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The Spartan Speaks

Mrs. Balons classroom features low lighting

Flourescent Lighting v LED Lights: What’s Better for Students?

Kayla Seely, Staff Writer May 13, 2024

Schools are notorious for their bright overhead ceiling lights, but what people may not know is that these lights can actually be harmful for students and teachers, impacting their ability to learn in...

Teaching Hard or Hardly Teaching: Effects of State Competitions

Teaching Hard or Hardly Teaching: Effects of State Competitions

Kayla Seely, Staff Writer April 18, 2024

During the year, Orono students participate in many sporting events, some of which can take place during the school hours if a team advances to the state tournament. When this happens, it excuses not only...

Senior Lily Munsch mentors Tuesdays and Thursdays at Schumann Elementary.

Orono High School Leaders Mentor Young Minds

Natalie Widen, Staff Writer April 18, 2024

Leadership in Action Overview This year marks the start of the mentoring program through the Leadership in Action course at Orono High School and it has continued to demonstrate the positive impact that...

Why is Choir so Eventful?

Why is Choir so Eventful?

Lewis Johnson, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

While one wouldn’t suspect it, Orono sends their choirs off on multiple yearly events, depending on the choir. These can be judged competitions, or simply entertainment. However, it still isn’t apparent...

Lunch is Served: Hot Takes on Hot Lunch

Lunch is Served: Hot Takes on Hot Lunch

Kayla Seely, Staff Writer April 1, 2024

Orono has a variety of lunches, and students have a wide range of opinions on them. Lunch is something all students look forward to during the day, whether it be for the food, or for the conversation....

How is Oronos Fitness Culture Bulking Up?

How is Orono’s Fitness Culture Bulking Up?

Lewis Johnson, Staff Writer March 19, 2024

Whether it’s looking good or feeling good, Orono students have a particular taste for fitness. On February 2nd, 2019, Orono opened the Activities Center. Complete with two different fitness gyms and...

Curious about what you can do to prepare yourself for the ACT? Read this article to learn more!

A Guide to the ACT

Joseph Mariani, Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2024

With the recent announcement that Dartmouth, Brown, Yale are reinstituting standardized tests as a part of their application process, the spotlight has returned to the SAT and the ACT. Both are standardized...

The Rise of Stanleys: Inside the Newest Trend

The Rise of Stanleys: Inside the Newest Trend

Natalie Widen, Staff Writer March 5, 2024

As many have noticed, the newest accessory for students is the Stanley Tumbler. Sparked from influencers on social media, collaborations with brands, the trend of staying hydrated, and simply wanting to...

Mrs. Head in her element

A Palette of Change at Orono High School: Mrs. Head, the Art Teacher

Bria Johnson, Staff Writer February 27, 2024

They say the only constant thing is change, and this year at Orono High School, the art department is welcoming a wave of change as we say goodbye to a beloved art instructor of twenty years. For two decades,...

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....

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