The Pony Express

Teens saving for college suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Taco Johns has had to move to drive through only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to lay off workers leaving them jobless because they do not have enough jobs with nobody able to come inside due to new rules set in place by the government.

Sam Elletson, Podcast Reporter

May 11, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teens who were actively saving for college are now unemployed. The pandemic changed their financial plan greatly. Minnesota offers an unemployment benefit except it is only applicable to people who have held a job for a period over five years, which makes it especially...

Students return home as Universities shut down

The University of Minnesota Mall is unusually bare for March 26 at noon. Students were sent home after the first major developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

Drew Jurek, Layout Editor

March 26, 2020

When college freshman, Chester Hearne, heard the University of Minnesota would institute an extension to spring break, he was happy. An extension in his mind meant he would be able to spend more time relaxing with his family and be able to pursue his interests without worrying about school. However, ...

Cote ‘scores’ with her commitment after high school

Senior Grace Cote prepares for tryouts for her final season on the Stillwater basketball team. She later will continue doing what she loves by playing for the Mayville Comets.

Fiona Stahl, Online Editor

December 2, 2019

Senior Grace Cote continues her basketball career by recently signing to Mayville State University in North Dakota. Cote has played basketball for some time and is thrilled to see what is next for her. She signed to Mayville in mid-October, alongside her parents and older brother.  Cote explained, ...

Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic visits journalism classes

Jon Bream shares stories on interviewing Prince, Taylor Swift and other musicians with third hour newspaper students.

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 20, 2019

“Ting. Ting. Ting.” Star Tribune Rock Critic Jon Bream sits in a San Francisco recording studio, separated from music legend Prince by only a pane of glass. Prince stares at him, steadily hitting a drum stick against a cymbal every few seconds. He clearly does not want to speak to Bream, and Bre...

Luke VandenBergh receives ROTC scholarship

Photo by Luke Dickinson

Malaina Fragnito, Student Playlist Reporter

March 23, 2018

Numerous scholarships are available for people after high school graduation to continue their education. Senior Luke VandenBergh received a scholarship he has always dreamed of, for the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps [ROTC]. By completing a three step process which includes physical examination, assessme...

Boys hockey hopes to add banner during youth movement

Boys hockey hopes to add banner during youth movement

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

March 2, 2018

The varsity boys hockey team has created waves across the state of hockey this season. Their relentlessness and willingness to win is evident, despite being undersized and inexperienced. Starting out the 2017-2018 season on a six game winning streak has shown that the Ponies’ winning mentality has not disappe...

Advanced sophomores graduate early

One of the most important pieces of advice Adam gave was,

Elana Ross, Photographer Editor

May 16, 2017

Most young students experience four years of high school. From freshman to senior year growing socially, individually and intellectually. Sophomore twins, Adam and Marta Markowicz started their high school journey a lot sooner than most would. Leaving Oakland Junior High two years, earlier they le...

O’Neal strives for future dermatology career

Politics is a huge extracurricular piece to senior Sydney O’Neal’s academic agenda. Participating on mock trial and the Young Republicans, O’Neal argues a point on the repeal of Obama Care. Motivated about her future academic standing, O’Neal says, “There will be I think scholarship money if I get in, if I don't get in I'll still go to the U and go to med school.”

Tiana Meador, Editor-In-Chief

March 30, 2017

  As college commitment comes to a close, the University of Minnesota medical school is assessing 10 incoming freshmen who are going to be selected to participate in an accelerated seven-year med program for med school. Of the students initially considered, the U of M has cut the number to...

Sara Scalia following in father’s footsteps with basketball

Scalia is trying to escape the opponent.

Kayla Gjerde, Social Media Reporter

February 16, 2017

The gym is silent as the spectator's gaze in sophomore Sara Scalia's direction. The ponies are three points away from winning the game and the pressure is on Scalia to make the free throw shot: swish. Scalia shoots the ball straight through the hoop and the crowd goes wild. Sara has been on gir...

School start times take toll on mental health

School start times take toll on mental health

Ashlyn Aarness, Photographer

December 2, 2016

Early morning and late, homework-filled nights. This is the life of a typical high school student. More and more schools are switching over to a later start time to increase productivity. Thought Exchange is changing the game for our district. Stillwater School District has had this discussion ...

Girls tennis heads into post-season

Team captains pose before going to work on the courts to prepare for upcoming opponents.

Matt Johnson, Social Media Editor

October 27, 2015

The girls Tennis season may seem like it is winding down, but it is actually just starting up as the girls head into the post-season. The Pony's regular season has come to a close. The Varsity girls walked away with a record of seven and five. Now that the heat is on with singles and doubles mat...

Seniors begin preparation for college life

Joel Lange, Social Media Reporter

May 17, 2015

As May rolls around, seniors all over begin the tough adjustment to life away from home. Some will go on to schools out of state, while other will attend local colleges like the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. Regardless of where students move off to, there are very diverse ...

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