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Stereotypes: The Emo

Stereotypes: The Emo

Abby Porter, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Wears all black, dark makeup or colored hair, and listens to metal or screamo music, depressed, gauges, act like loners, music like Black Veil Brides, Marilyn Manson, or Asking Alexandria. The Story: When seeing a person, it is only natural to judge them or put them in a class like that is a ...

Stereotypes: The Nerd

Stereotypes: The Nerd

Alaina Taylor, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Glasses, anti-social, bookworms, pretentious, waves hand in the air, has love affair with computers, competes in computer programming comps, teachers' pets. The Story: We all know who they are. Or more accurately, what they look like. Glasses-bearing, anti-social recluses with their...

Stereotypes: The Jock

Stereotypes: The Jock

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

April 1, 2014


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Sterotypes: Masculine, strong, athletic, attractive, popular, ladies’ man, dumb, cocky, beats up the nerd and takes his lunch money, disrespectful towards girls. The Story: Brad Tabor (12) is a varsity football player at PortageNorthernHigh School.  He has grown up playing numerous sports...

Stereotypes: The Christian Kid

Stereotypes: The Christian Kid

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Good student, well mannered, anti-science, and intolerant. The Story: Kyle Huitt (12) is involved with the Latin Club, the Bible Club, Michigan Youth in Government, and Forensics at PortageNorthernHigh School. He has grown up in a Christian family and currently attends services...

Stereotypes: The Prep

Stereotypes: The Prep

Jenna Mattison, Photo Manager

April 1, 2014


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Stereotypes: Rich, dramatic, ignorant, stuck up, owns an iphone, drinks Starbucks coffee, wears clothing that looks professional yet fashionable. The Story: There are many people in Portage who classify themselves as a prep or a typical white girl; however, you do not have to be caucasian to...

Student Story: Felix Holdorf

Student Story: Felix Holdorf

Molly Garcia, Staff Writer

February 13, 2014


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"I've been in 28 different countries," said Felix Holdorf (12). Holdorf, who lived in England with his family until the age of four, has traveled the globe with his family his entire life. "I think my first out of country trip was when I was just a couple weeks old to France." After four years of li...

Student Story: Abby Ostrander

Student Story: Abby Ostrander

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

February 13, 2014


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Meet Abby Ostrander: Freshman, fifteen years old, brown hair, big smile. With that description, this girl may seem like many others at Portage Northern, but her talents and interests make her unique and different. Last year, Abby started playing the viola. During the following months, it became her...

Where We Stand – Not Quite

Where We Stand – Not Quite

Hannah Teerman, Entertainment Editor

December 17, 2013


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Although Portage Northern’s staff and students strive for excellence and to do their best, there is always room for improvement. Last year US News rated Northern one of the top ten schools in Michigan, which was a huge accomplishment, with its athletics and academics are highly praised. There are always...

Where We Stand – Northern on Top

Where We Stand – Northern on Top

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

December 17, 2013


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“We have a great IB program, great school spirit for sports and activities, and the best teachers,” said Dylan Jones (12). Portage Northern is home of some of the most successful sports teams in the area, offering many extracurricular activities, as well providing one of the best educations in the...

Guys Think; Girls Think

Guys Think; Girls Think

Ally Rabe and Jon Crowell & Andrew Stone

November 12, 2013


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Since the beginning of time guys and girls have been at war, spreading propaganda of the other side through rumors and myths of the other gender. Often time’s men appear unintelligent and less mature than their female counterpart. But that is exactly what you would expect to hear due to female's unfair...

Our Idols: Influencing the Younger Generation

Our Idols: Influencing the Younger Generation

Connor Smith, Staff Writer

October 3, 2013


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The difference between the recent past and the present is outstanding, and frankly, almost unbelievable. Influences and idols have transformed from innocent to delinquent in a matter of years, separating modern times from our parents childhood era with an immeasurable distance. Culture is changing, and...

Child Stars Then and Now: What Happened?

Hannah Winegar, Feature Editor

October 2, 2013


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Sweet, innocent and “Smiley” Miley Cyrus won her way into the hearts of now teenage girls in the 2006 premier of her television show Hannah Montana. Just seven years later, she is now setting those teenage girls’ teeth on edge ever since her shocking performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards with R...

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