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Procrastination and how it’s affecting students’ stress levels

Procrastination and how it’s affecting students’ stress levels

Mikayla Burns, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Mikayla Burns Staff Reporter In a survey of 1,300 high school and college students, 87 percent said they procrastinate and that it affects their performance, according to StudyMode, an app that was created to help students in the United States be successful in school. Students admitted that they procra...

How to save money as a shopaholic

How to save money as a shopaholic

Elsa Larson, Online Layout Editor

January 16, 2020

Elsa Larson Online Layout Editor Most of our relationships with shopping are pretty much love-hate, but fortunately, I have a few tricks that will hopefully make spending money on things, you might not necessarily need, a better and smarter experience for you and your wallet. Around 14, my parents decided to...

Art Club: a place for creating and learning

Art Club: a place for creating and learning

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 15, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features Editor Art club is the perfect place for anyone at Orono Senior High to socialize, eat pastries and try out different sorts of art activities. Members of the club don’t have to have any art experience or talent. Students organize, plan and run the meetings while art te...

Make a difference in Earth club

Make a difference in Earth club

Elsa Larson, Online Layout Editor

January 15, 2020

Make a difference in Earth club Elsa Larson Online Layout Editor Earth Club is a very interactive and fun club for students who care about our environment or students who simply want to learn more about how they can help save our planet. In the most recent meeting during spartan hour Friday, Dec. 6, the Earth Club members met to indulge in an eco-friendly art project. ...

Teacher Competition

Teacher Competition

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features editor During the last spartan hour before winter break, Orono teachers competed in various competitions while students cheered them on from the bleachers. Teachers were split into two teams, red and blue, but only one team was able to come out on top. The teachers part...

Freshman Kindness Retreat – a Recap

Freshman Kindness Retreat – a Recap

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2019

Freshman Kindness Retreat - a Recap Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief On Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Kluever and Allie Gardner from Drake University visited Orono High School with the mission to further develop culture and leadership skills, specifically directed to the freshman class. Joining the freshm...

Student Senate introduces new snowflake activity

Student Senate introduces new snowflake activity

Ajalon Peterson, News Editor

December 18, 2019

Ajalon Peterson News Editor This past Monday, Student Senate announced that they would be starting a new “snowflake activity.” The members of Senate hung paper snowflakes along the halls, each with multiple names on them. The goal is for students to find a snowflake with their name on it, and...

Student voices amplified by new advisory board

Student voices amplified by new advisory board

Megan Fritz, Features Editor

November 22, 2019

Megan Fritz Features and Online Layout Editor With students demanding to be heard, staff members are looking for new ways to get them involved and hear their opinions. Orono High School staff has begun providing new opportunities for students to share thoughts and ideas, and it’s a mutually ben...

Following the Yellow Brick Road to Opening Night

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

November 21, 2019

“Mic check!” yells soundboard operator, Senior James Konkol, over the commotion of the auditorium. Actors quickly file through as Konkol gives them the ‘OK’ that their microphone is ready. Meanwhile, stagehands are busy running back and forth from wing to wing ensuring that all the props are...

Orono Math Team

Orono Math Team

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

November 21, 2019

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor The math team is an extracurricular activity in which individuals of any grade in high school, including eighth grade, can participate in. Throughout the year, the team practices to prepare individuals for meets. Practices are flexible since they a...

High Schoolers: Get Those Zzzzs!

High Schoolers: Get Those Zzzzs!

Kenzie Taylor

November 12, 2019

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief High school is a stressful, hectic and time consuming period for kids. Between GPA upkeep, the ACT, SAT, college applications, and more, it's no wonder sleep is shortchanged. However, sleep is vital to your health. Lack of sleep can result in chronic sleep loss, wh...

The Highwomen Rewrite the Narrative

The Highwomen Rewrite the Narrative

Ajalon Peterson, News Editor

November 11, 2019

Ajalon Peterson News Editor On Sep. 6, the Highwomen released their self titled debut album, and it was a hit. It climbed its way up the charts, reaching first place on the Top Country Albums chart; this achievement, admirable in itself, was a landmark for female country artists--they were the fi...

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