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Learning together: district commits to cultural responsiveness after controversial online learning assignment

An air of tension surrounds Portage Public Schools after the assignment.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

May 11, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of April 23rd, and eighth grade Portage North Middle School student Pablo Fraga was ready to return to a new kind of normal with his online history assignment. The content that awaited him, however, was anything but.  “I read the questions through and they disgusted me,...

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

Kellie Miles, Photographer

April 27, 2020

Quarantine Pet Photo Challenge

Saying goodbye to my senior season

Before every game, the team gets together and everyone high fives each other, which we call the “five finger discount.” This picture is from the state championship game, the last Huskie baseball game for both the 5 seniors and 12 juniors on the team.

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

April 6, 2020

Not “Coronacation”: students struggle to fill the void left by school in the wake of cancellation

Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract.

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 26, 2020

What Happened? On Thursday, March 12th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the monumental decision to close all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6th as a way to combat the spread of Covid-19. That would be the first day of Spring Break for Portage students, which made their return date April 13th: a fu...

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Color is not consent: how St. Patrick’s day can start an important discussion about touching people without permission

Brianna Neuhouser, Digital Media Manager

March 17, 2020

A two sentence horror story: “You’re not wearing green!” A pinching hand reaches towards you, tapping their pointer and thumb together.  Every St. Patrick’s Day, thousands of people across the country scramble to find any sad excuse for green to avoid unwanted touching from their peers. ...

“Yeah, I’m graduating today”: seniors stand in solidarity during threat of COVID-19

Isabel Reid (at left) and Hannah Thomas Perez (at right) pose with their mock-diplomas. Photo courtesy of Hannah Thomas Perez.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

March 16, 2020

The class of 2020 drudged on through the home stretch, battling senioritis and grinding out a year that felt like it would never end. That is, until everything changed at 11:05 on the night of March 12, when a State of Emergency was declared by Governor Gretchen Whitmer for preventative action toward the COVID-19 virus which cancelled sc...

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Huskies hand PC their second loss of the season

Malcolm Gaynor, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2020

Portage Northern vs Portage Central Basketball 2020 from Absolute Video on Vimeo. Headed into Friday night’s game, the Portage Central men’s basketball had only lost once. By the time they left the Igloo, their loss column had increased by 1 when the Huskies defeated them in double overti...

Slow motion: Myles Johnson diligently works his way back from a traumatic injury

Johnson continues to brave the harsh reality of his condition with a smile.

Carrie Jacobson, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

One second, junior varsity basketball player Myles Johnson was flying through the air for a dunk in an increasingly-physical league matchup against Niles high school. The next second, he was on the ground with a compound fracture of his right leg. 

Four years: tragedy and triumph

Senior photos are more than stressful but it came out more than perfect.

Brianna Neuhouser, Web Editor

February 12, 2020


Senior Sean Kellogg experiences a world in color through synesthesia

Kellogg, skilled guitarist and singer for band Hazy Minds, caught in a moment mid song. Kellogg’s synesthesia has been a great asset to the band. Photo courtesy of PN Alumni Justin Rollins.

Kylie Clifton, Feature Editor

January 30, 2020

“Synesthesia is the overlapping of two or more senses in the brain. it's just how my brain perceives reality, I'm not conscious that it's there all the time, it kind of just exists,” says senior Sean Kellogg. “If I see the color green, like, with my eyes, I don't think too much about it. I...

Teachers with diverse teaching methods make a difference for students

English teacher Sarah Miller at home in her classroom, which is full of books.

Cynthia Brown, Journalism 1 Writer

January 8, 2020

I am assuming that when teachers learn how to be teachers, they are told they have to teach a certain way, what to teach the students and how to present the information to each of them. These standard methods might not always be what is best for students, however. For example, sitting in math class, I often ...

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