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anticlimactic excitement fills the air as students prepare for summer on the final day of the school year.
MCHS celebrates last day of school
May 25, 2021

Laughter rings through the halls as students walk out of their classes for the last time this school year. They walk with their friends while talking loudly about their summer...

The Class of 2021 celebrates their graduation during a senior parade on May 21. The parade started at East Campus and routed pasted McCracken Field.
Gallery: Senior parade
May 24, 2021

On Friday, May 21, graduates from the Class of 2021 lined up in the East Campus parking lot to participate in the parade. East's graduates started first at 6:30 p.m. and West 'sgraduates...

The Class of 2021 tosses their caps following their commencement ceremony on May 20 outside of East Campus. This was one of 14 separate graduation ceremonies held by East Campus.
Gallery: East and West graduation
May 24, 2021

On the week of May 20 and 21, both East and West Campuses held special graduation ceremonies. East Campus held three ceremonies in one evening, and West Campus had 14 ceremonies...

The class of 2018 celebrates following their graduation at East Campus. Because of COVID, cherished graduation traditions have been canceled or adapted to accommodate social distancing, but new traditions, like the senior parade, have been added.
Class of 2021 to graduate in small in-person ceremonies
May 12, 2021

Graduation for the class of 2021 will be held on May 20 and 21. Ceremonies for East and West campuses will be held separately in their respective Main Gyms.   East campus will...

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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
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 six...

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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The learning ledge on the second floor of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry waits for students fill its seats starting the 2021-22 school year — the first year that West Campus will be known as the Upper Campus.
Becoming one
Madison Harvey, Josie Cable, Mackenzie Sroka, and Kiera Loewe May 24, 2021

It is fall of 2022. A sophomore to the Upper Campus after coming from the Freshman Campus. As they navigate the school, they find and explore the recent extension — The Center for Science,...

West math teacher Emma Theel fills out forms for Kiss a Senior Goodbye, a Key Club event to make sure each senior leaves high school with a special note from a student. Theel has been Key Club advisor for 20 years.
The key to success
May 19, 2021
West Campus seniors work on assignments during the second to last week of their school year. Teachers and underclassmen will remember the Class of 2021 as one who persevered through difficulty — and handled it with grace.
Never forgotten
May 14, 2021
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Morgan Sellek catches a throw at second base during a varsity softball game at West Campus on April 14. Softball players are among those who are allowed to play without masks, according to guidance from the IHSA.
IHSA lifts mask restrictions for some sports
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer • May 17, 2021

As the runner makes the final lap around the track they push to get in front of the other runners. She breathes hard and thinks about finishing the race with a win. After...

The varsity football team huddles before a home game and stokes their team spirit against Huntley at McCracken Field on April 1. Several senior athletes at MCHS, including football players, intend to play college-level sports next year.
Next level
May 11, 2021
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