The Northern Light

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...

Candidates describe why they should earn the votes of their peers.

Large pool of candidates vies for student senate seats

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief April 6, 2021

Despite being still predominantly virtually learning, there is a large amount of engagement with this year's student senate elections and a large group of students running for office. Students can vote...

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...

Journals can come in many shapes and sizes, and they are as unique as the journaler themselves.

The joy of journaling

Katie Knight, Design Editor March 8, 2021

Journaling has become something of a phenomena of the modern era. There are a plethora of Instagram posts and YouTube videos in which the journaling talents of an individual are put on display. Their...

BHM leaders L to R: back row: Maya Daniels, Makayla Bolton, front row: Alanna Harris, Jamillah Clark wrap up filming the assembly on the stairs leading to the lower level commons.

Empowered Club hosts virtual Black History Month assembly

Astrid Code, News Editor March 8, 2021

  “2020 wasn’t just a crazy year to be alive, it was a tragic and empowering year to be Black. Today we honor and celebrate that,” said senior Makayla Bolton at PN’s Black History Month...

I spent the first twelve years of my life without a voice. I spoke words and could form sentences, but these phrases, messages, and expressions of my daily life were meaningless. My words meant nothing because I felt empty. It took twelve years to understand that not only were my questions valid, but I had a voice all along.

The girl with a million questions: the journey to rediscover my voice

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief March 8, 2021

I spent the first twelve years of my life without a voice.  I spoke words and could form sentences, but these phrases, messages, and expressions of my daily life were meaningless. My words meant nothing...

We don’t often consider that for many of us, with every step we take, there is someone else walking in a different direction without the same privileges. We can’t erase our privilege, but we can use it for good, and examining diversity in animation is a good place to start.

Drawing the line: “diversity” in animation borders on racism

Kylie Clifton, Editor in Chief February 13, 2021

Growing up, nothing was better than an animated classic: a simple film with good morals, fun moments, bright colors, immersive worlds, and characters you could relate to. Wonderful adventures all wrapped...

It is only by setting aside our preconceived notions, engaging in thoughtful conversation and listening - truly listening - to what the “other side” has to say, that the nation can begin to come together once again.

Come together: healing a divided America

Katie Knight, Design Editor February 9, 2021

It is a common misconception in America that shared ideals (i.e. liberty, opportunity, equality) constitute a unified nation. This misconception has led many to conclude that the nation’s increasing...

As a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Nick Keizer (PN Class of 2013) is suiting up against Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Huskie alumni Nick Keizer set to play in Super Bowl LV

Liam Fagan , Editor in Chief February 6, 2021

  The Super Bowl is the biggest game in the NFL. Every year, the best teams in the NFC and the AFC battle it out to determine the best team in the world. However, few Super Bowls are as closely...

Sophomore Charlotte Wilson throws a shot-put at an outdoor meet. She looks up to other women in this male-dominated sport:

In a man’s world: female throwers carve a space for themselves in the traditionally male-dominated sport

Allie Miller, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

Heaving heavy metal objects across a field probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about “girly” activities.  Despite this, throwing events in track and field - shotput,...

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...

Freshman Anna Wiltzer eyes a layup at basketball practice.

The road back: winter student athletes return to athletics

Bryana Quick, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

Students athletes are able to return to practices on January 16th 2021, but there is a “practice only” restriction in place for contact sports until February 21. This hasn’t stopped athletes...

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