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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…

Twelve Orono High School artists were recognized with 14 awards in the Region 2AA Minnesota State High School League visual arts competition. It was held April 22 at Chanhassen High School. In all, 12 high schools participated. Three students earned a superior rating: Crosbie Francis in mixed media drawing Kayla Kaveney in ceramics Sinclair Myhre in computer-based…

The Orono High School speech team won second place in the Section 2AA Minnesota High School League tournament and will be sending nine speakers to state. The section competition was held April 8 at Chanhassen High School. Chanhassen won the section, while Eden Prairie, Chaska and Marshall placed third, fourth and fifth respectively. It is…

Orono Schools’ 13th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser April 6 raised $5,256. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and Maple Plain Food Shelf. To date, the community event has raised over $60,000 for the two beneficiaries. Their food shelves serve residents of Hamel, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and…

Lisa O’Halloran, business education teacher at Orono High School, has been recognized with a Teacher of Excellence Award by BestPrep. “With more than 600 educators participating annually in BestPrep programs, the Teacher of Excellence Award serves to recognize the top 2 percent of those who go above and beyond in their commitment to educating Minnesota…

At its meeting April 10, the School Board honored Orono High School athletes and their coaches who won state championships in their respective sports. Congratulations to: Girls’ swim and dive team – 200 individual medley relay team of Caroline Gardner, Ellie Thompson, Nora Luetmer and Alison Tallen (Class A) Boys’ swim and dive team – Will Brenton,…

A team of students from Orono High School received an honorable mention in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge 2017. It is believed this is the farthest an OHS team has ever gone in the competition. Team members were Andy Baran, Alex Berger, Olivia Eriksson, Ben Greiber and Tate Welty. Of the 1,121 papers submitted…

Sant-O-Lantern Films – also known as Orono Middle School seventh-graders Zander Dent, Mitchell Erb, Angelo Fiataruolo and Derek Wignall – had its stop motion animation selected for the 2017 Perpich Youth Juried Exhibition. It was held March 27 through April 8 at the Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley. “The jurors had a challenging job…

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