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From 14% to 20%

From 14% to 20%

Marie Chantal Nyirahategekimana, Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


Filed under All, News

“I work hard due to the fact that I want to help my family, because I’ve seen them go through a lot. My parents are always worrying about money and I want to be able to provide that for them. I just want to be successful in general,” said Ni Pham (12). Pham is currently going through the IB program...

Saturday school?

Saturday school?

Ben Lewis, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Recently administrators changed Portage Northern’s Earn Back Policy and a few students are riled up. For those who don’t know, students who end up with 10 or more absences in one semester have the opportunity to earn back those hours. The controversy is that the earn back time that was hosted...

Northern Light retracts recent article

Northern Light retracts recent article

February 3, 2016


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Dear Huskies, The practice of journalism is an important part of the democratic process. High school newspapers are where many young journalists get their first experiences in the art of journalism.  At The Northern Light we encourage our journalism staff to pursue topics of interest and relevanc...

Finding Peace in Portage

Finding Peace in Portage

Lily Antor, Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


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  Pretty much everyone at Portage Northern High School can recognize Marie Chantal Nyirahategekimana by her purple braids and bright, friendly demeanor.  However, most people are unable recognize the girl that narrowly escaped a genocide in Rwanda with her family. “I usually don’t talk much...

What’s the buzz

What’s the buzz

Madelyn Conklin and Nicole Bobb

January 18, 2016


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-Kim Kardashian swears her 2-year-old daughter North West posted bikini pic of her from 10 years ago on Instagram: “Even her daughter knows that’s trashy.” -Sydney Wesley (11) -Museum in Amsterdam bans cameras and asks guests to sketch draw instead: “Personally, I’m a horrible artist,...

Different worlds

Different worlds

Cortney Chow, Feature Editor

January 18, 2016


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Daily Life of Syrian Refugee Syrian Refugee Teenager: Fatmeh 5: 30am Fatmeh and her family climb into the back of a truck to harvest vegetables: mainly onions, potatoes, and cucumbers. 7: 35am Nazir, a Syrian refugee child, is picking potatoes in the fields. Although this is illegal, the ...

2015 VS 2016

2015 VS 2016

Megan McKenzie, editor-in-chief

January 13, 2016


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The year of 2015 quickly approached its end, and although it was filled with many memories, it is time to move on as we do every year to see what the new year has to offer. 2015 was a bright year for Portage Northern predicting nothing but the best for 2016. Here are some of the highlights from 2015...

Terror in France

Terror in France

Beverly Santos, Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under All, News, World

It’s happened again.  With 130 lives lost and hundreds left wounded on the evening of November 13, 2015, France fell under three suicide bombings and four shootings at several locations. “It was really sad to hear about what happened, but it makes sense as to why Russia dropped ‘For Paris’...

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come

Drew Dixon, Staff Writer

November 16, 2015


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The advocacy for and against the legalization of Marijuana has been a controversial topic in the U.S. for centuries. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The government classifies Schedule I drugs as such when research shows that the Schedule I drug has no ...

Student Life as an Employee

Student Life as an Employee

Beverly Santos, Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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“I like earning money and I also like my job, but having to split my time into various things, like homework, friends, and sleep, I can pretty much only choose 2 and the choice is hard,” said  Tony Sorkoram (12). With a plethora of locations for employment throughout the Kalamazoo and Portage area,...

Decision 2016

Decision 2016

Zach Tenney, Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under All, News

The 2016 presidential election has taken over the news in recent months, due mostly to the nature of the candidates on both the Democrat and Republican sides. Approximately a year from now, the donkeys and elephants will duke it out again in a fight for control of the White House. The Democrats have...

What’s the buzz

What’s the buzz

Lily Antor, Staff Writer

November 11, 2015


Filed under All, Local, News

Senate Bill 239. Another new act created, but this time it’s about dog discrimination. Michigan is taking a stand to eliminate BSL (breed-specific laws). Within Michigan, there are 28 cities and counties with breed-specific laws that ban pit bulls. “I support the fact that Michigan has ok’d...

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