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This photo was taken at a pride event that GSA hosted at the end of last year. Since the GSA has grown, theyve been able to host more events, including the panel for coming out day.

GSA to host coming out day panel on Monday, Oct. 11

Annabelle Bartz, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

This year, for the first time, Portage Northern is hosting a Coming Out Day panel in celebration of National Coming Out Day on Monday, October 11. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the event,...

The third floor boys bathroom remains closed after it was vandalized to the point that it could not longer be used as the result of a TikTok challenge.

3rd floor boys bathroom closed for vandalism

Mitchell Barnard and Astrid Code September 20, 2021

On September 15, the 3rd floor boys bathroom was closed due to vandalism.  “I know that someone went in there, ripped the soap dispenser off the wall, took a picture of it, posted it on their...

Fire trucks pulled up to PN not once, but twice on Thursday as a faulty smoke alarm led to double evacuations of the building.

Aging fire alarm at fault for disturbing Thursday’s classes

Avery Bogemann, Editor September 13, 2021

Fire alarms twice sent students from the building on the morning of Thursday, September 9, but there was no real threat. The alarms went off during first and fourth hours. When asked how he felt...

The 2021 Cabaret concert, Memories, will take place on May 7 at 7pm.

Cabaret to take place Friday both in person and online

Kai Pennington, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

Many things have changed this year, but as students move closer to summer and the public health data continues to improve, more and more events are allowed to happen in person, and  on May 7 and 7pm...

Jason Reynolds is the author of 14 young adult novels.

Author Jason Reynolds virtually visits Portage PS

Astrid Code, News Editor April 27, 2021

Last year, many students read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds as part of the annual Portage Communiteen Read. Unfortunately, just as Reynolds had been scheduled to visit PN in person for an assembly last...

Candidates describe why they should earn the votes of their peers.

Large pool of candidates vies for student senate seats

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 6, 2021

Despite being still predominantly virtually learning, there is a large amount of engagement with this year's student senate elections and a large group of students running for office. Students can vote...

BHM leaders L to R: back row: Maya Daniels, Makayla Bolton, front row: Alanna Harris, Jamillah Clark wrap up filming the assembly on the stairs leading to the lower level commons.

Empowered Club hosts virtual Black History Month assembly

Astrid Code, News Editor March 8, 2021

  “2020 wasn’t just a crazy year to be alive, it was a tragic and empowering year to be Black. Today we honor and celebrate that,” said senior Makayla Bolton at PN’s Black History Month...

From left, Bolton, Clark, and Daniels are presented with the Lewis Walker Social Justice Award during the virtual city council meeting.

PN seniors win City of Kalamazoo social justice award

Astrid Code, News Editor February 1, 2021

  Throughout the past year, the ongoing fight for social and racial justice has been brought to national and international attention. Recently, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed January...

Lights, masks, action: winter play finds a way forward

Lights, masks, action: winter play finds a way forward

Libby Ertl , Staff Writer December 29, 2020

It’s time to set the stage again, only this time with a twist! Not only is this the second year in the tradition of having students write the winter play, but this year there is also the added element...

The 2020 elected school board members, clockwise from top left: Rusty Rathburn, Terri Novarria, Rusty Droppers, and Bo Snyder.

Community re-elects all 4 incumbent school board members

Bryana Quick, Staff Writer December 28, 2020

UPDATE: In a January 7 statement released by PPS, the district noted: "During a special meeting on Monday, January 4, 2021, members of the School Board of Portage Public Schools (PPS) unanimously...

The Balto statue greets visitors at Huskie Stadium.

Balto statue commemorates the class of 2020 at Huskie Stadium

Astrid Code, News Editor December 26, 2020

Isolation. Travel made difficult. A deadly, contagious disease. A race for a cure. Although these are daily realities of 2020, they are also part of the story of Balto, whose statue sits in the entrance...

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