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Student journalists from Orono High School recently attended the Minnesota High School Press Association state convention at the University of Minnesota. They returned to school informed, inspired and with a number of awards. The Spartan Annual yearbook received an All-State Gold Award in recognition of excellent writing, editing, photography and design. It also received second… Student journalists attend state convention

The Jostens representative has met with seniors to share information about ordering graduation garb for 2018 graduation ceremonies. The basic “grad package” includes the cap, gown and tassel. Other items, such as graduation announcements, party invitations and thank you notes are also advertised on the Jostens site. Here is a link with more specific information… Order 2018 graduation package online

The slate of Orono High School winter athletic coaches was approved by the School Board at its meeting November 27. One of the changes from last year is a “swap” in the boys’ hockey program between Mark Parrish and William Scholz. Parrish, who has served as head coach for the past two years, will be… School Board approves OHS winter coaches

Ever wonder where the school bus is and when it will get to your stop? No more need to guess; download the new Versatrans MyStop app! This free service will launch Monday, December 4, for elementary students and December 11 for middle school and senior high students. The simple, yet informative tool gives parents, guardians… When’s the bus coming? Be app-solutely sure!

Nine teachers employed by Orono Schools have been granted tenure during the 2017-18 school year. This noteworthy accomplishment was celebrated in a ceremony prior to the November 13 School Board meeting. Honored were (alphabetically by school): Orono Schumann Elementary Emily Purnell, second-grade teacher (mentor Betsy Taylor) Becky Schultz, first-grade teacher (mentor Tina Dickinson) Orono Intermediate… Nine teachers earn tenure in the district

Stephanie March, Orono High School Class of 1989, has been recognized as this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Justin McCoy, OHS Class of 2002, as this year’s Promising Alumni. The pair were honored at an October 14 breakfast at Woodhill Country Club Barn. March is senior editor and food and dining editor of Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine.… March, McCoy receive OHS alumni awards

Three Orono High School students have been designated as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. An additional 11 OHS students achieved commended status. This is the most students recognized by the NMS program from OHS in more than 10 years. All of the students will be honored by the Orono School Board at… OHS boasts 14 National Merit students

Whether it was in the classroom or on the playing field, Oiva “Ike” Pesonen always inspired students to do their best. Ike passed away September 12 at the age of 98. In the history of Orono High School, there have only been three football coaches. Ike served as the first coach from when the high… OHS mourns loss of its first football coach

OHS senior Maria Keller, founder of Read Indeed, has been awarded the Diana Award for 2017 for her work in literacy and providing more than 2 million books to children in need. Keller is one of six young people from the United States to be recognized this year. The Diana Award is given in the… Maria Keller receives Diana Award for 2017

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… OHS: #2 in state and a top U.S. STEM school