The Northern Light The student news site of Portage Northern High School Thu, 06 Feb 2020 01:34:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Old vs new shows Thu, 06 Feb 2020 01:34:30 +0000 Old Shows with Kaylin Kyle

The 2000s were a different era. The 90s had passed, and now was a new decade. With a new decade came new shows, songs, and movies. There was Nick Jr, Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, and many other networks of new children and teen based shows. One of the most familiar childhood memories I have was being able to come home after school and turn on my television to see High School Musical on the Disney Network. Our generation got to grow up with movies like Lilo and Stitch, Halloween Town, Scary Godmother, and many others. We also got the experience of shows like Oswald, Dora and Diego, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy, and Holly Hobbit. The 2000s was an iconic era of movies and shows; so many new stories, fantasies, it was all at our disposal by the click of a remote. 

On Disney, a memory I can still recall that the younger generation doesn’t continue is Disney for Change. It was an environmental program that came on certain days for a few hours. Disney celebrities would talk about climate, bullying, several different topics, and how those watching could make a change. “When you go out each day, take a trash bag with you. This is our planet, help clean it up,” is a phrase I remember. It was a program that I grew up watching, and honestly still wish would be continued. Another program that was promoted on the Disney channel was the Disney Games. Celebrities would be separated into teams and compete against one another to win a prize at the end. The games would last for a few days, and at the end the team who won would go onto finals. 

On Cartoon Network, there were several classics in the 2000s. While Cartoon Network was more for the young-teen demographic, I still remember watching some of the shows with my siblings, and then later growing up to watch them myself. Shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, Code Name: Kids Next Door, and many others. So many shows to pick from, and so many that created my childhood. 

Nickelodeon was another network that many of us, now late teens, could have turned to watch shows and movies as kids. While Nick and Nick Jr had more family oriented shows, they definitely proved everlasting memories and lessons that could guide us through our childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Some shows I remember and still love to watch to this day are shows like ICarly, Drake and Josh, The Barbie Movies, The Amanda Show, Rugrats, Fairly Odd Parents, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Zoey 101, Invader Zim, My Life As A Teenage Robot, The Mighty B!, and many others. Most of the shows revolved around a teenager and their group of friends. How a teenager had a good life, but then things occurred to cause a problem for the protagonist. Unless the episode continued on with another part, you could always count on a happy end to the episode. How the dad who accidentally ran over his daughter’s stuffed animal just happened to find a novelty toy shop and managed to get her a brand new one, even though the daughter finds out that it wasn’t the same but still thanks the father for all the effort he put in. 

The 2000s shows and movies era were are still are – unlike any other. We found happiness and sadness all in the same time frame. We’d worry about the hero saving the day, or our favorite witch from HalloweenTown being able to save her family from the antagonist. I wish I could go back to the 2000s and regrow up with all my favorite childhood memories, but looking back, I’m happy to have grown up. I can say that I have those memories with me forever. The next generation may miss out on what we had growing up, but thanks to Netflix and Hulu; now even Disney+ we can introduce them to a decade of entertainment that they couldn’t be there in person to see.


New Shows with Kai Pennington 

As a kid born in 2005, I can say we had more “PC” shows. Disney was a day of the past when it came to being around 7 for me and so I went on to watch Nickelodeon. Vivid memories I remember from 2010 are The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Sanjay and Craig, and a few more. 

The Amazing World of Gumball was one I can say I watched often. Its first episode premiered in 2011, with the main characters, Darwin and Gumball, avoiding the consequences after destroying a rented DVD. I watched this show when I was about 8. This show was amazing and I loved all of the characters and the plot of each episode. This was one show I would come home and immediately turn on the TV to watch. 

Regular Show debuted in 2009 with its main characters, Mordecai and Rigby, trying to fix a hole in their bedroom wall before anyone else finds out. My father actually had me start watching Regular Show when I was around 5 or 6, just after it started airing. We would sit for about an hour everyday in the evenings and watch 4 episodes. Personally, I grew more fond of the show after I became a little older, around 9. The stories weren’t as easy for me to grasp as such a young kid, and I was trying to watch, but I did still love the show.

Adventure time, a personal favorite, debuted in 2010. The very first episode is with Finn and Jake trying to save the Candy people (citizens in the land of ooo) after a recently deceased Candy person had come back to life. Just to name a few I have in my higher ratings list.

