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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.

Winter Weather Protocol for the Orono School District

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...

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...

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....

The Difference A Morning Meal Can Make

The Difference A Morning Meal Can Make

Sydney Govrik, News Editor March 11, 2022

Early mornings and late nights, filled with tests, projects, practices and games, just barely scrapes the surface in an accurate representation of the life of an average high school student. Maintaining...

Students donate blood to the local blood drive.

Orono Blood Drive Swings Into Action

Ella Fellman, Staff Reporter March 9, 2022

Last week, Orono held its second blood drive of the year. This blood drive was extremely successful. All of the slots to donate blood were filled by the time the drive rolled around. The need for blood...

Technology use impacts sleep in various ways, and has shocking impacts on ones health.

How Technology Affects Sleep

Aiydan Wright, Staff Reporter February 24, 2022

According to the study “Sleep Duration and Sleeping Difficulties among Adolescents,” the fact is that 55 percent of adolescents slept less than the recommended eight hours per night and 11 percent...

Mask mandate lifted for Orono High School students and staff.

Mask Mandate Update for Orono Schools

Luke Wendling, Staff Reporter February 24, 2022

According to an email from Orono Schools superintendent, Dr. Kristine Flesher, and Orono School Board Chair, Bob Tunheim, on February 11, Orono Schools dropped its mask mandate starting February 22. The...

Omicron Variant hits humans differently

New COVID-19 Variant Spreads More Easily

Jacob Farrell, Sports Editor January 18, 2022

The Coronavirus has been spreading throughout the world for over two years and has caused many fatalities across the globe. As the pandemic has progressed, viral mutations have dispersed new variants,...

Finals week is approaching for Orono High School!

The Season of Distress: Finals Week Preparations

Brielle Knapp, Opinions Editor January 18, 2022

As Orono High School comes to the end of its first semester, students have started preparing for final exams. A study performed at Rutgers University shows that, on average, students are getting around...

Social media does not overpower mental health.

Social Media Posts Cause Mental Health Struggles

Jacob Farrell, Sports Editor January 12, 2022

Mental health is caused by numerous things such as psychological trauma, environmental stress and social media disparaging. Social media is a system of problems and chaos. "During my time at Facebook,...

Learning new things can help you in the future with success in the field you want to go into.

How Well is Your Academic Success in School?

Harper Randolph, Staff Reporter January 6, 2022

There are three main factors that impact a student’s academic performance: mental health, socio-economic status, and home life. Each external element affects students differently. Mental Health More...

Students engagement has decreased with the pandemic over the years

COVID-19 Defeated Student Engagement

Kailey Niccum, Staff Reporter January 3, 2022

As a result of COVID-19, students have had to social distance from their friends and teachers. Although hybrid and distance learning temporarily filled the role of traditional school, this disconnect between...

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