The Pony Express

Maxwell and students leave for a trip of a lifetime

William Jacob, Amanda Maxwell and Brandon Maxwell in Tanzania. This was during one of the earlier trips they had travelled to Tanzania.

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

May 10, 2019

Each year in June, Brandon Maxwell English and AVID teacher accompanied by his wife and students will go on a trip to Tanzania. This year, the trip will include more stops, juniors Rachel Bernath and Faythe Hendry will visit Tanzania along with other countries over the summer. They will visit multiple...

Lola Wallace, a lifetime globetrotter

Lola Wallace, a lifetime globetrotter

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

February 20, 2018

Through the beautifully rocky and vibrant coast of Maui, Hawaii, blue and white breaking waves crash into the dried molten lava. 4,643 miles away in New Zealand, all is calm on the hillside, as the lush green grass dances with the wind. Back in crisp Minnesota, a young woman plans her next adventure ...

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

Maxwell from his service trip in Tanzania.

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

October 5, 2017

While only in his 30s, English and AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell has touched hundreds, even thousands of lives. At the start of his career in 2005, Maxwell spent three years teaching secondary English in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He volunteered in Madala, a village just north of Dar Es Salaam. "...

Maxwell makes impact through community service

This past summer Maxwell  brought soccer balls to the children in Tanzania. Bartosh was on this particular trip and he is a soccer player so it suited him. Bartosh and Maxwell had a super hero day with the kids in Madala. “Stillwater students have gone in the past and each trip is tailored to the talents and interests of the students,” Maxwell explains.

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

  Brandon Maxwell, English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher, is the perfect example of a teacher who goes above and beyond to make an impact on students and the world. Not only is the tremendous at connecting with students, but he is involved in a great amount o...

Mason Bartosh’s experience in Tanzania


The mission group worked with children to make the local library more fun for kids.

Craig Sanislo, Online Editor

October 26, 2015

Junior Mason Bartosh is a normal guy, he plays soccer and hockey. Last summer however, instead of relaxing poolside like most students, he flew to the other side of the world to help a village in Tanzania. The trip was led by Oak-Land Junior High English teacher Brandon Maxwell, who has been doing mission work in Madala V...

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