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Students in the Face of not Graduating

Students in the Face of not Graduating

Megan Albers, Staff Reporter

November 29, 2016

The reasons for student drop outs varies widely, but with some more preventable than others, it is frustrating that almost 7,000 high school students drop out per day according to Do Something. Students can drop out for many specific reasons, but they all fall under one of three categories.  The first ...

Passing on the Kindness

Passing on the Kindness

Maddie Marquis, Features Editor

November 21, 2016

It is proven that smiles are contagious and that performing random acts of kindness increase the happiness of all involved.  At OHS, “Pass on the Kindness” cards were created in hopes of spreading little acts of kindness around the school. A total of eight different note cards were created, each i...

Respect: Important for All Ages

Respect: Important for All Ages

Allison Stern, Opinions Editor

November 21, 2016

The definition of respect, as defined by Merriam Webster, is a feeling/understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. Respect at Orono has been an issue that teachers have tried to address, but it has recently become a problem both at the high school...

Activities that Make you Happy

Activities that Make you Happy

Megan Albers, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2016

With post election hate surging and school stress higher than average, a multitude of emotions can be experienced. It is possible that among these emotions, we are missing one key feeling: happiness.   It is important to incorporate habits to boost ones mood into busy life schedules to make you feel be...

The Things a Smile Can Do

The Things a Smile Can Do

Hannah Rippberger, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2016

In today’s society there is a lot of negativity flying around.  It was once said, you don’t know someone’s story until you walk a mile in their shoes. That is nothing but the truth. Do not judge the people in the hallway. The girl you see walking alone, she might help pay the bills at home. Or ...

Being There in the Moment

Being There in the Moment

Grace Reiners, Visuals Editor

November 18, 2016

Social support system refers to a network of people-friends, family, and peers-that we can turn to for emotional and practical support, according to University at Buffalo. A solid reliable friendship can turn your lifestyle into a positive outlook. Researchers believe we are overlooking the importan...

Approaching a Bully

Approaching a Bully

Lisa Suerken, News Editor

November 18, 2016

Bullying has become an unfortunate social norm that many teens have come to accept as their own reality. Now is the time when people need to become more aware of how to spot a bully and how to combat one. While many may think Orono does not deal with many bullies, we are not immune to this issue. A...

A Push for Positivity

A Push for Positivity

Cami Reese, Copy Chief

November 18, 2016

Positivity can be a powerful force.  It can be infectious to others around you.  With this state of mind, you can influence yourself and others to achieve great things.  Everyone, from people being bullied to random stranger, can use some kind of positive action or thought everyday. Studen...

Freshmen Face the Reality of High School

Freshmen Face the Reality of High School

Megan Albers, Visuals Team

October 24, 2016

The freshman prepare themselves in every way possible.  They have double checked their school supplies, and have had their first day of school outfit planned for weeks.  The first day of school is already behind them.  Before they know it, the first couple of weeks pass by too and they finally ha...

Clowns Sends Hysteria Throughout the U.S.

Clowns Sends Hysteria Throughout the U.S.

Cari Spencer, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2016

With Halloween sneaking up, it only seems fitting that clown hysteria has gripped the nation. In the halls of Orono High School alone, offhand references to “The Clowns” can be heard on a regular basis. Clown related tags have been trending on Twitter, clown hunting videos have spiked on Vine, and...

To See or Not to See?

To See or Not to See?

Sophia Rauchle, News Editor

June 6, 2016

As school finally ends and summer begins, many look forward to being on the boat and just hanging out. But what about at night? Well don’t worry, because June brings many movies to see when that bright sun goes down. Starting out our summer, on June 3, many movies premiere such as Teenage Mutant N...

Latest Disney Movie Takes Viewers by Storm

Latest Disney Movie Takes Viewers by Storm

Cari Spencer, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2016

Whenever Disney releases a new animated film, my friends and I take a trip to the cloud-like reclining chairs of Mann Plymouth Grand 15, and rave about the amazing animation, characters, and storylines that the studio has produced, (we also get frozen yogurt at Cherry Berry afterwards, which I’ll ...

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