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Quarantine pet photo challenge winners announced

Quarantine pet photo challenge winners announced

Kellie Miles, Photographer

May 8, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge!                                 Second Place: Aiyana Tucker Third Place: Max Zigterman Honorable Mention:  ...

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit

DECA state competition takes place in Detroit

Snigda Narisetty, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2020

The past weekend was an eventful one for members of Portage Northern’s DECA chapter. DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization which promotes and encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions. Over...

PN United team participates in Polar Plunge together

Freshman Brandon Frick, sophomore Carter Belson, junior Max Zigterman, assistant principal Kelly Hinga, sophomore Ian Luczak, and freshman Xavier Luczak. “I wanted to jump in the freezing cold water and it’s for a good cause,

Astrid Code, News Editor

March 20, 2020

On February 22, the Portage Northern Unified team participated in the Polar Plunge at Bell’s Brewery to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). Student leader of the Youth Advisory Committee, junior Max Zigterman, explains: “Here at PN, we have recently become a Unified Champion School. That...

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students’ mental health

PN to implement social emotional learning dog for students' mental health

Astrid Code, News Editor

March 18, 2020

Anxiety and depression are a major problem for many high school students. Soon, Portage Northern hopes to employ a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) dog to help. “The dog will be at PNHS every day school is in session,” explains social studies teacher Ryan Ledlow, who got the SEL dog program approve...

Black history month assembly takes place on 2/27

Black history month assembly takes place on 2/27

Kaylin Kyle, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

On February 27th, Empowered Club students presented the school-wide Black History Month assembly in the auditorium.  The program, which featured 35 PN students and was directed by Empowered Club leader Dr. Thorpe, took months of preparation. Junior Jamillah Clark goes into detail to explain the ...

Parents, students adjust to an education without E squared

Parents, students adjust to an education without E squared

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2020

This is a follow up to Portage Public Schools to eliminate E-Squared program for gifted and talented elementary students. Almost six months after the new gifted education program has been implemented into Portage Public Schools elementary schools, there is still debate about its effectiveness. The new progr...

Winterfest 2020 features a variety of activities

Senate created banners for the dress up days this year.

Brianna Neuhouser, Web Editor

February 5, 2020

Winterfest 2020 featured the traditional dress up days, but there were also many new and fun additions.

Portage introduces more EMC opportunities

Portage introduces more EMC opportunities

Sarah Harris, Journalism 1 Writer

January 7, 2020

Early Middle College is a five-year program of study that may begin as early as grade 9 and is designed to allow a pupil to earn a high school diploma while also earning 60 transferable college credits toward a four-year degree from a Michigan public or private university, an associate degree from a comm...

Band competes in state finals

Band competes in state finals

Kellie Miles, Photographer

November 14, 2019

On November 2, 2019, the Pride of Huskie Country marching band traveled to Ford Field for the Michigan Competing Band Association state finals. The band was seeded 7th going into the event and finished in 8th after another band moved up two places from their original seed. The Huskies earned a...

Portage Northern campus shuts down after shooting threat

Portage Northern students still stands strong after threats try to tear them down

The Staff

November 14, 2019

  UPDATE A seventeen year old Portage Northern student has been taken into custody. After police searched her home, finding no weapons, it has been determined that she was of no credible threat....

Michigan becomes a “no kill” shelter state

Michigan becomes a

Maya Daniels, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

In early September, animal lovers and pet owners alike were ecstatic when they heard Michigan became a “no-kill” state. “Being a pet owner of two rescue dogs, I feel at peace knowing they didn't die in the shelter,” said sophomore Morgan Brooks. However, many Michiganders don't really know wh...

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