Business Editor

November 3, 2018

An increasing concern in our country is hate speech. Hate speech is defined as speech that attacks a certain person or group because of their beliefs, race, or sexuality. Although it would be nearly impossible to control hate speech, if people are not combating it, in some ways they are accepting it. ...

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