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Stories from Portage Northern High School
Drawing the line: “diversity” in animation borders on racism
Arts & Entertainment

Kylie Clifton | February 15, 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…

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Huskie alumni Nick Keizer set to play in Super Bowl LV
Sports

Liam Fagan | February 8, 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 connected…

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

Allie Miller | February 8, 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,…

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

Sloan Markin | 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…

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Tackling tokenism: minorities should never be reduced to our trauma
Opinions

Kylie Clifton | January 4, 2021

I just turned 18, it’s my senior year, and the end of November is right around the corner.

Yes that’s right, if we do the math it’s none other than the season of giv-

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

But…

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

Astrid Code | December 21, 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…

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Senior Haily Lonsbury commits to living life beyond a label
Features

Lizzie Sheldon | 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…

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Senior varsity football running back Anthony Tyus is on the road to greatness
Sports

Olivia Coughlin | November 5, 2020

Almost everyone in the Portage area knows Anthony Tyus, Portage Northern’s standout senior running back who committed early to Northwestern. His talent has been on display not just on game days to those…

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Too real to laugh: Saturday Night Live romanticizes political chaos
Arts & Entertainment

Kylie Clifton | November 4, 2020

I’m 17 years old, and I don’t like politics. 

Yet here I am, deciding that my free time is best spent campaigning, phone-banking, knocking on doors, advocating for human rights, calling out ignorance,…

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Class of 2019 grad KBeaZy produces Billboard #1 hit
Arts & Entertainment

Liam Fagan | November 4, 2020

If the name Keegan Bach doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a chance you just don’t know who he is. There’s also a chance that you know him by the same name that most of the world does: KBeaZy….

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Miscommunication about district move to hybrid causes concerns and confusion among shareholders
News

Kylie Clifton, Astrid Code, Maya Daniels, Sloan Markin, and Bryana Quick | October 14, 2020

At 6:30 on the evening of September 28th, community members all across Portage cleared their tabs and readied their screens for the standard bi-monthly Board of Education meeting. The meeting’s first…

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Learning together: district commits to cultural responsiveness after controversial online learning assignment
News

Kylie Clifton | May 12, 2020

It was 9:15 on the morning of April 23rd, and eighth grade Portage North Middle School student Pablo Fraga was ready to return to a new kind of normal with his online history assignment. The content that…

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“Yeah, I’m graduating today”: seniors stand in solidarity during threat of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Kylie Clifton | March 17, 2020

The class of 2020 drudged on through the home stretch, battling senioritis and grinding out a year that felt like it would never end. That is, until everything changed at 11:05 on the night of March 12,…

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Senior Sean Kellogg experiences a world in color through synesthesia
Features

Kylie Clifton | January 31, 2020

“Synesthesia is the overlapping of two or more senses in the brain. it’s just how my brain perceives reality, I’m not conscious that it’s there all the time, it kind of just exists,” says senior…

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Portage Northern campus shuts down after shooting threat
News

The Staff | November 14, 2019

This story was originally published on The Northern Light on November 14, 2019.

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Portage Public Schools to eliminate E-Squared program for gifted and talented elementary students
News

Malcolm Gaynor | October 2, 2019

While working on ways to balance the 2019/2020 budget, the Portage Public School board has elected to eliminate the E-Squared Program, which was a center based program (an off-campus program) located at…

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