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Matt Kamm, PN Woodshop Teacher, checks into Rehab Center

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2013


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Portage Northern woodshop teacher Matt Kamm was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, Oct. 27th at 4:45 p.m. According to Plainwell Department of Public Safety’s news release, a man driving a van on South Main Street collided with Kamm, on motorcycle, after turning onto Starr Road. The van driv...

The end approaches

The end approaches

Ben Beach, News Editor

October 30, 2013


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On Monday November 4, the end of the first marking period of the school year arrives. For many teachers, that means finalizing the grades of students, and for the administration this means organizing student grade reports. Students, however, have a different issue presented to them: in just a few days, ...

Lunches for Lives: Portage Northern Interact Club Raises Funds for Portage Families in Need

Lunches for Lives: Portage Northern Interact Club Raises Funds for Portage Families in Need

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

October 24, 2013


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“We encourage everyone to participate because it’s fun and easy, and it really does make a difference in people’s lives,” says Jessica Andrews (12), a leader of Portage Northern’s Interact Club. “The money that we raise goes towards families in need during the holiday season, so we’re ‘adopting...

Our Government Broke: US Congressional Gridlock Continues

Our Government Broke: US Congressional Gridlock Continues

Ben Beach, News Editor

October 16, 2013


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UPDATE Oct 17. 12:30 PM: This morning, President Obama signed into law the measures passed by Congress to avert the default and end to government shutdown. Oct 16. 12:52 PM For the first time in nearly two decades, the government broke. In the early hours of October 1st, the government shutd...

Portage Northern Welcomes Foreign Exchange Students

Portage Northern Welcomes Foreign Exchange Students

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2013


Filed under All, Local, News

“It has always been a dream to come to America,” says Gabriel Sabio (12). “My mother put me into an English school and since then I’ve wanted to come.” From Araçatuba, Brazil, he expresses that his experience in Portage has been positive and going well, joining Northern’s soccer and baseball...

Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring

Jonathan Crowell, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2013


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“I hate it!” said Rae Herbert (12) of the new locker plan. After discovering that she would not be able to have her own locker for her final year of high school, Herbert was exasperated. “I have so many books, and there is no room.” Though it is clear something had to be done about the shortage...

State Labels Northern a Focus School

State Labels Northern a Focus School

Gabby Childers, Special to the NL

October 3, 2013


Filed under All, Local, News

Portage Northern High School. A top performing school in Michigan, with a graduation rate of 97%. The work ethic of many students is outstanding, and the amount of “college ready” students is enormous.  So why does Northern, a school with such high performing students, suddenly have a label that...

Child Stars Then and Now: What Happened?

Hannah Winegar, Feature Editor

October 2, 2013


Filed under All, Feature, World

Sweet, innocent and “Smiley” Miley Cyrus won her way into the hearts of now teenage girls in the 2006 premier of her television show Hannah Montana. Just seven years later, she is now setting those teenage girls’ teeth on edge ever since her shocking performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards with R...

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