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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…

Some 235 seniors are expected to receive their diplomas at Orono High School’s 66th annual commencement ceremony. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Pesonen Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the OHS gymnasium. The gymnasium has limited seating. Two students have been selected…

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,…

Minnesota Junior High Math League Orono Middle School Junior High Math League teams took the top two places in the Waytonka B division this year, and all four teams finished in the top half of the 20 teams in the division. Orono “/ and Conquer” finished first and Orono “Navy” finished second. These teams held…

A team of four students from Orono Middle School earned third place in the state History Day competition. It was held April 29 at the University of Minnesota. The students – Paige Good, Laura Schoenzeit, Megan Schoenzeit and Julia Stevens – competed in the Junior Group Performance division. Their project was “We Will Not Be Silent: …

For the first time, Math Masters teams from Orono Intermediate School returned from regional competition with the top three honors. In all, the 35 fifth-graders captured 25 ribbons, medals and championship plaques. The competition was held April 21 at Chaska Community Center. The field of competitors included 173 students on 36 teams. OIS sent seven…

Orono High School has been named one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Orono placed second of the 769 public high schools in Minnesota.  Nationally, Orono was 249th of more than 22,000 high schools nationwide or in the top 1.15 percent of America’s high schools. OHS placed 97th of the top 500…

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