The student news site of Portage Northern High School

The Northern Light

The student news site of Portage Northern High School

The Northern Light

The student news site of Portage Northern High School

The Northern Light

Nadias House, the passion project of senior Nadia Famiano, is a program for homeless young adults in Kalamazoo.

Purposeful Passions with Astrid Code: Nadia’s House

Astrid Code, Editor in Chief January 14, 2022

I’m Astrid, the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Light. In my new column Purposeful Passions, I want to tell the stories of PN students who are passionate about making a difference in the world. In this...

Seahorses are just one kind of animal for whom bending traditional gender roles is natural.

Seahorses and gender roles in the natural world

Annabelle Bartz, Staff Writer December 16, 2021

“It is the role of a woman to nurture and raise the children while the man goes out and makes money.” “How you're born is what you are: there is no changing that and there is definitely no...

At first, I was worried about what being in the stands with my newfound Huskie family would be like when we played my own school at football. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

From Mustang to Huskie: the best change of my life

Brie Quick, Assistant Editor October 26, 2021

Arriving at the 2021 PC vs PN game in orange instead of blue was something that I never thought would happen, and seeing people that I had not seen since I left Portage Central was weirder than I thought....

History teacher Greathen Derenne (left) mentored new teacher Aaron Warfield (right) during his time as an intern in 2020.

New history teacher Aaron Warfield finds joy in students and colleagues

Bryana Quick, Associate Editor September 21, 2021

As an intern for history teacher Greathen Derenne last year, Aaron Warfield felt drawn to teach at PN. "When I first came here, all of the staff made me feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued,” he...

Selection for a Jones Soda label was just one stop along NL photographer Kellie Miles road to success.

Journey to a Jones Soda label

Kellie Miles, Photographer May 29, 2021

Jones Soda was first developed in 1995 and introduced in 1996 with six glass-bottled flavors: orange, cherry, lemon lime, strawberry lime, raspberry, and grape. The unique labels all featured artwork...

The Gallagher Girls is a 6-book series by Ally Carter.

Finding happiness in books

Avery Bogemann, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

As a kid, I didn’t have many friends. I kept to myself and found comfort in quiet things, such as reading and baking. Longing for the friendships I couldn’t have because I was homeschooled at the time,...

Finally found: my journey to MSU

Finally found: my journey to MSU

Kellie Miles, Photographer April 29, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, seniors will sign out and leave NHS for the last time. Part of that process will include filling out a form that tells what’s next for us, and I can hardly wait to write Michigan...

Many people have been coming out and learning about different labels for their gender and sexuality throughout the past year, but being gay isn’t a trend. The reason that more people have been coming out as part of the LGBTQ community recently is because of the chance quarantine has given for self reflection and self acceptance.

From isolation to revelation: how quarantine has led LGBTQ+ teens to self discovery

Astrid Code and Sloan Markin April 28, 2021

Many people have been coming out and learning about different labels for their gender and sexuality throughout the past year, but being gay isn’t a trend. The reason that more people have been coming...

With her big moment was finally here, Class of 2017 PNHS and NL alumni Abby Seeber stands for a photo documenting her time on the Tedx stage.

Class of 2017 alumni Abby Seeber advocates for artists on Tedx stage

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 8, 2021

A dynamic performer and public speaker, Abby Seeber is an artist, and she’s proud to be. Despite her passion, talents, and years of experience, three words follow her everywhere: “What’s your...

After five years, my battle with family court is finally coming to an end, and just in time for me to move on to whats next in my life.

Finally finished: free of family court

Natalie Grinder, Digital Media Editor March 26, 2021

Divorce is a hard thing to have happen to your parents as a child, but for some, the process that comes before the divorce is even worse. This has been my reality for the last five years, and I’m...

This is me, now. Healthy, happy, healed, and whole, or at least trying my best everyday to get there. This moment was a long time coming and at the end of a road filled with adversity.

Healed and whole: my mental health journey

Cerena Read, Entertainment Editor March 18, 2021

From the beginning, I was always the shy kid, always too scared to talk and engage in social situations, hiding behind my parent’s legs. Every year, the first day of school was filled with anxiety....

Chris Harris became PPS first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator in January 2021.

The power of one: Portage’s first DEI Coordinator Chris Harris strives for inclusivity

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief March 17, 2021

Chris Harris has been teaching young-5 students for nearly two years. This school year, however, presented many new obstacles for Harris, who was tasked with the instrumental role of guiding the youngest...

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