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Squad up: New NL staff ready for 2015-2016

Squad up: New NL staff ready for 2015-2016

NL Lover, Support PN's Northern Light

June 5, 2015


Filed under News, Recommended Stories, Showcase

"We want the student-body to be more involved in The Northern Light," said new editor-in-chief Megan McKenzie (12). Yes, the school year is ending, but Northern's school newspaper staff is gearing up for the 2015-2016 school year. And next school year, the staff wants more students impacting and invo...

Fifth Year’s A Charm

Nicole Bobb, staff writer

March 11, 2015


Filed under News

“I think it’s like EFE, like KAMSC, it’s like IB, it’s an opportunity people have to take another option in their coursework to propel them towards their future coursework,” said Principal Jim French. Portage Northern is planning to participate in a program that would allow for willing students...

The Mystery of the Dress Unveiled!

Zach Tenney, staff writer

March 9, 2015


Filed under News

If you’ve been on the internet lately, or tuned in to your favorite news program, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard quite a lot about “the dress”. In case you aren’t aware, a picture of a dress recently went viral. Interestingly, there isn’t anything overly unique about this dress;...

Snow Struggles: A school day can be a snow day for student walkers and drivers

Snow Struggles: A school day can be a snow day for student walkers and drivers

Cortney Chow, staff writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Local, News, Recommended Stories

Oh, winter. How we love the way you smile when we are forced to dust the tower of snow off our cars while our bodies turn into human popsicles, or the way you laugh when we humiliate ourselves because we fall over the ice you have made invincible. Luckily, we Michiganders have become immune (not really)...

I was never good at ACTing anyways…

I was never good at ACTing anyways…

Lydia Huitt, Sports Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under All, Local, News

The ACT- the cringe worthy, dreadful, looming test that is constantly hanging over the heads of defenseless high school students. For some students, however, this test can be their ticket to a fantastic university.  One specific student is Casey Ruggles (11). “I really wanna to get into a good coll...

Staats’ Statements

Staats’ Statements

February 23, 2015


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North Korea has asked the United Nations to look further into the CIA’s recent torture allegations. Which is probably the best use ever for the phrase “the pot calling the kettle black.”   Google has announced that “do I have Ebola?” was one of the most popular searches of the ...

Trivia Crack: the new type of “crack” problem

Trivia Crack: the new type of “crack” problem

Lydia Huitt, Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under All, Local, News, World

A new type of “Crack” problem “Hey! In golfing terms, what is another name for an albatross?” “Wait! Who released ‘Born in the USA’ in 1984?” “Just a second! How are nucleic acids shaped?” Does hearing obscure questions like these at random moments ring a bell? This is because...

Who runs the world?

Who runs the world?

Alaina Taylor, Opinion Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion, World

I still remember the day that it happened. I was in class debating something with some of my friends. I was vehemently stating my case, a pretty sound one if I might add, and one guy interrupted me saying, “Why don’t you just go back to the kitchen?”, which resulted in a volley of laughs and jeers....

Beyond the fences

Beyond the fences

Nicole Anderson and Olivia Cessna

November 20, 2014


Filed under All, Local, News

Nicole's Article: As a former Portage Central Mustang, I hated high school. I never felt like any of the teachers loved their jobs, and a majority of the student body seemed, to me, to be fully immersed in themselves. As a result, I never went to school. My attendance was shameful, and before I...

Who even said that: Yik Yak

Who even said that: Yik Yak

Sarah Cornell, Life & Style Editor

November 20, 2014


Filed under All, News

“Since it is anonymous, people aren’t scared to say what they think about people, and the mean stuff can really hurt some people,” said Sarah Melgar (12). Yik Yak is a social media app that Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington created  in November of 2013.  Since then,  it has taken campuses by...

Survival Guide: Ebola

Survival Guide: Ebola

Cortney Chow, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under All, News

When looking inside a purse or bag of a person in today’s society, most will be overflowing with miniature sanitizer bottle no bigger than a human hand. Then, glance at the skin and lines mapped onto the two hands of an individual. Chances are, the skin will be raw from over washing, making dirt seem...

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Ebola: How Serious is It?

Lydia Huitt, Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion, World

Rev. Dr. Manjerngie Ndebe grew up in Bolahun Lofa County in Northwestern Liberia. She then left everything she knew and eventually fled to America in 1973 as a refugee from the civil war that broke out in her home country.  Now, every Saturday, one can find her sitting outside of her office, in the...

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