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Senior Issra Said wins Kalamazoo Social Justice Youth Award

Senior Issra Said wins Kalamazoo Social Justice Youth Award

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

January 18, 2018


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Issra Said, a senior IB student, was honored for her civil rights work at Kalamazoo City Hall on Tuesday night during the City Commission meeting. Said was presented the 2018 Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award by Dr. Walker himself, a longtime local activist, and Bobby Hopewell, the Mayor o...

The Drowsy Chaperone delights

The Drowsy Chaperone delights

Komalpreet Kaur, Associate Feature Editor

December 11, 2017


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“There are so many elements that help hone a good comedy,” said English and Drama Teacher Celia Weeks. These words come from the director of this year’s musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, which opened on Friday, December 1st. The Drowsy Chaperone is about a wealthy woman by the name of Mrs. Tottendale who has to at...

Breadlift 2017 off to smooth start, looks to raise $25,000

Breadlift 2017 off to smooth start, looks to raise $25,000

Lily Antor, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2017


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UPDATE: As of 3:00, PN (with PC's donation of $5,285 dollars) has raised over $20,000 for The March of Dimes. A few members of Central's Student Council stopped by around 2pm to help out. "I like working with PN Senate," said PC's Vice President John Hart, "It makes things so much smoother, an...

PN welcomes 8 foreign exchange students

PN welcomes 8 foreign exchange students

Cameron Myers, Photographer

November 7, 2017


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This year, eight foreign exchange students are calling PNHS their temporary home. Each one has their own unique story to tell about themselves, and their reasons for coming here are as diverse as the countries they came from. Julie Absil: “I’m from Belgium. A fun fact about myself is I like to pla...

Lunches for Lives raises $1650 for families in need

Lunches for Lives raises $1650 for families in need

Sheila Mwanda, Associate Entertainment Editor

October 26, 2017


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Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Lily Antor and Issra Said

October 24, 2017


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UPDATE: On January 8th, 2018 Portage Public Schools issued an official notice indicating that the policy which removed media specialists from the middle school media centers was being rescinded. At the start of the second semester, students will find media specialists resuming their former positions...

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Malcolm Gaynor, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


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According to a recent study by Zendrive.com, Kalamazoo County received a D- grade for dangerous and distracted driving in school zones. Portage Northern specifically is not included in the study, but Portage Central is tied for the worst school in the county with a D grade, and the curious kids next to Or...

New construction proceeding according to plan

New construction proceeding according to plan

Tyler Simon, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


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Construction goes on outside of Portage Northern as students watch Owens-Aimes-Kimball build the new Husky Stadium and multipurpose fields for future students. This is only a small part of the $144,000,000 million dollars of improvements going into Portage Public Schools. In fact, Huskie Stadium is one ...

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

Kylie Clifton, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


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The 2017-2018 school year has already granted many firsts. Among these firsts, PN’s half days have undergone a revision. In previous years, half days would alternate: the first half day contained the first four periods of every student’s schedule, and the second half day contained the last three...

Irma impacts families differently based on SES

Irma impacts families differently based on SES

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

September 20, 2017


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New reports by major news outlets highlight the inequalities caused by social class when attempting to survive a natural disaster. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, for example, wealthy individuals were able to be well-prepared for the hurricane. They were bale to afford supplies to stock up, even when the p...

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Lily Antor, entertainment editor

June 7, 2017


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The official groundbreaking ceremony, commencing the $144 million dollar renovation of Portage Public Schools, commenced on May 10th at the Portage Northern campus. This ceremony brought about many important community members, including a multitude of PPS administrators and officials, who gathered to ...

Forensics scores big at Mackinac Tournament

Forensics scores big at Mackinac Tournament

Abby Seeber, Entertainment Editor

May 23, 2017


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A mere three weeks ago, the Forensics team finished up their regular season by taking third place overall in their division as well as having two state champions. On Friday, May 19, members of The Portage Northern Forensics Team extended their season by travelling to Mackinac Island for a weekend stay...

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