Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of May 20, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

May 24, 2019

2019 Graduation - Watch it live!


Stillwater Area High School will hold its 143rd commencement exercise on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm. The event will take place at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Valley Access Cable TV will be will be broadcasting the ceremony live on Xfinity channel 15 in their viewing area and streaming the graduation ceremony online. They will also be streaming the commencement on the Valley Access Cable TV Facebook and YouTube channel. Photos from the event will be posted at

Four SAHS seniors named National Merit Finalists


Four Stillwater Area High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Abigail Banks-Hehenberger, John Maloney, Elias Roll and Keenan Walker are among just 15,000 seniors in the nation to earn the recognition. Each year about 1.6 million students apply.

Students qualify for the National Merit program by earning top scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they take during their junior year of high school.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, students must advance to finalist standing in the competition by writing an essay, obtaining letters of recommendation, and demonstrating high academic performance. #PonyPride

SAHS students make cancer patient's wish come true

Ninja Turtles

Students at Stillwater Area High School helped make the dreams come true for a young cancer patient. Wyatt loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so much he wrote a song about it. SAHS students helped bring the song to life for a video. They dressed as Ninja Turtles and helped Wyatt battle Shredder and the other bad guys. It was all part of the Bridging Rooms Project that brings hospital rooms and classrooms together. The video was made by Lad in a Battle with help from the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Watch the video.

summer meals sun

Looking for free meals for your hungry kids this summer?

Check out for a list of places in the east metro where you can bring your children (ages 2-18) for a free meal all summer long.You'll find details about the district's free Summer Meals program, which will run out of Andersen Elementary from July 15 - Aug. 1, as well as community centers, churches and other places offering free meals.

Let’s Talk: Changing Attitudes – It’s Not a ‘Rite of Passage’


With graduation and other end-of-year celebrations coming up, let’s reflect on the role alcohol may play in these celebrations, dispel myths about underage drinking and help our children celebrate in healthy ways.

Alcohol is pervasive in our society and some parents forgive underage drinking as a “rite of passage.” However, the younger a person initiates that first drink, the more at risk they are of experiencing devastating consequences because of their use and developing an addiction. Well-intended parents may believe that they can facilitate ‘safe’ teen drinking by allowing them to drink in their home and take away their car keys. For many reasons, this isn’t safe and undermines other parents and young people. The research shows that teens in these situations are more likely to binge drink outside of the home than teens of parents who send a consistent message that underage alcohol is not allowed and is unsafe. Furthermore, over a hundred cities in Minnesota, including Stillwater and Oak Park Heights, have a Social Host ordinance. The ordinance holds individuals (social hosts) criminally responsible for allowing a party, on public or private property, where persons under the age of 21 possess or consume alcohol, regardless of who supplied the alcohol to the minors.

Remember too that it is a myth that Europe’s lower drinking ages help teenagers “learn how to drink” resulting in more responsible drinkers compared with American teens. The reality is that Europe doesn’t have a “safer drinking culture” among youth and that higher-age drinking laws (and delaying alcohol use) is a strong protective factor against alcohol problems later in life.

Click here for more information on how to protect our children from the negative consequences of alcohol use and encourage them to lead healthy lives.