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Julie McMerty, Orono High School English teacher and speech team coach, has been named Section 2AA Speech Coach of the Year. Section coaches submit nominations and then vote on who should be honored. McMerty will now be considered for the Minnesota Speech Coach of the Year, which is voted on by the membership of the Minnesota…

Some 235 seniors are expected to receive their diplomas at Orono High School’s 66th annual commencement ceremony. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Pesonen Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the OHS gymnasium. The gymnasium has limited seating. Two students have been selected…

Pierce Slocum and Sydney Woods share a smile after being crowned king and queen of the 2017 Orono High School prom May 12. The coronation followed the 26th annual grand march in the school gymnasium. Seniors nominate candidates for king and queen, and students who are attending prom cast their votes as they are going…

Orono High School senior Sinclair Myhre’s animation, “Bound,” has been selected to screen at the 2017  EDU Film Festival . It will be held Friday, May 19, at the Showplace Icon Theater in St. Louis Park’s West End. Now in its 10th year, the EDU Film Festival is Minnesota’s premier film festival for high school students. Each year…

2017 graduation ceremonies at Orono High School will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Please see our OHS Graduation Memo  for additional information. If you have further questions, please feel free to email Betty Mueller at bmueller@orono.k12.mn.us

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…

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