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Studies show phones have damaging effects

Studies show phones have damaging effects

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


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Considering all of the new technology that companies are constantly coming out with, scientists have been researching what effect increased amounts of phone usage has on people. Because smartphones are so popular now, the chances of being addicted are very high. What they have found shows that the addic...

Proposed legislation could make schools safer by providing more SROs, counselors

Proposed legislation could make schools safer by providing more SROs, counselors

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Two weeks ago, a gunman opened fire at Great Hills High School in Southern Maryland. Within one minute, he was encountered and stopped by the school resource officer, who was also a former SWAT team member. While being celebrated by some as a classic example of “the only thing that stops a bad guy...

PNHS wins top awards at Youth in Government conference

PNHS wins top awards at Youth in Government conference

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


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Michigan Youth In Government is a club here at PN that gives students the opportunity outside of their government classes to learn about U.S. government and what it means to be a part of a working democracy. Run by teacher Amber Dixon, students participate in monthly meetings and two conferences each ...

PNHS collects enough blood to save 204 lives at blood drive

PNHS collects enough blood to save 204 lives at blood drive

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

March 20, 2018


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That’s how many people can be saved by the amount of blood collected at the annual blood drive as one donation can save three people and 68 PNHS staff and students stepped up to the plate to donate. The second blood drive of the year, set up by the Student Senate, was just this past Thursday....

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies at age 76

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies at age 76

Gabbie Byers, Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


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Stephen Hawking, famous physicist died last week at age 76. Arguably one of the best scientist to be born, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease. When he was first diagnosed he was 21 and was told he would only have a few years left to live, obviously proving everyone wrong b...

Author Elizabeth Wein visits PNHS

Author Elizabeth Wein visits PNHS

Komalpreet Kaur and Sarah Maniscalco

March 15, 2018


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At the Air Zoo, under the shadow of the massive Lockheed SR-71B Blackbird, Elizabeth Wein stood front and center as she presented to a large audience of adults and teenagers alike.The author of Code Name Verity and licensed pilot was the 2018 CommuniTEEN Read’s special guest when she came to talk to st...

UPDATE: Students participate in the National Walkout for school safety

UPDATE: Students participate in the National Walkout for school safety

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

March 14, 2018


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  At 9:57 this morning, roughly 400 hundred students left their respective third hour classrooms and gathered in PN’s bus loop for a demonstration to remember the victims of Parkland High School and to advocate for gun regulation in order to prevent school shootings. The student walk...

UPDATE: PNHS implements new security initiatives in the wake of the Parkland shooting

UPDATE: PNHS implements new security initiatives in the wake of the Parkland shooting

Manny Tsang, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


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On February 14th at Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting and 17 more injured. In response to the shooting, Florida lawmakers created a bill restricting the sale of rifles to people under the age of 21, walkouts were planned across the country, and schools across the...

UPDATE: PNHS senate plans walkout

UPDATE: PNHS senate plans walkout

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

March 14, 2018


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The PN Senate will lead interested students in the National Walkout for school safety today, March 14. Students will leave class at 9:57 and meet in the bus loop at 10:00 am. They will remain outside for 17 minutes to honor the 17 individuals killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February...

Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein to visit today

Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein to visit today

Komalpreet Kaur and Sarah Maniscalco

March 14, 2018


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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was selected as the CommuniTeen Read book for this year, and was also a part of the books for the freshman students to read this school year. Wein is coming all the way from her native Scotland to visit PNHS today during 4th hour and will also be at the Air Zoo for ...

Students learn about high-demand career paths through Lunch and Learn event

Students learn about high-demand career paths through Lunch and Learn event

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


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On Friday, March 2nd, students received free pizza and advice on how to make a living in the skilled trades of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. The event was held in the community room during both lunches, and guest speaker Mike Peters gave an informative yet interesting speech about working in the HVAC industry, explaining...

Ethics Bowl enters competitive season

Ethics Bowl enters competitive season

Brianna Neuhouser, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


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In our time-crunched society, many people don’t have the time to sit and contemplate the ethics behind their decisions or world situations.  Ethics is defined as moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity. Portage Northern’s Ethics Bowl Team spends their time...

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