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Foreign exchange student Esther Schubert makes the most of her time at PNHS

Foreign exchange student Esther Schubert makes the most of her time at PNHS

Issra Said, Feature Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

For many high school students, studying abroad is not always a viable option. Seventeen year-old German exchange student Esther Schubert, however, chose to spend an American senior year in the United States, despite the obstacles. After applying for a full scholarship to study abroad in the US grant...

PNHS students join the workforce early

PNHS students join the workforce early

Malcolm Gaynor, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

The early mornings, long days, and large workload of school may seem like a full time job. However, some students allocate additional time and energy to an actual occupation. Whether it be for helping the family, gas money, or college funds, working students not only learn how to manage time and earn mon...

There’s no holding back Max Taylor

There’s no holding back Max Taylor

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

For freshman Max Taylor, starting high school was not the most overwhelming event of this past year. This year so far has offered well-deserved opportunities to the teen as he entered a new school and reached a new feat in his passion: Judo. An Afro-Haitian raised in America by Mellisa and Pa...

For Austin VanderWheele, clothes are genderless

For Austin VanderWheele, clothes are genderless

Lexi Gavlas, Creative Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Senior Austin Vanderweele turned many heads in his direction when he showed up to school for the first time in a skirt. Vanderweele, having always had the reputation of “Best Dressed,” decided to change things up from his usual style which tended to lean more towards the masculine side of fashion. ...

Religious diversity at PN is met with criticism

Religious diversity at PN is met with criticism

Cameron Myers, Photographer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

“What are you?” “Why do you do that?” “Wow… You’re Muslim?” Diversity in religion plays such a huge role for Portage Northern, but some students are criticized for openly expressing their own beliefs. Openly portraying her own religious practices at Portage Northern has ...

Arming teachers: both sides of the argument

Arming teachers: both sides of the argument

Demi Jensen, Opinion Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

“....If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school,” tweeted Donald Trump eight days after the Parkland mass shooting. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Dougla...

The Crash

The Crash

Ben Lewis, Chief Designer

March 7, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

I have always said that I have the worst luck. On a beautiful April day last year I was asked to do a simple, routine task: drive my brother to his baseball practice at the high school. Hopping in the car, I dreaded the mundane drive ahead. Little did I know that this drive would be anything but bor...

Jade Thake: being British in America

Jade Thake: being British in America

Margaux Gendre, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

As you pass through the hallway minding your own business, you likely notice some of your schoolmates chattering in a thick accent. Sophomore Jade Thake is one of those students: she is from a British family and moved to Portage just this school year. Before becoming a Huskie, she traveled and mo...

Neal Truitt makes music with The Known Orbit

Neal Truitt makes music with The Known Orbit

Anai Freeman, Staff Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

“Drew and I were just hanging out in my basement one day jamming out and we started playing a song from Scott Pilgrim vs The World and we both looked at each other. We both knew what the other was thinking,” says Junior Neal Truitt, guitarist of the local high school band Known Orbit. “That evol...

It’s draining men: the plight of the Y chromosome

It’s draining men: the plight of the Y chromosome

Kylie Clifton, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

The very thing that determines masculinity, the Y-chromosome, is decreasing at a troubling rate, and it is not certain how long it will last. According to The Conversation, the process of fertilization has evolved, with the female embryo (XX), consisting of two equally strong X-chromosomes while the male embry...

Radioactive waste posts real dangers

Radioactive waste posts real dangers

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

While issues such as climate change and pollution have plagued the Earth for years, another dangerous issue has taken an undeserved backseat. The storage and disposal of radioactive waste is something that must be taken seriously. It is a danger that could destroy ecosystems all over the world. If the wast...

Cramming: the prevalence of procrastination in the high school setting

Cramming: the prevalence of procrastination in the high school setting

Lexi Gavlas, Creative Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Every high school student has been there, sitting in their room at 11PM at night, head in their hands, coming to the realization that you have yet to begin studying for the monstrous, terrorizing, content heavy, test that just happened to be tomorrow.  You put yourself in this situation, you know tha...

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