The Northern Light

New school policies

New school policies

Olivia Cessna, News Editor

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Local, Opinion

Positives 7:35 Start Time: From a high schooler's point of view, that is 10 minutes less sleep, so of course, they would oppose, but let’s look at the pros, shall we? “In my opinion, it’s not about where the time is placed, its about the added time in the classroom with our teachers inc...

In it for the money or the learning?

In it for the money or the learning?

Cortney Chow, Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

  Why do we even go to school? What is this doing for me? Why do I even bother going here? Of course, these are just some of the questions that ramble through a student’s head, along with due dates scribbled in a worn out pencil and flashes of knowledge from the variety of courses. The school...

It’s not just Sadies anymore: girls asking guys to dances

It’s not just Sadies anymore: girls asking guys to dances

Janelle Tereshinki, Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

Prince Charming is asking you to the Royal Ball. Of course, you say yes. If only he would have asked you sooner. Now you only have 3 days to pick out your gown. Little did you know, that you could have asked him yourself. Many of us assume that guys have to be the ones to ask the girls to school dances....

Preparing for Finals

Ben Beach, News Editor

June 6, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“I’m pretty worried about my exams this time because we are still covering a lot of new material,” said Lydia Willhite (9). For many students at Portage Northern, the end of the school year brings some measure of reliefm but with a price: final exams. Final exams are often thought to be a chance...

Top ten reasons to love author John Green

Top ten reasons to love author John Green

Madelyn Conklin, Staff Writer

May 7, 2014


Filed under All

  Top 10 reasons to love John Green   10. He will write like a God and a teen at the same time and somehow make it work. 9. He is probably the most chill and nerdy celebrity there is. 8. He has a way to make you laugh and cry at the same time. 7. He does crash courses on Amer...

Sweet, sweet Northern: Graduation goggles

Hannah Winegar, Feature Editor

April 25, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

Seniors are committing to colleges, the financial aid packets are flooding mailboxes, and seniors are making lists of what stays and what goes with them to college. Most might have countdowns to graduation, when they meet their roommate, or even all the way to freshmen orientation. Senioritis is in the air-- ...

Gym Class Heroes

Jon Crowell, Opinion Editor

April 24, 2014


Filed under All, All, Opinion, Sports

“Saying someone takes a gym class too seriously is like saying someone tries too hard in math class,” said Reid Voinaroski (11). In a typical day for high schoolers, students will drive to school, then go to seven classes, only broken up by lunch in between, all while sitting down. In the midst of...

Can you not

Sarah Cornell, Life and Style Editor

April 24, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“When people breathe it irritates me,” said Skyler Watts (11) regarding the obnoxious and annoying things that students do in class. There is no doubt that high school students sometimes have the tendency to have an extremely low tolerance level, and some days it does not take much to get on their...

Talking with teachers

Talking with teachers

Alaina Taylor, Hannah Teerman, Gabby Childers, and Kayla Jackson

April 24, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

In a survey created by the staff of The Northern Light, students voiced their concern about how the teachers run their classroom. As a group, the five of us met with the third floor World Language and English teachers to bring to light the issues the student body felt were important. Here are the results:   Student Co...

Why it’s okay to use slang (when appropriate) and why it doesn’t always make you an uneducated dolt

Why it’s okay to use slang (when appropriate) and why it doesn’t always make you an uneducated dolt

Dianne Ro, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

Whenever someone mentions “slang,” it’s natural to think of the vulgar, swear word-ridden, yo, dope-swag stupidity of some C-list rapper that can’t properly hold their pants above their knees, let alone speak with understandable diction. It’s also not uncommon to hear the self-proclaimed Grammar...

Nott your average teacher: A closer look at the Language Arts teacher Ms. Nott

Nott your average teacher: A closer look at the Language Arts teacher Ms. Nott

Laura Kirkendall, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

“I admire her desire to work hard to create a comfortable setting in the classroom so that all the students can express themselves openly,” says Rachel Sherman (12). “[Ms. Nott] is the coolest teacher I have had so far, I think because she teaches well and makes literature fun,” says Maya Ganapathy...

Facing poverty: raising the minimum wage

Jon Crowell, Opinion Editor

April 1, 2014


Filed under All, Opinion

"Michigan voters decided a number of years ago to raise the minimum wage above the national level, and the news this week tells us that it is likely again to be on the November ballot," said Fred Upton, U.S. Representative, Michigan's 6th district. Whether or not to raise minimum wage has been the subject...

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