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Marching band finishes fourth at state

Marching band finishes fourth at state

Cameron Myers, News Editor

November 6, 2018


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Through the weekend, the Portage Northern Marching Band took home the win of placing 4th in the state, which ties their best-ever finish.  Performing at Ford Field, the marching band woke up early to play in the early morning group and earned a school-high score of 89.525. "I was excited, ne...

Interact Club hosts their annual Lunches for Lives event

Interact Club hosts their annual Lunches for Lives event

Rawan Alsaedi, Journalism 1 Writer

October 31, 2018


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The Lunches for Lives Committee, hosted by Interact Club, has been planning the annual Lunches for Lives event all week. Held Friday October 26th, during first and second lunches, the vent raises money for Portage families in need.  Members of Interact Club, with the help of some Rotarians, prepare...

Huskies host first marching band invitational in new stadium

Huskies host first marching band invitational in new stadium

Malin Rackles, Journalism 1 Writer

October 31, 2018


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On October 6th, 2018 at 5:00 pm, the Huskie Stadium of the Portage Northern High School was filled with many students, instruments and volunteers as well as spectators. They were all there to watch, compete or help at the Huskie Marching Invitational. Seven marching bands from Michigan came to our schoo...

Fall musical cast gets ready to debut Les Miserables

Fall musical cast gets ready to debut Les Miserables

Melissah Morris-Adkins, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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The cast and crew at Portage Northern High School have been working hard to get ready for the fall musical, Les Misbérables, rehearsing up to 15 hours a week to get ready for the first show, which is on November 9th. The play is a well-known Broadway classic, Les Miserables, about Jean Valjean, ...

Three new proposals are on the ballot for Michigan

Three new proposals are on the ballot for Michigan

Abigail VanderBerg, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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Three new proposals will be on the midterm election ballot that are going to impact everyone in the Portage area, even teens. Voters will make decisions on these issues in the statewide midterm election on November 6. Proposal 1 tackles the issue of complete legalization of marijuana. According t...

Freshman have fun at Link Crew-hosted movie night

Freshman have fun at Link Crew-hosted movie night

Astrid Code, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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It’s 2:39 pm on a Friday. Students line up by the door, waiting in anticipation for the final bell and the start of the weekend. BEEP! A stampede of people floods the halls as everyone rushes to get out of the building as fast as possible. Given this enthusiasm, why would anyone want to come back ...

Crack down on phone use affects teachers and students alike

Crack down on phone use affects teachers and students alike

Katie Knight, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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In August 2018, the teachers of Portage Northern first learned that the enforcement of the Personal Electronic Device (PED) policy would no longer be optional for teachers to carry out. At the beginning of the school year, September 2018, students learned of this change as well. The current Portag...

Tennessee stabbing affects Kalamazoo thrill seekers

Tennessee stabbing affects Kalamazoo thrill seekers

Carrie Jacobson, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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When friends Tawnya Greenfield, James Yochim, and others took a trip to the Nashville Nightmare Haunted House, they got more than the light scare they bargained for. On Friday, October 5th, while waiting in line, according to Greenfield’s police report, a man in a costume whom Greenfield believed to be ...

Bronson Park becomes the scene of protests by the homeless community

Bronson Park becomes the scene of protests by the homeless community

Gavin Stevens, Journalism 1 Writer

October 28, 2018


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On the morning of September 19, 2018, Kalamazoo police officers were called to Bronson Park to respond to reports that the park was filled with local residents and homeless people who had gathered to protest the city’s new curfew. According to this new regulation, no one may remain in the park ...

School goes on cautionary lockup following an attempted unarmed robbery at Walgreens on West Milham

School goes on cautionary lockup following an attempted unarmed robbery at Walgreens on West Milham

The Staff

October 4, 2018


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On October 4th, 2018, the high school initiated a precautionary lock up at 9:13 am as the result of an attempted unarmed robbery at the Walgreens on Milham and Westnedge that occurred at 8:55 am.   Students were originally held in second hour after the bell, but because it was determined that ther...

Improv team seniors take their final bow

Improv team seniors take their final bow

Kylie Clifton, Staff Writer

July 24, 2018


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  The Jugband Boys Improv team performed their last show of the year on May 31st, with a theme of “senioritis.”   This last show specifically honored and humored the three graduating team members .One of those was Elliot Hoinville, who recalls his experience with the Improv team ...

Empowered Club wraps up the year with pancake breakfast

Empowered Club wraps up the year with pancake breakfast

Anai Freeman, Editor in Chief

June 13, 2018


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On Tuesday June 5th, The Empowered Club held their last meeting, celebrating their year-long accomplishments as well as discussing plans for the next school year. Signs were plastered around campus inviting everyone to come to the final meeting with the incentive of donuts always being offered, b...

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