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

The McHenry Messenger

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

The McHenry Messenger

Usher performs during halftime of Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Usher at the Super Bowl

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 28, 2024

This year's Super Bowl viewers saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in only the second overtime game in Super Bowl history, the Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift love story playing out...

The Last of Us Part ll has been released, but it has left followers questioning the quality presented in the second part.

Review: “The Last of Us Part II” is good but flawed

Zach Benton, Staff Writer February 20, 2024

The year is 2020, and the world is in a hard lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The only thing keeping you connected to the other people around you is a phone and the internet. You wake up one...

The 2023 movie review is in and there was lots of fan favorites and memorable messages within the top picked movies.

Review: The movies that made 2023

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director February 13, 2024

2023 was a year of monumental movie making. Many believe that this is another Renaissance after years of exceptional movies. With a high bar set by 2023 movies, the new year has big ideas and expectations...

Saltburn, the drama/thriller starring Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan, contains many controversial scenes.

Review: You’re a moth

Aika Villa, Page Designer February 8, 2024

Weird movies are the best. They have the best acting, weirdest and most interesting plot, a wild card ending, and always the talk of the town. The film “Saltburn” is considered one of these weird yet...

Disneys Steamboat Willie rendition of Mickey Mouse has officially become public domain as its copyright protection has expired after over 95 years.

In the public’s hands

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer February 5, 2024

In 1928, the future of animation was changed with the release of the first Mickey Mouse short “Plane Crazy” created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. 96 years later, that short, along with the ones that...

Studio Ghibli released a new movie on December 8 titled The Boy and The Heron, following the story of a boy who, after losing his mother, is transported to another world.

Review: New Studio Ghibli movie exceeds expectations

Michalina Sotka, Print Managing Editor February 2, 2024

The much awaited new Studio Ghibli movie, “The Boy and the Heron” premiered in theaters on Dec. 8, meeting all the expectations of many Studio Ghibli fans. It was emotional, relatable, and beautiful...

Host Jo Koy arrives for the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

One to remember 

Lola Cassidy, Online Managing Editor February 1, 2024

This year’s Golden Globes was hosted by comedian and actor Joseph Glenn Herbert, known as Jo Koy. Koy’s presentation at the Golden Globes has gained mixed reviews from celebrities and civilians alike. According...

2023 was filled with many albums and music. Each month had their own best releases, but there are a few artists and songs that have stood out over the year as a whole.

2023: A year in review

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 11, 2024

2023 is coming to a close and it has been an eventful year. “A Tale As Old As Time”, “The Spongebob Musical”, summer break, football season, a red carpet homecoming– as we approach first semester...

Matthew Patrick, creator of Game Theory known as MatPat online, announced he will be stepping down from his YouTube career after 13 years.

The final theory

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director January 10, 2024

Information addict and creator of “Game Theory,” and other channels under the Theory brand MatPat released a heartfelt goodbye video stating he will be stepping down from his YouTube career after 13...

Dreams YouTube channel, where he is best-known for posting Minecraft playthrough videos, has also become a place where he posts videos addressing his alleged bad behavior.

YouTube’s Dream and “Gumball” voice actor feud

Paulina Borowski, Social Media Manager December 21, 2023

Tension and verbal feuds are not rare within the realm of entertainment. Many celebrities, actors, streamers, and content creators have found themselves in a moment of heated debate either verbally or...

In the movie The Polar Express, the main character and his friends as Santa prepares to take off and deliver presents. Movies like The Polar Express have become childhood staples for many at MCHS

Review | Top 5 Christmas movies to binge this weekend

Ellie Henry, Staff Writer December 20, 2023

During the holiday season, snuggling up with a blanket and a movie is perfect. Many watch Christmas movies with family and friends to spread the holiday cheer. Here are The Messenger’s top five movies...

On December 20th, Disney is set to release Percy Jackson and The Olympians, a show based on Rick Riordans beloved fantasy series.

“Didn’t want to be a half-blood”

Maggie Demski, Copy Editor December 15, 2023

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a beloved book series that many people of all ages enjoy. It is now being turned into a TV show that is being released on Dec. 20. “Demigod Percy Jackson leads...

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