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History teacher Greathen Derenne (left) mentored new teacher Aaron Warfield (right) during his time as an intern in 2020.

New history teacher Aaron Warfield finds joy in students and colleagues

Bryana Quick, Associate Editor September 21, 2021

As an intern for history teacher Greathen Derenne last year, Aaron Warfield felt drawn to teach at PN. "When I first came here, all of the staff made me feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued,” he...

Selection for a Jones Soda label was just one stop along NL photographer Kellie Miles road to success.

Journey to a Jones Soda label

Kellie Miles, Photographer May 29, 2021

Jones Soda was first developed in 1995 and introduced in 1996 with six glass-bottled flavors: orange, cherry, lemon lime, strawberry lime, raspberry, and grape. The unique labels all featured artwork...

The Gallagher Girls is a 6-book series by Ally Carter.

Finding happiness in books

Avery Bogemann, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

As a kid, I didn’t have many friends. I kept to myself and found comfort in quiet things, such as reading and baking. Longing for the friendships I couldn’t have because I was homeschooled at the time,...

Finally found: my journey to MSU

Finally found: my journey to MSU

Kellie Miles, Photographer April 29, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, seniors will sign out and leave NHS for the last time. Part of that process will include filling out a form that tells what’s next for us, and I can hardly wait to write Michigan...

Many people have been coming out and learning about different labels for their gender and sexuality throughout the past year, but being gay isn’t a trend. The reason that more people have been coming out as part of the LGBTQ community recently is because of the chance quarantine has given for self reflection and self acceptance.

From isolation to revelation: how quarantine has led LGBTQ+ teens to self discovery

Astrid Code and Sloan Markin April 28, 2021

Many people have been coming out and learning about different labels for their gender and sexuality throughout the past year, but being gay isn’t a trend. The reason that more people have been coming...

With her big moment was finally here, Class of 2017 PNHS and NL alumni Abby Seeber stands for a photo documenting her time on the Tedx stage.

Class of 2017 alumni Abby Seeber advocates for artists on Tedx stage

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 8, 2021

A dynamic performer and public speaker, Abby Seeber is an artist, and she’s proud to be. Despite her passion, talents, and years of experience, three words follow her everywhere: “What’s your...

After five years, my battle with family court is finally coming to an end, and just in time for me to move on to whats next in my life.

Finally finished: free of family court

Natalie Grinder, Digital Media Editor March 26, 2021

Divorce is a hard thing to have happen to your parents as a child, but for some, the process that comes before the divorce is even worse. This has been my reality for the last five years, and I’m...

This is me, now. Healthy, happy, healed, and whole, or at least trying my best everyday to get there. This moment was a long time coming and at the end of a road filled with adversity.

Healed and whole: my mental health journey

Cerena Read, Entertainment Editor March 18, 2021

From the beginning, I was always the shy kid, always too scared to talk and engage in social situations, hiding behind my parent’s legs. Every year, the first day of school was filled with anxiety....

Chris Harris became PPS first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator in January 2021.

The power of one: Portage’s first DEI Coordinator Chris Harris strives for inclusivity

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief March 17, 2021

Chris Harris has been teaching young-5 students for nearly two years. This school year, however, presented many new obstacles for Harris, who was tasked with the instrumental role of guiding the youngest...

2021 has a whole new set of things to look forward to, and Im here for it.

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.

Mariah Gresham, Staff Writer March 15, 2021

I think most people can agree that 2020 wasn't their best year. We had wildfires, murder hornets, the unfortunate loss of many wonderful Black lives, and a global pandemic that we are not yet free...

Guinea pigs can make great pets for the educated owner.

Owning a guinea pig

Kai Pennington, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

When deciding to adopt a new pet that is smaller, many stand out because of their behavior, looks (fluffy animals are a huge thing I love) and even their social standing. So what about guinea pigs? Guinea...

Journals can come in many shapes and sizes, and they are as unique as the journaler themselves.

The joy of journaling

Katie Knight, Design Editor March 8, 2021

Journaling has become something of a phenomena of the modern era. There are a plethora of Instagram posts and YouTube videos in which the journaling talents of an individual are put on display. Their...

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