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Homecoming court members pose during the Homecoming parade on September 29 outside of McCracken Field.
Gallery: Homecoming parade and spirit rally
October 1, 2021

The first Homecoming parade and sprit rally since 2019 took place at McCracken Field on September 29. Students decked out in hard hats and construction tape from different athletics,...

Students enjoy a new sense of freedom and control of their learning environments within the new blended learning model during 7th period on September 17.
Upper Campus expands blended learning opportunities
September 17, 2021

MCHS’s Upper Campus started blended learning on September 7 in order to increase learning opportunities for students. Under this learning model, students decide where they...

The marching band leads the varsity football team toward McCracken Field before the first home game of the season on September 3.
Gallery: March of the Warriors
September 9, 2021

On Friday, the varsity and frosh-soph football teams played at McCraken field hosting Huntley. The dance team, marching band and color guard led the team to the field before...

Masked American Studies students work on an assignment together on August 27 in room 289 at the Upper Campus. Governor Pritzkers mandate will impact both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff, but will not change the policy already put in place.
Governor reinstates Illinois mask mandate
August 30, 2021

Governor JB Pritzker reinstated the Illinois mask mandate on Thursday, August 26. People in Illinois are now required to wear their mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.  Due...

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Over the years, finals have only caused more stress — and damaged final grades that students worked so hard for. Thankfully, MCHS cancelled this years final — but will they eliminate them for good?
Opinion: The final straw
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor • May 21, 2021

After a hard year of work, the last week of school should be for students to relax and enjoy the end of the year. However, the reality for most students will be cramming information...

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Summer is right around the corner, which means that boredom is as well. These are our picks of movies to fend off that boredom for the first few days of summer break.
Groovy Movies: Countdown to summer
Kennedy Tetour, Art Director • May 21, 2021

With the school year coming to a close and summer break just around the corner, MCHS students are mere days away from months of daytime movie watching bliss. These top four...

Released on April 23, “Demon Slayer—Kimetsu no Yaiba—The Movie: Mugen Train” has become the highest-grossing Japanese film in history, likely due to its action-packed plot and its gorgeous artwork.
Honed to perfection
May 15, 2021
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Cara Vandermyde embraces differences and encourages growth and acceprance in her classroom and within the MCHS community.
Unafraid to fail
Josie Cable, Staff Writer • October 8, 2021

Sitting at her desk, Cara Vandermyde talks with one of her students who has been struggling. While she has much on her plate being an English teacher and activities director, she's always there to help...

The juniors and seniors face off during the Homecoming Powderpuff football game on September 29 at McCracken Field.
Clash of the classes
October 1, 2021
After an unprecedented school year in 2020-21, many students were hoping to ditch mask-wearing this year. Though a September protest planned at MCHS was poorly attended, others might be planned later in the school year.
The protest that wasn't
September 29, 2021
On September 11, 2001, many of MCHSs teachers were in the classroom—some as teachers, others as students. Each one of them still remembers that fateful day.
A turning point
September 11, 2021
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Andrew Hoffman talks with teammates during the Homecoming football game against Dundee-Crown.
Gallery: Homecoming football
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer • October 12, 2021

The varsity and frosh-soph A football teams played Dundee-Crown on October 1 at McCracken Field for the Homecoming football game. Warrior Nation dressed for the theme of construction...

The varsity team strategize during half time against Grayslake North on September 16.
Gallery: Varsity boys soccer
September 24, 2021
The varsity football team meets in the shadows behind the stadium during halftime at the first home game of the season on September 3 at McCracken Field.
Coming home
September 10, 2021
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Mackenzie Sroka is a sophomore at McHenry High School's Upper Campus. She enjoys spending time with friends and in nature, traveling, and photography. This is Mackenzie's second year on the Messenger's...