The Pony Express

Speech team works their way to state

The speech team meets a few times a week to practice their speeches for upcoming competitions, working with coach Joe Kalka and his assistant coaches in the coaches classrooms. Senior Mason Borchardt practices with his partner for state.

Annabel Lantz

February 5, 2020

The speech team has done a lot of preparation and practice to get where they are now. Students start preparing for their season in November and work hard for about four months. It helps students with many things like standing in front of people and talking, it helps improve their stamina and lots mo...

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 learns about space travel

Allison Shore and Izzy Goetze are a power duo for the debate team. Their team has a new assistant coach, Laura Hammond. The girls are seen practicing in school on October 9th.

Meg Skaret, Layout Editor

October 20, 2019

The 2019 debate season started with many new debate members on the team. Along with the new novice population in the club, former head coach, English teacher Laura Hammond returns as an assistant coach with English teacher Cory Quick as head coach.  "Having a large novice division of the team ...

Ted Hammond dedicates life to finding truth in JFK assassination

Ted Hammond dedicates life to finding truth in JFK assassination

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 22, 2017

"JFK was shot from the front. And I think that the shooters escaped and after John F. Kennedy was killed, the investigation was covered up," Ted Hammond, local JFK researcher, explained. Ted, father of English teacher Laura Hammond, has been working since his college years to find out what truly happened in ...

American English departments lack diversity

photo by Michael VanLieshout

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2017

Amidst heated debates about immigration reform, protests which have somehow made the general populace throw the First Amendment out the window, and hate crime rates skyrocketing, public education coats an underlying element of racism: the canon. As a largely homogenous group of the so-called white male majori...

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...

Speech team kicks off their season

Noah Schraut, Daniel Meyer and Ace Oubaha (left to right) are on the stage awaiting their awards.

Cole Lebourgeois, Copy Editor

February 9, 2016

Every school has a variety of different and unique clubs and activities that students can choose to participate in.  But not many clubs, if any, allows for someone to speak their mind on what they believe. SAHS offers just that, a speech team, that allows students to express their thoughts and opinions...

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