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Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

February 27, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Valentine’s Day, while not a government-sanctioned holiday, is a public holiday that plagues our calendars each and every year as Feb. 14 inevitably comes about. While Valentine’s Day for some requires a large payout for their significant other, for the likes of u...

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Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

February 21, 2020

Love is in the air on Feb. 14.; the baby pink colored holiday that allows individuals to consume obscene amounts of dark chocolate Ghirardelli squares and Ferrero Rochers: Valentine’s Day. Now, it gets a bit of a bad rap, but why? Typically, Valentine’s-day-hating individuals are just that- singular,...

Preparing for Finals

January 29, 2020

Maddie Combs Visuals Editor With the semester coming to a close at Orono High School, students are preparing more than ever for final exams. The arguably most stressful time of the year has come once again and is leaving many students, freshmen and seniors alike, wondering how exactly they can best...

Later school start times may have a positive impact on education

Later school start times may have a positive impact on education

Nick Overturf, Staff Reporter

January 21, 2020

Nick Overturf Staff Reporter Within the last decade, various school districts around the nation have altered their schedule in many ways. One of these methods, later school start times, has gained an immense amount of traction. It may be difficult for teens to naturally fall asleep before 11 p.m...

‘Uncut Gems’ dazzles audience

‘Uncut Gems’ dazzles audience

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

Claire Suchy Copy Editor With priceless opals, reckless bets and a bedazzled furby, Uncut Gems is a rollercoaster of events that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat for 135 minutes. Uncut Gems follows the high stakes bet of a jeweler named Howard Ratner, played by Adam Sandler. Directors Josh a...

‘Little Women’: a fresh literary adaption

‘Little Women’: a fresh literary adaption

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

January 16, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Countless Little Women adaptions have made the big screen throughout the twentieth century. However, Greta Gerwig’s latest adaption brings an entirely new dimension to Lousia May Alcott’s famed novel, all the while adding a layer of modernity that makes such a timeles...

Frozen 2 is an enchanted sequel for all to love (even high schoolers)

Frozen 2 is an enchanted sequel for all to love (even high schoolers)

Maddie Combs, Visuals Editor

January 9, 2020

The year is 2013. Disney’s newest release Frozen hits theaters and instantly takes the world by storm. The story is one that Disney has never dabbled in before--the power of familial love and the idea that a man isn’t always a woman’s savior. With loveable characters and karaoke hit songs such...

The holiday movies worth watching this winter

The holiday movies worth watching this winter

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 7, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features Editor With the holidays coming up, hunkering down to watch a good holiday movie--or five--is a great way to get in the spirit. Every year Netflix releases several new holiday movies. In the winter, as students get some extra relaxation time, it is important that their t...

Knives Out combines comedy and mystery

Knives Out combines comedy and mystery

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor Released only this November, Knives Out has already grossed $163.8 million. Directed by Rian Johnson, this film has received three Golden Globe nominations and has anticipated Oscar buzz. Knives Out revolves around the suicide of a famous wea...

American Music Awards

American Music Awards

Rae Malik, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Rae Malik Opinions Editor and Online Layout Editor This year the American Music Awards took place on November 28, 2019. The hosting responsibilities this year fell upon Ciara as she was the emcee of the award show. The opening performance of “Lose you to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now” by ...

The Art of Being Thankful

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

January 2, 2020

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor As we embark into January, the expectations of a peaceful, exciting and happy holiday season are increasing by the day. Although there are many joy-filled events during this month, such as giving, seeing family, receiving presents, ice skating, and watching Elf, there i...

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