The McHenry Messenger

All that jazz

All that jazz

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

February 21, 2020

After a long day of school, the cast and crew of the spring musical gather in the auditorium for the beginning of a three-hour rehearsal. Everyone rushes around preparing for the rehearsal ahead. After stretching and getting warmed up to practice for the dance-heavy musical, the cast begins to work on perf...

Fresh ink

Fresh ink

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

February 19, 2020

An MCHS student anxiously waits in the chair at their local tattoo parlor. They had made this appointment ages ago, and today was finally the day — their 18th birthday. The artist shows the student the drawing for approval, who struggles to contain their excitement. They lay the stencil on the des...

In with the new

In with the new

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Students were stressed about an upcoming test in Independent living, so Megan Edwards pulled out a box of markers and helped the students make stress balls. As the students worked on their study guides, she put the renowned show Friends on in the background. Then, she walked around answering everybo...

Passion for fashion

Passion for fashion

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

February 11, 2020

Once he finishes meeting with the new client and getting sketches finalized, French teacher and East Campus drama director Andrew Hillier begins his work. After countless hours spent draping cotton and completing the different segments, he can begin to fully piece together the soon-to-be dress and wow th...

Customer Servants

Customer Servants

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

February 7, 2020

A teenager clocks into her job, dreading the next six hours of her life. She puts her uniform over her head, and tops it off with the mandatory hat that always makes her hair look unwashed after she wears it for too long. She takes a deep breath, reminds herself that it’s all for the paycheck, and with ...

Sing it loud

Sing it loud

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

February 3, 2020

Standing behind the curtain, the band waits to be introduced by the emcees before they can start performing. The time leading up to the performance has been full of excitement and anxiety, but now it’s in full force. As the curtain begins to open, applauds filling the room to eagerly welcome the band,...

The reading rivalry

The reading rivalry

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

Throughout the day, Cheryl Myers works diligently in West's new and improved  library. During study hall hours, Myers reminds students to focus on their academics, and she tries to persuade them to check-out books for one of the spirit barrel competitions.  Myers’ job as a librarian at MCHS requires...

Touching hearts and minds

Touching hearts and minds

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Teachers impact their students every day and leave lasting imprints. Oftentimes teachers are in-turn inspired by their students. The same is true for Adjusted Learning Program teacher, Rachel Hanson. She works to provide her students not only with the education they require but the skills they need for a ...

Leaps and bounds forward

Leaps and bounds forward

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

January 24, 2020

The MCHS varsity dance team stepped out towards the center of the West Main Gym on January 15. The crowd filled the available half of the gym, and clearly showed passion as applause overwhelmed the room. Silence fell as the team got into formation and the crowd watched intently as “Scars to Your Be...

Keeping the machine running

Keeping the machine running

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

Running a school can be thought of as running a well-oiled machine. The machine is made up of many parts, some obvious, some not. But, if just one of those parts doesn’t work, the entire machine breaks down. West Campus IT Support Leanna Anderson is one of those parts. Describing herself as a teacher, Anderson sp...

More than Christmas

More than Christmas

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

December 20, 2019

Not everyone celebrates Christmas this time of year. With all the diversity in MCHS, it’s important to highlight those students who have other merry traditions and the other holidays that make this time of year happy.  

Battling student homelessness

Battling student homelessness

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

December 19, 2019

A homeless MCHS student sleeps on a friend’s couch. The student wraps themself in a warm knitted blanket, tirelessly finishing their “homework” while their friend’s family dozes off into the night. Ruby and her family traveled from Florida to the Midwest, and their new living situation in...