The Northern Light

Coming Out

Coming Out

Cerena Read, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Editor's Choice, Feature, Personal Narrative

“Yes,” she said and kissed me. The heat rushed to my cheeks, as I realized what just happened. A goofy smile probably crossed my face as I went on to grab her hand. In that perfect moment, it never crossed my cross my mind that I would have to come out to my parents. I was terrifi...

The road back to forensics

The road back to forensics

Abigail VanderBerg, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under All, All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Ever since I was little, I believed I was a performer. I would make up my own songs and sing them in front of my mom. Screaming in blissful innocence was a favorite past time, whether it was talking to the people or just fantasizing about giving speeches. Unlike the average teen, I am an extrovert. I...

How an eye surgery built my self-confidence

How an eye surgery built my self-confidence

Natalie Grinder, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

When I was 10 years old, my nurse practitioner noticed something odd about my right eye. It was not in the position that it was supposed to be in: rather, it was going in towards my nose, and I had no control over it. They thought it would be best to refer me to an ophthalmologist, who continues to k...

When cancer strikes close to home

When cancer strikes close to home

Lexi Doll, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

The second you’re born, you expect your mom to take care of you.  She cares for you when you’re sick, when you’re sad, when you’re mad.  When you have such an amazing and hard working mother you don’t expect anything bad to ever happen to her, which is why my world was rocked this last F...

Senior Rosie Coryell determined to pursue her musical theater passion in college

Senior Rosie Coryell determined to pursue her musical theater passion in college

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Senior Rosie Coryell waits in the break room in between Les Mis rehearsals, studying her music. But it’s not for Les Miserables, or orchestra, or her IB Music class. It’s for her 12 college applications to major in musical theater. Music is a huge part of Coryell’s life. “It’s very c...

Friendship: the story of an eighth grader’s journey

Friendship: the story of an eighth grader’s journey

Astrid Code, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


Filed under All, All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

“I just don’t want to be friends anymore.” I tried to act normal as the words from my best friend came crashing down; I tried to seem like it was all okay when it wasn’t. Tried to keep on a mask of composure in my French classroom. I tried to say reassuring things, all the while ...

Unafraid: band director Josh Bartz navigates a serious illness using the power of faith

Unafraid: band director Josh Bartz navigates a serious illness using the power of faith

Cameron Myers, News Editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

If someone had told band director Josh Bartz that the evening after successfully completing a triathlon  that he had spent months preparing for he would suffer a frustratingly debilitating illness that would keep him out of school for an entire year, he would have responded with an incredulous side-eye. H...

Senior Dorah Stephen: Houston award winner, African immigrant, inspiration

Senior Dorah Stephen: Houston award winner, African immigrant, inspiration

Sheila Mwanda, Entertainment editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

IB student, passionate leader and exceptional friend are all ways to describe senior Dorah Stephen. At school, she can often be found socializing with friends or participating in National Art Honors Society, track or Empowered Club. However, Northern High School is not where her story starts. Stephen’s...

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Snigda Narisetty, Creative Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Cousin Avery With a new album on the way, Colin Killmer, a science teacher at Portage Northern, and his bandmates have been hard at work for the last couple months. While balancing their full time jobs, and family lives, Killmer, Marcus Taylor, Ed Martini, Jason Bryant, and Jeff Brant have been writing...

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