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Cookie crisis

Cookie crisis

By Sophia Dragich and Annabelle Julien February 24, 2021

Juniors Stephanie Westrick and Dani Lubienski have been participating in Girl Scouts and selling cookies for 11 years, but Covid-19 has prevented the scouts from selling cookies as they normally do. This...

Senior Elliot Millican has always been a creative person who prefers handmade goods. “I kinda like to have a thing where I need to make my own stuff instead of buying other people's stuff,” Millican said.

Senior’s small business

By Kaitlyn Barr, Staff Reporter February 24, 2021

Senior Elliot Millican has always been very interested in art and making their own things. So, when Millican saw Instagram accounts beginning to sell jewelry, they decided to hop on the trend, creating...

Lauren Huizdos, a public relations officer of the student association was a part of Jake’s toy drive. “North students and the community along with the Student Association did such an amazing job,” Huizdos said.

Student Association organizes toy drive

By Grace Rossman, Staff Reporter February 22, 2021

This past week, students donated toys to be given to The Children’s Hospital of Michigan in honor of Jake Pennar, a Monteith Elementary student, who lost his battle with cancer. The toy drive was hosted...

peer-to-peer

Peer-to-peer program launches

By Alyssa King, Intern February 8, 2021

The stigma surrounding mental health has been an ongoing issue for a long time, especially among young teens. With immense amounts of stress and pressure, it comes as no shock that teens are more likely...

Choir class copes with remote learning

Choir class copes with remote learning

By Arei Swain and Drew Lovell February 2, 2021

Choir class has always been interactive for students, with concerts and competitions. However, the class has not been that way recently due to Covid-19. The virtual school environment has forced the...

Many students, including senior Mia Cassar, believe that the impacts of Covid-19 on standardized testing and college admissions may not be confined to the 2020-2021 application year. “I think that (test-optional) might change the way that they look at college applications in regards to standardized tests in the future,” Cassar said.

Pandemic test prep

By Amelia Nowicki, Editor in Chief January 29, 2021

While spending her Saturday in a half-empty classroom, senior Mia Cassar sat at one of the few desks in the building, hunched over a thick packet. As a sophomore, Cassar began her journey of standardized...

Infectious disease specialist Mia Taormina says that one of the biggest risks of gathering for the holidays is eating around a table with family or friends outside of your household. She doesn’t advise anyone to gather at all, however, if some still do insist on getting together, she asserts the importance of taking extra precaution around eating dinner together. “...People need to be eating in every room in the house, basically not gathered around a table, having your own plate and your TV tray and whatnot to stay away from each other,” Taormina said. “So you're not, you know, breathing into each other's faces while you're eating and drinking, and that's why I do not encourage eating around a table at all at this time.”

Handling the holiday season while considering COVID-19

By Farrah Fasse and Kaitlyn Barr December 22, 2020

As the cold-weathered winter months approach, there has been a concerning surge in cases of COVID-19, with Michigan currently having over 400,000 coronavirus cases, according to the New York Times. Experts,...

Student Association gives back during the holiday season

Student Association gives back during the holiday season

By Grace Cueter, Section Editor December 22, 2020

As GPPSS continues through online schooling, it has proven hard to continue regular activities, but the Student Association has found a way to spread joy and safely give back to the community. The group...

Junior Helena Haney’s hat business is running smoothly financially.  She’s already made hundreds of hats to give and hundreds more in dollars of profits to give.  “I think I've sold over 300 hats now, and I raised about $890 for charity,” Haney said.

Students giving back this winter season

By Drew Lovell, Intern December 22, 2020

Although many students, teachers and community members have been plagued by challenges as a result of COVID-19, many students are still finding ways to make differences in the community. Junior Helena...

North’s first IDEA Week was a hit, but this is just the beginning, according to teacher and social justice league advisor, Nicole Sturgeon. “I think that a lot of people think that when you do an event like this, it's a one and done kind of a piece,” Sturgeon said. “We were intentional about the fact that this was a start, that there were no conversations that were going to be closed.”

Diversity Club and Social Justice League host first annual IDEA week

By Bella Yoakam and Annabelle Julien December 17, 2020

Taking place Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, North kicked off a new tradition with their first-ever Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Allyship Week. Diversity club representatives and social justice league...

Junior Helena Haney attends an Interact Club officers meeting. Haney said she is glad to be able to meet with the officers, but not being able to have large meetings with the whole Interact Club chapter has been a difficult part of the transition to an online learning environment. “The biggest challenge with not being in person is not being able to have meetings and not being able to do group work together,” Haney said.

School clubs amid COVID-19

By Grace Cueter and Alexa Mazzola December 1, 2020

In the midst of virtual learning, North’s clubs are doing everything they can in order to stay active, including Zoom meetings and Covid-19 safe activities. Club leaders have expressed the negative impacts...

After the fire, Big Boy made major updates to the inside and outside of the building. “It's almost symbolic in a sense - reopening in the midst of the pandemic is like being reborn by fire, which is how I think it will feel when we finally get to return to our North home,” social studies teacher Mr. McCarroll said.

Big Boy reopens after 2018 fire

By Colin Duffy and Grace Rossman November 24, 2020

For years, students have gathered at the restaurant, Big Boy, to share a meal and make memories. After a fire forced Big Boy to close its doors in 2018, it underwent renovations. Recently, it reopened...

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