The Spartan Speaks

All the News That’s Fit to Print

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Roxy Neset, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2020

Roxy Neset Staff Reporter Russia Banned from the Olympics The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has banned Russia from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This means that Olympic athletes from Russia will compete under a neutral flag, and the Russian national anthem will not be played at the opening ceremony...

Teacher Competition

Teacher Competition

Gracie Hornbaker, Features Editor

January 3, 2020

Gracie Hornbaker Features editor During the last spartan hour before winter break, Orono teachers competed in various competitions 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 part...

Is an economic recession on the horizon?

Is an economic recession on the horizon?

Ajalon Peterson, News Editor

January 2, 2020

Ajalon Peterson News Editor Economic recessions are a sensitive topic, often ensuing panic among the public. Recently, the threat of recession has reared its ugly head once more. According to the Associated Press, 74 percent of economists predict the onset of one by the end of 2021. The largest ...

Trump has been impeached, but what’s next?

Trump has been impeached, but what’s next?

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2019

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief After months of closed-door meetings and televised hearings, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formalized the articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump, propelling charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The historic vo...

Freshman Kindness Retreat – a Recap

Freshman Kindness Retreat – a Recap

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?

What Happened to the Print Edition?

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

Student voices amplified by new advisory board

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...

A run down on the 2020 candidates for president

A run down on the 2020 candidates for president

Claire Suchy, Copy Editor

November 11, 2019

Claire Suchy Copy Editor With the 2020 election coming up in under a year, it’s an absolutely integral part of being an active citizen that you are informed. Learning the key points of a candidate’s election points will help you make a more advised decision next November at the polling booth. Fro...

Athlete of the Month: Reece Clifford

Athlete of the Month: Reece Clifford

Margaret Kraus, Sports Editor

November 9, 2019

Margaret Kraus Sports Editor The Spartan Speak’s boys’ athlete of the month is soccer captain Reece Clifford. He was a captain of the team during the 2019 seas on, and has been a starting player his since freshman year of high school. Clifford began his soccer career at the age of seven while he was still living in Britain. One of his favorite memories from the...

Eat a Mango, Don’t Vape One

Eat a Mango, Don’t Vape One

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

November 3, 2019

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes; an array of hand-held devices that simulate smoking tobacco. It’s caused a rapidly growing epidemic throughout high schools nationwide, as more and more students find it to be a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes. Or...

The Senior Year Checklist To Success

The Senior Year Checklist To Success

Megan Fritz, Features Editor

October 21, 2019

Megan Fritz Features and Online Layout Editor With college application deadlines approaching quickly, senior students have a lot on their plate. Knowing where to start and what to do can be a productivity-limiting factor that is fairly easy to overcome. This 5-part checklist provides ideas for student...

Midseason Recap: the sports of fall 2019

Midseason Recap: the sports of fall 2019

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

September 24, 2019

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Fall sports are at their height during the last week of September, and each team is boasting their share of wins and losses from the season. For many teams, this marks the middle of the fall season, and a perfect time to reflect on the happenings thus far and expect...

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