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Lauren Michelli: a student leader with a eye for fashion

Lauren Michelli: a student leader with a eye for fashion

Mackenzie Brey, Social Media Manager

March 16, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Many women and teenage girls alike have experienced both the binding and freeing effects of personal style. We have felt the ways it can make us glow in a crowded room and the way it can make a spotlight follow you when you are desperately trying to avoid it. Take for example Lauren Michelli, studen...

More than my skin color

More than my skin color

Anai Freeman, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

I can remember as far back as second grade, my very first experience with being called out as the “girl with weird hair.”  I thought that maybe if I was weird with the hair I personally loved so much that maybe something needed to change, that I needed to change. In sixth grade I made a d...

Navigating chronic illness with your best friend

Navigating chronic illness with your best friend

Brianna Neuhouser, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

My best friend and I have been through alot together, but the biggest thing we’ve gone through together has been the challenge of two chronic illnesses. A chronic illness (or disease) is an illness that lasts three months or more and can be treated, but not cured. My best friend was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, and I was...

Living my best life through strength training

Living my best life through strength training

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

From the time I was 14, fitness has been a part of my life. Whether or not I enjoy it changes as I try new things. What’s interesting about this that while I make fitness a priority, I am by no means good at sports. I have done various sport camps like tennis, volleyball, and I was even on the tra...

Glassophobia: the fear of public speaking

Glassophobia: the fear of public speaking

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

Sweaty palms, shaky legs, and one’s throat slowly closing up, these are the much too familiar side effects of public speaking. Public speaking has been the bane of high school students’ existence for as long as anyone can remember. Speeches and presentations are a main source of student anxiety,...

Abuse in teen relationships is a serious -though often underrepresented- problem

Abuse in teen relationships is a serious -though often underrepresented- problem

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

Healthy relationships consist of two partners helping, guiding, supporting, and lifting one another up. Some relationships are built off of trust, while others are built off of kindness. Healthy relationships in young people can reduce stress, bring a person happiness, or provide a safe place to be a...

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...

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