The McHenry Messenger

Essay: Defending democracy

Weeks after the 2020 election—and after Democratic candidate Joe Biden was announced the winner of the presidential race—political signs still adorn neighborhoods throughout McHenry.
Ciara Duncan, Features Editor November 24, 2020

America is a democracy. Its citizens enjoy free thought, free will, and a free country. That's what makes the U.S. great; people are allowed to believe what they want to believe. That is, of course, until...

Pets of the pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has lead to many people looking for a fur-ever friend, but has also made it more difficult to take care of pets.
MJ Smit, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Two dogs named Dudley and Chloe play around outside. They get brought in and not long after play with their humans, but Chloe’s too tired to play. Dudley romps around with his human, but only for a little...

The heartbeat of democracy

Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School on November 3. Poll workers around the country, including in McHenry County, helped ensure that Election Day go more smoothly than many expected.
Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer November 18, 2020

Election Day is the most widely and arguably important time of the year for millions of Americans around the nation. The time that changes the course of the country for the next four years and a time that...

Lost in translation

An enormous text book sits on an MCHS students desk waiting to be cracked open. Because of remote learning, though, some students haven't had the energy or motivation to participate in their classes.
Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

A student sits with their back slouched in a chair. They stare at the screen blankly as the teacher assigns yet another piece of homework that they have no motivation to do. Running their hands through...

Businesses on the brim

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many local small businesses hard, one of those hard hit businesses being The Bike Haven in McHenry Illinois.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 16, 2020

As the government continues to close businesses for the safety of citizens, many stores and restaurants are finding themselves in a difficult situation; stay open and risk getting citizens and workers...

Voting first, voting historically

Signs for local Illinois elections advertise candidates for senate, county board, and other national causes. First time voters around the country cast their ballots in this historical election on November 3.
Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter November 12, 2020

This year has included many firsts, and for many seniors at MCHS, this has included their first time being able to vote in any presidential election. Most Americans considered this year's election as...

Calculations and compassion

Sitting at his desk, Lukas reinvents what teaching math looks like with the use of digital technology.
Madison Harvey, Contributing Writer November 5, 2020

Mr. Andrew Lukas sits at his desk, ready to log onto Zoom for another day of classes. This day, like any other, will pose new challenges for him. Virtual learning is uncharted territory, and many teachers...

Like broccoli

Hilary Agnello poses with the McHenry High School Warriors logo. Agnello is the Varsity volleyball coach, a math interventionist, and a teacher on special assignment.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 23, 2020

The morning is chilly and brisk, and as the leaves start to change color, the reality of autumn sets in. Hillary Agnello puts her car in park and strides up to the front door of a truant student’s house....

No justice, no peace

Donning masks, MCHS students protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis cop during a Black Lives Matter protest at Veterans Memorial Park in McHenry. Floyd's death has sparked several protests in McHenry County, all of them peaceful.
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor June 4, 2020

A McHenry teenager lays a blank poster board on their table, thinking of the right words to say in a situation where there are no words that can express how they feel. Today, they make a picket sign to...

Young professionals

Senior Kaili Wegner sells her handmade earrings locally and donates 50% of the proceeds to local organizations. She is one of a handful of seniors who has started a small business during the shelter-in-place order.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

For seniors, graduation marks the end of high school, an unforgettable period of their lives full of challenges and triumphs. But it also marks the beginning of their professional lives and careers. However,...

Lifting spirits one care package at a time

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor May 12, 2020

A senior stares at their Chromebook, heaving a heavy sigh. These last few months are important to them, with events like prom, and the jump from high school life into their future. But due to the current...

The kindness of coronavirus

The shelter-in-place order has been the source of much bad news — from a crashing economy to cancelled graduations. Despite this, both student and community groups are trying to give back and make the most out of difficult circumstances.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 6, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone. Stuck at home, six feet apart, everyone is feeling its effects. With so many cancelations and disappointments, many people are finding it difficult...

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