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

Heratstopper has quickly become a beacon of LGBTQ+ representation in the media, and has drawn in plenty of teenage fans.

Review: Say ‘Hi’ to ‘Heartstopper’

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor May 20, 2022

"Heartstopper" came out on April 22, 2022 after people had been waiting since it had been announced. It’s wildly popular due to the iconic comics that center around teenagers finding who they are and...

Johnny Depps defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard began in April and has only become more dramatic each day.

Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

On May 16, actor Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard entered its sixth week in a Virginia court. Depp is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for $50 million over an interview with...

Influencers on social media found their platform because of their privilege. Because of their wide reach, they have a responsibility to spread good — not bad — using their influence.

Opinion: Influence is a privilege

Bee Myers, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

Back in 2020, celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres compared quarantine to “being in jail,” even though she lives in a $21 million home with pools and a big yard. Multiple social media influencers and celebs...

On April 25, Telsa CEO Elon Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter for around $44, causing many to wonder how the platform would change — and whether such a deal is ethical.

Opinion: Elon Musk buying Twitter could do more harm than good

Bri Quast, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

“Free speech is the bedrock of functioning democracy,” billionaire Elon Musk tweeted on Monday, April 25, the day Twitter announced his ownership of it, “and Twitter is the digital town square where...

Trends from the 1980s and 90s have become popular again this year — including some trends that have been deemed unfashionable for decades, like mullets and socks with sandals.

Back in style

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer May 6, 2022

It's not uncommon for fashion trends taking a nostalgic turn. Recently, trends from the 1980s and '90s are reappearing in pop culture as current generations reclaim these looks. Throwback trends...

Though the movie was released in the 1980s, the movie “Say Anything” has become a cult classic that captures the trials of teenage love and the complexities of high school.

Groovy Movies: Senior cinema

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor May 4, 2022

Over the years, pop culture has captured the stress, drama and anxiety of the end of the high school. Here are five films that seniors will relate to before they toss their caps. Some of them are funny,...

Ride your wave explores feelings of love and loss in a whimsacal story about the ocean.

Groovy Movies: There you are

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor April 25, 2022

"Ride Your Wave" is a 2019 Japanese animated film that explores themes of love, loss and what it’s like to live even when the person you love the most isn’t around anymore.  The movie follows the...

With references to Sonic games and pop culture this movie is for everyone, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a film that both longtime and new fans will enjoy.

Review: Gotta go fast

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director April 20, 2022

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is the long awaited sequel of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie released in 2020. After teasing the introduction of new characters, fans have anxiously awaited the movie's premiere....

Inventing Anna tells the story of one of Americas biggest frauds, Anna Delvey.

Review: A flawless fraud

Beth Brackmann, Freshman Correspondant April 18, 2022

“Inventing Anna” has been on Netflix’s “Top Ten”  for weeks, also rising to the number one spot of The Nielsen’s  “Top Ten Streaming” this show has brought new people into the world of...

Released on April 1, Unlimited Love is the 12th studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Review: Unlimited run time

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor April 8, 2022

The Red Hot Chili Peppers rose to fame in the 80s, and were one of the first bands to mix tones of funk and rock. Some of their biggest hits include “Under the Bridge” released in 1991 and “Califorication”...

Though movies like The Hunger Games can be thrilling rides, Suzanne Collinss book uses slower pacing to develop stronger characters and deeper emotions.

Opinion: Don’t judge a book by its movie

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

It's an age-old debate that was never really a debate to begin with: Which is better — the book or the movie? Though some people find the speed of movies more enjoyable and enjoy that films often require...

The publishing industry has not historically supported literature written by women. In the wake of Womens History Month, its important to honor the contribuions of women in this creative field.

Review: Four books by written by women to read this Women’s History Month

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor April 5, 2022

March was women's history month. Here are some quality books written by women who are people of color, queer, or made a difference in the world of writing. All of these authors are talented and influential...

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