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Lacrosse Season Preview: The Boys Prepare for Another Great Season

Lily Antor, Entertainment editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Peering through the south-west facing windows of the school may allow students to catch sight of the bare, seemingly deserted lacrosse field. Despite the fact that construction on PN’s property may change the appearance of the field soon, the lacrosse boys have already started preparing for the upcom...

PN Senate holds Blood Drive

Matilda Buehler, Staff writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Blood is Welcomed-PN Senate host their semi-annual Blood Drive Once again the Portage Northern Student Senate will contribute to the community welfare by hosting their second semi annual Michigan Blood Drive this year on March 2nd. Every student and staff over the age of 16 can sign up in Kellie ...

Illness closes 4 area schools on Friday, 2/24

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

March 1, 2017


Filed under Local, News

While Portage Northern was closed for winter break on Friday, February 24, 4 other local schools were closed due to illness. Kalamazoo Public Schools, Gull Lake Community Schools, Comstock, and Climax Scotts were all closed on Friday due to an increase in influenza and stomach flu. According to a...

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting leaves 5 dead

Annie Malek, J1 staff writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under All, News

On Friday, January 6th, 2017, the vacationers at Fort Lauderdale Airport experienced a lot more than the warm temperatures and sunny sky. One man, Esteban Santiago (26), picked up his luggage from the baggage claim, went to the bathroom, loaded a gun and managed to kill 5 people and hospitalize 8 others. Santiago...

The Starting Five – SuperBowl Predictions

The Starting Five – SuperBowl Predictions

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

January 23, 2017


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

Super Bowl 51 will feature MVP leading candidate Matt Ryan and the best offense in the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons for the first time since 1998, and they’ve got their work cut out for them playing the legendary coach Bill Belichick, best quarterback in NFL history Tom Brady, and the New England Patr...

North Korea threatens the US

Ariana Hopkins, J1 staff writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under All, News

It is just the start of 2017 and the US is already hearing threats from other countries. Not only that, but Donald Trump has not even entered presidency yet and there are threats to the Trump Administration. Most recently,  North Korea’s infamous dictator Kim Jong-un announced that North Korea has ...

IB Biology students attend lecture by renowned geneticist

Komalpreet Kaur, Journalism 1 Staff

November 15, 2016


Filed under All, Local, News

Renowned geneticist and IU professor Sam Rhine has been educating people ranging from students to scholars on recent advancements in genetics for over 25 years. Portage Northern students got to take part in this experience when Jessica Clark and Donna Hertel’s IB Biology classes attended one of his R...

Marching band finished sixth at state

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under All, Local, News

NL Staff The Portage Northern marching band came back from Ford Field in Detroit with a positive feeling, finishing in sixth place in the state competition. The band set a school record at the event, scoring an 88.75, their highest competitive score ever. Director Josh Bartz expressed his pride for hi...

Tragedy in Dreamworld: 4 dead after accident on a theme park ride

Demi Jensen, Staff Writer

October 28, 2016


Filed under All, News, World

A tragic and fatal accident occurred this Tuesday, October 25th, at Dreamworld amusement park in Queensland, Australia. After the raft on Thunder River Rapids flipped and came into contact with another raft, six people were thrown onto the conveyer belt, and four of them sadly died. The other tw...

PN cheerleaders host annual princess tea

PN cheerleaders host annual princess tea

Lexi Kava, Staff Writer

October 28, 2016


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

On Saturday, October 29th, the Portage Northern cheer team will do their annual princess tea party in the lower level commons. The cheerleaders dress up as many of the well known Disney princesses, from the classics like Cinderella and Snow White to the new favorites Anna and Elsa. There is a meet and...

Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer

October 28, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, World

Recently, NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) released an article claiming they are working to both colonize and create a way for humans to safely make it to and from Mars. NASA hopes that by the 2030s they will have the technology and resources to develop the capabilities to send...

This Week in History

Manny Tsang, Journalism 1 Staff

October 5, 2016


Filed under News, World

With the big PN-PC game this Friday, this has been a big week for Northern students, but it is, more importantly, also an anniversary for many events. For example, Edgar Allen Poe was found delirious in a gutter in 1849, Iraq gained independence from the UK in 1932, the first black owned radio station...

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