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My hijab is a form of freedom, not oppression

My hijab is a form of freedom, not oppression

Rawan Alsaedi, Journalism 1 Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under All, Editor's Choice, Feature, Personal Narrative

What do you see when you come across me and see me wearing the hijab? What is your first thought? Do you think that I’m oppressed by my culture and religion and am forced to wear a hideous outfit to fulfill the wishes of Muslim men? Do you whisper to the person next to you, “Is she suffering”...

Freshman Abby VanderBerg prepares for high school forensics

Freshman Abby VanderBerg prepares for high school forensics

The Staff

October 8, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

“Started therapy in 8th grade / Had a personality made up of tests and pills / Lived like the uphills were mountains / And the downhills were cliffs.”  These words by Shane Koyczan moved freshman Abby VanderBerg as a sixth grader, and a year later, launched an interest in forensics that she is prepar...

From 1 in 94 to 1 in 1207: junior Zamarieah Foth finds her place at PN

From 1 in 94 to 1 in 1207: junior Zamarieah Foth finds her place at PN

The Staff

October 2, 2018


Filed under Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

When junior Zamarieah Foth walked through the doors of the lower level commons on her first day of school, she was shocked. Starting the year at a new school is a big change in and of itself, but it’s even more challenging when you’re surrounded by 1207 more students than you’re used to. ...

Refuse to Lose: Shawna Sawall’s soccer career

Refuse to Lose: Shawna Sawall’s soccer career

Gavin Stevens, Journalism 1 Staff

October 2, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Junior soccer player Shawna Sawall listens to Travis Scott’s rap songs before each game in order to get pumped up and ready to take on the opposing team. A 16-year-old junior, Sawall has been playing soccer since the age of six. She plays travel soccer in the fall and plays for the Portage Lightnin...

“We’ve done a big change that is good for us”: Junior Ana Haurie is not afraid to voice her opinion on politics

“We’ve done a big change that is good for us”: Junior Ana Haurie is not afraid to voice her opinion on politics

MJ Watts, Journalism 1 Staff

October 2, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

All around the world, America is seen as the land of the free. Whether it be for natural born rights or for education, people have always wanted to be in America for it. Education is exactly why foreign exchange student and junior Ana Haurie is here all the way from Spain.   During her time h...

Gavin Stevens travels the world

Gavin Stevens travels the world

Shawna Sawall, Journalism 1 Staff

October 2, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

As he pulls an empty suitcase out of his closet, a smile stretches across Gavin Stevens’ face. He can’t wait to escape the small city of Portage to see and experience new things. Gavin is a freshman at Portage Northern and loves to travel. Out of the few different countries he’s travelled t...

Freshman Carrie Jacobson prepares to be a Huskie wrestler

Freshman Carrie Jacobson prepares to be a Huskie wrestler

Hailee Clark, Journalism 1 Staff

October 1, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

The smell of B.O. in the air, coaches yelling instructions while the crowd cheers from the stands, adrenaline pumping, heart racing, but mind completely clear and ready for action. Freshman wrestler Carrie Jacobson talks about her inspiration for picking up wrestling and how a physical issue won’t ho...

For Snigda Narisetty, a mix of cultures can be more fun than just one

For Snigda Narisetty, a mix of cultures can be more fun than just one

Rawan Alsaedi, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Junior Snigda Narisetty knows that she is different from most of her peers and other people around her. There are many reasons as to why Narisetty is different, and it’s a reason that makes her feel very special and lucky: her personality is a mix of two cultures, and she takes advantage of that to ...

“I’m scared about our future on Earth”: Astrid Code fears for the planet

“I’m scared about our future on Earth”: Astrid Code fears for the planet

Taylor Hutchings, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Another busy school day has passed by as freshman Astrid Code heads home for the day. She starts on her extensive homework as a news headline appears on the TV. It’s an issue Code is all too familiar with: climate change. Even though it’s an issue she cares deeply about, instead of watching, she...

Hailee Clark is drawing a picture of her future in art

Hailee Clark is drawing a picture of her future in art

Carrie Jacobson, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

As the seniors settle into their final year at Portage Northern High School, they’re being asked more and more about their plans for the future. Some are looking for scholarships in activities such as athletics and theatrics, but senior Hailee Clark is on a different route for plans: after going to...

Katie Knight finishes English for grades 9-12 by her sophomore year in ATYP

Katie Knight finishes English for grades 9-12 by her sophomore year in ATYP

Cerena Read, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Editor's Choice, Feature, Human Interest Feature

7th grader Katie Knight walks in the class ready to take her SAT for the second time, feeling tired and nervous, yet excited. The year before she had walked into the same room, not fully wanting to take the test, but knowing that it was a necessity to get into the ATYP program. She approached the tes...

Taylor Hutchings dreams of teaching

Taylor Hutchings dreams of teaching

Natalie Grinder, Journalism 1 Staff

September 29, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Growing up, senior Taylor Hutchings envisioned herself being many things, including a clothing designer, a photographer, and a singer. But recently, things changed and now Hutchings wants to teach the English language in South Korea.   For Hutchings, listening to Kpop opened a pathway into the Korea...

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