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Self-care during Covid-19

Self-care is crucial during  the pandemic

Rae Malik, Online Layout Editor

May 27, 2020

As everyday life shifts and people continue to adjust to the restrictions regarding social interaction it is crucial to learn about the importance of self-care. Self-care activities can not only offer productivity but it can also improve one's health. There is a list of activities or hobbies that anyone...

Outer banks: feeling free while stuck at home

Nolan Tichy, News Editor

May 27, 2020

Outer Banks is Netflix's newest show that has recently taken the media by storm... literally. It involves a group of teenage friends, John B., Kiara, Pope, and J.J., who find themselves getting mixed up in the search for a missing treasure. Those four characters have social media, news, and just abo...

Dropping letter grades during the COVID-19 crisis

Seniors are struggling with many losses due to the pandemic, and standard grades have added to the stress.

Jack Patterson, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

Jack Patterson Staff Reporter Before this unprecedented time, the COVID-19 Virus, presented itself, high school students were already at the top of the list in terms of battling stress and anxiety. 70 percent of high school students view stress and anxiety as a major problem for themselves and their ...

The Pink Tax Bleeds Red

Pads, liners, and tampons are still taxable products in several states and multiple countries.

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

April 10, 2020

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief Everyone purchases hygiene products, and it is assumed that all basic necessities are treated as such in terms of taxes. Even products such as castor oil and arch insoles make an appearance on the list of tax-exempt items. Unfortunately, however, women’s menstrual produ...

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

Various schools in Minnesota are changing their start times, and Orono students are discussing the possible benefits of a change.

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 audiences

Uncut Gems, a new movie starring Adam Sandler, hit theaters in December 2019.

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’ was released to theaters on Dec. 25, so far grossing $60 million at the box office with a 95 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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 has taken the world by storm. Movie posters are seen outside of theaters world-wide.

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

Netflix has a variety of holiday movies. A Christmas Prince the Royal Baby was new this year.

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 was released on Nov. 27, 2019 and is nominated for three Golden Globe Awards.

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...

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