The Northern Light

Junior Marisa Toomsen surfs her way through life

Junior Marisa Toomsen surfs her way through life

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 29, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Marisa Toomsen is a junior at Portage Northern who is known for her love for the environment, travel and film, but more importantly, she is dedicated to surfing. “You feel so free and connected to the ocean, I can’t even explain it,” she says. She has been surfing more than 15 times in Saint Joe California and in Florida. It is an activity that keeps...

Colorism: discrimination within minority groups

Colorism: discrimination within minority groups

Issra Said, Feature Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Colorism is distinct from racism through its meaning, and therefore more implicit. Activist Alice Walker is known for being the first person to use the term “colorism.” In an essay from her 1983 book, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, Walker defines colorism as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their co...

Black girl hair: beyond the stereotypes

Black girl hair: beyond the stereotypes

Keegan Tenney, Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

For me, walking into a salon and getting my hair done costs as little as $20, yet I still find myself complaining at the gaping hole in my wallet from the loss. The struggle is definitely not real. For female students of color, the financial pain is much greater. Weave is a hairstyle created by weaving piec...

Surrounded: Split families doesn’t always mean half the love

Surrounded: Split families doesn’t always mean half the love

Allison McKenzie, Business Manager

March 20, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Growing up, I was always jealous of my friends who went home to the same house every night and spent an immense amount of time with both their mom and dad. They’d come to school the next day and talk about their family dinners and I would gaze in awe of their so called “picture-perfect” night. Fo...

Dante Chastine: PN’s infamous door holder

Dante Chastine: PN’s infamous door holder

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Most people probably know junior Dante Chastine as that kid who always holds the door open for everyone. What people other than his friends and family probably don’t know is what truly makes him who he is. Dante is a very creative person who spends his time writing poems, reading books, or wo...

Visiting WMU

Visiting WMU

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Western Michigan University will be the college destination of many PNHS students. If you're thinking about becoming a future Bronco, here's a photo walkthrough of some of the main aspects of student life at WMU.

Lauren Michelli: a student leader with a eye for fashion

Lauren Michelli: a student leader with a eye for fashion

Mackenzie Brey, Social Media Manager

March 16, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature

Many women and teenage girls alike have experienced both the binding and freeing effects of personal style. We have felt the ways it can make us glow in a crowded room and the way it can make a spotlight follow you when you are desperately trying to avoid it. Take for example Lauren Michelli, studen...

More than my skin color

More than my skin color

Anai Freeman, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

I can remember as far back as second grade, my very first experience with being called out as the “girl with weird hair.”  I thought that maybe if I was weird with the hair I personally loved so much that maybe something needed to change, that I needed to change. In sixth grade I made a d...

Navigating chronic illness with your best friend

Navigating chronic illness with your best friend

Brianna Neuhouser, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

My best friend and I have been through alot together, but the biggest thing we’ve gone through together has been the challenge of two chronic illnesses. A chronic illness (or disease) is an illness that lasts three months or more and can be treated, but not cured. My best friend was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, and I was...

Living my best life through strength training

Living my best life through strength training

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

From the time I was 14, fitness has been a part of my life. Whether or not I enjoy it changes as I try new things. What’s interesting about this that while I make fitness a priority, I am by no means good at sports. I have done various sport camps like tennis, volleyball, and I was even on the tra...

Glassophobia: the fear of public speaking

Glassophobia: the fear of public speaking

Snigda Narisetty, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

Sweaty palms, shaky legs, and one’s throat slowly closing up, these are the much too familiar side effects of public speaking. Public speaking has been the bane of high school students’ existence for as long as anyone can remember. Speeches and presentations are a main source of student anxiety,...

Abuse in teen relationships is a serious -though often underrepresented- problem

Abuse in teen relationships is a serious -though often underrepresented- problem

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under All, Feature, In-Depth Feature

Healthy relationships consist of two partners helping, guiding, supporting, and lifting one another up. Some relationships are built off of trust, while others are built off of kindness. Healthy relationships in young people can reduce stress, bring a person happiness, or provide a safe place to be a...

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