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Nicole Vermillion spends HS as a scholar of many different languages

Nicole Vermillion spends HS as a scholar of many different languages

Kaylynn Dodge, Journalism 1 Writer

December 1, 2018


Filed under All, All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Nicole Vermillion is a senior of many talents like music and writing, but she also had a passion for languages since she was young. “In the future, I hope to be bilingual so that I can fluently speak both English and Spanish and another language that I will pick up in the future.” says Vermillion...

This music will make you believe in fairy godparents

This music will make you believe in fairy godparents

MJ Watts, Journalism 1 Writer

December 1, 2018


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  As students pass through the hallways, they will always hear to teachers on the third floor blaring music, one always overpowering the other’s. The more quiet, yet intense, music being played comes from room 3.124 - this classroom belonging to Mr. Scott Crocker. You’ll hear things ranging fr...

Love in life: what the movies don’t show

Love in life: what the movies don’t show

Melissa Morris-Adkins, Journalism 1 Writer

December 1, 2018


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Crushes and break ups are not the same in the real world as they are in movies: in most movies someones crush usually likes them back, but in the real world, that’s not always the case. There's a high chance our crush might not like us  back. Similarly, breakups often feel much worse in high school ...

Junior Ben Eiler steals the spotlight

Junior Ben Eiler steals the spotlight

Rawan Alsaedi, Journalism 1 Writer

December 1, 2018


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Some might say that acting is a natural talent, but junior Benjamin Eiler knows otherwise. He has worked hard to get to where he is today, and he knows that it is not luck that got him here. Eiler, like many other people, was not comfortable with the idea of performing on stage. “ I was afraid of s...

Debunk the Truth of D.I.D.

Debunk the Truth of D.I.D.

Hailee Clark, Journalism 1 Writer

December 1, 2018


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A man's DNA found at the scene of the crime but it wasn't him who committed the tragic incident. Many criminals will deny their crimes to avoid punishment, but what if they actually had no recollection of committing the crime? This is exactly what has happened to people like Billy Milligan, Billy Joe ...

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


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“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


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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


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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...

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