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Jack Ellis, Orono High School Class of 2015, finished sixth in the National Speech & Debate Association Tournament June 19 in Dallas, Texas. Competition began June 15 and Ellis was named one of the finalists from the 246 students competing in the category of dramatic interpretation. The National Speech & Debate Association Tournament marks the capstone of middle…

Orono High School junior Emma Peterson, daughter of Tim and Caroline Peterson, Medina, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take…

It has been a highly-anticipated sixth-grade field trip at Orono Middle School for years: the annual trek to Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. Students are challenged to use what they’ve studied in physical science to solve problems at the indoor amusement park. This school year, however, just before their February 24 visit, the mall…

Mark Parrish, who has a resume full of both professional and amateur hockey experience, has been named head coach of the boys’ hockey team at Orono High School. “He brings extraordinary playing experiences with him,” said OHS Activities Director Bucky Mieras, “and I believe he has the personality to translate those experiences into a coaching…

It’s easy to make a Case for why this year’s Friend of Education deserves the recognition. The involvement of Carrie Case has benefited students at the school level, on a district level and in the community. “Carrie is a bright, talented and humble person with deep purpose for sharing her talents in service to others,”…

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