The Northern Light

Hailey Markus: A battle won on wheels

Hailey Markus: A battle won on wheels

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief

March 21, 2017


Filed under Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

As a student wielding a wheelchair takes on the busy hallways during passing time, everything seems taller to her: the people, the clocks, the lockers. Sometimes it is not just her surroundings, but her condition that towers over her. This student is Hailey Markus (12), and as a person diagnosed with ...

Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Reading Together: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits Kalamazoo

Issra Said, Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under All, Local, News, Showcase

On the evening of March 14, the Kalamazoo Public Library hosted retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium, to introduce his new book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, to the people of greater Kalamazoo. Both basketba...

Second language, second home: an aspect that is forgotten

Second language, second home: an aspect that is forgotten

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief

March 15, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Showcase

As more diversity floods into the country, the students within Portage Northern High School make the environment enriched with culture. However, communication is often overlooked for students whose second language is English. Because there is a language barrier that they encounter everyday -- academically...

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Portage Northern Menchinger tournament

Megna Joshi, Website editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

This weekend the PN forensics team crushed the annual Menchinger Tournament on their own turf. Portage Northern has been a strong team for many years and with the winners at last tournament, P.N. proved that they are not just the best team in Portage, but also a contender for the state title. While ...

Sport news: Wrestling and Bowling

Sport news: Wrestling and Bowling

Salvador Delvecchio, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under All, Showcase, Sports

This past weekend, both PNHS wrestling and bowling capped off impressive seasons with several Huskie athletes bringing home the bacon.  In wrestling, both Matt Heaps (12) and Nick Prowse (12) qualified for states.  Matt Heaps went undefeated in the preliminary rounds, winning all his matches, includ...

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

PN launches Brick Campaign to help students, alumni, and community make their mark on the new stadium

Abby Seeber, Opinion Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Since the news was released that Portage Northern will be building its own football stadium and soccer field, the community has been anxiously awaiting any new developments in regards to the new facilities. Turns out, Portage Northern is breaking ground in more ways that one. The school is reaching out...

Starting Anew: The Uprooting of the PN Track Leaves a Melancholy Feeling Amongst Track Runners

Lexi Gavlas, Spotlight editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under All, All, Local, News, Showcase, Sports

On February 24th, 2017 the Portage Northern Track was uprooted following the construction plans of a new stadium in 2019.  Alexa Vanderhoff, Portage Northern Alum and Cross Country & Track Runner at Miami University of Ohio tweeted out that night, “RIP PN Track- although you had many cracks an...

Cultures as Costumes

Cultures as Costumes

Megna Joshi, Website Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under All, Opinion, Showcase

Halloween and costume parties are a great way to dress up as a favorite character and pretend to be a different person. At the same time, it can be seen as offensive to certain cultures because people tend to use traditional dresses as “costumes” for Halloween. While this may upset some people, I...

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Poom Atiwetin finds new family at NHS while cherishing his birth family in Thailand

Cameron Schaefer, Photographer

March 7, 2017


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

Without the mothers of the world, the continuation of human life on Earth would be non-existent. They bring bodies to this world after nine excruciating months of various forms of pain and sickness. Not only do they suffer every step of the way for this cause, they influence their children in indescribable...

Suicide Bombing in Homs

Suicide Bombing in Homs

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, World

On February 25th, 2017, two towers were torn into flames by a group of suicide bombers, instantly taking 32 lives, including a senior security official-Bashar al-Assad, who controls the area of the Military Intelligence service. Major General Hassan Daeboul, the officer in charge of the local military...

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...

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