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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

Taylor Swifts new album Midnights.

Taylor Swift Releases New Album, “Midnights”

Summer Beatty, Features Editor October 31, 2022

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular artists around today. She is known for a number of popular songs such as: “Love Story”, “Bad Blood”, “Blank Space”, “You Belong With Me” and more....

Senior boys line up for a picture with their pennants and college gear.

Exploring Decision Day

Claire Hyrkas, Opinions Editor and Social Media Manager May 24, 2022

Most seniors, as one can expect, are edging to get out of school. In order to kickstart the end of the year, Orono High School held their annual prom that got the ball rolling for all the exciting end-of-the-year...

There are many benefits to becoming proficient in another language; read more to learn about what they are.

The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter May 6, 2022

学一门语言,就是多一个观察世界的窗户 “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese proverb It is estimated that there are over...

Graphic novel and television cross-over collage.

Heartstopper – The New Netflix Series Garnering Attention from Viewers

Olivia Fegers, Staff Reporter May 6, 2022

If you have been anywhere near Netflix recently, then you have more than likely heard about the new television show Hearstopper based on the hit graphic novel series written by Alice Oseman. The teen drama...

A quick look into Bridgertons newest characters, and what kind of genre to expect while watching.

Bridgerton – A New World

Claire Hyrkas, Section Editor May 4, 2022

The world of decadence and grace is back as of March 25 with the second season of the Netflix Original Series, “Bridgerton” (rated TV-MA). The highly anticipated TV series came out with its first...

Only Murders in the Building has become one of Hulus most popular original series; read further to learn more about its intriguing, fast-paced story.

Only Murders in the Building: Reviewed

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter April 20, 2022

(No spoilers) Only Murders in the Building is a Hulu original series that describes three strangers befriending one another as they create a true crime podcast about the murder they are investigating...

The Great Gatsby is one of the most well-known novels written by author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Classics Reviewed: The Great Gatsby

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter April 6, 2022

The book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is so well known in our culture that it immediately evokes images of wild parties, opulent mansions, and the roaring 20s itself. It is so famous, in fact,...

Uncharted (2022) released in theaters on February 18, 2022.

Uncharted Undignified

Brielle Knapp, Features Editor March 15, 2022

The movie adaptation of the best selling video game series Uncharted, made by Naughty Dog, was released in theaters on Feb. 18, 2022. Uncharted was highly anticipated by fans when word came out about its...

The history of St. Patricks Day is not well-known, read more about how it originated.

A History of St. Patrick’s Day

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter March 15, 2022

The first things that come to everyone’s mind on St. Patrick’s Day every year on Mar. 17 seem to be shamrocks, leprechauns, and pubs. It has been so ingrained into our yearly traditions that we do...

Spectators gaze in utter amazement at the projections covering the walls and floor of the second room.

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Astonishes Viewers

Lucy Ketcham, Copy Editor March 14, 2022

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Minneapolis is an astonishing animation of Van Gogh’s paintings projected onto the exhibit walls and floor. Lasting approximately 30 minutes, the animation displays...

As fast food has become a part of American culture, Orono students have enjoyed the luxury of enjoying these foods.

Orono’s Fast Food Nation

Kailey Niccum, Staff Reporter March 11, 2022

It’s no secret that teenagers enjoy eating out. According to data collected by the National School-Based Nutrition Survey (NSNS), only 17.2% of students 10-18 years old do not consume fast food in a...

The King’s Man: Reviewed

The King’s Man: Reviewed

Joseph Mariani, Staff Reporter March 7, 2022

The King’s Man is the R-rated prequel to the 2014 blockbuster action spy-comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service and its just as successful sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The majority of the movie...

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