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Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor

May 27, 2020

Graduation ceremonies will look very different for the class of 2020 across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person graduation ceremonies should be avoided in order to keep everyone in the community safe according to The Minnesota Department of Health. Orono has decided to hold a virtual...

OHS seniors’ plans after graduation

The OHS Class of 2020 will be going all over the world after graduation on June 3.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

Click on the interactive buttons on the map and state pages to see what the seniors of Orono High School plan to do after graduation June 3. Note: Only students who responded to our survey are included on the map....

Words still hurt: how various clubs are working to change the school’s culture

Student Voice is one of the many great clubs offered to Orono students.

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Though monumental strides have been made in the past 50 years to combat explicit racism, homophobia and misogyny, implicit biases still thrive in school culture. A common name for this idea is the concept of microaggressions. A microaggression is a comment or action th...

Student voice delivers impactful presentation

Student Voice delivered a presentation. on Monday Feb. 24 regarding Black History Month.

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

March 13, 2020

Claire Suchy Copy Editor On Feb. 24, the Student Voice club welcomed the rest of the student body to listen to their presentation regarding a multitude of topics, but all concerning a central theme: race. The Student Voice club, created in the past year, allows students who felt they were withou...

Super Tuesday Results Across the Nation

Overview of the map, showing a graph of Super Tuesday data.

Sam Capece, News Editor

March 10, 2020

Super Tuesday is a strong indicator of the two candidates that will be selected for the primaries. This year many states took part in holding elections on Super Tuesday including Minnesota, California and Texas. This is a map showing all the states partaking in Super Tuesday, the results, as well as...

How coaching culture is changing

Many changes are being made to the culture of coaching, and Orono students are witnessing it firsthand.

Cooper Klaers, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

Cooper Klaers Staff Reporter “Hey, Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n—– s—.” This is just one of several instances of abuse or mistreatment by NHL coaches this season. Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock and Dallas Stars Coach Jim Montgomery have...

Letters of Love Gala gives back to Minnesota Children’s Hospital

The attendees gather to listen to Grace Berbig and hospital patients share their stories.

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

February 20, 2020

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor In Oct. 2018, then junior Grace Berbig founded the Letters of Love Club to bring people together to make cards for patients at the Children’s Hospital. Berbig’s idea came from the time she spent in the hospital as a child while her mom was undergoing cancer t...

Forensics students get the inside scoop on Orono Police

Seniors Ethan Blum, Grace Larsen, Jane Jonassen, Amelia Singleton and Audrey Link are decked out in gear on the forensics field trip.

Grace Berbig, Opinions Editor

January 16, 2020

Grace Berbig Opinions Editor Science teacher Jessica Curtis and her forensics class headed to the police station on January 7th to get an inside look at their very own Orono Police Department. At the beginning of the day, students from all forensics classes packed into the auditorium to listen in...

Teachers compete for students’ amusement

English teacher Jennifer Ivers gleefully shoves a pie into Spanish teacher (and her husband) Paul Ivers' face.

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

December 20, 2019

During the last Spartan Hour before winter break, Orono teachers competed in various feats while students cheered them on from the bleachers. Teachers were split into two teams, red and blue, but only one team was able to come out on top. The teachers participated in freeze tag, musical chairs, slang...

Freshman Kindness Retreat – a Recap

Allie Gardner leading groups of students during the

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2019

Freshman Kindness Retreat - a Recap Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief On Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Kluever and Allie Gardner from Drake University visited Orono High School with the mission to further develop culture and leadership skills, specifically directed to the freshman class. Joining the freshm...

What Happened to the Print Edition?

Old print editions of The Spartan Speaks and some are from many years ago.

Sam Capece, News Editor

November 22, 2019

Sam Capece News Editor For many years now, Orono students and staff have looked forward to receiving the school newspaper, The Spartan Speaks, full of interesting articles written by their peers. What many don’t realize is the amount of time and effort that goes into creating up to four editions of th...

Student voices amplified by new advisory board

Students at the homecoming football game cheer for the team.

Megan Fritz, Features Editor

November 22, 2019

Megan Fritz Features and Online Layout Editor With students demanding to be heard, staff members are looking for new ways to get them involved and hear their opinions. Orono High School staff has begun providing new opportunities for students to share thoughts and ideas, and it’s a mutually ben...

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