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Mae Jemison visits Kalamazoo

Mae Jemison visits Kalamazoo

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight editor
April 26, 2017
Filed under All, Local, News

On March 23rd in Kalamazoo’s Miller Auditorium, young girl sat on her mother’s lap, wearing a “Future NASA Astronaut” t-shirt, as she sat actively engaged in the words of Mae Jemison: the first woman of color in space.  As a part of the Kalamazoo speaker series with emphasis on the Humanities...

Districts keeps environmental concerns in mind as construction begins

Districts keeps environmental concerns in mind as construction begins

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer
April 17, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Northwest of the school and alongside the perimeter of the current lacrosse field lies a miniature forest of trees. It isn’t solely a collection of trees or woods that a majority of the classrooms on the West end and North side of the school have a decent  view of, it is also home to some of the ...

Portage community mourns the loss of PC student Dante Latora

Portage community mourns the loss of PC student Dante Latora

Staff
March 24, 2017
Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

The Portage Central High School community is mourning the loss of one of their students today. Staff and students found out yesterday that Dante Latora (12) was killed in a car accident in Virginia on Wednesday evening. Latora, an accomplished wrestler, was in Virginia for a national wrestling tournament. Supp...

Man Who Killed Seven Girls in 1997 Released From Prison Life Sentence

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor
March 21, 2017
Filed under News, World

Ahmed Daqamseh has been released from prison after shooting and killing seven eighth graders in 1997 in Amman, Jordan. His twenty year sentence has been served and Daqamseh has been released from imprisonment. In 1997, Daqamseh shot at a total fourteen young girls, seven of which died. After being...

News Briefs for the Week of March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017
Filed under All, Local, News

The Student Senate toy drive starts this Wednesday and runs for one week. The toys will benefit the children at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Bronson’s Children's Care Unit. Please bring in new or excellent condition toys (no toy weapons nor used stuffed animals) to your 7th hour class....

Forensics team wins Portage Central tournament

Forensics team wins Portage Central tournament

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor
March 20, 2017
Filed under All, Local, News

The Huskie Forensics team competed at the Portage Central tournament over the weekend. While the team had one lone first place, Cole Curtiss in Prose, the team was lifted by a host of finals and semi-finals performances to win the overall sweepstakes. Portage Northern won the tournament with a t...

Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Issra Said, Staff Writer
March 20, 2017
Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

On the evening of March 14, the Kalamazoo Public Library hosted retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium, to introduce his new book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, to the people of greater Kalamazoo. Both basketba...

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Megna Joshi, Website editor
March 15, 2017
Filed under Local, News, Showcase

This weekend the PN forensics team crushed the annual Menchinger Tournament on their own turf. Portage Northern has been a strong team for many years and with the winners at last tournament, P.N. proved that they are not just the best team in Portage, but also a contender for the state title. While ...

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Since the news was released that Portage Northern will be building its own football stadium and soccer field, the community has been anxiously awaiting any new developments in regards to the new facilities. Turns out, Portage Northern is breaking ground in more ways that one. The school is reaching out...

Starting Anew: The Uprooting of the PN Track Leaves a Melancholy Feeling Amongst Track Runners

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight editor
March 14, 2017
Filed under All, All, Local, News, Showcase, Sports

On February 24th, 2017 the Portage Northern Track was uprooted following the construction plans of a new stadium in 2019.  Alexa Vanderhoff, Portage Northern Alum and Cross Country & Track Runner at Miami University of Ohio tweeted out that night, “RIP PN Track- although you had many cracks an...

Global Warming

Carter Landis, Sports editor
March 9, 2017
Filed under All, News

While most people in Michigan are enjoying the warm weather that has arrived early and unexpectedly, there’s a good chance a majority of those people don’t understand that this weather spells a serious threat to the stability of the planet. Global warming is a conspiracy that has been prevalent for ove...

Does the MMR vaccine link to autism?

Does the MMR vaccine link to autism?

Issra Said, Staff Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under News, World

The general public has gone on for more than a decade believing that the MMR vaccine inflicts more harm than good. This vaccine is known to prevent diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella. Yet, there is a widespread notion that this vaccine causes autism in children.   This scare genera...

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