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Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Position of Media Specialist terminated at PPS middle schools

Lily Antor and Issra Said

October 24, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Recommended Stories, Showcase

UPDATE: On January 8th, 2018 Portage Public Schools issued an official notice indicating that the policy which removed media specialists from the middle school media centers was being rescinded. At the start of the second semester, students will find media specialists resuming their former positions...

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Dangerous driving affects school zones

Malcolm Gaynor, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

According to a recent study by Zendrive.com, Kalamazoo County received a D- grade for dangerous and distracted driving in school zones. Portage Northern specifically is not included in the study, but Portage Central is tied for the worst school in the county with a D grade, and the curious kids next to Or...

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

New half day schedule generates mixed student reactions

Kylie Clifton, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

The 2017-2018 school year has already granted many firsts. Among these firsts, PN’s half days have undergone a revision. In previous years, half days would alternate: the first half day contained the first four periods of every student’s schedule, and the second half day contained the last three...

A step toward inclusion: Fenty Beauty review

A step toward inclusion: Fenty Beauty review

Issra Said and Anai Freeman

October 13, 2017


Filed under All, Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

The talk of Fenty that is currently ruling the Internet does not seem to be coming to an end any time soon. Singer Rihanna debuted her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, on September 7th. Much of the general public is pleased to receive more than just music from their pop culture favorite. Rihanna focused on ...

The MSU-U of M rivalry is as strong as ever

The MSU-U of M rivalry is as strong as ever

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

A rivalry as old as time - and euchre - in the state of Michigan, where fans of the Wolverines and Spartans don’t like each other at all, ditto goes for the players on both sides of the ball. Recall 2013 when MSU defensive back Darqueze Dennard refused to say the word ‘Michigan’ the entire wee...

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...

Dunkirk exceeds expectations

Dunkirk exceeds expectations

Lexi Kava, Entertainment Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Showcase

NBA: Kyrie Irving to Boston, Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland

NBA: Kyrie Irving to Boston, Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

In a sudden and shocking move that shifted the whole paradigm of the NBA as we once knew it, the Cavaliers traded disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for their all star point guard Isaiah Thomas. The deal also included Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and most surprising of all, the...

STARTING FIVE: The JD Martinez trade is BAD

STARTING FIVE: The JD Martinez trade is BAD

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

July 21, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Although some fans are reluctant to admit it, the Detroit Tigers are not headed in a direction that will see them win a World Series title any time soon. The team just isn’t in a position to compete for a championship. With this being the obvious state of the team, the best order of business i...

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Building the Future of Learning: Construction starts at groundbreaking ceremony for North Middle School

Lily Antor, entertainment editor

June 7, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

The official groundbreaking ceremony, commencing the $144 million dollar renovation of Portage Public Schools, commenced on May 10th at the Portage Northern campus. This ceremony brought about many important community members, including a multitude of PPS administrators and officials, who gathered to ...

Boys and girls golfers get into the swing of things

Boys and girls golfers get into the swing of things

Carter Landis, Sports Editor and Sal DelVecchio, Staff Member

June 2, 2017


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

Portage Northern men’s golf is in full swing with both JV and Varsity golf teams competing at several events this past month. From a player’s perspective, the Huskies had less than the shining season they were hoping for. After speaking with several players, it becomes apparent that morale is at bi...

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.

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