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Forensics students get the inside scoop on Orono Police

Forensics students get the inside scoop on Orono Police

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

January 16, 2020

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor Science teacher Jessica Curtis and her forensics class headed to the police station on January 7th to get an inside look at their very own Orono Police Department. At the beginning of the day, students from all forensics classes packed into the auditorium to listen in...

New finals week schedule allows for less interruptions during testing

New finals week schedule allows for less interruptions during testing

Grace Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 16, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features Editor As students’ stress inclines as finals week gets closer, students are also concerned about the new schedule being implemented for the end of semester finals. There was much debate about how to change the schedule to prevent fifth hour classes interrupted by lunches. M...

All the News That’s Fit to Print

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Roxy Neset, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2020

Roxy Neset Staff Reporter Russia Banned from the Olympics The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has banned Russia from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This means that Olympic athletes from Russia will compete under a neutral flag, and the Russian national anthem will not be played at the opening ceremony...

2020 Youth in Government Model Assembly

2020 Youth in Government Model Assembly

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

January 14, 2020

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor Each January 1600 students from all over Minnesota gather in the Twin Cities for four days for the annual YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) Model Assembly to participate in mock government activities and programs. Students can choose from a wide range of programs in whic...

Is an economic recession on the horizon?

Is an economic recession on the horizon?

Ajalon Peterson, News Editor

January 2, 2020

Ajalon Peterson News Editor Economic recessions are a sensitive topic, often ensuing panic among the public. Recently, the threat of recession has reared its ugly head once more. According to the Associated Press, 74 percent of economists predict the onset of one by the end of 2021. The largest ...

The Syrian Civil War affects more than just Syrians

The Syrian Civil War affects more than just Syrians

Roxy Neset, Staff Reporter

January 2, 2020

Roxy Neset Staff Reporter Millions of people have been devastated by the Syrian Civil War, and on Oct. 19, President Trump took the U.S. out of it. The Syrian Civil War originates from nonviolent anti-government protests in March of 2011. The Syrian people were frustrated with their governm...

Getting healthy in 2020

Getting healthy in 2020

Sam Capece, News Editor

December 21, 2019

Sam Capece News Editor As 2019 comes to a close and with a new decade approaching, many people will be hitting the gym and the grocery store in order to lose weight and get healthy in 2020. With the amount of information out there on different diets, workout routines and quick fixes, it’s harde...

UK general election brings conservative majority

UK general election brings conservative majority

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

December 20, 2019

Claire Suchy Copy Editor On Dec. 12, the United Kingdom held its general election. Since 2010, the conservative party, or Tories, have been the winning party. The conservative party leader, Boris Johnson, will continue serving as the United Kingdom Prime Minister, a position he has held since 2017. ...

Students impress at winter band concert

Students impress at winter band concert

Megan Craft, Copy Editor

December 20, 2019

Megan Craft Copy Editor On Monday, December 16th, Orono High School held its Chamber Music Recital and Jazz Ensemble Concert. This recital was held in the OHS auditorium and displayed the hard work of many different musical ensembles. “The flute choir was as beautiful as always and the clarine...

Trump has been impeached, but what’s next?

Trump has been impeached, but what’s next?

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2019

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief After months of closed-door meetings and televised hearings, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formalized the articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump, propelling charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The historic vo...

Service Auction Preview

Service Auction Preview

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

December 11, 2019

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor For the past four years, it has been a December tradition at OHS to put together a service auction. Each year, the Minnesota Association for Student Councils and Honors Societies chooses a state service project for schools around the state to raise money for or partic...

An update on the Catholic abuse lawsuits

An update on the Catholic abuse lawsuits

Isa Chavez, Social Media Manager

December 10, 2019

Isa Chavez Social Media Manager Thanks to a new law enacted by 15 states, abuse cases and accusations made against the Catholic clergy are going to court next week. According to The Associated Press, there are over 5,000 cases waiting to be litigated. Accusations against the Catholic clergy are n...

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