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Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Allison Mckenzie, Feature editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth Feature

Several debates occur around the world on if dance is truly a sport or not. The discussion that does not happen, however, is how dancing truly impacts the life of the person involved. Dance is a huge time commitment that significantly impacts dancers’ lives. “Dance takes up all of my time. I am...

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer

March 7, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Without the mothers of the world, the continuation of human life on Earth would be non-existent. They bring bodies to this world after nine excruciating months of various forms of pain and sickness. Not only do they suffer every step of the way for this cause, they influence their children in indescribable...

It was summertime in Northern Michigan…

Ben Lewis, Design Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Last year I my cousins and I went on a family trip to Northern Michigan that changed my perspective on life. Upon arrival, my cousins and I got ice cream together at a local ice cream shop to start the week off right. We talk about the activities we want to do, the things we are looking forward to most,...

Space-X to send first paying civilians into space

Space-X to send first paying civilians into space

Lexi Kava, Copy Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

On Monday, February 27th, the founder of the company SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that in 2018 they will fly two citizen passengers on a trip around the moon. Many people are now wondering if this could be the start of a new tourist industry through space. Space X is an organization that designs,...

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Sheila Mwanda, Staff writer

March 6, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

‘Whoosh!’ I slid across the smooth, marble window sill. It was a summer’s evening and the weather was hot and humid. My five-year-old sister and I, three at the time, were deep into the second round of our dual when I tripped over my feet and leaned against the window screen. I quickly tried...

My Appendectomy

My Appendectomy

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

March 6, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

As entertaining as sixth grade plant science was, I could not bring myself to pay attention. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I am a good student and I enjoyed learning, even in sixth grade. The problem with my lack of attention had nothing to do with my lack of interest, but rather a sharp pain in...

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

“We sent you to Nature’s Way Preschool in hopes you’d end up loving the outdoors and all things nature,” my mom explained.  In the quaint preschool located off of Oakland, buried in the lush woods of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, every morning we would watch as the deer came right up to the...

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Issra Said, Staff writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Never did the former-cheerleader Hannah Hopkins (12) imagine herself to becoming one of the best high school powerlifters in the nation. After realizing her disconnect with cheerleading, Hopkins discovered a new passion: powerlifting. Due to her enjoyment of bodyweight exercises, Hopkins enrolled in ...

Airport Charlie

Airport Charlie

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 28, 2017


Filed under Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Mostly known by his rap moniker “Lil Airport,” Charlie Gower (12) has gained a load of popularity recently from his rap songs he shares on the music platform SoundCloud. Gower has over 170 followers on the app and has dropped 16 songs, including one called ‘Takes Time,’ which has over 3,600 p...

A Question of Identity: My Journey with the Hijab

A Question of Identity: My Journey with the Hijab

Issra Said, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

The hijab is simple, yet it has had the ability to affect my life in a complex way. The concept of the hijab is discussed in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, in Chapter 24, called an-Nur (the Light), in verse 30: وَ لاَ يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ إِلاَّ مَا ظ...

Hometown boy gets national recognition for act of kindness

Hometown boy gets national recognition for act of kindness

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

Perhaps you know him as the 2017 Winterfest King, or maybe it’s from seeing him on the Portage Northern Stage during Into the Woods or The 39 Steps, but most likely you know senior Mohammad Hasher (who often just goes by his last name) from this tweet that went viral: On February 4th, Hasher found ...

CTE: a mind in prison

CTE: a mind in prison

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

On Sunday, February 5th, 111.3 million people across the country tuned in to view Super Bowl LI as the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons laid their hearts on the synthetic turf field of the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Sheer determination was poured into each play as both teams risked it al...

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