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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...

Flooding: a new, dangerous threat to Michigan

Flooding: a new, dangerous threat to Michigan

Brianna Neuhouser, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

West Michigan has experienced significant flooding this month, and that can be very dangerous. The violence of a hurricane, the destruction of an earthquake, or the devastation of a tornado lead many people to believe that they are the most deadly, but, in reality the most deadly natural disaster is...

Attending the Love is Red Conference

Attending the Love is Red Conference

Cameron Myers, Photogpraher

March 5, 2018


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative

The Love is Red conference in Canton, Ohio, is a three-day event is designed with junior high, high school, college-age, ministry leaders, and worship leaders in mind. The goal is to inspire students and develop leaders within the Christian faith.

Junior Trinity Posey is a force not just on stage, but for minority populations as well

Junior Trinity Posey is a force not just on stage, but for minority populations as well

Lexi Gavlas, Creative Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

“Don’t be afraid of living in permanent ink,” says junior, Trinity Posey, when asked what advice she would give herself ten years out.  In ten years, Posey sees herself with a career in the arts, particularly on Broadway, her true love. Though her 17 years of life, Posey has already starred in co...

Stigmas surround men when it comes to emotional expression

Stigmas surround men when it comes to emotional expression

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Countless men and women everywhere share workspaces, facilities, and homes. There are 7.442 billion people in the world, so it is not a surprise that these daily interactions induce certain feelings and emotions which require communication. Some ways in which these attitudes are handled are shared by both ...

ALICE training replaces “duck and cover” to keep students safer

ALICE training replaces “duck and cover” to keep students safer

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Two years ago this week, our community was baffled by the shootings that took place in Kalamazoo. From this experience, many of us realized that no community is immune from gun violence. Additionally, with the amount of gun-related violence on the rise, it is vital to have established policies on what...

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