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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 Niles Scream Park has 7 attractions this year, including its flagship attraction, a massive haunted house.

7-attraction Niles Scream Park opens for 48th season

Spencer Kadlec September 22, 2021

Story, photos, and video by Spencer Kadlec Design by Astrid Code

History teacher Greathen Derenne (left) mentored new teacher Aaron Warfield (right) during his time as an intern in 2020.

New history teacher Aaron Warfield finds joy in students and colleagues

Bryana Quick, Associate Editor September 21, 2021

As an intern for history teacher Greathen Derenne last year, Aaron Warfield felt drawn to teach at PN. "When I first came here, all of the staff made me feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued,” he...

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 Jucket List

The Jucket List

Kellie Miles, Photographer May 29, 2021

Well, that’s all, folks! Now that I have officially graduated from high school, I can move on to what’s next: crossing items off my jucket list before I start college this fall.  What’s a...

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...

With her big moment was finally here, Class of 2017 PNHS and NL alumni Abby Seeber stands for a photo documenting her time on the Tedx stage.

Class of 2017 alumni Abby Seeber advocates for artists on Tedx stage

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 8, 2021

A dynamic performer and public speaker, Abby Seeber is an artist, and she’s proud to be. Despite her passion, talents, and years of experience, three words follow her everywhere: “What’s your...

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...

Chris Harris became PPS first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator in January 2021.

The power of one: Portage’s first DEI Coordinator Chris Harris strives for inclusivity

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief March 17, 2021

Chris Harris has been teaching young-5 students for nearly two years. This school year, however, presented many new obstacles for Harris, who was tasked with the instrumental role of guiding the youngest...

Journals can come in many shapes and sizes, and they are as unique as the journaler themselves.

The joy of journaling

Katie Knight, Design Editor March 8, 2021

Journaling has become something of a phenomena of the modern era. There are a plethora of Instagram posts and YouTube videos in which the journaling talents of an individual are put on display. Their...

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...

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