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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...

Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Governor Gretchen Whitmer comes to Portage North

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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