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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…

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…

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…

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