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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…

Although the total hasn’t been finalized, Orono Schools’ 13th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser April 6 raised more than $4,500. 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,…

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 Fiaterulo 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…

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt has been named the recipient of the 2017 Polaris Leadership Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Orcutt will be honored for her exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of achievement in education and the wider community at a statewide recognition ceremony during the 2017 MASA fall…

Author Abby Fabiaschi visited with Orono Middle School sixth-graders March 6 about writing her first book, “I Liked My Life:  A Novel,” which was published in January. Fabiaschi, who attended Orono Schools through her junior year, lives by the motto “It’s not rejection, it’s feedback.” Those were the words she told herself after submitting the…

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