The Northern Light

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...

After five years, my battle with family court is finally coming to an end, and just in time for me to move on to what's next in my life.

Finally finished: free of family court

Natalie Grinder, Digital Media Editor March 26, 2021

Divorce is a hard thing to have happen to your parents as a child, but for some, the process that comes before the divorce is even worse. This has been my reality for the last five years, and I’m...

This is me, now. Healthy, happy, healed, and whole, or at least trying my best everyday to get there. This moment was a long time coming and at the end of a road filled with adversity.

Healed and whole: my mental health journey

Cerena Read, Entertainment Editor March 18, 2021

From the beginning, I was always the shy kid, always too scared to talk and engage in social situations, hiding behind my parent’s legs. Every year, the first day of school was filled with anxiety....

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...

2021 has a whole new set of things to look forward to, and I'm here for it.

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.

Mariah Gresham, Staff Writer March 15, 2021

I think most people can agree that 2020 wasn't their best year. We had wildfires, murder hornets, the unfortunate loss of many wonderful Black lives, and a global pandemic that we are not yet free...

Guinea pigs can make great pets for the educated owner.

Owning a guinea pig

Kai Pennington, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

When deciding to adopt a new pet that is smaller, many stand out because of their behavior, looks (fluffy animals are a huge thing I love) and even their social standing. So what about guinea pigs? Guinea...

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...

I spent the first twelve years of my life without a voice. I spoke words and could form sentences, but these phrases, messages, and expressions of my daily life were meaningless. My words meant nothing because I felt empty. It took twelve years to understand that not only were my questions valid, but I had a voice all along.

The girl with a million questions: the journey to rediscover my voice

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief March 8, 2021

I spent the first twelve years of my life without a voice.  I spoke words and could form sentences, but these phrases, messages, and expressions of my daily life were meaningless. My words meant nothing...

When students log into their Google meets, this is no longer a choice they can make starting in semester 2.

The camera-on requirement: who is it really helping?

Lizzie Sheldon and Miles Slocum February 25, 2021

At the beginning of the second semester, the new “camera on” policy was announced, permitting teachers to require student’s cameras to be on during class. The main reason this policy was implemented...

Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s first days

Chloe Clarke-Phillip, Staff Writer February 13, 2021

Joe Biden was brought into office on January 20, 2021. Since his first day in office, he has already made strides to support the United States and the people who live in it, and all of the executive orders...

Huskies exhibit a range of emotions as they return to the building

After months and months of craning your eyes in front of a computer screen, constantly adjusting your chromebook camera, and restless fidgeting while waiting for your WIFi to reload, Portage Northern...

Performative activism provides the guise of care without the commitment to action.

Performative activism: it’s now cool to care, even if you really don’t

Sloan Markin, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

The black square. ‘Repost this to save the rainforest.’ The pretty little infographics that go with your ‘vibe.’ All of these things are the same, and have a name, performative activism. Performative...

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