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Discussions of nationwide school walkouts fill social media

Discussions of nationwide school walkouts fill social media

Margaux Gendre, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under All, Local, News

Plans to raise awareness for safer schools following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have appeared not just on social media, but in the stairwells of PNHS. The goal behind the protests is to strengthen laws regarding gun control, especially the ones that have allowed mass shootings to occur si...

LUSH shows love for all in 2018

LUSH shows love for all in 2018

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

February 27, 2018


Filed under All, News, World

With a goal of contributing $450,000 to support transgender organizations, LUSH cosmetics recently began openly campaigning their ideology towards the transgender and non-binary communities. This is more than a marketing statement, but a world awareness campaign. In 76 countries, it’s a crime to be ...

Portage Northern responds to the Parkland shooting

Portage Northern responds to the Parkland shooting

Cameron Myers, Photographer

February 27, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

News coverage has been dominated with the recent event of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Portage Northern has been impacted by this unfortunate event by students having blood related relatives living in Florida. Living in fear with anxiety, junior Lena Klemm worries for her family down in ...

Senior Issra Said wins Kalamazoo Social Justice Youth Award

Senior Issra Said wins Kalamazoo Social Justice Youth Award

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

January 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Issra Said, a senior IB student, was honored for her civil rights work at Kalamazoo City Hall on Tuesday night during the City Commission meeting. Said was presented the 2018 Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award by Dr. Walker himself, a longtime local activist, and Bobby Hopewell, the Mayor of Kalamaz...

Breadlift 2017 off to smooth start, looks to raise $25,000

Breadlift 2017 off to smooth start, looks to raise $25,000

Lily Antor, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Recommended Stories, Showcase

UPDATE: As of 3:00, PN (with PC's donation of $5,285 dollars) has raised over $20,000 for The March of Dimes. A few members of Central's Student Council stopped by around 2pm to help out. "I like working with PN Senate," said PC's Vice President John Hart, "It makes things so much smoother, an...

PN welcomes 8 foreign exchange students

PN welcomes 8 foreign exchange students

Cameron Myers, Photographer

November 7, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Uncategorized

This year, eight foreign exchange students are calling PNHS their temporary home. Each one has their own unique story to tell about themselves, and their reasons for coming here are as diverse as the countries they came from. Julie Absil: “I’m from Belgium. A fun fact about myself is I like to pla...

Lunches for Lives raises $1650 for families in need

Lunches for Lives raises $1650 for families in need

Sheila Mwanda, Associate Entertainment Editor

October 26, 2017


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Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Lily Antor and Issra Said

October 24, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Recommended Stories, Showcase

UPDATE: On January 8th, 2018 Portage Public Schools issued an official notice indicating that the policy which removed media specialists from the middle school media centers was being rescinded. At the start of the second semester, students will find media specialists resuming their former positions...

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Malcolm Gaynor, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

According to a recent study by Zendrive.com, Kalamazoo County received a D- grade for dangerous and distracted driving in school zones. Portage Northern specifically is not included in the study, but Portage Central is tied for the worst school in the county with a D grade, and the curious kids next to Or...

New construction proceeding according to plan

New construction proceeding according to plan

Tyler Simon, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News

Construction goes on outside of Portage Northern as students watch Owens-Aimes-Kimball build the new Husky Stadium and multipurpose fields for future students. This is only a small part of the $144,000,000 million dollars of improvements going into Portage Public Schools. In fact, Huskie Stadium is one ...

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

Kylie Clifton, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

The 2017-2018 school year has already granted many firsts. Among these firsts, PN’s half days have undergone a revision. In previous years, half days would alternate: the first half day contained the first four periods of every student’s schedule, and the second half day contained the last three...

Huskie Homecoming: Portage Northern wins against Kalamazoo Central

Huskie Homecoming: Portage Northern wins against Kalamazoo Central

Lily Antor, editor in chief

September 25, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Uncategorized

This past Friday, Portage Northern witnessed an eventful 2018 homecoming celebration. The super fans, lead by senior Lizzie Verduzco, cheered on the varsity football team by having an “orange-out” dress code for the student section. Verduzco noted that this was the “biggest crowd” in the student...

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