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Student journalists win gold

Stillwater Area High School journalists have been honored by the Minnesota High School Press Association with several Gold Medallion Awards for 2020-21.

The awards recognize the academic year’s top individual work in seven categories — broadcast, literary arts magazine, newspaper/newsmagazine, online, photojournalism, social media and yearbook.

The Pony Express earned awards in the following categories:

  •     Broadcast Feature Story: 1st Place (Austin Buck, Aiden Flock, & Erik Houle)
  •     Broadcast News Story: 2nd Place (Connor Quaderer)
  •     Broadcast News Story: 3rd Place (Abby Anderson, Cassidy Gilliam, & Katie Kangas)
  •     Feature Story Writing: 3rd Place (Sophia Arndt)
  •     Newspaper Story Editorial: 4th Place (Olivia Bystrom)
  •     Sports Story Writing: 5th Place (Elizabeth Harter)
  •     All State Silver: Print Publication
  •     All State Silver: Online Publication

In addition, senior editor Katie Kangas was inducted into the National Scholastic Press Association Honor Roll.


The Kabekonian Yearbook received four Gold Medallion awards:

  •     Theme Package: Third Place (2021 Yearbook Staff)
  •     Spread Design: Fourth Place (Stella Bertsch, Lizzie Dorschner, Anthony Toscano and Nile Tesfahnan)
  •     Academics Story: Third Place (Drew Jurek)
  •     Sports Story: Third Place (Alex Corbett)

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