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The Spring of Testing (ACT, AP exams, MCA)

Spring months signify extensive testing for students; including the ACT, MCAs, and Advanced Placement tests.
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Juliana Ward, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2020

Juliana Ward Staff Reporter With the snow starting to melt and temperatures rising, the school year is moving onto spring testing including the MCA’s, ACT’s and AP exams. Students in all grades are prepping themselves for the future rounds of tests that we face with the upcoming season chang...

College Freshman Forum

Nina Johnson, Features Editor

May 24, 2019

Nina Johnson Features Editor On Friday, May 24, Orono upperclassmen were called to the auditorium during spartan hour to hear a panel of 2018 graduates speak about their freshman year of college.  Juniors and seniors were invited, though it was geared toward the seniors nearing graduation an...

Decision Day 2019: Student’s Post-High School Plans

Senior Fischer Eiss and Pierce Pennaz celebrating their future plans.

May 7, 2019

Kenzie Taylor Opinions Editor Wednesday May 1st marked Decision Day nationwide, where seniors gathered to announce and celebrate their post-high school plans by making pendants featuring their choice and taking pictures with friends. In addition, they represented their plans with apparel from where...

College is not the only option

Mark Sarles, Sports Editor

May 6, 2019

By Mark Sarles Sports Editor One of the big decisions for seniors at Orono High School is post high school plans. Most Orono students go on to a post-secondary education or college. Many people assume college is the only option. Many parents assume the only option for their kids is college. But some...

Managing Stress

Rae Malik, Copy Editor

December 10, 2018

Managing Stress Rae Malik Copy Editor Stress can be described as anything that causes changes in behavior by the environment. The human body responds to such changes caused by the environment through stress. There are incidents that take place almost every day that cause stress which is normal. ...

Is College Board really helping students?

Cari Spencer, Editor in Chief

October 28, 2018

Cari Spencer Editor in Chief Like many other high school students, the name “College Board” gives me a feeling similar to a four-year-old presented with a plate of vegetables. To put it simply, I’m not a fan of the blue acorn logo and all that it stands for. I’m not a fan of how much tim...

Sparty’s March Madness hits OHS

2017 Tournament Bracket

March 14, 2017

It's that time of year again ... March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are back in the tourney, and to celebrate, The Spartan Speaks is bringing back our Sparty's March Madness competition. Forms will be handed out by Spartan Speaks staffers during Spartan Hour on W...

Going out of State for College can be Challenging

Going out of state for college can be challenging for students.

Megan Albers, Staff Reporter

January 13, 2017

From a young age, students have in their mind that going out of state for college is something that they should do.  Whether it is due to pressure from their parents, or the misconception that Minnesota schools are worse than those of an out of state college university. Students are under the impression that going...

National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9, 2016

Seniors Tori Andrew, Sam Fischer, Megan Anderson, and Will Brenton pose for a picture before signing their letters

Maddy Schliinz, Sports Editor

November 10, 2016

Nov. 9, 2016 was National Letter of Intent signing day where students commit to participating for the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. OHS has always had a competitive high school athletic program and athletes that are passionate about their sports and go above and beyond...

Prospective College Students: Are you prepared?

A few tips as students begin the college search process.

Morgan Marxer, News Editor

October 24, 2016

How many times have you been asked what colleges you’re looking at? What your intended major is? Or where you’re applying to? If one of these questions were to be proposed to several high school students, their responses may result in frustration due the number of times they have been questioned...

Where to Pinch Pennies or Break the Bank for College

Columbia University's tuition and fees are $49,138 (2013-14)

Alec Morin, News Editor

October 19, 2014

Luckily for us Midwesterners the states with the most expensive public and private universities are Pennsylvania and New York, respectively. This trend continues when one considers almost all of the most expensive colleges throughout the country. The East and West coasts contain the majority of these...

OHS Seniors Celebrate National Decision Day

OHS Seniors Celebrate National Decision Day

Madison Mills, A&E Editor

May 2, 2014

National College Decision Day was today, Thursday, May 1. Orono seniors sported their future schools' colors and mascots, while the Guidance Office hosted a special Spartan Hour celebration in the cafeteria where seniors decorated pennants, ate cake, and took celebratory pictures with fellow classmates....

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