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Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Local, News

On March 25, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Portage North Middle School for a town hall meeting to explain and answer questions about her new budget proposal that she calls “The Road to Opportunity.”  Whitmer’s new budget plan has four main parts: roads, education, drinking water, and skills trai...

Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Turf Monster: how do the new Portage Northern turf facilities contribute to injuries?

Malcolm Gaynor, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019


Filed under All, All, Sports

The building of Huskie Stadium and Huskie Field, the $144 million turf football and soccer fields, has given Portage Northern some of the best high school sports facilities in the area. However, there have been studies done tying turf fields to increased injury risks. While multiple studies have sug...

Communiteen Read continues at Portage Northern

Communiteen Read continues at Portage Northern

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under All, All, Local, News

Every year, a young adult book is chosen to be read throughout the Portage community, especially by teens. This year, that book is The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. Throughout March, there were events to celebrate and recognize the dystopian novel. Art Hop On March 1, the work of PN’s Desi...

2019 Spring Blood Drive

2019 Spring Blood Drive

Natalie Grinder, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under All, All, Local, News

Have you ever wanted to do something that could do some good in the world. Well the blood drive that comes to the school twice a year is a perfect time to do it. You could save 3 lives just by one donation of blood. Megan Chow was the leader of the blood drive committee for the second blood drive of t...

Prom: Ridiculously expensive, overrated, and on my calendar

Prom: Ridiculously expensive, overrated, and on my calendar

Keegan Tenney, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2019


Filed under All, All, Byline, Opinion

With prom, the biggest dance at any school, less than 2 months away, everyone is hurrying to find outfits, dates, and make plans. Now let me tell you, all the hustle and bustle is not worth it by any means. Don’t get me wrong, prom is something to be excited about. But there is so much time to figure...

Netflix series promotes cultural awareness through the use of humor

Netflix series promotes cultural awareness through the use of humor

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Entertainment, Reviews

“COMEDIANS of the World” is a 47 episode series featuring stand up comedians from all over the globe. The series is divided into 13 regions, each one representing a different part of the world. Different countries represented include South Africa, Iran, India, Canada, and Brazil. Through this series...

Coming Out

Coming Out

Cerena Read, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Editor's Choice, Feature, Personal Narrative

“Yes,” she said and kissed me. The heat rushed to my cheeks, as I realized what just happened. A goofy smile probably crossed my face as I went on to grab her hand. In that perfect moment, it never crossed my cross my mind that I would have to come out to my parents. I was terrifi...

Jonas Brothers official comeback

Jonas Brothers official comeback

Brianna Neuhouser, Website Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Entertainment, Reviews

2005 fangirls are rising out of the ground with the resurgence of the amazing brother trio, the Jonas Brothers. Released on March 1st, 2019, their new single “Sucker” debuted at number 1 on the US Spotify and Apple Music charts. It also rapidly climbed to top the iTunes charts. With a catchy bea...

The road back to forensics

The road back to forensics

Abigail VanderBerg, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Ever since I was little, I believed I was a performer. I would make up my own songs and sing them in front of my mom. Screaming in blissful innocence was a favorite past time, whether it was talking to the people or just fantasizing about giving speeches. Unlike the average teen, I am an extrovert. I...

The pressures of choosing a math or science related career

The pressures of choosing a math or science related career

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Byline, Opinion

We have come a long way in sixty years, not only as a society but as a collection of individuals who are free to choose to do whatever they want, despite others telling them otherwise. In the 1950’s, job discrimination reigned terribly in America, and women were often told that they were inc...

12th Annual Mayor and City Council for a Day

12th Annual Mayor and City Council for a Day

Rawan Alsaedi, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under All, All, Local, News

Every year, the city of Portage honors high school students for their interest in local government, and the way they strive to make a change despite their young age. On Tuesday, February 26th, the city held the 12th annual Mayor and City Council for a Day event. Seven Portage Northern and Portage Central...

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Portage Northern cheer team heads to districts

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


Filed under All, All, Sports

“We pushed ourselves to new lengths and never gave up,” says junior Alyssa Edison after the varsity cheer team placed 5th placed fifth at the district tournament and set a new school record with their score.   While the team did not make it to regionals, they are still very happy and prou...

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