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Another blind date

Another blind date

Allison McKenzie, Sports Editor

February 18, 2016


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Caroline Brown (11) and Ben Stump (11), casually strolled into Red Robin at the same time realizing that they were there for the exact same thing: a blind date with each other. They were completely surprised and then followed the waitress to their table amidst the busy Saturday night atmosphere. Once...

To three or not to three, that is the question.

To three or not to three, that is the question.

Drew Dixon, Staff Writer

February 17, 2016


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  Judges and timer ready? The Forensics season is upon us. Portage Northern’s most successful state championship winning extracurricular public speech program is back up and running and is looking for the same success it has had for fourteen years now. The goals of this year’s team will...

Saturday school?

Saturday school?

Ben Lewis, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016


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Recently administrators changed Portage Northern’s Earn Back Policy and a few students are riled up. For those who don’t know, students who end up with 10 or more absences in one semester have the opportunity to earn back those hours. The controversy is that the earn back time that was hosted...

Finding Peace in Portage

Finding Peace in Portage

Lily Antor, Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


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  Pretty much everyone at Portage Northern High School can recognize Marie Chantal Nyirahategekimana by her purple braids and bright, friendly demeanor.  However, most people are unable recognize the girl that narrowly escaped a genocide in Rwanda with her family. “I usually don’t talk much...

What happened to nap time?

What happened to nap time?

Lydia Huitt, Life & Style Editor

January 7, 2016


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“My cousin goes to Portage Northern! He’ll think I’m famous!” “I have hot dogs in my backpack because I love hot dogs.” “People think this is creepy.” These are just a few of the remarks Bayley Neal and I heard at Haverhill Elementary, when second grade teacher, Mrs. Carson, cheerfull...

MVP of the Month: Katya Campbell

MVP of the Month: Katya Campbell

Lexie Gavlas, Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


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Team captain and returning varsity player Katya Campbell (12) is already leading the Portage Northern’s Women's Basketball Team to success this season.  “I’ve probably been playing since I was 5 years old; my grandma put me on this YMCA team when I was really young and I was just good at it,”...

Not just pretty girls in skirts: Competitive Cheer 2015

Not just pretty girls in skirts: Competitive Cheer 2015

Allison McKenzie, Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


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“One of the biggest things that people don’t know about cheer is that it is the newest girls’ sport in the state of Michigan, being only 20 years old, but it’s also one of the fastest growing sports,” says Coach Prentice. Competitive Cheer requires high energy, agility, and commitment. “My...

What is art: a teenager perspective

What is art: a teenager perspective

Meredith Ablao, Special to the NL

November 30, 2015


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“I participate in some sort of art everyday, and my life wouldn’t be the same without it,” said Krista Proksch(10). Coming off the stage of Portage Northern, she describes art as more than just the physical aspect of creativity. Like Proksch, teens view art through many different social, emotiona...

Winter Sports Preview

Winter Sports Preview

November 16, 2015


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“Winter is coming.” This well-known statement is extremely prevalent in the Igloo and the Doghouse this time of year, as the winter season for sports is coming up soon, and with it a new season of preparation to meet goals for each sport and its teams. The winter sports teams are generally lesser...

Next-Level Selfies

Next-Level Selfies

Maddy Conklin (11), Entertainment Editor

November 9, 2015


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“I throw things and it looks like I have the force because it comes back to me when it’s rewound,” said Sammy Wagner (12). You heard it right; Snapchat has updated their features in the new update, giving users many new fun and hilarious filters to keep their selfie game strong. From changing your...

TECHnically Speaking

TECHnically Speaking

Nicole Bobb, News Editor

October 27, 2015


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“Without technology, we would have to use books,” said Marina Uchai (11). Ten years ago, computers were just introducing themselves to the world of education.  Today, computers, tablets, and smartphones are in every part of our educational experience. “ It simplifies a lot of the work that we...

Parking Lot? More like parking not!

Parking Lot? More like parking not!

Zach Tenney, Staff Writer

October 26, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

To put it plainly, the student parking lot here at Portage Northern is rather less than perfect. It is cluttered and crowded, which can be and often is problematic. For the price of twenty dollars to park per school year, this is not a great value. The primary issue with the parking lot is the lack...

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