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MJ Watts has a penchant for older music

MJ Watts has a penchant for older music

Ana Haurie, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

MJ, whose formal name is Marijane, is a fifteen year old freshman. With her distinct short pink hair and her headphones, she moves around the school like there’s nobody around her. What isn’t obvious is her choice of music: mostly rock from the 80s-00s.   MJ’s interest in older rock music started ...

Melissah Adkins hopes to emulate JK Rowling in her future writing career

Melissah Adkins hopes to emulate JK Rowling in her future writing career

Kaylynn Dodge, Journalism 1 Staff

September 24, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Melissah Adkins pushes all of her hanging clothes to the side of  her closet to reveal a overflowing bookshelf. She has no idea what to read. To Kill A Mockingbird? No. The Selection? Nah. The Fault In Our Stars? Nope. Oh here we go, Harry Potter! She lays on her bed and enjoys the book from her fa...

Natalie Grinder embraces her passion to lead with Student Senate

Natalie Grinder embraces her passion to lead with Student Senate

Astrid Code, Journalism 1 Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Sophomore Natalie Grinder took a deep breath. It was almost 5th hour, which meant Senate...which meant meeting Fred Upton. Grinder was nervous but excited to have her voice heard. Moving back to 7th grade, Grinder says her passion for leading started at West Middle School, when she learned about Stud...

Determined: Cerena Read’s journey in hockey

Determined: Cerena Read’s journey in hockey

Katie Knight, Journalism 1 Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

At first glance, Sophomore Cerena Read doesn’t appear to be an athlete. She speaks nervously and moves hesitantly, lacking the confidence often associated with sports. All this changes when she begins to discuss hockey. Read has always wanted to play hockey. Her first encounter with the sport was...

Kaylynn Dodge forgoes orchestra her senior year after the retirement of her mentor

Kaylynn Dodge forgoes orchestra her senior year after the retirement of her mentor

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Journalism 1 Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Senior Kaylynn Dodge is up on stage playing the violin so sweetly and gracefully that she is pulls on the audience’s heartstrings because of how she plays. She is even smiling as she’s pulling the bow back and forth across the strings of the violin. She’s not alone, though: she’s one of many stu...

Foreign exchange student Malin Rackles pursues feminist ideals

Foreign exchange student Malin Rackles pursues feminist ideals

Abigail VanderBerg, Journalism 1 Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Senior Malin Rackles always knew in her heart that gender equality was not yet achieved. Rackles didn’t realize her feelings had a name to go with them. She was familiar with word feminist, but had no idea she was part of the movement. It came together when she watched Emma Watson’s HeForShe campai...

Life with a sick mother

Life with a sick mother

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

May 7, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Sweating, chills, shivering, and a thumping headache---the common signs that one is catching a fever or just contracting the common cold. However, these can also be the symptoms one can experience in times of distress or worry. Specifically, the worry for another individual such as one’s mother. ...

The Doodle Factor

The Doodle Factor

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

May 7, 2018


Filed under All, Editor's Choice, Feature, Informative Feature

“I have ADD, so drawing while the class is doing a listening activity helps keep me from completely zoning out,” says senior Vanessa Burris. Burris is a social, active girl who enjoys drawing, listening to music, spending time outside, skiing, and occasionally passing a soccer ball around with a gro...

Syrian airstrikes hit home for some PNHS students

Syrian airstrikes hit home for some PNHS students

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

For teens in Syria, it is as clear and fresh as day in their minds. For teens in America, it was Friday, April 13th, 2018. Every news channel was reporting on it---the United States had intervened abroad on yet again another matter, a hot topic at hand: Syria. By that Friday afternoon, almost everyo...

Lena Lukowski, forensics double threat, prepares for state

Lena Lukowski, forensics double threat, prepares for state

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Lena Lukowski saw her name on the finals postings and was shocked. However, that was nothing compared to a few hours later when she realized that she was in 4th place and was moving on to the state competition. In the words of Lukowski herself, “ I wasn't even expecting to make finals, everyone else was very ...

Keeping it real: Abdalla Dadiri’s journey through life

Keeping it real: Abdalla Dadiri’s journey through life

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

April 24, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

On many occasions, students forget how much their journey through education has made them who they are today. Senior Abdalla Dadiri, however, will never forget. At age two, “Dalla,” as his friends call him, moved from Kenya to the United States to flee from the harsh realities of the war. Hi...

Apple moves to using more environmentally-friendly materials

Apple moves to using more environmentally-friendly materials

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Along with many other companies, Apple has its own methods for using clean and environmentally safe products. The work that they have done shows that they value the earth and want to do as much as they can to make it a safe environment to live in. Apple claims that, “100 percent of the electricity we use to p...

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