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Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

Divided by time: generations reflect on the defining qualities between age groups

Kylie Clifton, Arushi Mithal, and Lucy Madelung

March 27, 2020

Laughter pours in at the dinner table at a family reunion. Surrounded by familiar faces,  a breathtaking aroma of food drizzles in. In the midst of all this warmth, iPhones buzz and chime from people’s pockets. Some people choose to ignore it, others cannot resist the temptation of checking thenotif...

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 26, 2020

What Happened? On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the monumental decision to close all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6th as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. That would be the first day of Spring Break for Portage students, which made their return date April 13th: a fu...

100% that witch: senior Nina Lockwood explores witchcraft

100% that witch: senior Nina Lockwood explores witchcraft

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 26, 2020

 “I don't worship Satan, I can’t move anything with my mind, or turn anyone into frogs,” senior Nina Lockwood indicates. “I myself like to identify as a witch. It makes it easier than having to explain Pagan witchcraft to someone, and it just sounds cooler.”    She might not be turning anyone into f...

“Yeah, I’m graduating today”: seniors stand in solidarity during threat of COVID-19

“Yeah, I’m graduating today”: seniors stand in solidarity during threat of COVID-19

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 16, 2020

The class of 2020 drudged on through the home stretch, battling senioritis and grinding out a year that felt like it would never end. That is, until everything changed at 11:05 on the night of March 12, when a State of Emergency was declared by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for preventative action toward the COVID-19 virus which cancelled sc...

Senior Cory Cunningham transfers his skills from the football field to the (student-staff) basketball court

Senior Cory Cunningham transfers his skills from the football field to the (student-staff) basketball court

Staff

February 14, 2020

Senior Cory Cunningham recently accepted an offer to play football for Saginaw Valley State University, but football was the farthest thing from his mind as he ran up and down the basketball court in Friday's student-staff basketball game. "I wanted to play because I wanted to prove to everybody ...

Four years: tragedy and triumph

Four years: tragedy and triumph

Brianna Neuhouser, Web Editor

February 12, 2020

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Dr. Houston impacts the school positively through subbing

Dr. Houston impacts the school positively through subbing

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

February 11, 2020

“A man who cares for his students and tries to show each student they have the potential to do anything they want in this world. They way he treats people is the way I want to treat people. He has made a huge impact on my life,” says senior Hannah Thomas Perez. “I don’t know what I would do ...

Senior Sean Kellogg experiences a world in color through synesthesia

Senior Sean Kellogg experiences a world in color through synesthesia

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

January 30, 2020

“Synesthesia is the overlapping of two or more senses in the brain. it's just how my brain perceives reality, I'm not conscious that it's there all the time, it kind of just exists,” says senior Sean Kellogg. “If I see the color green, like, with my eyes, I don't think too much about it. I...

Teachers with diverse teaching methods make a difference for students

Teachers with diverse teaching methods make a difference for students

Cynthia Brown, Journalism 1 Writer

January 8, 2020

I am assuming that when teachers learn how to be teachers, they are told they have to teach a certain way, what to teach the students and how to present the information to each of them. These standard methods might not always be what is best for students, however. For example, sitting in math class, I often ...

First Job Experiences

First Job Experiences

Lindsey Peterson, J1 Staff Member

January 6, 2020

 As soon as I turned 15, I got my first job at a fast food restaurant, and I would recommend it to anyone. First jobs are a great experience: it’s good to start young and build that work ethic. When my mom sent me a link to apply online in the summer, I honestly applied as a joke; I didn’t t...

Journalism isn’t dying but journalists are

Journalism isn’t dying but journalists are

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment Editor

May 7, 2019

As the Founding Fathers created the Constitution for this nation, they recognized the need to have freedom of the press in order to keep citizens informed and to hold government officials accountable for their actions. Because of the responsibility journalists have to tell the truth and uncover fact...

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