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Recess Rockstars!

Recess Rockstars!

Jazmine Borreson, Visuals Editor

April 26, 2018

Recess Rock Stars is a character education program unique to Orono Schools. The goal of the program is to cultivate a culture of respect, inclusivity and kindness for our students through the recognition and rewarding of positive choices and behaviors. Students at the high school are helping out with R...

Choir Concert

Choir Concert

Sam, Copy editor

April 18, 2018

Choir students performed April 9th at Wayzata Community Church.

Student participates in Star Tribune round table discussion on gun control

Sonia Driskill, Copy Editor

April 13, 2018

After the Parkland, Florida school shooting, students and members of Gen Z have become more active in the national view, sparking protests, debate and the serious question of: are students really safe at school? Is anyone safe in the United States? As Orono students sat in lockdown Feb. 21, this fear...

F.L.I.T OMS students make a change in the community

F.L.I.T OMS students make a change in the community

Zach Adams, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2018

Future Leaders in Training, also known as FLIT, is a group of middle school leaders trying to improve their community. There are about 20 kids from fifth or sixth grade that meet regularly after school once a week. These kids are led by middle school teachers Jennifer Lubke, Kristen Rasmussen, and Mary...

A day in the life of a Taiwanese student

A day in the life of a Taiwanese student

Cari Spencer, Editor in Chief

March 25, 2018

In a brunch cafe somewhere in the middle of Taipei, Taiwan, my cousin Yui Chao leaned over a stack of strawberry waffles, her mouth covered so the girl beside us wouldn’t hear what she had to say. “Do you see that green shirt?” Yui Chao said, “That’s how you know.” That’s how s...

Safety precautions for spring break travel

Safety precautions for spring break travel

Tori Everson, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2018

As spring break quickly approaches, the risk of consuming tainted alcohol and being in an unsafe situation is increasing. Tainted alcohol is a liquor that has been tampered by adding drugs or a mixture of drugs, according to The Passport Health of USA. The most common drugs used are Scopolamine, Phencyclidine...

Transformed Twelve looking for donations for Haiti

Transformed Twelve looking for donations for Haiti

Emma VandenEinde, Copy Editor

March 20, 2018

While most students are spending spring break relaxing on vacation, seniors Guy Mohs, Lukas VanDyck and Colin Sim, along with Mohs’ brothers Griffen Mohs, Nick and Alex Messerli, will be traveling to Haiti with the purpose of taking care of kids sponsored through the program Transformed Twelve. Mohs...

Speech has success in recent competitions

Speech has success in recent competitions

Ellie Fasbender, Online Editor

March 13, 2018

The speech team has already had a tremendous amount of success this year, with their seventh consecutive time winning the Wright County Speech Conference, among other victories. Megan Fritz, Sophia Vaughn, Jilian Dore, Natalie Cumming, Nathan Shultz, Wyatt Jones, Oscar Edwards-Hughes, Elaina Henderso...

Music Listening Club

Music Listening Club

Erica Crosby, Copy Editor

March 12, 2018

Music Listening Club has been an official club for two years and has informally been around for five. This year, there are nine kids involved in the Music Listening Club. The club members won regionals and placed 12th at the National Finals. In the club, students have a list of 50 musical pieces and compo...

Students Against Gun Violence Club

Cari Spencer, Editor in Chief

March 12, 2018

Students across America have been rallying, ever since the Feb. 14 Stoneman Marjory High School shooting brought the gun control debate, again, to the front of the nation. This time, however, it seems as if the debate will not be easily silenced, and certainly not at Orono High School. During Spartan Hou...

OHS hosts MSHSL Large Group Vocal Contest

OHS hosts MSHSL Large Group Vocal Contest

Cari Spencer, Editor in Chief

February 16, 2018

Choir robe wearing high schoolers from Orono and other section 2AA schools filled the auditorium with song on Monday night, as part of the MSHSL section 2AA Large Group Vocal Contest. Orono’s Chamber Choir and Concert Choir performed three songs each, while Tri-M and NHS students volunteered at the...

Ben’s energy lives on at 3rd annual Benergy Bash

Ben’s energy lives on at 3rd annual Benergy Bash

Emma VandenEinde, Copy Editor

February 15, 2018

Many community members and friends of the Harbison-Ruedisili family met at the Orono Ice Arena Saturday Feb. 10 to honor their late son Ben in the third annual Benergy Bash, organized by family friend Jodi Lewis. Offering team scrimmages and skating, both kids and adults laced up their skates to celebr...

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