The Spartan Speaks

COVID-19 with Sophia Capece

Sam Capece, News Editor

June 3, 2020

Sophia Capece, an incoming Junior at Orono High School, has made the most of her time out of school during the COVID-19 school closure.

What students are doing to stay busy during quarantine

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

June 2, 2020

Students have lots of time due to quarantine. Many have developed hobbies or even built upon previous hobbies to keep themselves entertained. Of these students, I chose to include Megan Craft, Aaron Brekken and Grace Suchy. Each of these students has found a unique way to pass the time. Megan Craft...

What the Class of 2020 Lost and Learned

What the senior class of 2020 lost and learned.

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

June 1, 2020

The closure of schools nationwide for the remainder of the school year has affected all students in various ways. However, some are feeling harder hit than others. For many graduating seniors in the class of 2020, the closure of school meant missed opportunities and milestones that define their coming-of-age,...

The impact of distanced learning on special education

The impact of distanced learning on special education

Megan Fritz, Online Layout Editor, Social Media Manager

May 27, 2020

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, special education teachers are facing more struggles than ever before. Dealing with technological complications, communicating with families, and meeting the needs of diverse learners are just a few of the daily challenges these teachers. Understanding how to ...

Taking care of mental health in the midst of a pandemic

Mental health is a topic that many are talking about during quarantine, but what are the ways people are taking care of themselves?

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

May 27, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief The COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful, and Orono community members are taking time to understand the importance of mental health and what they can do to reduce anxiety, or to simply put a bit of normalcy back in their lives. Everyone reacts differently to stressful ...

Are students actually staying in quarantine?

Lauryn Pietrzak, Staff Reporter

May 27, 2020

The Minnesota State government has detailed rules and guidelines on how citizens should respond and deal with this COVID-19 pandemic. It includes staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing. The state as a whole has not necessarily succeeded with properly following these guidel...

Overcoming a long distance relationship

Jordan Allar, Sports Editor

May 27, 2020

Long distance relationships sound like uncharted waters for some, but Orono senior Emma Davie and Orono Alum Andy Berrell navigated and conquered the fear of a long distance relationship. Being 1,100 miles apart from each other, Davie and Berrell figured out what worked best for them while apart and...

Outer banks: feeling free while stuck at home

Nolan Tichy, News Editor

May 27, 2020

Outer Banks is Netflix's newest show that has recently taken the media by storm... literally. It involves a group of teenage friends, John B., Kiara, Pope, and J.J., who find themselves getting mixed up in the search for a missing treasure. Those four characters have social media, news, and just abo...

Bullet Journals Help Student Mindfulness

Bullet Journals Help Student Mindfulness

Tillie Hogenson, Staff Reporter

May 26, 2020

Tillie Hogenson Staff Reporter Ryder Carroll is the digital designer living in Brooklyn, New York, who invented the bullet journal method. After struggling with learning disabilities and struggles throughout his life, he came up with the system of the bullet journal. Bullet journaling has developed ...

Who’s got it worse?: the unending one-upmanship between students.

Two silhouettes of faces with text inside them show issues and struggles common among teens and young adults.

Megan Fritz, Online Layout Editor, Social Media Manager

May 8, 2020

Megan Fritz Online Layout Editor and Social Media Manager An all too familiar conversation leads to passive self-harm when the comparison competition of “who struggles most?” ensues among peers. From lack of sleep to mental health, illness and physical ailments: the list goes on and on. ...

Healthcare workers and COVID-19: an inside look

A healthcare worker wears a mask to protect from contracting the virus

Ajalon Peterson, News and Features Editor

May 1, 2020

The infamous international pandemic has now divided the nation’s workforce into two categories: essential and non-essential. Essential workers like grocery store clerks and healthcare professionals are being placed at the front lines of the crisis, and are the ones who are likely most at risk of exposure....

Covid-19 impacts familial relationships

A few ideas of what to do with your family while the stay at home order is in effect.

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor

April 27, 2020

Since the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz has issued a stay at home order effective until May 4. This causes families to stay together in their homes unless they are essential workers, doing recreational activities, taking care of others or obtaining necessary supplies and services...

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