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Early School Year?

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

June 6, 2014


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For the past nine years, school has always started after Labor Day, due to a law passed in 2005. As a result of the excessive amount of snow days the district had this year, we may now start before Labor Day. The primary concern has become whether or not students sitting for IB exams in the fall will...

End of the year preview

End of the year preview

Ally Rabe, Sports Editor

April 24, 2014


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As the school year comes to a close, students become overwhelmed with various deadlines, events, competitions, homework, and exams. While the freshmen are happy to move up in the food chain, sophomores start to dread the homework that IB entails, juniors become ecstatic to be the top dogs, and seniors...

Staats’ Statements

Staats’ Statements

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

April 24, 2014


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North Korea has begun firing shots into South Korea. Said Kim Jong Un, “Don’t make fun of my haircut.”   A new survey has shown that more conservatives understand the liberal perspective than do liberals with the conservative perspective. Which makes a lot of sense. I’d find ...

Coming Together to Help Tuleeni: A look at Interact club’s annual fundraiser.

Laura Kirkendall, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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“I was consistently and truly struck by [the orphans’] desire and gratitude for the chance to learn,” says Josh Kieser, former student at Portage Northern. After graduating from Northern, Kieser participated in a summer program where he had the opportunity to help the Tuleeni orphanage in Tanzania....

Sharing the World Around Us: Portage Northern’s Multi-Cultural Fair

Liz Barnes, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


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“We hoped the Multi-Cultural Fair would help people be more open minded about other ethnicities,” said Yvette Mushimiyimana (12). Last year was the first year three girls came up with multiple goals during Peace Jam, and one was to eliminate racial inequality. A year later, Mushimiyimana, along with Shoshana Grode (12),...

Brain Awareness Week

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2014


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“Brain Awareness Week is a nationwide effort to support the benefits of brain research,” says Anna Brettman (12), IB Psychology student and planner in WesternMichiganUniversity’s Brain Awareness Fair. Brettman, along with other students and IB Psychology teacher Mrs. Thole have collaborated with...

Brain Awareness Fair: Northern Psychology Students team up with WMU Neuroscience

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2014


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“Brain Awareness Week is a nationwide effort to support the benefits of brain research,” says Anna Brettman (12), IB Psychology student and planner in Western Michigan University’s Brain Awareness Fair. Brettman, along with other students and IB Psychology teacher Mrs. Thole, have collaborated...

Staats’ Statements

Staats’ Statements

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

February 13, 2014


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So this might be a little late, but I heard that two months ago Nelson Mandela died. Which is too bad, I really liked him in Driving Miss. Daisy.   Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul tried to reach out to younger audiences by beginning to use Snapchat. Not to be outdone, Hilary Clinton has...

Throwback to Semester One

Throwback to Semester One

Molly Garcia, Staff Writer

February 13, 2014


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  Tuesday, September 3rd- A blemish on the calendars of both students and teachers. For freshmen, it was the start of a new beginning; for seniors it was the beginning of the end; for the rest, it was just another year in this prison we call high school. The first week of the new school yea...

A Shock to the System

Hannah Winegar, Feature Editor

February 13, 2014


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December 7, 2013 had started like any other day, students waited for the bus, teachers filed into school, and people around Portage went about their normal business. Little did anyone know there would be a shock to Portage Public Schools. Tom Eddy, the secretary of Portage Public Schools Board of Education,...

Eric Staats, Copy Editor

December 12, 2013


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A staff member at a Catholic High School was fired after being discovered in a porn video. Said the school official who caught her, “I only watch those things for the ads.” Despite all of the program’s failures, Hilary Clinton continues to support Obamacare as she campaigns for the 2016 election. ...

Gay-Straight Alliance: Allies to equality

Alaina Taylor, Special to the NL

December 12, 2013


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Five years ago, a pair of brave students approached Ms. Nott in hopes of forming a club supporting gay and lesbian rights. The awareness of the group has increased since then, along with the number of members, which has grown from the original six kids to twenty. “I’m passionate about equality for...

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