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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

School buses tackle the winter roads.

Orono Schools Winter Weather Protocol

Summer Beatty, Features Editor January 19, 2023

During these past two months the state of Minnesota has been hit hard with severe weather, forcing schools to shut their doors or modify their hours. Many people wonder what extensive planning and decision...

Following the midterm election results this past November, Minnesota’s new and re-elected officials begin their terms.

The Impact of the Midterms in Minnesota

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, Editor in Chief January 18, 2023

Following the midterm election this past November, Minnesota’s new and re-elected officials have officially begun their terms. With many debated topics on the ballot, Minnesotans will be looking to their...

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars comes to an end.

A New Star Takes Home the Mirrorball Trophy on Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars

Summer Beatty, Features Editor December 12, 2022

Charli D’Amelio had an amazing season on the show. D’Amelio finished at the top of the scoreboard every week with the combination of her high judge scores and votes from the viewers. The top of the...

As protests spread across China in response to their governments zero-Covid policy, protesters hold blank sheets of paper over their faces; symbolizing Chinas extreme censorship.

Protests Erupt in China in Wake of Deadly Fire and “zero-Covid” Policy

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, Editor in Chief December 12, 2022

In what has been the largest demonstration in China since the 1989 Tiananmen protests, protesters have taken to the streets in response to their government's “zero-Covid” policy. The Chinese government's...

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train crossing a bridge.

The Holiday Train Rolls Through Town

Ella Fellman, Sports Editor December 12, 2022

The Canadian Pacific Railway keeps the train tracks of the upper Midwest and Canada fun during the holiday season! The CP Holiday Train is a fun and festive family activity. The Holiday Train is now...

Teachers across the country had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Oronos own educators stepped up to the plate by reading further!

How OHS Teachers Adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter November 30, 2022

Challenging is a word that best describes distance learning across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a period of about a year, the Orono School District went back and forth between having schooling...

This past year, consumers have continuously seen prices increase; but are these prices due to inflation or price gouging-or both?

Are Consumers Witnessing Inflation or Price Gouging-or Both?

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, Editor in Chief November 18, 2022

This past year, as prices have been rising in grocery stores, gas stations and car dealerships, consumers are forced to accept the climbing prices. Global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war...

Make sure to buy tickets to this years Orono Fall Musical. If you want to learn more about it, make sure to read below for some interviews with the cast members.

“The Sound of Music” is Filling the Halls of Orono High School

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter November 3, 2022

Take a step back in time this fall to 1930s Austria with “The Sound of Music,” performed by the Orono High School Drama Department. It is a timeless, well-known musical, and the movie ranks 27th for...

Profit margins in the US have spiked to record highs of over 8%.

This Recession is Unlike Any Before

Luke Wendling, Staff Reporter October 31, 2022

In a public statement on July 24, 2022, Janet Yellen released a statement with the White House in which she insisted that the United States is not in a recession, even though the economy has seen two quarters...

Posters that are hung around Orono High School for the We Scare Hunger Food Drive.

Orono Food Drive: WE Scare Hunger

Ella Fellman, Sports Editor October 31, 2022

Halloween is already an exciting time, and at Orono, students are giving out more than just candy. On Monday, Oct. 24, the WE Scare Hunger Food Drive began. WE Scare Hunger is a food drive that Orono...

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) resigns, and Rishi Sunak (right) is appointed prime minister.

Rishi Sunak becomes UK prime minister following Liz Truss’ resignation

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, Editor in Chief October 25, 2022

On Sept. 5, 2022, Liz Truss won the Conservative party leadership contest following the resignation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As a result of the on-going pandemic, a crumbling healthcare service,...

The town of Orono has a long and fascinating history. Read further to learn more!

The History of Orono, Minnesota

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter October 18, 2022

Early History The story of Orono began in 1858, the same year Minnesota became a state, when the area was surveyed along with the rest of western Hennepin County. What is now Orono was split between the...

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