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The current homework load is not reasonable

The current homework load is not reasonable

Jackson Graham, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under All, Byline, Opinion, Showcase

  We’ve all been there, it’s late at night and we don’t have the energy or the time to finish our homework.  So instead, we write down random answers to questions to get a completion grade and don’t end up learning anything.   Most students are involved in extracurricular activ...

School lunches taste like cardboard, barely have more nutrition

School lunches taste like cardboard, barely have more nutrition

November 7, 2017


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Let’s all admit it. School lunch is a disaster. The variety of mystery meat and the cardboard posing as “bread” has been a bane to kids too lazy to pack their own lunch since forever. Hundreds of kids eat school lunch every day, but do students actually enjoy it? The immediate and overwhelming ans...

Underclassmen should be allowed to go off campus for lunch

Underclassmen should be allowed to go off campus for lunch

Zach Lewis, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


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Our school, along with many other schools,  has the policy that only upperclassmen can go off campus for lunch. Almost all reasons as to why underclassmen are unable to go off campus for lunch stem off of age. Some common assumptions or beliefs associated with younger kids are lack of maturity, care...

Never underestimate the power of friendship in high school

Never underestimate the power of friendship in high school

Sarah Maniscalo, Journalism 1 Writer

November 7, 2017


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Snigda Narisetty and I met when we were 5 years old at the bus stop. I was alone and had no one to talk to and neither did she. I asked her, “What is your name?” and her answer confused my poor kindergarten self for the next twenty minutes on the bus. I had never met anyone with a name that hard to...

Standardized tests are overvalued by colleges

Standardized tests are overvalued by colleges

November 7, 2017


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Students pile into the same room at early hours in the morning. They bring their number two pencils, their approved calculator, and maybe a water bottle and wait as a teacher reads a set of instructions. The timer begins and students rush to the end, and if they are lucky, they will get the chance to che...

The US needs to end their harsh attitudes toward immigration

The US needs to end their harsh attitudes toward immigration

Arushi Mithal, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


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When I think of immigration, my mind drifts to the journey my parents took when traveling to America. They had to create a whole new life for themselves for success and opportunity. To travel all this way from another country, work hard for years to even stay in the country, and then have an offi...

Students, sleep, and studying: a questionable combination

Students, sleep, and studying: a questionable combination

Vanessa Burtis, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under All, Byline, Opinion

Education is vital to success, but what is our education costing us? Besides our parents’ tax dollars and our tiime and social life, one of the biggest things we sacrifice is our sleep. Although there have been countless pieces of scientific evidence concluding that school starts too early, many schools still begin as early as 7:30. According to the AASM (Americ...

SSR shouldn’t be a required part of seminar

SSR shouldn’t be a required part of seminar

Malcolm Gaynor, Journalism 1 Writer

November 6, 2017


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Every week, seminar students spend a total of 50 minutes every week reading before they are allowed to start on their homework, adding up to a total of 30 hours of lost homework time. Ten minutes a day may not seem like much, but in a busy student life, valuable homework time should not be spent readin...

WWMT’s portrayal of PN is unfair, biased

WWMT’s portrayal of PN is unfair, biased

Staff and Lily Antor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Showcase

Portage Northern High School is a place where every year, a diverse group of students are nominated by their peers to be on homecoming court. It is also a place where just three days ago, one of those students, a senior with special educational needs, was voted senior homecoming king by his classmat...

13 Reasons Why: Romanticizing suicide or bringing awareness?

13 Reasons Why: Romanticizing suicide or bringing awareness?

June 1, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion, Showcase, Television, Uncategorized

Two Northern Light staffers examine the positive and negative aspects of Netflix's adaptation of Jay Asher's novel.

Behind The Scenes: what is not commonly known about zoos

keegan tenney, staff writer

May 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Instead of letting animals live in their natural habitat, humans pave over over their territory to build harmful, tight enclosures that commoditize them for entertainment. Animals are forced into these harsh habitats that are too small for life. They die much more frequently in zoos than they do in the wi...

Participation Trophies: Beneficial or Unnecessary?

meredith ablao, news editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

Throughout many young kid’s  journey through life, they will experience sports. They will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of exercise. These concepts are all crucial parts of growing up and developing hobbies, friends, and talents. However, playing sports at a young age does not...

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