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The Orono Middle School Math Olympiad team was named to the National Math Olympiad Honor Roll for scoring in the top 10 percent of teams internationally. All 30 students participating received awards for excellence, placing within the top half of the 150,000 students worldwide competing. In addition to the United States, 23 foreign countries were…

Minnesota Junior High Math League Orono Middle School Junior High Math League teams took the top two places in the Waytonka B division this year, and all four teams finished in the top half of the 20 teams in the division. Orono “/ and Conquer” finished first and Orono “Navy” finished second. These teams held…

A team of four students from Orono Middle School earned third place in the state History Day competition. It was held April 29 at the University of Minnesota. The students – Paige Good, Laura Schoenzeit, Megan Schoenzeit and Julia Stevens – competed in the Junior Group Performance division. Their project was “We Will Not Be Silent: …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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