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Geopolitical tensions spur fears about nuclear war

Geopolitical tensions spur fears about nuclear war

Gabe Flota, Journalism 1 Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Almost every day, there’s a new headline about some new North Korean missile test or a set of tweets from the President. Regardless of the amount of news coming out, something is happening in the world, and that something is rising world tensions, the ramifications of which could be numerous. Here...

Andrew Foltin: drawing a new path

Andrew Foltin: drawing a new path

Lyndsey Case, Social Media Manager

May 2, 2017


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

Kalamazoo, to Tennessee, to Kentucky, to Colorado: picture coming home from school only to find out it is time to pack your bags, leave your friends and new school behind, and head off to another state, again. The life of a military child is never easy: “you gotta leave behind a lot of people that you...

Madison Bonnewell: singing her heart out

Madison Bonnewell: singing her heart out

Megna Joshi, Website Editor

April 26, 2017


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

Madison Bonnewell is a junior who in her free time enjoys reading, singing and watching musical theatre. Madison comes from a huge family of six siblings and is also mixed -half black and half white- and adopted. In addition to having a huge family, all of them are religious and involved in their faith,...

PN mourns cancer fighter Haylee Lewis, 9/10/1999 – 4/13/2017

PN mourns cancer fighter Haylee Lewis, 9/10/1999 – 4/13/2017

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief

April 17, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

    Haylee Ann Lewis, a junior at Portage Northern High School, passed away after a nine month battle with glioblastoma on Thursday, April 13th. News of Haylee passing away came suddenly, but the impact she has left in the community will always be cherished. From Haylee’s first...

Haylee Lewis: portrait of a cancer fighter

Cortney Chow, Editor in Chief

April 17, 2017


Filed under Feature

NOTE: This is a reprint of the article on Haylee Lewis, 9/10/1999-4/13/2017, from the February edition of the Northern Light.    Haylee’s Story: She found herself in a bustling hallway trying to get to her next class as friends followed her stride - everything seemed normal f...

Best of both worlds: Kushi Matharu blends Indian and American culture

Best of both worlds: Kushi Matharu blends Indian and American culture

Meredith Ablao, News Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Human Interest Feature, Life and Style, Showcase, Spotlight

The Indian community here at Portage Northern is very vast in geographical range. There are several different regions of India. The Northern Region consists of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. These locations are famous for Kashmir ...

Understanding and learning Meditation

Megna Joshi, Website Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

Meditation is something that almost everyone can do and with practice, meditation can be very beneficial to a person's mental health. This is because meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and helps with insomnia. There are different types of meditation, such as: sleeping meditation, walkin...

They did it! (The history and power of the scapegoat)

They did it! (The history and power of the scapegoat)

Salvador DelVecchio, Staff Writer

March 21, 2017


Filed under Feature, Informative Feature

It's the top of the eighth and the Cubs are up 3-0 on the Marlins in Game 6 of the NLCS in the year 2003. WHAM; Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo crushes a heater thrown by Cubs pitcher Mark Prior. The sound rippled through Wrigley Field like a sonic boom.  Every fan in Wrigley was focused on the f...

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 ...

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...

Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Toes aren’t always the pointe: How dancing affects the life of a dancer

Allison Mckenzie, Feature editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, In-Depth Feature

Several debates occur around the world on if dance is truly a sport or not. The discussion that does not happen, however, is how dancing truly impacts the life of the person involved. Dance is a huge time commitment that significantly impacts dancers’ lives. “Dance takes up all of my time. I am...

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