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Avengers Infinity War: a wild ride and a brilliant movie

Avengers Infinity War: a wild ride and a brilliant movie

Lexi Kava, Entertainment Editor

May 1, 2018


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CAUTION: CONTAINS SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE.  Just this past Friday the highest anticipated movie of the year, Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War, finally hit theaters across the country. Since its premiere the film has been the talk of the country.  “It takes yo...

PNXC welcomes new coach James Young

PNXC welcomes new coach James Young

Malcolm Gaynor, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018


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Portage Northern has hired James Young as the new cross country head coach. Young has been a distance coach for 16 years, including 15 years of track and field coaching at Battle Creek Central High School, along with other private coaching and training experience. Young has many goals and aspirations for hi...

PNHS students organize, execute second walkout

PNHS students organize, execute second walkout

Meredith Ablao, Manny Tsang, Gabbie Byers, and Keegan Tenney

April 20, 2018


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  At 10:00 am today, students participated in the second national school walkout. Held on the anniversary of  the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, students gathered to protest government inaction on policies that might make schools safer.Students organized themselves in the new bleachers of H...

Anime Club allows students to explore diverse interests

Anime Club allows students to explore diverse interests

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

Every Wednesday, the anime club of Portage Northern meets after school to play games, and of course, watch anime. They meet in Nott’s room in the art wing. Seniors Mandy Kellogg and Lily Griffioen are the leaders of the Anime Club and run the meetings. “In club, we tie Japanese culture in with...

Rawan Alsaedi contemplates going home to a war zone

Rawan Alsaedi contemplates going home to a war zone

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


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As sophomore Rawan Alsaedi stepped off of the plane at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport in July of 2013, she thought she would never feel at home here, but now she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. That year, Rawan and her family left war-torn Iraq for her father Abdulrahman’s studies. He came her...

PNHS wins top awards at Youth in Government conference

PNHS wins top awards at Youth in Government conference

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


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Michigan Youth In Government is a club here at PN that gives students the opportunity outside of their government classes to learn about U.S. government and what it means to be a part of a working democracy. Run by teacher Amber Dixon, students participate in monthly meetings and two conferences each ...

PNHS collects enough blood to save 204 lives at blood drive

PNHS collects enough blood to save 204 lives at blood drive

Megan Rinock, Illustrator

March 20, 2018


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That’s how many people can be saved by the amount of blood collected at the annual blood drive as one donation can save three people and 68 PNHS staff and students stepped up to the plate to donate. The second blood drive of the year, set up by the Student Senate, was just this past Thursday....

Author Elizabeth Wein visits PNHS

Author Elizabeth Wein visits PNHS

Komalpreet Kaur and Sarah Maniscalco

March 15, 2018


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At the Air Zoo, under the shadow of the massive Lockheed SR-71B Blackbird, Elizabeth Wein stood front and center as she presented to a large audience of adults and teenagers alike.The author of Code Name Verity and licensed pilot was the 2018 CommuniTEEN Read’s special guest when she came to talk to st...

UPDATE: Students participate in the National Walkout for school safety

UPDATE: Students participate in the National Walkout for school safety

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

March 14, 2018


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  At 9:57 this morning, roughly 400 hundred students left their respective third hour classrooms and gathered in PN’s bus loop for a demonstration to remember the victims of Parkland High School and to advocate for gun regulation in order to prevent school shootings. The student walk...

UPDATE: PNHS senate plans walkout

UPDATE: PNHS senate plans walkout

Lily Antor, Editor in Chief

March 14, 2018


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The PN Senate will lead interested students in the National Walkout for school safety today, March 14. Students will leave class at 9:57 and meet in the bus loop at 10:00 am. They will remain outside for 17 minutes to honor the 17 individuals killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February...

Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein to visit today

Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein to visit today

Komalpreet Kaur and Sarah Maniscalco

March 14, 2018


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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was selected as the CommuniTeen Read book for this year, and was also a part of the books for the freshman students to read this school year. Wein is coming all the way from her native Scotland to visit PNHS today during 4th hour and will also be at the Air Zoo for ...

Ballin’ like March Madness part III: the final chapter

Ballin’ like March Madness part III: the final chapter

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

March 13, 2018


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I wonder if this is the year I actually get something right. Probably not. I guess I’ll try and give it a shot anyway. As a senior this year, here’s the third and final installment of my March Madness predictions.   Biggest impact player: Admiral Schofield, Tennessee forward Tennessee...

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