The student news site of Orono High School

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

Elliana WIll and Victor Ruhland are one of our couples featured in this years Couples Video.

OHS 2022 Couples Video

Claire Hyrkas and Olivia Fegers May 16, 2022

It is time for the annual Couples Video highlighting some of our favorite OHS couples as they answer The Spartan Speaks' questions about their relationships. Stay until the end for some extra bloopers!...

The Collide Theatrical Dance Companys production of Class of 85 portrays 8 high school students as they spend the day in detention; learning that they really arent that different from one another.

Collide Theater: Class of ’85

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, News Editor May 9, 2022

The Collide Theatrical Dance Company in the Twin Cities produces a variety of shows each year. This spring, Collide Theater reset their show Class of ‘85, which originally debuted in 2015. The Collide...

The Orono School District has recently created a new two-year contract for its teachers; read on to learn more about its significance.

Orono Schools Comes to an Agreement with Teachers

Joseph Mariani and Luke Wendling May 2, 2022

During the school district’s April 11th meeting, the teacher union, the Orono Education Association, and the school board agreed on a new teacher contract. This new agreement will last from the 1st of...

Students and staff alike have mentioned the struggles of a senior slide.

The Senioritis Pandemic Hits OHS

Ella Fellman, Copy Editor April 21, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected daily life in school, but for a part of the Orono Schools’ population, this is nothing new. “With COVID, it kind of made all of my schooling just...

School Board Members meet together on Monday, November 8th, to discuss their objectives for the meeting.

Orono School Board makes impactful changes to meetings

Delaney Whitney, Chief Copy Editor November 18, 2021

School Board meetings across the country have changed dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has this shift in meeting protocols affected schools nationwide, it has also affected...

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Letters of Love: Three Years Later

Brooklyn Elsenpeter, News Editor November 9, 2021

Letters of Love is a non-profit organization that was founded at Orono High School in September of 2018 by Grace Berbig. What began as a club run by students - Letters of Love has become an organization...

Students are distracted by their technology/social media accounts during class.

Social Media Addictions Leading to Crippling Side-Effects

Libby Engebretson, Editor in Chief November 7, 2021

Social media use has been on the rise since the origins of social networking were deployed in the late 1990s. However, the implications of social media have been significant. As a member of Gen-Z, social...

Many workplaces are experiencing staffing shortages from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff Shortages Lead to Less Service

Delaney Whitney, Copy Editor October 20, 2021

The world has seen an increase in the number of staffing shortages in the workforce. From nationwide, to the students in the Orono community, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way in which workers...

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.

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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...

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