The Pony Express

Innovations team visits Mounds View, investigates Pathways

This is a copy of Mounds View's information graphic, which describes their version of the pathways program. The Innovation Team further reviews their program on April 9.

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

April 15, 2019

“I want to inspire curiosity in all learners through educational programming that is personalized, student-driven, and highly engaging,” John Perry Director of Learning, Technology, and Design Systems said, and that is the mission of the Pathways program that the Innovations team wants to get more ...

Banks takes second in the Minnesota Journalist of the Year

Senior Abby Banks stands next to newspaper teacher and advisor Rachel Steil after receiving award for second place in the JEM Minnesota journalist of the year contest.  Both are excited for such a great accomplishment for a Pony Express Editor-in-Cheif.

Rosie Nichols, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 10, 2019

After three years venturing into the world of journalism and a lifetime of perseverance, senior Abby Banks takes second in the Minnesota Journalist of the Year contest sponsored by Journalism Education Association. This achievement is a true honor in terms of recognition and excellence.  Being gr...

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

Josiah Hill kicked off his campaign Feb. 5. He is running for State Senate to represent residents of District 39.

John Franklin, Copy Editor

March 1, 2019

English teacher Josiah Hill started his campaign for State Senate Jan. 31.  Hill will run for the District 39 seat currently held by Karin Housley, who has held the position since 2012. Hill, who currently teaches English and serves at the St. Croix Education Association Union President, wants to improve t...

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Boyd Huppert surprised newspaper advisor Rachel Steil during her third hour newspaper class.

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper class took an exciting turn when Steil was surprised with a visit from her favorite journalist, a Chri...

Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning win national journalism awards

Senior Hannah Sween works on her newspaper assignment. Sween is an Editor-in-Chief for the newspaper this school year. During class, Sween works on her assignments and also answers the field reporters' questions. The work she puts into this class is directly correlated to her accomplishments.

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 5, 2018

Two newspaper students during the 2017-2018 school year have been nationally recognized for the opinionated pieces they completed last year. Seniors Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning were named Honorable Mentions and in the top 10 in their categories by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). ...

Justin Hannasch named among the top in state for journalism

Senior, Hannasch is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Pony Express.

Dante Hoyos, Distribution Reporter

April 24, 2016

Stillwater senior and Editor-in-Chief of The Pony Express, Justin Hannasch has recently been recognized for his excellence in the field of high school journalism. After being nominated to compete in the Minnesota State Journalist of the Year (JOY), Hannasch was named among top in the state for jou...

Familiar famous faces close to home

Senior Paige Boner has been compared to Taylor Swift many times, and for many reasons. In this photograph, Boner is doing her best to mimic the look of the famous singer.

Joe Rice, Editor-In-Chief

March 14, 2016

A doppelganger is a person who looks nearly identical to another person. Although many of us would like to be a doppelganger of a celebrity or just a beautiful person in general, most people look uniquely average. The high school may not have any true doppelgangers, however, there are quite a few ...

Ten years passed since duke impersonator scandal

Ten years passed since duke impersonator scandal

Governess Simpson, Reporter

January 13, 2016

Practice lockdown drills have long been seen as a joke to the student body, but the story of the "Duke" that has emerged 10 years ago has since prompted faculty to take caution when dealing with visitors.Infographic Project In December of 2005, a man claimed to be Caspian James Crichton-Stuart IV, or the 5...

Pony Express ranks International First Place, Quill and Scroll

Seniors of the Pony Express proudly stand together with their awards from the MHSPA convention.

Mary Burchill, Fashion Blog Editor

November 6, 2015

Stillwater staff and students have always taken pride in their school and achievements, which is a very long list. On the list includes the school newspaper, The Pony Express, with a staff of nearly 100 students that dedicate their school and personal time to create an award winning newspaper. ...

Steil finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Steil finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Kyah LaBancz, Online Editor

April 2, 2015

With medium length blonde hair, a petite frame and a fashion forward wardrobe, Language Arts teacher Rachel Steil stands in front of the classroom wearing a welcoming, but firm stance. Steil, always being clear with the expectations she has for her students, goes over the schedule in place for...

Grants granted for a finer education

Grants granted for a finer education

Madie Woltman, Social Media Editor

December 24, 2014

The Partnership Plan is the educational foundation for Stillwater Area Public Schools. Nearly 30 classroom initiatives reaching $57,000 were funded by the Partnership Plan this fall. The grants help students from computer coding for second-graders to exploring the culture, history, music, and dance customs ...

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