The Pony Express

AP Computer Science denied math credit

AP Computer Science teacher Nicholas Springer teaches his class how to code a weed wacker. Springer enjoys teaching his students that they can code anything they can imagine.

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

March 5, 2019

AP Computer Science is a class that designs, implements and analyzes solutions to problems that are introduced to students. This is achieved by creating algorithms, methods and other pieces of code to solve problems just like an ordinary math class, but in this case, students do not receive a math cr...

Kroll makes a difference with prosthetic leg

Noah Schoolman, Copy Editor

October 19, 2017

When Everett Kroll was first becoming interested in science, he never thought he would be able to make a difference in the world. Yet here he is, coming off of a trip to the ISEF International Science Fair with a way to change the lives of people in need. Kroll spent most of last year working on...

Ranta stays involved with school after retirement

Jeff Ranta reads the Pony Express paper while visiting SAHS. “I got so involved as a student, as a student board member and as a student director, and I saw how busy everybody was and they didn’t have time with their families. So I did a shift, went back to school about 23-24, and got my teaching certificate,” Ranta says.

Mira LaNasa, Layout Editor

January 6, 2017

Jeff Ranta taught a varying assortment of sciences, but retired abruptly last June after 36 years. Ranta was involved in the changes that will be completed at SAHS for the ninth grade transition and was a common name in the halls. Now that he has retired, his life looks much different. Ranta, after teaching for many years, had suffered so...

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school

Travis Jacobson, Social Media Reporter

November 7, 2016

According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, by their 50's, students who majored in a liberal arts degree earn about $2,000 more than students who majored in professional degrees. Culturally and socially, arts are important to students. Arts encourage students to express themselv...

New bacteria offer possible solution for zebra mussels

Alex Magler

April 5, 2014

Over the years, many boat owners, swimmers and marina owners have been experiencing small clam like animals sticking to boats, docks and even rocks in the area called Zebra Mussels. It is illegal in Minnesota to have these pesky creatures attached to a boat. Zebra Mussels are small freshwater bival...

High school hosts eighth annual Da Vinci Fest

Students browse the art at the eighth annual Da Vinci Fest.

Maddie Engstrum

January 27, 2014

Stillwater Area High School hosted the eighth annual Da Vinci Fest on January 11, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Da Vinci fest is a  St. Croix Valley community event promoting student art, science and film projects.  This free event is sponsored by The Partnership Plan (TPP) and is open to the public. Da Vinci Fest...

Anderson Windows donates STEM materials to Lily Lake Elementary

Photo by Erin Dickie

Katie Beedle

November 28, 2013

Andersen windows recently donated Science Technology Engineering Mathematics tool kits to Afton-Lakeland and nine other elementary schools in the Stillwater District recognizing teachers who participated in a STEM certification program at St. Catherine University.  The STEM tool kits will provide s...

APES revolutionizes science classes

 Science teacher Andrew Weaver started teaching AP Environmental Science, new this year.

November 1, 2013

This year, Stillwater Area High School has started offering AP Environmental science to students. APES offers new opportunities for students who not existed before with the current science and AP classes at the school. APES is one of two new AP courses being offered this year, the other being AP Computer ...

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