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

The British Commonwealth is in mourning after the death of their Queen, Elizabeth II. Read more to learn about her long and impactful reign and the future of the British Crown.

Queen Elizabeth II: Remembering 70 Years of Reign

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter September 16, 2022

For over 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II served as the figurehead for not only the United Kingdom but all other Commonwealth countries. Known for her love of her family, corgis, and fancy hats, she was beloved...

Students throwing their caps in the air after the completion of high school and moving on

How to be more desired by colleges

Lucy Ketcham and Ella Fellman June 7, 2022

This broadcast discusses with teachers, students, and a past college admissions reviewer about things that you can do to bump up a college application. https://youtu.be/Du83Tos344k  

While the Emirati metropolis may appear as beautiful as the emerald city, corruption and worker abuse are rife within. Read more to learn the truth about what is going on in Dubai.

Dubai: A Gilded Prison

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter June 6, 2022

Sports cars, skyscrapers, and luxury beyond comparison is what comes to mind to many when they think of the Emirati city of Dubai. On the coast of the beautiful Persian Gulf, it appears like the jewel...

The Spartan Speaks has received multiple journalism awards from NSPA; keep reading to learn more about the exciting announcement.

The Spartan Speaks and Spartan Annual Win State Journalism Awards

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter May 22, 2022

This spring, the Minnesota High School Press Association (MHSPA) released the winners of the State Journalism Awards for the 2020-21 school year. Normally, the state convention is held in the fall, but...

Every spring, Orono elects its presidents and senators to help aid the schools in its many activities. Continue reading to learn more.

Student Senate is Looking for New Members

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter May 22, 2022

Every year, Orono’s Student Senate has a large number of activities to plan. This year alone, they have been responsible for planning five dances, two spirit weeks, as well as countless fundraisers and...

Orono Gives a Helping Hand at Community Outreach

Orono Gives a Helping Hand at Community Outreach

Libby Engebretson, Editor in Chief May 19, 2022

In the Empty Bowls/Wellness Expo event this year, kids of all different ages and abilities in the Orono School district enjoyed the process of creating meaningful bowls and watching the direct impact they...

2022 Summer Snack Ideas

2022 Summer Snack Ideas

Sydney Govrik, Copy Editor May 19, 2022

Summer is here! That means lake days, bonfires, tournaments, work, hanging out with family and friends and an overload of vitamin D. It is necessary to stay fueled in order to keep performance levels high....

In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the union; read more to learn how it got there.

A History of Minnesota’s Journey to Statehood

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter May 11, 2022

On May 11th each year, the state of Minnesota is filled with cheer, for it is the anniversary of its rise to statehood. On the same day in 1858, 164 years ago, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the...

The Collide Theatrical Dance Companys production of Class of 85 portrays 8 high school students as they spend the day in detention; learning that they really arent that different from one another.

Collide Theater: Class of ’85

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, News Editor May 9, 2022

The Collide Theatrical Dance Company in the Twin Cities produces a variety of shows each year. This spring, Collide Theater reset their show Class of ‘85, which originally debuted in 2015. The Collide...

The lack of car parts are causing a back-up in car shops.

Cars Are Now in Shorter Supply, Meaning Higher Demand

Ella Fellman, Staff Reporter May 6, 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard in many aspects, but especially in the shipping industry and the automotive industry. The world shut down in March of 2019. The pandemic took out many jobs...

AP Exams have started and students are feeling the pressure to do well. Studying has become top priority for them as they yearn for a passing score.

Students at OHS Wrap Up Their First Week of AP Exams

Sydney Govrik, Copy Editor May 6, 2022

May has hit, meaning Advanced Placement (AP) testing is in full swing. Orono students are preparing with last minute studying and attempting to keep their anxiety and nerves to a minimum. AP exams take...

The Orono School District has recently created a new two-year contract for its teachers; read on to learn more about its significance.

Orono Schools Comes to an Agreement with Teachers

Joseph Mariani and Luke Wendling May 2, 2022

During the school district’s April 11th meeting, the teacher union, the Orono Education Association, and the school board agreed on a new teacher contract. This new agreement will last from the 1st of...

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