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

For most of us, flirting is never a comfortable process, but it is so much harder when you have mental health struggles.

Flirting with anxiety

Annabelle Bartz, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

I am at an age where it is completely normal to have a long term partner. My relatives have even started asking if I have a partner and are always quick to tell me that I am too young when I give them...

By government mandate drinking fountains are closed due to Covid-19, but what happens when, in a rush out the door, the water bottle that was supposed to come is still on the counter?

The problem with the turned off water fountains

Annabelle Bartz, Staff Writer November 4, 2021

It is hard to remember everything that needs to get out the door with you in the morning. As long as the bare necessities are in the car, that morning counts as a win, but just because those few items...

The statement is one that is so easily clung onto and for so long can keep you attached to your past.

Forever and always

Kayla Malaski November 3, 2021

“Forever and always / you didn't mean it baby” -Taylor Swift  “Forever & Always” In Taylor Swift's song “Forever & Always,” Taylor speaks of a past lover promising his love...

“I’ll be okay” is a statement almost every teenager says at least once a week. It’s something we say when we don’t want to say how we really feel, or sometimes it can be the truth.

I’ll be okay

Ella Morofsky, Staff writer November 3, 2021

“I’ll be okay” is a statement almost every teenager says at least once a week. It’s something we say when we don’t want to say how we really feel, or sometimes it can be the truth. As teenagers,...

What we give is way more important than what we have, because what we give could change someones life.

What you give

Abby Hosler, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

What you give matters. We live in a world where all too often we have linked the value of a person with the amount of fancy things they own, like how many gaming systems a person has, and the type...

We all go through dark seasons, but at the end of them, there is light.

I’m ok (now)

Mari Delgadillo, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

I can put on a show during the day, at school, at the store, even around friends and family, but in reality, I'm broken, and I know I’m not alone.  You can make things seem okay and like you're happy,...

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” -C. S. Lewis

Me, myself, & I

Jaclyn Brubaker, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” -C. S. Lewis Humans are selfish by nature. We only care about ourselves. Me, myself, and I, right? We want what’s...

Day by day waking up gets harder and harder: the more I do, the more worn out I get.

I am tired

Bryana Quick, Assistant Editor October 29, 2021

Day by day waking up gets harder and harder: the more I do, the more worn out I get.  I could sleep for hours on edge and will never get enough sleep to not constantly struggle. The endless nights of...

You are enough. Three words that are oftentimes disregarded within our society. As communal standards keep rising, it is common to see someone give up on their goal due to them thinking that it is unreachable. Sometimes we all need to step back, take a breath, and relax.

You are enough

Jackson Barnard, Associate Editor October 29, 2021

You are enough. Three words that are oftentimes disregarded within our society. As communal standards keep rising, it is common to see someone give up on their goal due to them thinking that it is unreachable....

Covid. Climate change. Social justice. It’s exhausting living in today’s society, so much so that the default emotion for everyone is apathy, but there is power in collective action.

It doesn’t matter

Astrid Code, Editor in Chief October 29, 2021

Covid. Climate change. Social justice. It’s exhausting living in today’s society, so much so that the default emotion for everyone is apathy. Believe me, I understand: it’s emotionally draining to...

There may be a need to quarantine students for public health concerns, but those students need to be able to stay connected while they arent allowed to be at school.

This has to stop: the school needs to find a way to take care of its quarantined students

Avery Bogemann, Associate Editor October 25, 2021

Getting pulled out of class randomly, being told to bring your stuff to the office, and having to return home: this scene is a common occurrence as administrators trace the close contacts of Covid-positive...

It can be difficult for the majority white, cisgender population to see beyond their own experience, but everyone deserves to see themselves represented, especially in the classroom.

Minority representation cannot be ignored in the classroom

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 2, 2021

It was 8:31 in the morning when I walked into my virtual class with the click of a button. While reflecting on my tardiness of sixty seconds and trying to orient myself to what was already happening...

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