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The history of the five main instrument groups

The history of the five main instrument groups

Kai Pennington, Staff Writer

June 12, 2020

 Music has a huge place in society. From wind, brass, string, keyboard and percussion, instruments have made music what it is today. Many tend to overlook the progression of instruments through history. Wind Instruments can be found in early prehistoric times with cave drawings reflecting a variety o...

Types of masks and the safest way to wear them

Types of masks and the safest way to wear them

Natalie Grinder, Associate Digital Media Manager

June 9, 2020

During the pandemic most stores are requiring or recommending masks to be worn to protect themselves and others from the virus. The three main types of mask are medical masks, single layered masks, and a double layered mask. According to the CDC, medical masks are to be used by hospitals only. Masks f...

Learning together: district commits to cultural responsiveness after controversial online learning assignment

An air of tension surrounds Portage Public Schools after the assignment.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

May 11, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of April 23rd, and eighth grade Portage North Middle School student Pablo Fraga was ready to return to a new kind of normal with his online history assignment. The content that awaited him, however, was anything but.  “I read the questions through and they disgusted me,...

Saying goodbye to my senior season

Before every game, the team gets together and everyone high fives each other, which we call the “five finger discount.” This picture is from the state championship game, the last Huskie baseball game for both the 5 seniors and 12 juniors on the team.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

April 6, 2020

The effects of being self deprecating

The effects of being self deprecating

Lucy Madelung, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Humor. It’s used to make people laugh, make people feel better about their day, and most importantly, it attracts people. In a world where big personalities thrive, however, the wit that goes along with it may be at the person's expense. Teenagers in today's society are plagued with the thought th...

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

PN marching ensembles take their talents indoor

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

While most people associate the marching band with Fall, many of its members are hard at work in the winter, too. PNHS has three winter ensembles: the Portage Northern Winter Guard, Cyclone Winds and Portage Northern Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  The groups have been hard at work to make the shows thus ...

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

It's hard navigating the generation divide- here's what that means

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

Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract.

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

Lockwood poses in the lake for her senior pictures at Scidmore Park, of Three Rivers. Holding her shoes and looking towards the future.

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

Isabel Reid (at left) and Hannah Thomas Perez (at right) pose with their mock-diplomas. Photo courtesy of Hannah Thomas Perez.

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 prepares to be announced as a member of the starting five.


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 ...

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