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Beyond the fences

Beyond the fences

Nicole Anderson and Olivia Cessna

November 20, 2014


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Nicole's Article: As a former Portage Central Mustang, I hated high school. I never felt like any of the teachers loved their jobs, and a majority of the student body seemed, to me, to be fully immersed in themselves. As a result, I never went to school. My attendance was shameful, and before I...

Who even said that: Yik Yak

Who even said that: Yik Yak

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

November 20, 2014


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“Since it is anonymous, people aren’t scared to say what they think about people, and the mean stuff can really hurt some people,” said Sarah Melgar (12). Yik Yak is a social media app that Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington created  in November of 2013.  Since then,  it has taken campuses by...

Survival Guide: Ebola

Survival Guide: Ebola

Cortney Chow, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


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When looking inside a purse or bag of a person in today’s society, most will be overflowing with miniature sanitizer bottle no bigger than a human hand. Then, glance at the skin and lines mapped onto the two hands of an individual. Chances are, the skin will be raw from over washing, making dirt seem...

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Lydia Huitt, Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion, World

Rev. Dr. Manjerngie Ndebe grew up in Bolahun Lofa County in Northwestern Liberia. She then left everything she knew and eventually fled to America in 1973 as a refugee from the civil war that broke out in her home country.  Now, every Saturday, one can find her sitting outside of her office, in the...

Portage Central and Northern students protest earlier start and no teacher contract

Portage Central and Northern students protest earlier start and no teacher contract

Eric Staats, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2014


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This past Thursday, from 7:35-7:45 students from both Portage Northern and Central spoke out against what they feel to be unfair treatment from the Portage Public School's Administration. Holding signs like "Portage students Value Their Teachers," and "Our teachers = Our idols," and shouting cheers of...

New school policies

New school policies

Olivia Cessna, News Editor

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Local, Opinion

Positives 7:35 Start Time: From a high schooler's point of view, that is 10 minutes less sleep, so of course, they would oppose, but let’s look at the pros, shall we? “In my opinion, it’s not about where the time is placed, its about the added time in the classroom with our teachers inc...

Poppin’ for popcorn: Buttering up the facts about this delicious snack

Poppin’ for popcorn: Buttering up the facts about this delicious snack

Samantha DeBoer, Special to the nl

October 5, 2014


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“There’s a lot of [popcorn day] that they do with the life skills piece which is valuable for them in their courses and life,” says Jim French, the principal of Portage Northern, speaking about the special needs students who run Northern’s famous popcorn Wednesdays. There have been many rumors...

Sleepy students: The new ten minute earlier start time at PNHS

Sleepy students: The new ten minute earlier start time at PNHS

Demi Jensen, Special to the nl

October 5, 2014


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“I honestly thought it was kind of ridiculous,” said Haley Jordan (10). Like Jordan, many students complained when they found out about the new ten minute earlier start time at Portage Northern High School. Though several students thought the change was a way to make up for lost school days, the...

Thinking about the future: PNHS’s post graduation plans

Thinking about the future: PNHS’s post graduation plans

Kayla Park, Special to the nl

September 30, 2014


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“I am extremely stressed out. I don’t like thinking about the future,” says Isla Wilger (12), when asked about the college application process. Nearly every student who comes through Portage Northern must complete this process, which can be difficult to balance on top of an already full load of...

Teacher’s Union Files Legal Action Against District

Teacher’s Union Files Legal Action Against District

Eric Staats, Editor-in-chief

September 22, 2014


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It is no surprise that most students in the Portage Public Schools District are unhappy with the additional ten minutes added to the school day. But the complaints do not end with having to wake up earlier to go to school, because of a breach in contract, the new start time has lead the teacher’s u...

Link Leaders introduce freshman to the Huskie Way

Link Leaders introduce freshman to the Huskie Way

Staff, Staff Writer

August 29, 2014


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"It was fun. My leaders worked hard to make my first Northern experience significant," said Lucas Luyckx (9). Luyckx is one of the hundreds of freshman who showed up Thursday, August 28 to tour the school, learn some Northern rules and expectations, and meet some Huskies. "I met some of my teachers,...

Kayla Gercak ready to lead Portage Northern

Kayla Gercak ready to lead Portage Northern

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

June 6, 2014


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“I am excited for next year, it is going to be great,” said Clara Comiskey (11).  With the 2013-2014 school year coming to a close, there is a fair amount to look back upon- from  Friday night football games and homecoming to prom and all kinds of dances. There is a person who participates with...

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