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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


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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...

Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


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On March 25, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Portage North Middle School for a town hall meeting to explain and answer questions about her new budget proposal that she calls “The Road to Opportunity.”  Whitmer’s new budget plan has four main parts: roads, education, drinking water, and skills trai...

Communiteen Read continues at Portage Northern

Communiteen Read continues at Portage Northern

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


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Every year, a young adult book is chosen to be read throughout the Portage community, especially by teens. This year, that book is The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. Throughout March, there were events to celebrate and recognize the dystopian novel. Art Hop On March 1, the work of PN’s Desi...

2019 Spring Blood Drive

2019 Spring Blood Drive

Natalie Grinder, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


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Have you ever wanted to do something that could do some good in the world. Well the blood drive that comes to the school twice a year is a perfect time to do it. You could save 3 lives just by one donation of blood. Megan Chow was the leader of the blood drive committee for the second blood drive of t...

12th Annual Mayor and City Council for a Day

12th Annual Mayor and City Council for a Day

Rawan Alsaedi, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019


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Every year, the city of Portage honors high school students for their interest in local government, and the way they strive to make a change despite their young age. On Tuesday, February 26th, the city held the 12th annual Mayor and City Council for a Day event. Seven Portage Northern and Portage Central...

Shooting in Downtown Kalamazoo: shooter is dead, officer is recovering

Shooting in Downtown Kalamazoo: shooter is dead, officer is recovering

Cameron Myers, News Editor

March 15, 2019


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On Tuesday, March 12th at 11:30 am, the Kalamazoo Police Department received information about an active shooter in the Biomat USA Plasma Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Officers were called near the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, off from Kalamazoo Avenue near N. Burdick Street. The police department has sur...

Breadlift: behind the scenes

Breadlift: behind the scenes

Natalie Grinder, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


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Portage Northern High School does a lot of events, especially ones for the community. One of the events that strikes the most love in people's hearts is Breadlift. It is for the March of Dimes, and raises money for premature babies. We have broken the world record four years in a row, however unfortu...

An inside look at Winterfest

An inside look at Winterfest

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


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The week of January 28, students and staff alike participated in dress-up days, a pep assembly, and a dance as part of Winterfest. Winterfest was made possible by the work of the Student Senate. In order to make things runs smoothly, there were 4 committees: the Spirit committee, the Pep Assembly com...

PN welcomes new Asian Cultures Club

PN welcomes new Asian Cultures Club

Brianna Neuhouser, Website Editor

March 1, 2019


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As students listen to the fourth hour announcements, they’ve probably heard about Asian Cultures Club, where students are invited to come learn about cultures from the opposite side of the world.   The club was founded by seniors Sharon Shaw and Chloe Labian. “We wanted to create a plac...

Portage Northern was chosen to participate in the NAEP standardized test

Portage Northern was chosen to participate in the NAEP standardized test

Cameron Myers, News Editor

March 1, 2019


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On February 14th, 2019, PN was chosen to participate in a standardized test, the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). This testing is backed by the Nation's Report Card to help provide information about Michigan’s public education system in comparison with other states.  NAEP has pro...

Interact Club pairs with Young Dems to give back to the community

Interact Club pairs with Young Dems to give back to the community

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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Portage Northern High Schools Interact club provides a way for students to help out individuals in need in the Portage Community. Everyone who is interested is always allowed to attend any one of the meetings and can sign up to help with various fundraising activities. Recently, students have been en...

Unprecedented number of snow days disrupt the school schedule

Unprecedented number of snow days disrupt the school schedule

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


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On Wednesday, February 13th, Portage Public Schools cancelled school for the 11th time since January 21st. Since that time, the entire state has been afflicted by a series of winter storms bringing with them days so cold, snowy, and icy that there was a statewide emergency declared in Michigan and th...

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