The student news site of Orono High School

The Spartan Speaks

The student news site of Orono High School

The Spartan Speaks

The student news site of Orono High School

The Spartan Speaks

OHS upperclassmen gear up for prom 2023.

OHS Students Share Their Excitement For Prom 2023

Summer Beatty, Features Editor March 23, 2023

Prom is a big event for any high school senior or junior across the U.S. As prom season rolls in, OHS students start preparing for the big day. This year's venue was recently disclosed to OHS students...

The Orono Dance Team makes history at State!

Orono Dance Team Makes History

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, Editor in Chief March 13, 2023

Last month, the Orono Dance Team (ODT) competed in the MSHSL Dance Team State Tournament at Target Center. ODT is a AA team that competed in both the Jazz and High Kick categories; breaking Orono history...

The Orono Quiz Bowl team.

Varsity Quiz Bowl Bound for Nationals

Ella Fellman, Sports Editor March 8, 2023

The Orono Quiz Bowl team has qualified for state. This is the first time since 2018 that the team has qualified. Previously the team placed 2nd out of 41 teams at sections in division three for the NAQT...

Teachers spend many hours writing letters of recommendation

Letters of Recommendation Season Puts Pressure on Teacher Workload

Ava Thompson and Eleanor Kingsley February 8, 2023

In the 2021-2022 application season, there were over six million college applications sent to schools across the nation, according to The Common Application inc. In these applications, letters of recommendation...

Internet Issues Continue at Orono

Internet Issues Continue at Orono

Franklin Botzet-Johnson and Peter Wojciechowski February 8, 2023

Many students and staff have been complaining about the extremely common internet connectivity issues. By the end of this coming summer, Orono High School will see dramatically increased internet quality...

Check out the schedule below to see the events that will be taking place during the 2023 Orono Winterfest!

Guide to Orono Winterfest Week 2023

Joseph Mariani, Opinions Editor February 3, 2023

Guide to Orono Winterfest Week 2023 Monday the 6th: The first day of Winterfest Week is scheduled normally and the dress-up day’s theme is pajamas. Monday marks the beginning of Happy Heart Hunting,...

Netflixs new show, Wednesday has become a new favorite among viewers.

Netflix’s “Wednesday” Captures Viewers

Lucy Ketcham, Visuals Editor January 24, 2023

Coming-of-age style movies and TV shows have always been popular with teens. But, this new Netflix original has everyone on the edge of their seats. “Wednesday” was released to Netflix on Nov. 23,...

A new club is emerging at Orono High School. Read down below to learn more about it!

Car Club to Teach Kids Essential Skills

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter December 14, 2022

A new club is on the scene at Orono High School. This last autumn, the Orono Car Club was created and made its debut at the Orono Club Fair, gaining over 50 members on that afternoon alone. From then...

Keep reading to learn about five different Christmas traditions across the globe!

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter December 2, 2022

With winter finally upon us, signs of Christmas, from songs on the radio to the decorations in stores, are everywhere. In the United States, there is a popular image of a red and white clad Santa coming...

Teachers across the country had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Oronos own educators stepped up to the plate by reading further!

How OHS Teachers Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter November 30, 2022

Challenging is a word that best describes distance learning across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a period of about a year, the Orono School District went back and forth between having schooling...

Make sure to buy tickets to this years Orono Fall Musical. If you want to learn more about it, make sure to read below for some interviews with the cast members.

“The Sound of Music” is Filling the Halls of Orono High School

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter November 3, 2022

Take a step back in time this fall to 1930s Austria with “The Sound of Music,” performed by the Orono High School Drama Department. It is a timeless, well-known musical, and the movie ranks 27th for...

Severs Corn Maze and Fall Festival

Fun Fall Activities and Locations

Summer Beatty, Features Editor October 21, 2022

Fall is one of the most popular seasons among many Orono High School students. After gathering opinions and statements from the student body, many of the best places in Minnesota to visit during Fall were...

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