The Northern Light

New year, new hair

The before and after of my hair transformation.
January 4, 2021

For as long as I can remember, I have been getting blonde highlights in my hair. It all started when I was the ripe age of six, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Who in their right mind would allow...

A mother, a teacher, an entrepreneur: getting to know Daniall Poulsen through a different lens

Poulsen took this photo for her profile for a Kalamazoo photography group.
December 31, 2020

When walking into room L.114, the students and teachers of Portage Northern may think they know exactly who they’re about to run into. They’re about to run into a science teacher… right? Upon...

Let it glow: students share their holiday traditions

Let it glow: students share their holiday traditions
December 23, 2020

With many faiths celebrating winter holidays, the season means a lot to some while to others winter break is just two weeks off school with a day in the middle filled with good food. For many PN students,...

“Overall, everyone just wants to be included”: creating safe spaces and increasing representation and inclusivity for LGBTQ students

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum.
December 18, 2020

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum. Oeschger started...

Senior Haily Lonsbury commits to living life beyond a label

As LGBTQIA identity vocabulary increases, some students, like senior Haily Lonsbury, are choosing to drop their labels altogether.
November 10, 2020

There is a lot to figure out about yourself as you move through high school.  For senior Haily Lonsbury, a person who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, the primary thing she sought to figure...

Learning to live with the endless loop of anxiety and depression

Learning to live with the endless loop of anxiety and depression
November 5, 2020

Everyone’s eyes stare at me as the room begins to spin. I can’t seem to find any air; it’s so hard to breathe. “Deep breath in, and deep breath out,” someone says. I can’t seem to figure out...

Still breathing: senior Hailey Funk undergoes lung surgery during a pandemic

Still breathing: senior Hailey Funk undergoes lung surgery during a pandemic
November 5, 2020

“I went in thinking I had corona, and I came out knowing that I almost died,” says senior Hailey Funk. It’s easy to take life for granted when you’re stuck in the rut of a pandemic, but Funk had...

Students express concerns and hopes amid return to learn discussions

The rationale provided to the school board at the Oct. 12 meeting.
November 3, 2020

In October, students got the shocking news that they might have to go back to school hybrid. Many seemed to like the idea, but others feel this decision is not what's best at this very moment. “This...

Class of 2019 grad KBeaZy produces Billboard #1 hit

KBeaZy is pictured in his natural environment for his Genius profile. It reads,
November 3, 2020

If the name Keegan Bach doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a chance you just don’t know who he is. There’s also a chance that you know him by the same name that most of the world does: KBeaZy....

TikTok’s future uncertain as Oracle deal attempts to avoid ban

TikTok’s future uncertain as Oracle deal attempts to avoid ban
October 15, 2020

“A lot of people were scared and sad. Most people had no idea what was going on […] It was pretty much chaos for a while because everyone kind of lost hope,” says senior Derek Halloran. He is one...

Learning together: district commits to cultural responsiveness after controversial online learning assignment

An air of tension surrounds Portage Public Schools after the assignment.
October 2, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of September 23rd, and eighth grade Portage North Middle School student Pablo Fraga was ready to return to a new kind of normal with his online history assignment. The content...

Virtual learners experience school at home and in-building

Senior Rachel Church completes her virtual learning in the school building from the media center.
September 25, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year has had quite a unique start. With the pandemic still underway, PPS students found themselves learning virtually either from their own homes or from designated learning spaces...

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