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There are thrifty ways to have your perfect Prom experience

There are thrifty ways to have your perfect Prom experience

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under All, Byline, Opinion, Showcase

As winter is slowly coming to an end and spring is approaching us, the time has come to start prom shopping. Many students don’t even consider going to the dance because they either don't have the money or simply just don't want to go. Before deciding not to go because of the cost, consider th...

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 ...

Bowling team rolls through their regular season

Bowling team rolls through their regular season

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

UPDATE (Mar. 7, 2018): The Boys team finished 9th at Regionals with Nate Curl finishing the highest at 14th in singles.  The girls finished 6th in the team event with Gracie Hatfield leading the way at 12th and Mandi Daniels finished in 22nd in singles. ORIGINAL TEXT: The bowling regular seaso...

Two narratives on racism

Two narratives on racism

Sheila Mwanda and Komalpreet Kaur, Staff Writers

February 20, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

  Explicit Bias Komalpreet Kaur   It was during middle school, and as I walked into school each day, I’d figure out which hallways certain students were in and avoid those places. I was doing this so often without realizing it, and I spent some time reflecting after my friends p...

Swim and dive team focuses on quality over quantity

Swim and dive team focuses on quality over quantity

Lexi Doll, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

The Portage Northern Men’s swim and dive team is off to a good start with a basically brand new team.  With the team still on the smaller side, they are slowly growing.  Last year’s team consisted of 12 swimmers whereas this years team has 19.  With the team only having about a month left in th...

Foreign language classes: just a graduation requirement or an investment in your future?

Foreign language classes: just a graduation requirement or an investment in your future?

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under All, Byline, Opinion, Showcase

Checking off requirement after requirement for high school graduation can become tiresome. Many students feel that some classes are unnecessary such as the mandatory two years of foreign language. Despite their claims and amateure attempts at defending them, research shows that knowing more than one lang...

Super Bowl Lll Recap

Super Bowl Lll Recap

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 5, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

In a good old shootout like we all expected, the Philadelphia Eagles stunned the New England Patriots and claimed their franchise’s first Super Bowl victory, 41-33. Quarterback Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching one on a trick play. T...

Varsity soccer player Gracie Poulsen: down but not out

Varsity soccer player Gracie Poulsen: down but not out

Hannah Thomas Perez, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

January 23, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

On a warm day in North Carolina, sophomore Gracie Poulsen woke up bright and early with a smile next to her teammates, ready to get onto the field. Today was the last day of the CASL Showcase Tournament for soccer, and Poulsen was ready to go home with a win. Her excitement was even larger than on any...

Elder Scrolls: improved and renewed

Elder Scrolls: improved and renewed

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

January 19, 2018


Filed under All, Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

If there was ever a game that captured my attention time and time again and always managed to draw me back into the gaming abyss, it would be, without hesitation, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It’s the one game I go back to, time and time again. And then, the same year I bought the game, Elder Scrolls Online...

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...

Starting Five: What are the Chicago Bulls doing?

Starting Five: What are the Chicago Bulls doing?

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

December 31, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Before this NBA season started, if I asked you to name the best player on the Chicago Bulls, who would you have said? Zach LaVine? That would be null and void, considering he hasn’t set foot on court in a Bulls uniform yet after last year’s nasty ACL tear. Robin Lopez? This might be the correct answe...

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