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The Spartan Speaks

The posted collection of Winterfest dress-up days.

What’s the Deal with Dress-Up Days?

Lewis Johnson, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

School spirit, as defined by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), Is about each student’s passion for their school, the joy they find in unifying with other students, and...

Left to right: Megan Marie (parent volunteer), Keith Jurek, Sara Will Noznesky (DECA consultant)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Keith Jurek

Natalie Widen, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

For fifty-five of the years that Orono Public Schools has been around, Keith Jurek has been here for thirty and he has announced his upcoming retirement. Jurek is an irreplaceable presence at Orono, building...

Mr. Sherman as an Orono soccer player 
(2004) and Mr. Sherman as an English teacher (2024)

From Student to Teacher: A Glimpse Into the Life of Peter Sherman

Lily Munsch, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Peter Sherman has been a part of the Orono Schools community for over 30 years. From his days on the varsity soccer team to the red-and-blue cap he wore at graduation, he fully embraced his time as a Spartan....

Winterfest Court Wake-Ups Video 2024

Sulli Neubauer, Video Editor February 9, 2024

It is a tradition at OHS for the Winterfest Court to be woken up by their classmates before being interviewed. So relax and enjoy this chill Winterfest treat!    

With course registration starting next week, take time to learn about a fun and longstanding class at OHS: Anthropology.

Anthropology Vis-à-vis with Orono Schools

Lewis Johnson and Jackson Krueger February 6, 2024

Anthropology in its broadest terms is the systematic study of humans, to understand our evolutionary origins, and to understand humanity and the way we think. These practices can be applied in many settings...

Jade Abed and Payton Litz hold up 2024 using their hands!

Saving the Best for Last: What OHS Seniors are Planning for Semester 2

Bria Johnson, Visuals Editor January 31, 2024

As the seniors at Orono High School enter their final semester, a mix of emotions fills the air: anticipation, nostalgia, and a touch of apprehension. This moment marks the end of their high school journey...

Empowering Tomorrows Business Leaders: Unveiling the Orono High School Business Club

Empowering Tomorrow’s Business Leaders: Unveiling the Orono High School Business Club

Bria Johnson, Visuals Editor January 24, 2024

The Orono High School Business Club is a shining example of creativity and entrepreneurship within the school community. In a society where developing business skills is becoming increasingly important,...

Orono halls are monitored by Ronald Banks Jenkins

The Importance of Having a Hall Monitor and RSO in Orono High School

Alex Groenke and Hattie Etzel January 16, 2024

Many schools in the United States have taken steps to tighten school security, including hiring sworn law enforcement officers to patrol the buildings. However, school security does not end at SROs, in...

Social Media Editor Ethan Weiss holding an old edition of the Spartan Speaks

The Spartan Speaks: The History of Orono’s Cherished Newspaper

Ethan Weiss and John Eberhardt January 1, 2024

Did you know that Orono’s student newspaper, The Spartan Speaks, has been around since 1952? That’s right, back then The Spartan Speaks was called The Oracle, a physical paper issued twice weekly....

DJs shoot confetti and glitter into the dancing mob at Homecoming.

Homecoming Dance Takes Shelter

Kayla Seely and Autumn DeLong November 27, 2023

Orono High Schools’ Homecoming dance is one of the most popular school events, and over the years it has been held in multiple locations. However, the majority of the students have voiced that they prefer...

Read the article below to learn about the college admissions process for the Class of 2024.

The College Application Landscape Changes for the Class of 2024

Luke Wendling, Business Editor November 21, 2023

College application season is well underway at Orono High School and across the nation. Students are writing essays, filling out applications, getting letters of recommendation, meeting with school representatives,...

Read further to learn about OHS fun, new Halloween festivities

New Halloween Festivities Foster Student Spirit

Ethan Weiss, Social Media Editor November 10, 2023

OHS had a very successful Halloween this year featuring a variety of new celebrations. Students dressed up as their favorite characters/things such as hot dogs, bananas, Chewbacca, and the Pope. Costume-wearers...

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