In newer shows, they are completely all over the place. In cable TV, things are very toned down, but on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, things aren’t as family friendly and have quite a few “adult” jokes.  Shows have always had these, but they are less prominent today. 

Newer technology has allowed for faster production with a huge drop in production value. Shows used to take months to make, but with the advance of computers, the ability to talk, and more, it can take a lot less time. 


Younger generations have the ability to be more open with people and express their feelings when older ones may be held back. Shows airing in 2010 and after have addressed the “being PC” issue and allowed for everyone’s opinions in one way or another. 


Can we really say that newer shows are better? Everything has its flaws and shows have adapted to the opinions of younger generations. Each generation will say that one show is better than another but it’s just what they grew up with so in my opinion, there are good shows from each year it just really depends on your likes and likes.


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2010s kids Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:58:30 +0000 As the decade comes to an end, us 2010s kids look back and reminisce over the things that made up our childhoods. 

First, we have the movies that made us. From The Lego Ninjago to Star Struck, the list is basically endless. The top 5, however, would likely be:

  • The Monster High movie series with its freaky fun. 
  • The Spongebob Movie, which ensured the best day ever. 
  • Lemonade Mouth with its ahead of its time activism and a splash of comedy. 
  • The Shrek Movies, making sure everyone Shreks the halls this time of year. 
  • THE BARBIE MOVIES. The only way to describe these movies is Iconic. I still know all the words! You do too. Let’s be honest.

Next, the music we obsessed over. 

  • Party Rock Anthem by LMAFO. “Party Rockin in The House Tonight!”
  • Fireflies by Owl City. “I’d like to make myself believe that planet earth moves slowly.”
  • What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction: “You don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful.”
  • Shake it Off by Taylor Swift. “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off!” 
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Ray Jepson: “Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number. So call me maybe.”

After that, the TV shows we grew up with. 

  • Good Luck Charlie: “Where’s my left shoe, there it is up on the roof.” 
  • Big Time Rush: “It’s the only life you got so you gotta live it big time.” 
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: “Be careful not to mess with the balance of things, because everything is not what it seems.” 
  • ICarly: “So wake up the members of my nation, it’s your time to be, There’s no chance unless you take one and the time to see. The brighter side of every situation, some things are meant to be. So give me your best and leave the rest to me.” 
  • Victorious: “Cause you know that if you live in your imagination. Tomorrow you’ll be everybody’s fascination. In my victory just remember me. When I make it shine.”

The 2010’s might be gone, but their memories linger on!

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2000s kids Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:50:50 +0000 The 2000s were definitely a time to be alive. Our generation, yes seniors, I’m talking to you, were born! We grew up with incredible shows, songs, and movies. There were more messages being spread in our decade; instead of a new topic every show, we could look forward to weeks of the same story being promoted. 2000s kids grew up with the reruns of Full House, learning about family each day from Uncle Jesse and DJ Tanner. We were also given the excellence of Nickelodeon Jr, which gave us shows like Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Max and Ruby, Peppa Pig, Oswald, Dora and Diego, Holly Hobbit, and so many more. We also got the original Disney, which had movies like Twitches, HalloweenTown, Lilo and Stitch, and of course: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL! Such a classic! Our generation got to grow up dancing and jamming to the iconic high school movie. Let’s not forget how we also got Atlantis, Monsters Inc, Ice Age, Chicken Little, The Incredibles…need I say more? 

While the next generation might have gotten sequels or remakes, we got the originality. Let’s not forget about some of our incredible 2000s songs that we grew up jamming to, even if they probably weren’t for our age… 

  1. Feel Good Inc by The Gorillaz. An alternative band, but their music always had a good beat and is even coming back in the new generation!
  2. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. Yes, Pentatonix did a cover of the song, but they wouldn’t have been able to remake it had it never been released!
  3. Poker Face by Lady Gaga. The legend herself! Our generation was blessed to get Lady Gaga and to grow up listening to her endless hits – and even enjoy seeing her star in A Star Is Born. 
  4. Get the Party Started by P!nk. I can’t begin to think of how many songs I grew up listening to by P!nk! She’s always been an icon, even before our decade. 
  5. Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. Green Day. OUR generation got Green Day! We of course got different types of artists in the alternative genre during our decade, but the 2000s will definitely be remembered for Green Day. 

There’s so many others I could list, but our generation was lucky to get artists like Eminem; who of course was even around before the 2000s but…then there’s also Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ke$ha, and so many others. Our generation definitely started many eras. 

