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Gay Marriage Legalized

Gay Marriage Legalized

Lily Antor, Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


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Pooja Mandagere  was not expecting her time in Washington D.C. with 25 people from Michigan Youth in Government to be anything more than an educational experience. However, the Portage Northern graduate’s life was forever changed when her group saw people rallying outside the Supreme Court on June...

The truth behind the turquoise shirts: Link Leaders

The truth behind the turquoise shirts: Link Leaders

Lyndsey Case, Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


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Being a freshman in a school with over 1300 teenagers can be terrifying to say the least. Luckily, starting with the class of 2018 about 81 students can make that transition from locker decorations and one-floor classes into the world of stairwells as packed as Times Square a little bit easier. For about...

Money Can’t Buy PRIDE! : The NL Shuts down Rumors

Money Can’t Buy PRIDE! : The NL Shuts down Rumors

Megan McKenzie, Editor in Chief

October 21, 2015


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“Money is life, life is money,” said Ni Pham (12). For many Huskies, money is one of the most important things; it buys our gas, new outfits, and our Panera lunch every day.  However, is it important enough to buy Huskie PRIDE? Huskie PRIDE (Positivity, Respect, Initiative, Determination, and...

Sense of responsibility: PN’s MYIG travel to Albion

Sense of responsibility: PN’s MYIG travel to Albion

October 13, 2015


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"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can not be obtained, " said Helen Keller. And Portage Northern's local chapter of Michigan Youth In Government (MYIG) are stepping up their sense of responsibilty for all of us. Amber...

Stressed teens: Do PN teachers assign too much homework

Stressed teens: Do PN teachers assign too much homework

Claire Dirette, Special to the NL

October 12, 2015


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Claire Kavanaugh (11) struggles with balancing school, sports, homework, and sleep on a daily basis. "I can't even have a job during the school year because I know it would be impossible to get any school work done on top of sports," says Kavanaugh. According to nationwidechildren’s.org, teenagers need between 9 and 9....

New Year and New Staff

New Year and New Staff

Megan Rinock, Staff Writer

October 6, 2015


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  Portage Northern High School, like always, is warmly greeting the newest additions to our population. New students are always expected; however, this year, seven new teachers have decided to join Portage Northern’s ever-growing family. Not only have we increased of student body with the large...

A long way to go

A long way to go

Marie Nyirahategekimana, Special to the NL

September 30, 2015


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“I love being a walking symbol of Islam. And I love modest fashion. It allows me to walk outside in public and show people that Muslim women are not oppressed and can be into fashion while maintaining modesty,” said Tashifa Fayyaz (11). If that is the message of the Islamic faith, why is it viewed...

ACT/SAT vs US: A sneak peak into the real world of studying

ACT/SAT vs US: A sneak peak into the real world of studying

Meredith Ablao, Special to the NL

September 29, 2015


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“I have been working ever since I was like five,” said Cortney Chow(11). Coming from a traditional Chinese family, Chow faces extensive pressure to score higher than a 30 on her ACT. This causes tremendous stress, emotion, and exhaustion. Like Chow, students believe the ACT/SAT is a stressful time...

Un-American? Donald Trump’s Campaign to Presidency

Un-American? Donald Trump’s Campaign to Presidency

Issra Said, Special to the NL

September 29, 2015


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“I think the most drastic change I’ll see will be in my interactions with other people,” said Shukri Bana, a student at Grand Valley State University. Bana, a Somali-American, believes if Donald Trump is elected as president of the US, it would amplify bigoted attitudes in her daily social relations d...

A is for awesome F is for failure: A look into grading

A is for awesome F is for failure: A look into grading

Salvador DelVecchio, Special to the NL

September 29, 2015


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It was the beginning of the fourth marking period.  Calvin Voss (11) was looking forward to playing on his golf team in the upcoming months.  But his hopes were dashed when his low grade wouldn’t make the cut.  The next couple of weeks were very stressful for Voss.  Not only did he have to maint...

Homecoming predictions 2015

Homecoming predictions 2015

Allison McKenzie (10), Sports Editor

September 28, 2015


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From car push, pie eating, lip feud, and dress up days, to the big game and dance, homecoming is definitely a week to remember. Every year there has to be a winner for activity, but the real question is, who? Will it be the Seniors who somehow win every year, (as some people think), or will it be th...

Everything counted: PN Baseball Team finishes 2015 season as state runner up

Everything counted: PN Baseball Team finishes 2015 season as state runner up

Ben Neal, Adviser

June 14, 2015


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I have coached over 20 years witnessing many amazing and special moments in sports, but Northern's Baseball run to the state finals was easily one of the best. And the 9 inning state final game, which resulted in a 2-1 victory for Hartland over PN, was truly a special moment. Despite falling short and...

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