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Six students serving on the Orono High School Student Senate attended the national convention of the National Association of Student Councils June 23-28 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. The delegation was led by Andy Baran, who will be a senior this year and is a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Association…

Orono High School senior Elise Anhorn and junior Serena Laing received an honorable mention in the 2017 Minnesota Academy of Science STEM Communicator Awards. Their research paper was entitled “Investigation of Porphyromonas Gingivalis Isotypes in Relation to Various Clinical Factors.” The competition honors authors of the top 10 papers with cash awards and medallions, and also…

Five of the 10 teams that Orono Middle School advanced from building-level competition placed in the World Savvy Festival. The regional competition was held May 12 at the University of St. Thomas. In all, more than 300 students representing eight schools participated. The World Savvy Challenge is an academic opportunity for students to engage in…

The Orono High School Student Senate was honored as a Minnesota Association of Student Councils (MASC) Student Council of the Year. OHS was one of five schools statewide to receive the honor. Honorees were announced during the final general session of the state leadership convention of MASC and the Minnesota Association of Honor Societies (MAHS)….

This school year, the Orono Intermediate School Character Council raised good money for good causes. The council raised $400 through “Donuts for Dogs.” Jolene Coleman, president of Crossroads Animal Shelter , recently visited OIS to accept the check. (See picture below.) At the beginning of the year, council members brainstormed on what they wanted to accomplish for the…

The Orono Middle School Math Olympiad team was named to the National Math Olympiad Honor Roll for scoring in the top 10 percent of teams internationally. All 30 students participating received awards for excellence, placing within the top half of the 150,000 students worldwide competing. In addition to the United States, 23 foreign countries were…

Julie McMerty, Orono High School English teacher and speech team coach, has been named Section 2AA Speech Coach of the Year. Section coaches submit nominations and then vote on who should be honored. McMerty will now be considered for the Minnesota Speech Coach of the Year, which is voted on by the membership of the Minnesota…

Pierce Slocum and Sydney Woods share a smile after being crowned king and queen of the 2017 Orono High School prom May 12. The coronation followed the 26th annual grand march in the school gymnasium. Seniors nominate candidates for king and queen, and students who are attending prom cast their votes as they are going…

Orono High School senior Sinclair Myhre’s animation, “Bound,” has been selected to screen at the 2017  EDU Film Festival . It will be held Friday, May 19, at the Showplace Icon Theater in St. Louis Park’s West End. Now in its 10th year, the EDU Film Festival is Minnesota’s premier film festival for high school students. Each year…

Four Orono Intermediate School fourth-graders medaled in National Mythology Exam. It is the first time OIS has participated in the competition. Eva Redmond and Henry Shafer earned silver medals, while Abby Henry and Brynja Lockman received bronze medals. Also participating were Justin Barry, Madeline Dent, James Field, Billy Foster, Addie Furst, Henry Jackson, Ainsley Kaufman,…

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