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An interactive visual to give Orono students a fun and easy way to find new music to listen to.

Music recommendations based on the artists and genres you know and love

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor In Chief-Visuals April 6, 2021

In this age of technology, being able to listen to music is at our fingertips. In the click of a button, anyone can play any genre or style of music they desire. According to the popular music streaming...

Has the Pandemic and Virtual School Ruined our Work Ethic?

Has the Pandemic and Virtual School Ruined our Work Ethic?

Lily Schlobohm, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

Last March, Orono Schools were sent the news that school would be online for what seemed to be only two weeks, but we would soon learn would become an entire year. After an extended lockdown and a year-long...

The Student Voice Club at Orono High School presents, “We Are Black History Today” presentation sharing their stories and personal experience.

Orono High School Celebrates Black History Month with Student Voice

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor March 8, 2021

According to Jeff Wallenfeldt, an editor for Britannica, Black History Month is a yearly celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their role in American History. The...

Graham gets ready to play the beat drop of the song Novocaine by The Unlikely Candidates. Graham uploaded his cover to his youtube channel.

John Graham: from a drumming prodigy to an aspiring professional musician

Lauryn Pietrzak, Editor in Chief: Visuals January 22, 2021

John Graham is an Orono senior with an undeniable musical talent. Graham’s love for playing music began when he got his first drum set on Christmas in fifth grade. Learning how to play the drums, Graham...

Outgoing superintendent Dr. Karen Orcutt (left) and incoming superintendent Dr. Kristi Flesher (right).

Orono honors a transition of superintendents

Jillian Cook, News Editor January 21, 2021

On Dec. 7, 2020, the Orono Schools Board of Education accepted the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Karen Orcutt as well as approved her successor, Dr. Kristi Flesher. Both of these leaders have fostered...

George Floyd mural outside of Cup Foods where Floyd was murdered.

George Floyd Police Pre-Trials Begin

Mikayla Burns, Editor in Chief October 9, 2020

According to Doyle Greene, a writer for Film Criticism, an online film review company, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck to...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural on the intersection of 15th and U St. in DC. Photo taken by Joe in DC.

The Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Juliana Ward, Social Media Editor October 8, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18th. She had struggled with pancreatic cancer for at least 20 years and she lost her fight at 87 years old. The world has recently taken the loss of Ruth Bader...

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...

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

OHS seniors’ plans after graduation

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...

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

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

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...

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

Student voice delivers impactful presentation

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:...

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

Super Tuesday Results Across the Nation

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...

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