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High IQs come with risk for drug use

December 18, 2011

Children with high IQ scores have an increased risk of smoking marijuana and taking other illegal drugs when older. This is compared to children with lower IQ, according to a study done in the United Kingdom. The study revealed that men who received high IQ scores when they were five years old were...

Silvio Berlusconi steps down amid European turmoil

December 18, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi served his fourth term as the Italian Prime Minister from May 8, 2008, until he resigned from his position on Nov. 12, 2011. The reasons for Berlusconi’s resignment include the severe economic standings of Italy and his incredibly low approval rating. As the prime minister of Italy,...

OHS Writing Center caters to all students

December 8, 2011

While some kids are listening to their iPods, eating snacks, and talking to their friends on Spartan Hour days, there is an intelligent group of kids waiting in English teacher Jarrett Lundquist’s room to help out. One of Orono’s best kept secrets include the amazing peer tutors and mentors that...

MCA scores pale in comparison to AP and ACT

December 8, 2011

Every year the Minnesota Department of Education publishes the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores. With above average performance on AP tests (see AP scores article, page 1) and ACT tests, many were surprised to find out that Orono students had a lower performance on the MCAs. Orono...

Virginia Tech Shooting reported to be an “isolated” incident

December 8, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: A police officer was shot and killed on the  Virginia Tech. campus this morning, according to campus authorities.  The Virginia Tech. police officer was conducting a  "routine" traffic stop when the suspect shot the officer and fled through a campus parking lot.   A second person...

Somalian famine needs more attention from media

December 8, 2011

The press is keeping the public well informed on hot-button issues such as the economy and Libyan power struggles. However, the famine rampaging in Eastern Africa is severely lacking attention from the media. Over half of the population in Somalia is suffering from malnutrition, and a large portion of...

Orono students reach out and give back

December 8, 2011

About 1,500 families come to Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners each year needing help—with rent, car repairs, medical bills, employment, or food. IOCP responds to their immediate need and works with families to build long-term stability. Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners was...

Jobs help students prepare fo their future

December 7, 2011

“A job can teach students about commitment, time management and responsibility- and, of course, handling money,” said a representative from College Board. “In most cases they can acquire a nice dose of discipline and a whole new set of skills and experience.” A study conducted by Word Press...

OIS hosts world’s second largest book fair

December 7, 2011

This past Nov. 7 - 11, the OIS media center transformed into the nations second largest book fair. Sponsored by elementary Parent Teacher Organization, the goal of this years book fair was to raise $10,000. The money raised by the book fair will go toward purchasing classroom resources. The theme of...

Local veterans honored at OHS

Local veterans honored at OHS

December 7, 2011

This year on Veterans Day, Orono students, staff and various members of the community honored the veterans at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11. The school decided to host this ceremony during fourth hour because it starts at 11:00, the same time the treaty was signed to end World War II in 1945. The ceremony...

Orono hosts annual International Festival

December 7, 2011

The music fills your ears as you walk through the sliding glass doors of Otten Brothers. You are surrounded by a furnace of people, colors, booths and exotic cultures. There are kids running and playing, teenagers crowding around booths and dancers showing off for their country. Everyone seems to be...

West-metro pack-a-thon and the Orono community feed the hungry

December 7, 2011

On Nov. 11 and 12, 2011 Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) hosted the seventh annual pack-a-thon at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota. The pack-a-thon aimed at packing 350,000 meals for children in Somalia and Haiti. “We can’t abandon the kids in Haiti who rely on...

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