The Pony Express

Winter Coffeehouse returns in December

Senior Ben Valerius rehearses in preparation for his Coffeehouse audition. He plans on auditioning with

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

November 26, 2018

A classic tradition returns to the stage this year with the annual National Honor Society (NHS) Coffeehouse concert. Student musicians look forward to this opportunity to showcase their talent, while anticipating audience members await the laid-back environment of this popular event. A favorite amon...

Becky Mazzara takes over as NHS adviser

Becky Mazzara, ASL teacher and NHS adviser, gets ready before an NHS meeting.

Mira LaNasa, Layout Editor

November 16, 2016

National Honor Society is one of the most prominent school clubs, as well as at thousands of other schools across the nation. NHS club adviser Chris Engler has stepped down as the teacher adviser and Becky Mazzara, a newly hired American Sign Language teacher, has begun to fulfill the role. Ma...

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...

Builders Club improves community early on

The Kiwanis Club is the adult version of Key Club. They partner up with the Builders Club to help guide them in the right path. “Yes, we partner with the builders club and I think it’s a great idea because we all work together,” sophomore Sintra Nichols says.

Erin Lemanski, Photographer

May 10, 2016

  Serving the world one community at a time, that is what the Builders club at Stillwater Junior High School stands for. Their goal is to improve the community with the help of the Kiwanis club alongside them. The club aims to create service-minded students and provide leadership opportunities for ...

High turnout for Stillwater’s college fair

 The occurrence of this year's college fair is very helpful for many students especially juniors and sophomores. When students are given the tools to learn more about their future, it's incredibly useful for students in the long run. Unfortunately some students were not given the chance to use this tool. Many current seniors never got a chance to experience the college fair. However, these same students have now become more determined to get underclassmen to go to the college fair, due to how beneficial they know the fair is.
  Senior Mary Norkol says, “I would have loved to have the opportunity to learn about local colleges and find out what I did and didn't want in a school.”

Sarah McCarthy, Photographer

March 17, 2016

Stillwater Area High School hosted one of the largest college fairs in the Midwest in the gym. The fair featured over 110 different post secondary schools, and offered a range of opportunities for every kind of student. The College Fair occurred on March 8, and it hosted both two and four year colleg...

Winter Coffeehouse: music, talent and soul

For senior and MC Kallie Quist, this is her first time being MC.

Brian Jaap, Layout Editor

December 18, 2015

The biannual concert is one of the many fundraisers that NHS hosts. It is completely student-lead and all of the acts are chosen based off of auditions. As usual, all money raised will go to a charitable cause. This year, NHS is donating all funds to Bantfwana Phambili, an organization that provid...

Key Club grows to 200 members

Key club is student led with 7 leaders

Olivia Weirtz, In-Studio Anchor

October 5, 2015

Many people have no idea what Key Club is, some know that it is a community service organization, but few people realize Key Club has grown from 20 members to over 100 in just two years. Until two years ago, there was no club based solely on community service. Then, Kiwanis, an adult communit...

NHS prepares to launch spring community events

Alaina Friedrich, Sophia Portelli, and Activities Director Ricky Michael spend time doing volunteer work with other NHS members. NHS works hard doing service projects that benefits the school and the community.

Joel Lange, Social Media Reporter

February 24, 2015

NHS is a student leadership organization that plans donation and charity events around the school and the surrounding community. Between all the events they put on over the past few months, NHS has been very busy this fall and winter. The past few weeks they have entered a hiatus and have begun the plan...

NHS rolling out new changes

Sam Begin, Team Lead Editor

October 2, 2014

Change is a prevalent topic in our school district as of late and NHS is no exception. After debate and consultation, the National Honors Society has decided to roll out new changes in policy this year. These include the abolishment of the much-hated "three-strike system" and the introduction of a new "pod...

Coffeehouse performances continue raising money for a cause


Senior Libby Lambert is a prominent figure in the Stillwater Choir Department, and is performing in Coffee House this winter. She is a member of the Stillwater Concert Choir, and performs in musicals and variety shows. She has sonorous vocals which fill any room, and leaves audiences in awe. Lambert wishes to continue singing through college and hopefully shape her passion for music into a career.

Sydney Spreck

December 13, 2013

As the wind begins to bite and frost forms on the morning ground, Minnesotans prepare for winter.  One winter tradition that has continued over many years is that of Coffee House performances hosted by the National Honor Society (NHS) at Stillwater Area High School. Coffee House is a gathering of communi...

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