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Stories from Stillwater Area High School
Students return home as Universities shut down
Coronavirus

Drew Jurek | March 31, 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…

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Community comes together to fight Coronavirus amid social distancing
Coronavirus

John Franklin | March 30, 2020

According to the World Health Organization, People should stay one meter (3 feet) away from each other during this pandemic.  In the St. Croix Valley, the community has found many ways to come together…

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Coronavirus impacts on local education
Coronavirus

Alex Steil | March 27, 2020

The coronavirus was on everyone’s radar. Most knew about it and that it would impact economic markets. No one, however, knew it would disrupt the world economy to this extent. More importantly though,…

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News sources withhold awareness: immature, unacceptable
Opinions

Rosie Nichols | February 25, 2020

The Australian wildfires have taken over and destroyed more than 12.35 million acres of land, killing at least 24 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. This catastrophic trend of wildfires, bushfires…

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Stillwater speed skater earns new personal best
Sports

Kathleen Pothen | February 7, 2020

Junior and speed skater Milan Jostes competes with the Midway Speedskating Club. The Midway Speedskating Club is based at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval. According to the city of Roseville website…

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Shanley drives for Gold Award
Features

Natalie Williams | January 27, 2020

As citizens pass through the hospital, they may notice changes in the availability of media sources such as books and board games.

While it may seem like Girl Scouts is fun and games, hard work and…

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Thomas Watry prepares for U.S. Paralympics team
Sports

Drew Jurek | January 17, 2020

It was 2014 when junior Thomas Watry went to his first national competition in Richmond, Va. It was a relatively small meet in comparison to future competitions he would take part in; however, the experience…

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Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey
Features

Sandy Liu | December 12, 2019

Half a serotonin molecule, an eye set in a sun and a one-line sketch of a face. All of these designs are set in ink on her skin. The tattoo that holds the most significance for senior Meghana Acharya,…

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Advice from Olympic gold medalist sparks girls nordic ski team
Sports

Ally Benning | December 11, 2019

Jessie Diggins’ gold medal victory in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea inspired the whole community, but she has affected a specific group more than anyone else.

“She has impacted…

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Math MCA scores decline over past years
News

Elle Guggenberger | December 10, 2019

Just weeks ago, many students received their previous year’s MCA results. The MCAs are a state assessment which helps to measure how well students are performing relative to the state’s academic standards…

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Cancer survivor Danny Valerius heads back to school, participates in unlimited shopping spree
Features

Ella Gag | November 21, 2019

“He’s one of the most positive and heartwarming people I’ve ever met,” sophomore CeCe DeLeon said about sophomore Danny Valerius. Valerius entered remission after being diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic…

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Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school
Opinions

Mia Lucido | November 11, 2019

Gun violence, especially in schools, is a prevalent topic in today’s society. The Sandy Hook Promise Organization put out a video PSA entitled “Back to School Essentials” urging viewers to know the…

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‘Clouds’ movie set to pay tribute to Zach Sobiech
Features

Olivia Bystrom | November 7, 2019

Nearly seven years ago, Stillwater alumni Zach Sobiech fell victim to Osteosarcoma. However, his legacy has continued to impact the local community and people across the globe ever since. His hit song…

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Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators
Opinions

Rosie Nichols | October 16, 2019

Football games have not been the same since the drama regarding seating began. The “Friday night lights” used to have more excitement, but the energy has turned in a negative direction. Fingers are being…

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Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain
News

Abby Banks | May 20, 2019

Monday, April 1 marked the date bathrooms at Stillwater Area High School closed during class times, except for those next to the Red, White and Black Pony Centers. After the viral success of the “letuspee”…

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Siegfried excels in stocks and socks
Features

Chas Morgan | May 5, 2019

Senior Justin Siegfried has excelled in the Stock Market Games and his Marketing class teacher Debbie Drommerhausen thinks highly of him. Siegfried is not only known for his success in the Stock Market…

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Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans
News

Abby Banks | April 19, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district’s budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum…

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Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation
News

Abby Banks | February 28, 2019

Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings….

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‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm
Arts & Entertainment

Taylor Lee | February 14, 2019

Last year’s One Act team performed “Scenes from Metamorphoses” and, for the first time in history, went to the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] State One Act competition. However, they…

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‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, a memoir written by a woman America does not yet deserve
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Kostroski-Polucha | January 31, 2019

Some people look up to the President, some people look up to a different idol, but some people look up to the First Lady, one of the most important women’s roles in the United States. When that First…

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BSU welcomes non-black students
Features

Grace Wirkkala | January 28, 2019

The Black Student Union advocates for a more diverse club by including students of all races in their meetings. The club aims to create a welcoming and safe space for black students who may otherwise feel…

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Stillwater Speech team battles funding deficits to succeed in coming season
News

Abby Banks | January 28, 2019

Confidence and a strong voice are not the first things associated with the Gen-Z teenagers struggling with higher rates of mental illness than any before them. Yet, in a nook of Stillwater Area High School,…

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Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism
Features

Lilly Sample | January 23, 2019

“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…

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Vaping epidemic overshadows drug problem
Opinions

Jameson Stahl | January 23, 2019

With the recent federal “crackdown” on vaping, JUUL in particular, the vaping epidemic is no secret. The school administration has been very vocal about the problem in our school over the past few…

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The fight through a fire
Features

Sierra Hippel | January 10, 2019

“I was Black Friday shopping and when I got back it was 3:30 a.m. I got out of the car, it smelt like bonfire, and then I went inside, not thinking much of it because it was Thanksgiving. So I went inside…

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Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living
Features

Megan Baxter | January 8, 2019

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp,…

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‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande promotes self love
Arts & Entertainment

Julia Bennett | January 4, 2019

Ariana Grande’s new hit song, Thank U, Next, got her to the number one slot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for the first time in her career.  Celebrities everywhere are applauding her for releasing…

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Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary
Features

Jameson Stahl | December 17, 2018

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever…

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Bohemian Rhapsody worth the money for Malek, Sing-Along
Arts & Entertainment

Abby Banks | December 17, 2018

In yet another stellar Hollywood portrayal of the gay community, the new Queen biopic felt slightly more like a sit-down concert than the hard hitting film on Mercury’s experiences that it so desperately…

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Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew
Arts & Entertainment

Ella Stratmann | December 14, 2018

Many people wonder what keeps teachers motivated to keep teaching throughout the years. “The students, I love my students. That is one of the reasons why I love teaching,” Deb Drew stated.

The passion…

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Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem
Features

Lilly Sample | December 14, 2018

Looking out of a taxi window and to the Palestinian landscape, senior Tessa Johansen notices the growing Israeli settlements, their houses seemingly forming out of thin air. Israelis man posts throughout…

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Dara Freshman Andringas commits D1 for soccer
Sports

Rosie Nichols | November 14, 2018

Few students, let alone freshman, get the opportunity to commit their future away before even stepping foot in a high school.

Junior Dara Andringa commited to play Division 1 soccer for the University…

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Cross country runners go ‘extra mile’ with extra-curriculars
Sports

Ben Wrightsman | November 8, 2018

Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, a major player in the school’s athletic history was just beginning his journey in leading the Ponies in running the distance; boys cross country. Since then, it would be…

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Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children
Features

Jameson Stahl | November 6, 2018

From the outside, the Swanson family home looks just like any of the others lined up the block. Not many people know of the great gift that God has given them that lies inside. Two children from Namibia,…

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