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The Spartan Speaks

The student news site of Orono High School

The Spartan Speaks

The student news site of Orono High School

The Spartan Speaks

Megan Kostial runs through the Orono Cheerleaders waving the Spartans flag to rev. up the crowd.

Orono vs. Holy Angels football game through the student eye

Brielle Knapp, Opinions Editor September 24, 2021

This is a compilation of video footage documenting the Orono vs. the Academy of Holy Angels football game on Friday, Sept. 10. This was the annual Tackle Cancer game. Music is "Right Round," copyright...

Orono High School Seniors Future Plans

Orono High School Seniors’ Future Plans

Mikayla Burns and Lauryn Pietrzak May 28, 2021

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.


Paying for Prestige: a Brief Look Into Selective Education

Roman Licursi, Staff Reporter May 28, 2021

In 2019, an educational services company Cengage asked 2,500 college students who were about to graduate or had just graduated how long they thought it would take them to pay off their student loans. The...

Senior athlete Connor Chappell  plays basketball during a game.

How Important is Sleep to Student Athletes?

Jacob Farrell May 27, 2021

The creation of great athletes leads behind a key factor, sleep. How do athletes manage the stress with sleep and creating a peak performance? “Additional sleep has been associated with increased...

DECA students represent OHS at international competition

DECA Students Represent OHS at International Competition

Jillian Cook, News Editor May 20, 2021

DECA, more specifically Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a business-oriented organization that exists in high schools throughout the country, and even reaches across the borders to Canada, Guam,...

Families come together in a pre-COVID Pride, Salt Lake City, 2019.

Living As The ‘Other’

Rachael Driskill, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

For those identifying as anything other than cisgender, heterosexual, and allosexual (allocishet), the obstacles to overcome in finding one’s place in the world are numerous. For sexual and gender...

OHS Celebrates Black History Month with Student Voice Presentation

Tillie Hogenson, Health and Wellness Editor March 8, 2021

Black History Month is a yearly celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their role in American History. The event grew out of “Negro History Week” started by historian...

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...

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