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The Imaginators, a team of third- and fourth-grade students from Orono Intermediate School, placed second in Destination Imagination regional competition. The South and Southwest Metro regions were held February 18 at Maple Grove Junior High. The team, which tackled a fine arts challenge, will now advance to state competition April 22 at Jackson Middle School…

Three Orono Middle School band students have been selected to perform with Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) state honor bands. Seventh-grader Jacob Basil (below middle) and eighth-grader Laura Schoenzeit (below right) were selected for the MBDA 6-8 Honor Band. They were two of the 86 selected from the 274 students who auditioned this winter for…

Orono Intermediate School fourth-graders spent January 31 or February 1 in an all-day Kindness Retreat led by Youth Frontiers . The retreat supports the school and district’s work in character education , and aligns with the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat that eighth-graders experience. Students met in small groups to talk about their school, what is currently happening and how it…

Orono High School Principal Dave Benson has been named Person of the Year by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce . This honor is reserved for an individual or business that goes “above and beyond to make this area a great place to live and work.” Benson was recognized at an event on Saturday, March 4 at Burl Oaks Golf Club. Each…

Jack Prisendorf, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 25. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee . Eighth-grader Luc Forsans and seventh-grader Caroline Close placed second and third respectively in the school competition. Additional…

Twenty-three Orono students in grades 8-12 participated in the 63rd Model Assembly Session of the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program January 5-8. Local students debated bills, passed proposals and sat on the jury for court cases. More than half of the delegation spent the weekend in the newly-renovated State Capitol, as well as in…

Members of the 2017 Orono High School Winterfest court are, from left: front – Abby Haglin, Melanie Iversen, Abby Wilfert, Kat Antonenko, Mattie Rice, Queen Sammy Patterson, Naish Invie, Connor Brown, Gab Wengler and Chris Johnson. Back row: Amelia Singleton, Ellie Eskuche, Kate Edwards, Nora Luetmer, Madison Michel, Elise Anhorn, Laura Landgraver, King Danny Murley,…

The Northwest Tonka Lions Club and its partner, Red Rooster Restaurant of Long Lake, raised $13,777.74 for the Orono Middle School Special Needs Fund. The fund ensures all OMS students have access to school supplies, clothing and footwear for physical education classes, yearbooks, eye glasses and contacts, technology devices, band instruments and more. Pictured, from…

The Orono High School National Honor Society chapter inducted 59 students on Wednesday, January 11. New members are: Sophia Andrews Andreas Andrews Christian Babo Maeve Banavige Andrew Baran Ivy Barrett Sam Bartel Alex Berger Natalie Brekken Ashley Clemens Rachel Constant Kevin Cornelius Natalie Cumming Olivia Eriksson Owen Erpelding Abby Fay Tenille Fredrickson Megan Geelan Gabby…

It’s no secret that computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st century student will need strong technology skills and should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Enter Hour of Code. First held in 2012, this school year it was December 5-11. With the help of Instructional Technology Coach Bailey…

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