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The Orono High School Speech Team has been recognized nationally by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). The team received at least 100 degrees last school year, placing it in the top 23 percent of chapters nationwide and securing it membership in the league’s prestigious 100 Club. NSDA has 120,000 members nationwide. “This milestone…

Food drive scares up more donations in 2016

We Scare Hunger, a districtwide food drive conducted October 31-November 3, collected 1,377 pounds of food donations. That exceeded last year’s total by more than 50 pounds. Nonperishable food items were collected at each school, as well as at three businesses in Long Lake:  ChiroCenter, Harvest Moon Natural Foods Co-op and Orono Station. Members of…

Prindle scores state Coach of the Year title

Pat Prindle, assistant coach of the girls’ soccer team at Orono High School, has been named the Minnesota State Class A Girls’ Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association. Prindle also serves as director of coaching and player development for the Orono Thunder Soccer Club. Prindle was nominated by…

OHS enjoys special day in more than one way

It was a special day, in more ways than one, for Orono High School on Saturday, September 24. Above:  OHS mathematics teacher Michelle Swenson, front row center, was honored as the 2016 Special Olympics Minnesota Outstanding Volunteer. A great Orono contingency was on hand. OHS graduate Hank Seward (Class of 2016), front row center, was…

Three Orono High School students have been designated as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. An additional three OHS students achieved commended status. The semifinalists are:  Joseph Kahnke, son of Randall and Elisabeth Kahnke, Long Lake; Nora Luetmer, daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Luetmer, Medina; and Betsy Surver, daughter of David and Kristin…

Willson, Bloomquist reign at OHS

2016 Orono High School Homecoming King Mark Willson and Queen Grace Bloomquist. 2016 Orono High School Homecoming Court, from left: Back row – Marit Francis, Sydney Schroeder, Olivia Chumbler, Megan Geelan, Megan Albers, Jaedyn Freshwater, Grace Reiners, Maddie Fischer, Katherine Kieley, Katie Kimmes, Danika Brockman, Chloe Chumbler, King Mark Willson, William Swanholm, Owen Erpelding, Ethan Church, Lucas…

OHS boasts 159 AP scholars

OHS boasts 159 AP scholars

A total of 159 Orono High School students have earned the distinction of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. Orono High School has enjoyed consistently increasing numbers of AP Scholars. There has been a 69 percent increase from 2013, when the…

OFE honors alumni Van de Ven and Murray

James (Jim) Van de Ven, Ph.D., Orono High School Class of 1997, joined the ranks of the Distinguished Alumni, and Erin Shaughnessy Murray, OHS Class of 2000, was named as this year’s Promising Alumni by the Orono Foundation for Education and its alumni association. Van de Ven, married to Deb Van de Ven and father of…

Lunch menus go “digital” with NutriSlice

This year, school lunch menus are going digital. NutriSlice is a new program that will make menus more interactive to increase students’ understanding of meal options. This feature is available online at orono.nutrislice.com or by clicking the “Lunch Menus” tab at the top of the district homepage. For those with a smart phone or tablet, a…

<i>Newsweek</i> ranks OHS among best of the best

Orono High School earned its third national recognition and its highest ranking to date recently. Newsweek magazine placed OHS as second in Minnesota and 89th of the top 500 high schools in the nation in its ranking of America’s Top High Schools 2016 released August 11. The latest honor for OHS follows a Gold Medal awarded…

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