The Northern Light

Let it grow

Let it grow

Alaina Taylor, Opinion Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under All, Opinion

As a serious and reputable new source, The Northern Light staff prides ourselves on addressing topics of extreme controversy, that impact the entire student body on a daily basis. One such issue that is extremely prevalent at this point in time is that related to brows: To pluck or not to pluck? Should f...

Teacher cliques

Teacher cliques

Maddy Conklin, Entertainment editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

A crowded hallway filled with students trying to get to their next class, the stress of the possibility of a tardy circulating their minds, and a group of friends are standing in the middle of the hallway, blocking nearly half of it. But this is not the classic rebellious group of teenagers that one...

Kalamazoo Strong

Kalamazoo Strong

Ryan Beadle, Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I have lived my whole life in the Kalamazoo area, and for all 18 of those years, we have had good and bad times as a community. Through weather disasters, economic recessions, and senseless violence, we have been strong. Through energetic festivals, economic success, to our many points of pride in small...

Winter driving struggles

Winter driving struggles

Ryan Beadle, staff writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under All, Opinion

As the first snowflakes fall on Portage, student’s race to the window to watch, families begin to dig out the skis and snowboards, and drivers well… forget how to drive. Suddenly the little white flakes block our ability to remember how to operate a motor vehicle. “Either people have never driven...

ISIS ignorance

ISIS ignorance

Cortney Chow, feature editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under All, Opinion

  It was November 13, 2015. Nobody could have ever fathomed that a date could make the world speechless. There were no warnings- only gunshots and explosions- but these two things only represent a sliver of Hell the victims of terrorism had to endure. As midnight passed, there were still victims...

The five stages of exams

The five stages of exams

Nicole Bobb, news editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under All, Opinion

  Every semester we have exams and every semester there are tears. Exams are a part of life and your ability to get through exams says a lot about your abilities as a successful student. Although exams are difficult, we are all going through the same thing- exams are a process that we can break...

Do Not Conform to the Hairiness

Do Not Conform to the Hairiness

Lydia Huitt, Life & Style Editor

November 16, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

Love it or hate it, it is here. The hairy monster to terrorize many and enthrall few . Hair grows and  hygiene decreases as razors are thrown away by members of both genders. Ladies and gents, “No Shave November” has arrived. Disclaimer: all jokes aside, one needs to thoroughly wash their hair,...

Why College Sucks

Why College Sucks

Megan McKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

November 16, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

With countless pages of essays, endless hours spent on the Common Application, and brag sheets out the roof, college admission is not all that it is cracked up to be. However, here at Portage Northern, teachers and counselors stress it to the point where students start to become overwhelmed and believe ...

Debating about Debate

Debating about Debate

Megan McKenzie, Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

“You think we’re nerds, but we’re not,” said debate team member Ivy Gildea (9). The debate team at Portage Northern High School certainly does not match the stereotypes given to debate teams around the nation. Let’s face it, nobody is sprinting to join the debate team after school, actually...

Pros to All Things College

Pros to All Things College

Allison McKenzie, Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

“Now that all jobs are dependent on a college education, then college is for sure necessary in getting a successful job,” says Nirvisha Singh (10). College is so overly important in guaranteeing a solid lifestyle these days. In the past, there was no need for college and students would work at a...

Make-up or Break-up

Make-up or Break-up

Megan Rinock, Staff Writer

November 9, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

Back last October, Jamie* thought she found true love, only to find that she was mistaken. “He got mad when I didn’t want to take a walk with him,” says Jamie. Joe* was hot-tempered, abusive, and a sex-addict. Jamie tried several times to break up with him only to feel guilt-tripped back in when...

Coddling the Freshmen

Coddling the Freshmen

Megan McKenzie and Lexi Kava

October 26, 2015


Filed under All, Opinion

Freshmen Are Friends Not Food “We know students do better if they have a reason that matters at a personal level, and the only way to do that is to connect students with other students,” said  Northern  teacher Colin Killmer. If this is the case, then Portage Northern is doing an excellent job...

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