The Northern Light

Extracurriculars: just ‘extra’ or worth the sacrifice?

April 5, 2018


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With the limited free time students have, is it worth spending on extracurricular activities? Two staffers weigh the importance of extracurriculars at PN.

As public schools become more standardized, home schooling offers more options for individualized student learning

As public schools become more standardized, home schooling offers more options for individualized student learning

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


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While homeschooling might have seemed taboo in years past, public education is heading in a direction that might make the home alternative more appealing. Here's 10 reasons why.   Creativity is celebrated Unlike your typical classroom with desks placed in rows, students who are homeschooled...

Why I WON’T be going Greek this fall

Why I WON’T be going Greek this fall

Lexi Gavlas, Creative Editor

March 21, 2018


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Alpha Chi Latte Phi Omega. Whatever mumbo jumbo college campus’ “Greek life” are calling themselves these days, it just sounds like something I’d never want to be apart of in the first place.  I didn’t grow up with sisters, so why would I suddenly want them as I enter into college? Not to...

Headphones should be allowed in class

Headphones should be allowed in class

Anai Freeman, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


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When you walk into a classroom and see students silently, productively working, what is a likely common denominator among them? Headphones. A majority of students would say that they prefer to listen to music while they work, and that music helps the stay on task and be more productive. Even sit...

Spring Break in the 49024

Spring Break in the 49024

Keegan Tenney, Staff Writer

March 20, 2018


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Spring Break is almost upon us. The first week of April every year is full of the same thing: people leaving with friends or family to explore different places of the world for a week, posting all kinds of pictures on all kinds of social media and talking about the hot weather, only to return with am...

We need to drop the stigma surrounding blood donation

We need to drop the stigma surrounding blood donation

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 20, 2018


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Someone’s child. Someone’s friend. Someone’s family According to the American Red Cross, every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Not only is the person receiving the blood important, but the person donating the blood as well. Although the number of blood donors is high--nearly...

Selfies are empowering, not vain

Selfies are empowering, not vain

Kylie Clifton, Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


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If you open any of your social media platforms, you probably won’t have to look very far to find a selfie. Selfies, propelled by the invention of the cell phone front camera, have revolutionized the evolution of photography. As little as 10 years ago, selfies weren’t even a mainstream thing: you...

The “sensitive phone addicts”

The “sensitive phone addicts”

Staff and Lily Antor

March 13, 2018


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Our generation is incessantly criticized, whether it be for using our phones too often, being too sensitive, or caring too much about our appearances. We are condemned because our generation is ‘different.’ Older people like our parents and teachers don’t understand us because we have grown up in ...

Hate must not stand

Hate must not stand

Staff and Lily Antor

March 13, 2018


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This past Saturday, white nationalists again protested in Charlottesville, North Carolina, carrying torches and rallying around a statue of Robert E. Lee. A decorated war general and slave owner, Lee’s legacy, like our nation’s past, is troubled, and the contradictions that formed the foundations for...

Under pressure: students are crushed by the weight of homework

Under pressure: students are crushed by the weight of homework

Staff and Komalpreet Kaur

March 13, 2018


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In the daily life of a high schooler, there is a burgeoning list of things to do and insufficient hours in the day to complete them all and get enough sleep to stay healthy. While many adults argue that teenagers are “overcommitted,” in a six period day, if each teacher assigns us 30 minutes of homewo...

Even the toy store is gender segregated

Even the toy store is gender segregated

Trinity Woodruff, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


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It’s 2018, and gender equality is all the rave, so the fact that there is two different sections for girl and boy toys can bring a few questions to the forefront. Almost every toy store in The United States is neatly divided into sections, one for boys, one for girls, and maybe a third for “gender...

Pro/Con: To Netflix or to cable, that is the question

Pro/Con: To Netflix or to cable, that is the question

Gabbie Byers, Lexi Doll

March 12, 2018


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Two staffers debate which media entertainment platform is superior to the other.

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