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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...

CAY offers paid internships for students

CAY offers paid internships for students

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

June 11, 2018


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There are around 15 million teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year that struggle from a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year and there is very little being done about it.The Calling All Youth Movement made a visit to Portage Norther...

Student guide to required summer reading

Student guide to required summer reading

Lexi Doll, Staff Writer

June 8, 2018


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As the school year comes to an end, teachers are handing out summer reading lists to their honors english kids to prepare for next school year.   Honors English 9 is required to read The Odyssey by Homer and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.  Honors English 9 teacher Lindsey Wangler says, “The ...

Seniors put the “war” in water wars as contest concludes

Seniors put the “war” in water wars as contest concludes

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

June 8, 2018


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Squirt guns, secret alliances, and sabotage. Water Wars, which was supposed to be one final hurrah for the class of 2018, ended up being anything but.   Water wars has been a Portage Central tradition for many years now, but this year’s seniors decided to bring the fun home here to Portage Northern. Th...

Senior awards night honors a variety of seniors

Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


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"Here we present to you, the results of the efforts and talents of the class of 2018.” With those words, Principal Jim French welcomed the crowd of proud parents, family, and friends who had come to see what their senior had achieved during their four years of high school at Portage Northern. Severa...

PNXC welcomes new coach James Young

PNXC welcomes new coach James Young

Malcolm Gaynor, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018


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Portage Northern has hired James Young as the new cross country head coach. Young has been a distance coach for 16 years, including 15 years of track and field coaching at Battle Creek Central High School, along with other private coaching and training experience. Young has many goals and aspirations for hi...

Sunrise against politicians receiving money from fossil fuel companies

Sunrise against politicians receiving money from fossil fuel companies

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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Earth Day is fast approaching and this year the Sunrise Movement is looking to make it more than just a day to appreciate mother nature.There are many politicians who are being funded by wealthy oil and gas executives, and Sunrise is working to make sure the USA's future is not placed in the hands of f...

Support for the Flint water crisis ends

Support for the Flint water crisis ends

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


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Flint had a massive water crisis about four years ago, involving lead pipes contaminating water. They have been receiving free bottled water for residents ever since, but that may be about to change. The state of Michigan is ending the bottled water program, claiming that the water quality has been re...

PNHS students organize, execute second walkout

PNHS students organize, execute second walkout

Meredith Ablao, Manny Tsang, Gabbie Byers, and Keegan Tenney

April 20, 2018


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  At 10:00 am today, students participated in the second national school walkout. Held on the anniversary of  the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, students gathered to protest government inaction on policies that might make schools safer.Students organized themselves in the new bleachers of H...

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 ...

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