McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

The door of the College and Career Center at the Upper Campus advertises a variety of opportunities for juniors who are preparing to take the SAT this spring.
MCHS offers to cover cost of SAT test in early March for juniors
Vanessa Moreno, News Editor • January 27, 2023

Juniors can now get reimbursed for taking an additional SAT on March 11 at MCHS, a national testing site this year. The opportunity comes ahead of the state-mandated testing...

A school sign wishing students a Happy New Year is seen outside Richneck Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday.
First grade student injures teacher in Virginia school shooting
Tati Rubi, Staff Writer • January 24, 2023

A 6-year-old boy brought a handgun to school and shot his teacher in the middle of a lesson at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia on Jan. 6. The Virginia teacher was critically...

State Rep. Justin Slaughter celebrates after the chamber passed changes to the controversial criminal justice law known as the SAFE-T Act at the Illinois Capitol building on Dec. 1.
Controversial SAFE-T Act now in effect, portion ruled unconstitutional
Lydia Lawrence, Business Director • January 19, 2023

On Feb. 22, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the SAFE-T Act into law at Chicago State University. Parts went into effect on Jan. 1, and many have questioned the clarity and...

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Respect for Marriage Act during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022.
Biden signs bill protecting same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law
Tati Rubi, Staff Writer • December 22, 2022

Senate voted on Nov. 29 on a bill to codify the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage protections in the Respect for Marriage Act. The legislation repeals the Bill Clinton-era Defense...

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Beltran is a junior at the Upper Campus who learned how to speak a new language by listening to a variety of music, from pop and rap to rock and metal.
Humans of McHenry: Daniel Beltran Jr.
Savannah Drost, Staff Writer • January 24, 2023
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Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor • January 23, 2023
A player advances to the rim at the varsity girls basketball game against Grant Community High School on Jan. 14.
Gallery: Girls basketball youth game
Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor • January 18, 2023
Police tape hangs from a sign post outside Richneck Elementary School following a shooting on Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday. The teacher, a woman in her 30s, suffered “life-threatening” injuries and remains in critical condition.
Opinion: When will enough be enough?
Vanessa Moreno, News Editor • January 25, 2023

Not even a week into the new year, the United States hit a new low where six-year-olds are now threats in school settings. In Virginia, Richneck Elementary teacher Abigail...

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Young actors are often sexualized and harassed at a young age, which adds extra pressure onto their lives
Opinion: Young actors are subject to too much pressure
Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor • January 27, 2023

News article after news article scrolls past with headlines covering how childhood fame broke Hollywood stars.  Whether it is a disney star who turned to drugs or a nickelodeon...

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Signs that say You are not alone hang throughout MCHS, but not many students know what Erikas Lighthouse is or what sort of support they offer students who need help.
A beacon of hope
Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer • January 26, 2023

After a long day, a student walks into the restroom to hear one of their peers crying in the bathroom stall. They walk into the next stall open and when they close the door they see a paper taped to the...

Frau Annette Folien sits at her desk during AIM at the Freshman Campus on January 13. Folden teaches all four levels of German at both the Freshman and Upper Campuses.
To swim and not drown
January 20, 2023
Because of MCHSs student volunteers this holiday season, including those from Key Club and other service organizations, many children in the community will receive Christmas presents that might not have otherwise.
Santa's helpers
December 22, 2022
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Joesph Thome releases the bowling ball down the lane about to strike success at Raymonds Bowl on Jan. 11.
One match at a time
Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor • January 23, 2023

Staring down the pins sixty feet away, the ball releases from their hand. Smoothly gliding down the lane to the pins. The silence of anticipation is broken by the ball knocking...

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates scoring their teams third goal past Hugo Lloris of France during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022, in Lusail City, Qatar.
Beer, fans and glory
December 22, 2022
Nathaniel Wirch prepares to wrestle his opponent from Antioch during a varsity meet on Nov. 23 at Libertyville High School.
Working on wrestling
December 21, 2022
Lynette Alsot smiles as she hi-fives her teammates before a varsity volleyball game against Prairie Ridge on August 28 in the Freshman Campus main gym. Alsot, who also plays girls basketball, is the recipient of MCHSs High School Heisman this year.
The result
December 16, 2022
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