The Northern Light

When students log into their Google meets, this is no longer a choice they can make starting in semester 2.

The camera-on requirement: who is it really helping?

Lizzie Sheldon and Miles Slocum February 25, 2021

At the beginning of the second semester, the new “camera on” policy was announced, permitting teachers to require student’s cameras to be on during class. The main reason this policy was implemented...

Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s first days

Chloe Clarke-Phillip, Staff Writer February 13, 2021

Joe Biden was brought into office on January 20, 2021. Since his first day in office, he has already made strides to support the United States and the people who live in it, and all of the executive orders...

Huskies exhibit a range of emotions as they return to the building

After months and months of craning your eyes in front of a computer screen, constantly adjusting your chromebook camera, and restless fidgeting while waiting for your WIFi to reload, Portage Northern...

Performative activism provides the guise of care without the commitment to action.

Performative activism: it’s now cool to care, even if you really don’t

Sloan Markin, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

The black square. ‘Repost this to save the rainforest.’ The pretty little infographics that go with your ‘vibe.’ All of these things are the same, and have a name, performative activism. Performative...

Macro photography lets you explore the world around you up close and personal.

Macro for you: taking pictures up close and personal

Kellie Miles, Photographer January 23, 2021

Have you ever seen a super up close and detailed picture someone posted or just while scrolling through social media? If you have, that was most likely macro photography! Macro photography is like...

The before and after of my hair transformation.

New year, new hair

Allie Miller, Staff Writer January 4, 2021

For as long as I can remember, I have been getting blonde highlights in my hair. It all started when I was the ripe age of six, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Who in their right mind would allow...

Poulsen took this photo for her profile for a Kalamazoo photography group.

A mother, a teacher, an entrepreneur: getting to know Daniall Poulsen through a different lens

Olivia Coughlin, Staff Writer December 31, 2020

When walking into room L.114, the students and teachers of Portage Northern may think they know exactly who they’re about to run into. They’re about to run into a science teacher… right? Upon...

Let it glow: students share their holiday traditions

Let it glow: students share their holiday traditions

Dra’Noscha Jett, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

With many faiths celebrating winter holidays, the season means a lot to some while to others winter break is just two weeks off school with a day in the middle filled with good food. For many PN students,...

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum.

“Overall, everyone just wants to be included”: creating safe spaces and increasing representation and inclusivity for LGBTQ students

Astrid Code, News Editor December 18, 2020

Ileana Oeschger, a freshman at Kalamazoo College, has developed a website showcasing art by queer youth in Michigan and advocating for more LGBTQ+ inclusion in Michigan’s curriculum. Oeschger started...

As LGBTQIA identity vocabulary increases, some students, like senior Haily Lonsbury, are choosing to drop their labels altogether.

Senior Haily Lonsbury commits to living life beyond a label

Lizzie Sheldon, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

There is a lot to figure out about yourself as you move through high school.  For senior Haily Lonsbury, a person who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, the primary thing she sought to figure...

Learning to live with the endless loop of anxiety and depression

Learning to live with the endless loop of anxiety and depression

Chloe Malik, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Everyone’s eyes stare at me as the room begins to spin. I can’t seem to find any air; it’s so hard to breathe. “Deep breath in, and deep breath out,” someone says. I can’t seem to figure out...

Still breathing: senior Hailey Funk undergoes lung surgery during a pandemic

Still breathing: senior Hailey Funk undergoes lung surgery during a pandemic

Allie Miller, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

“I went in thinking I had corona, and I came out knowing that I almost died,” says senior Hailey Funk. It’s easy to take life for granted when you’re stuck in the rut of a pandemic, but Funk had...

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