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Michigan becomes a “no kill” shelter state

Michigan becomes a “no kill” shelter state

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...

JV soccer team defeats Portage Central

JV soccer team defeats Portage Central

Jackson Barnard, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

On Tuesday, September 18th, the JV soccer team defeated the crosstown rival Portage Central at the Mustang’s home field by a score of 1-0.   The lone goal was scored by sophomore Marcel Jones. “It was exciting, I like that I was able to represent my school by scoring that goal and winning...

Nott prepares to lead students to Italy in Summer 2020

Nott prepares to lead students to Italy in Summer 2020

Kaylin Kyle, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

On Wednesday the 18th, in the lower commons art room, art teacher Sarah Nott held an informational meeting about the upcoming trip to Italy this summer. “I have always loved Greek and Roman art since I was in college. I have a soft spot for it- and, I’ve been to Italy before. And I loved it, had real...

Portage Northern Pokecon Go

Portage Northern Pokecon Go

Isabelle Burnett, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

Pokecon Go is an Economics assignment created by Portage Central’s Social Studies Teacher Robbie Coon.    “We are using a new curriculum,” Portage Northern’s Social Studies Teacher Amber Dixon says, “so this is a new way of presenting the material to Economics students”.  ...

PN varsity soccer narrowly loses to PC

PN varsity soccer narrowly loses to PC

Kristen Ammar, J1 Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The varsity soccer team lost a close game to PC during their regular-season match up on September 17. Senior Levi Crooks scored Northern’s only goal with five minutes left in the game, but the Mustangs scored twice,  and the final score was Mustangs 2, Huskies 1.  Crooks almost scored another time, but was u...

Students participate in national climate change walkout

Students participate in national climate change walkout

Gabi Ford, J1 Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

As young activists become frustrated with the lack of change, action begins to take place. On Friday, September 20, students and adults all around the world did just that, and Kalamazoo County didn’t hesitate to participate. This movement was led nationally by Greta Thunberg, a sixteen year old cli...

PN remembers the attacks of 9/11

PN remembers the attacks of 9/11

Morgan Brooks, J1 Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

To Portage Northern High School, remembering 9/11 is important. The day started with a moment of silence led by principal Jim French, and many teachers focused their lessons on the events of that day. “It’s important for us to remember that when we have those types of situations we have to reme...

Michigan bans flavored vapes

Michigan bans flavored vapes

Cynthia Brown, J1 Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

On September 4, 2019, Michigan became the first state to ban flavored vapes, e-cigs, and other vaping products. Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement, “I believe that E-cigarettes are dangerous and should not be sold widely. However, there are versions of it that are used to help people quit,...

School, local law enforcement attempts to curb speeding around campus

School, local law enforcement attempts to curb speeding around campus

Isabelle Burnett, J1 Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

On Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th of September, two announcements were made regarding the speeding on and off campus by Portage Northern Director of Communications Brenda Marsh. “Please pay attention to your speed when arriving or leaving our campus. We are getting complaints from our surrounding neighbor...

Portage Public Schools to eliminate E-Squared program for gifted and talented elementary students

Portage Public Schools to eliminate E-Squared program for gifted and talented elementary students

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

August 23, 2019

While working on ways to balance the 2019/2020 budget, the Portage Public School board has elected to eliminate the E-Squared Program, which was a center based program (an off-campus program) located at Portage Central High School. The program taught a specialized curriculum for gifted students grades 3-5 ...

Meet the 2019-2020 editorial board!

Meet the 2019-2020 editorial board!

The Staff

June 13, 2019

Meet Arushi Mithal- Your 2019-2020 opinion editor is much more than dedicated and talented. An upcoming junior, in the class of 2021, Arushi still has room to grow. “I’ve learned a lot but I think the most important thing is there’s room to grow, and passion for journalism.” She really appre...

Thinkfast Interactive visits Portage Northern to teach young drivers

Thinkfast Interactive visits Portage Northern to teach young drivers

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment Editor

April 29, 2019

Juniors and seniors attended the Thinkfast Interactive presentation during fourth hour on April 17th. Thinkfast Interactive is a game-show based presentation aiming to teach students the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. During the presentation, participants form groups and answer survey questions...

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