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Understanding and learning Meditation

Megna Joshi, Website Editor
March 23
Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

Meditation is something that almost everyone can do and with practice, meditation can be very beneficial to a person's mental health. This is because meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and helps with insomnia. There are different types of meditation, such as: sleeping meditation, walkin...

They did it! (The history and power of the scapegoat)

They did it! (The history and power of the scapegoat)

Salvador DelVecchio, Staff Writer
March 21
Filed under Feature, Informative Feature, Showcase

It's the top of the eighth and the Cubs are up 3-0 on the Marlins in Game 6 of the NLCS in the year 2003. WHAM; Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo crushes a heater thrown by Cubs pitcher Mark Prior. The sound rippled through Wrigley Field like a sonic boom.  Every fan in Wrigley was focused on the f...

Hailey Markus: A battle won on wheels

Hailey Markus: A battle won on wheels

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief
March 21
Filed under Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

As a student yielding a wheelchair takes on the busy hallways during passing time, everything seems taller to her: the people, the clocks, the lockers. Sometimes it is not just her surroundings, but her condition that towers over her mentality and strength. This student is Hailey Markus (12), and as a...

Second language, second home: an aspect that is forgotten

Second language, second home: an aspect that is forgotten

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief
March 15
Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

As more diversity floods into the country, the students within Portage Northern High School make the environment enriched with culture. However, communication is often overlooked for students whose second language is English. Because there is a language barrier that they encounter everyday -- academically...

Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Allison Mckenzie, Feature editor
March 12
Filed under Feature, In-Depth Feature

Several debates occur around the world on if dance is truly a sport or not. The discussion that does not happen, however, is how dancing truly impacts the life of the person involved. Dance is a huge time commitment that significantly impacts dancers’ lives. “Dance takes up all of my time. I am...

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer
March 7
Filed under All, Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Without the mothers of the world, the continuation of human life on Earth would be non-existent. They bring bodies to this world after nine excruciating months of various forms of pain and sickness. Not only do they suffer every step of the way for this cause, they influence their children in indescribable...

It was summertime in Northern Michigan…

Ben Lewis, Design Editor
March 7
Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Last year I my cousins and I went on a family trip to Northern Michigan that changed my perspective on life. Upon arrival, my cousins and I got ice cream together at a local ice cream shop to start the week off right. We talk about the activities we want to do, the things we are looking forward to most,...

Space-X to send first paying civilians into space

Space-X to send first paying civilians into space

Lexi Kava, Copy Editor
March 7
Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

On Monday, February 27th, the founder of the company SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that in 2018 they will fly two citizen passengers on a trip around the moon. Many people are now wondering if this could be the start of a new tourist industry through space. Space X is an organization that designs,...

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Sheila Mwanda, Staff writer
March 6
Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

‘Whoosh!’ I slid across the smooth, marble window sill. It was a summer’s evening and the weather was hot and humid. My five-year-old sister and I, three at the time, were deep into the second round of our dual when I tripped over my feet and leaned against the window screen. I quickly tried...

My Appendectomy

My Appendectomy

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor
March 6
Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

As entertaining as sixth grade plant science was, I could not bring myself to pay attention. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I am a good student and I enjoyed learning, even in sixth grade. The problem with my lack of attention had nothing to do with my lack of interest, but rather a sharp pain in...

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight Editor
March 3
Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

“We sent you to Nature’s Way Preschool in hopes you’d end up loving the outdoors and all things nature,” my mom explained.  In the quaint preschool located off of Oakland, buried in the lush woods of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, every morning we would watch as the deer came right up to the...

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Issra Said, Staff writer
March 2
Filed under Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Never did the former-cheerleader Hannah Hopkins (12) imagine herself to becoming one of the best high school powerlifters in the nation. After realizing her disconnect with cheerleading, Hopkins discovered a new passion: powerlifting. Due to her enjoyment of bodyweight exercises, Hopkins enrolled in ...

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