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Portage High School Rounds Out School Year

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Staff in the Spotlight

Amy Burke, an English teacher at Portage High School, has a passion for educating students. She has a degree in English Literature and is currently in school to earn her principal license. Burke, who was a student at Portage, decided to come back and teach in the same rooms she once sat in years back. She is a firm believer that things will always work out.

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#1StudentNWI: Recognizing disability awareness month at River Forest

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The River Forest student-athlete leadership team and National Honor Society teamed up with the school’s special education program for an inclusive basketball game against Hobart High School. The event was made possible by Mallory Bacon, the high school special education teacher, with the continuous support of administration.

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#1StudentNWI: first-class teachers, students, and athletics at Portage High School

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Teachers often have different approaches on instructing their students. The tactics benefit students in different ways. All teachers can agree that they love to see their students succeed in and out of the classroom.

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#1StudentNWI: Portage’s Excitement through Athletics and Education


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When most people think of Portage Wrestling, the first word that comes to mind is success. Senior Jacob Moran has kept the successful tradition of prestigious high school wrestling alive. Having wrestled since he was 4 years old, Moran has accumulated great success.

“So far, my biggest accomplishment is becoming a high school National Champion in March of last year,” Moran said.

Moran also is a 2018 IHSAA State Champion at 106 pounds. He is ranked #1 in the state at 113 pounds, and also is ranked nationally.

Jacob dominates the wrestling mat just as much as he does the classroom. In May he will be leaving Portage High School with a 4.348 grade point average. He has received scholarship offers from highly-ranked colleges all over the country, such as Stanford, Arizona State, Northwestern, and...

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#1StudentNWI: River Forest School History in the Making


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The River Forest academic team has always had a good reputation, being one of the few teams from a low-income community with consistent overall scores year after year. Though they have never been able to bring home the spell bowl state championship, this year had a golden opportunity to change school history.

On October 29, 2018 the academic team traveled to Lowell High School to compete in the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Area competition where they received a score of 69. This crowned them area champions for the first time in school history. The next day the IASP released the statewide results that revealed which schools will advance to the upcoming state competition at Purdue University. The combined team score not only won their division but also...

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#1StudentNWI: Portage Celebrates Stellar Athletes and Teachers

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Student in the Spotlight:
Portage High School is full of talented students that are involved in many sports, clubs and extracurricular activities. For this months student in the spotlight we are recognizing an amazing athlete that is not only involved in the school but as well in the community, Kale Nelson.

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#1StudentNWI: PCCTC Builds, Explores, and Prepares for the Future

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Student Spotlight
At the Porter County Career and Technical Center, students come with some awesome attributes. Some students even come in and already have experience with the class they’re taking.

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#1StudentNWI: PCCTC's Career Cafe and Building Trades Bring Experience to Students

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What’s Happening

With the opening of the Porter County Career Center’s new store, run by the Entrepreneurship Sports and Entertainment Marketing class, the class and teacher responsible for the store have found themselves with additional obligations. A certain level of innovation is required to maintain the variety of goods they sell as well as to keep students and staff content with the consumables they provide.

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#1StudentNWI: Portage Athletics Forge Ahead

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Student in the Spotlight:

Jamie Valadez is a very active member in many clubs and sports at PHS. Valadez, a senior, has been cheer captain at PHS for two years and has attended Portage Township Schools her entire life.

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#1StudentNWI: Portage Sends Relief to Puerto Rico

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Teacher in the Spotlight

Spanish teacher and PHS Spanish department head Brighitte Snemis is doing big things inside the high school. Snemis is collecting water for the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico.

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#1StudentNWI: Portage High School in the Spotlight

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Drake Bell in the Building

On Monday September 17, Portage High School got the opportunity of a lifetime. One of the largest traveling arts festival, High School Nation, came to PHS.

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