The Northern Light

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Falling three stories and living to tell about it

Sheila Mwanda, Staff writer

March 6, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

‘Whoosh!’ I slid across the smooth, marble window sill. It was a summer’s evening and the weather was hot and humid. My five-year-old sister and I, three at the time, were deep into the second round of our dual when I tripped over my feet and leaned against the window screen. I quickly tried...

My Appendectomy

My Appendectomy

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

March 6, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

As entertaining as sixth grade plant science was, I could not bring myself to pay attention. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I am a good student and I enjoyed learning, even in sixth grade. The problem with my lack of attention had nothing to do with my lack of interest, but rather a sharp pain in...

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Find Your Park! A Journey from a Love of the National Parks to a Future in Environmental Science

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

“We sent you to Nature’s Way Preschool in hopes you’d end up loving the outdoors and all things nature,” my mom explained.  In the quaint preschool located off of Oakland, buried in the lush woods of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, every morning we would watch as the deer came right up to the...

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Heavy Lifting: Hannah Hopkins’ ascendance as one of PN’s best power lifters

Issra Said, Staff writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Never did the former-cheerleader Hannah Hopkins (12) imagine herself to becoming one of the best high school powerlifters in the nation. After realizing her disconnect with cheerleading, Hopkins discovered a new passion: powerlifting. Due to her enjoyment of bodyweight exercises, Hopkins enrolled in ...

Huskie Hockey Season Recap

Huskie Hockey Season Recap

Allison Mackenzie, Feature editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

The Portage Northern Varsity boys celebrate a goal against the Jackson United Vikings   The Portage Northern Varsity Hockey team had a fulfilling season. With a season running from mid November to mid February, it has been a long one full of several practices and games. In order to train f...

Dear Evan Hansen Soundtrack Review

Dear Evan Hansen Soundtrack Review

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under All, Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

On December 4, 2016, Dear Evan Hansen, a new musical, opened just outside of Times Square New York. Fans heard the solo “Waving Through the Window,” in early November and instantly fell in love. Followers of the musical anxiously anticipated  the release of the rest of full album which dropped o...

Airport Charlie

Airport Charlie

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

February 28, 2017


Filed under Feature, Focus, Human Interest Feature, Showcase, Spotlight

Mostly known by his rap moniker “Lil Airport,” Charlie Gower (12) has gained a load of popularity recently from his rap songs he shares on the music platform SoundCloud. Gower has over 170 followers on the app and has dropped 16 songs, including one called ‘Takes Time,’ which has over 3,600 p...

A Question of Identity: My Journey with the Hijab

A Question of Identity: My Journey with the Hijab

Issra Said, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative, Showcase

The hijab is simple, yet it has had the ability to affect my life in a complex way. The concept of the hijab is discussed in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, in Chapter 24, called an-Nur (the Light), in verse 30: وَ لاَ يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ إِلاَّ مَا ظ...

Hometown boy gets national recognition for act of kindness

Hometown boy gets national recognition for act of kindness

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

Perhaps you know him as the 2017 Winterfest King, or maybe it’s from seeing him on the Portage Northern Stage during Into the Woods or The 39 Steps, but most likely you know senior Mohammad Hasher (who often just goes by his last name) from this tweet that went viral: On February 4th, Hasher found ...

The Alamo: closing soon! Visit now!

The Alamo: closing soon! Visit now!

Sal DelVecchio, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under All, Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Whether you were going to see a new flick by yourself or if you have a “plus-one,” The Alamo in Kalamazoo was probably the place you were eying. The Alamo offers movies that range from the new box office hits to the classics that never get old. What makes The Alamo unique is the experience you get...

PNHS Rugby: a team for everyone

PNHS Rugby: a team for everyone

February 16, 2017


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

A sport with no pads but still hard hitting like football, the sport of rugby is a game based on technique and respect for the opponent. Because it’s not widely popular in the United States, rugby flies under the radar as a sport, but it should not be ignored that it is just as competitive and diff...

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

Pro-Con: Privatizing Healthcare

February 16, 2017


Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

NOTE: in the latest edition of the paper, the "PRO" side of this article was printed incorrectly. The correct version appears below.  

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