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Dangerous driving affects school zones

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Malcolm Gaynor, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Irma impacts families differently based on SES

Irma impacts families differently based on SES

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

September 20, 2017


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New reports by major news outlets highlight the inequalities caused by social class when attempting to survive a natural disaster. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, for example, wealthy individuals were able to be well-prepared for the hurricane. They were bale to afford supplies to stock up, even when the p...

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Lily Antor, entertainment editor

June 7, 2017


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The official groundbreaking ceremony, commencing the $144 million dollar renovation of Portage Public Schools, commenced on May 10th at the Portage Northern campus. This ceremony brought about many important community members, including a multitude of PPS administrators and officials, who gathered to ...

Forensics scores big at Mackinac Tournament

Forensics scores big at Mackinac Tournament

Abby Seeber, Entertainment Editor

May 23, 2017


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A mere three weeks ago, the Forensics team finished up their regular season by taking third place overall in their division as well as having two state champions. On Friday, May 19, members of The Portage Northern Forensics Team extended their season by travelling to Mackinac Island for a weekend stay...

Mae Jemison visits Kalamazoo

Mae Jemison visits Kalamazoo

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight editor

April 26, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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....

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