The Spartan Speaks

Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is a real, and affecting people. If you know what to look for, and how to prevent it, you will be okay.
October 8, 2020

Many health professionals are reporting that Zoom fatigue can cause impactful physical symptoms. In addition to physical fatigue, people have been experiencing headaches, eye-strain, neck pain, back...

Update on the Spartan Hour Schedule

January 22, 2018

The school year of 2017-2018 stuck a major change in the day to day schedule at Orono High School. Spartan Hour no longer occurs on a regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. The days in which Spartan...

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...

Little Resolutions Make Big Impacts

January 19, 2017

Coming up with New Year’s resolutions can be tricky, but not for Orono elementary school students. Resolutions are all the rage amongst adults and high school students, but often times it is hard to...

Orono students express Ivy league aspirations

January 10, 2014

Seniors Maddie Parrot, Andy Ten Eyck, Becca Young, Luke Haglin and Ben Banavige  Orono seniors are preparing themselves for the approach of college application deadlines: specifically those of...

The driving that drives me crazy

Parent and student drivers are out of control
January 10, 2014

Distracted driving can be dangerous not only to the driver, but to the passengers and other cars around the dangerous driver. More people are becoming careless drivers and making simple mistakes that could...

Students explore and accept pathways other than college, Militeens

Students explore and accept pathways other than college, Militeens
May 28, 2013

In 2011, 2.3 million people served in the armed forces, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Orono is sending 4 high school students into the armed forces after graduation, 2 students...

Teachers plunge to support Special Olympics

Photo/ Betty Mueller

Polar Plunge mascot Snowflake with OHS math teacher Michelle Swenson
February 6, 2013

2013 will mark the 16th year of the Polar Plunge in Minnesota. This year, OHS is sending 16 teachers off to take the plunge in support of the Minnesota Special Olympics. The goal of the Polar Plunge...

Student performance affected by alcohol use

Photo/ Madeline Hill
October 17, 2012

Seventeen percent of American high schoolers are consuming alcohol or using illicit drugs during school. This number is even higher for student use of these substances outside of school. High school...

Students stress over ACT testing around the state

Prep books open many doors for good scores.
Photo/ Pete Makarov
October 16, 2012

The evolution of the ACT has changed the competition of college admissions. More than 90 percent of Orono High School students take the ACT by the end of their high school career. University of Iowa...

Consussions continue to plague students at high school

January 26, 2012

The number of concussions has been on the rise, which many attribute to athletes, coaches, and parents becoming more aware of the symptoms. Over the past eight years the number of brain injuries in children...

Shortage of ADHD medications directly affects students

January 26, 2012

Stimulant medications improve the lives of 70 percent of children and adults who suffer from ADHD. Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, the most common ADHD stimulants, have been proven to help and...

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