Within the 2000s we also got shows like The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Rugrats, Timmy Turner, Spongebob, FRIENDS, The Powerpuff Girls, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and so many others. 

Our generation was blessed with so many iconic and memorable items, and to look back on so many memories – some I don’t even remember – I can say I’m lucky to be a 2000s kid. Future generations may have their own things to remember, but I don’t think anyone could beat the 2000s kid generation experience. 


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2000s vs 2010s kids Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:49:52 +0000 As the new decade starts, a senior and a freshman debate who had it better growing up.

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John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Brunch Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:38:10 +0000 This Christmas eve, a miracle occurred. We gained John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch special! Comedian and Immortal John Murial Mulaney is usually known for his odd wit, timing, and all-around hilarious stage presence, and he has done it again, with a little help from the only people who speak the truth other than drunks: CHILDREN.

In this iconic and strangely death-oriented children’s variety show, The Sack Lunch Bunch explores children’s issues and wonders alike in both dance and song. With celebrities like Richard Kind, André De Shields, David Byrne, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s mustache, along with jokes even the children’s creators find funny, the special brings a sense of both nostalgia and a breath of fresh air.

Ever have all food except noodles and butter disgust you? Ever have a weird fascination with your grandma’s boyfriend? Ever wonder why that white lady is sobbing in the middle of the street? Then this is some weird stuff your not gonna wanna miss.


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TempleRushGo: three similar games Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:33:45 +0000 In our generation, games are a must. We’re constantly looking for the next best thing, for the next thrill. We’re looking for the next thing to hook us and keep up addicted. But some games are classics: you can come back to them over and over again and find new ways to beat that level and get the multiplayer championship. 


Temple Run came out August 4th, 2011 and originally cost 99 cents to buy but then later switched to freemium prior to December 2011. On January 16th, 2013, Temple Run released Temple Run 2 and the original was later changed to Temple Run: Classic. In its first release, Temple Run easily exploded and was a number one game. Since the franchise of Temple Run started, there have been other games released in add-on to the original game, such as Spirit Run, released August 29th, 2014, and Temple Endless Run 3, released October 10th, 2018.

For a long time, Temple Run had the best sales and was the top game, but then post the Despicable Me movie, Minion Rush was released June 10th, 2013. Minion Rush is very similar to Temple Run aside from the daily challenges, constantly changing maps, and obviously running as a minion. However, if a player collects enough bananas, they could change what the minions’ wear, customizing their minion and collecting more rewards. 

Both games were challenged by Mario and company, who have always been a hype in our society. Mario has been around for decades, and when news of a mobile version was to come out, everyone was hyping it and waiting for the release. Mario Kart Tour was finally released on September 24th, 2019. For months, people were playing, completing the races, and easily getting addicted. However, Mario Kart Tour was – and still is – missing one key component that players are looking for: multiplayer. As fun as the game is, fans want to be able to race each other with a variety of different maps, carts, parachutes, and characters. However, so far, all the game offers is the variety of all those components, but a player is put into a random set of players to against other Mario Kart users. 

All three games have been very addictive in their own ways, with interesting maps, characters, and challenges. There are several other games like these three, such as Subway Surfers, but for years, Temple Run, Minion Rush and Mario Kart Tour have stayed in the top running.


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Photo booth fun Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:14:32 +0000 Students stopped up to the third floor to get their pictures taken with the photo booth and basketball-themed props.

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Look-a-Like Day Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:10:22 +0000 Staff and students alike found twins or groups for Tuesday’s Look-a-Like Day. “My brother and I ended up buying some of the same clothes a long time ago, so it was easy to match today,” said senior Stormm Byers.  Teachers even got in on the fun, with science instructors Justin Olsen and Chris Armitage matching each other.

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Hallway Decorating Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:07:31 +0000 The hallway spirit contest started during the holiday season continues into Winterfest, with teachers participating in door and hallway decorating. The third floor has basketballs with players’ names hanging from the ceiling along with inspiring messages for the team hanging on each of their hallway windows. The team will play Niles on Friday, who narrowly defeated the Huskies the night of junior Myles Johnson’s compound-fracture injury.

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Driving Safely Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:04:10 +0000 Spirit Week kicked off with a whole-school assembly  from the national Save a Life tour. The presentation focused on the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, and after the presentation, juniors spent the day in simulators intended to replicate impaired driving and texting while driving.

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