The McHenry Messenger

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 go protest police brutality and use their white privilege to amplify the words “Black lives matter...

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, some seniors have already had the beginning; they took initiative to start up small businesses. ...

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 pandemic and quarantine, these final moments have been tarnished. With their last stretch of high...

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 to remain quarantined.  But coronavirus has also brought good out in people. It’s brou...

Low battery

When students showed up for the first day of the 2019-20 school year, they had no idea they would be asked to learn from home for the last two months of the school year. The transition to digital learning overwhelmed some students, who lost their motivation to learn as an outcome.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

May 1, 2020

A student wakes up to the alarm they set for 11:30 a.m. to check into their Schoology classes before noon so that they are counted in attendance. After checking in they go right back to sleep and don’t wake up for four more hours. Since they are not going back to school physically this semester, they...

Taking a toll

For some, social distancing and digital learning has provided flexibility and made life easier. For others, not being able to friends, talk to teachers, or follow a routine has impacted mental health in profoudly negative ways.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

On Friday, March 15, MCHS announced it would be shutting down for a week and beginning online classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Shortly after, it became apparent that the school would not be reopening any time soon. When the original plan was to have one week off school due to COVID-19, students...

Parenting in a Pandemic

Though digital learning has been stressful for many students, parents have also had a tough job during shelter-in-place. Many parents are balancing a job from home with the demands of parenting, and many have even lost their jobs.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

An MCHS parent wakes up early to coordinate a work schedule from home. They have to work around their teenage daughter who has digital learning days. However, they work as a team so that they do not get in each other’s way while they are working. Parents are effectively rearranging their daily lives...

Keeping busy

Though many people stuck in their homes are binge watching Netflix, others, like Alison Anthony, are taking on fulfilling new skills like crocheting.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 24, 2020

As sophomore Alison Anthony sits at home during quarantine, she thinks about what she could do to pass time and cure her boredom. She could practice guitar, or finish her Schoology assignments, or go for a walk. Instead, she decides she was going to learn something new, thus starting her newest way to...

Take cover

As social distancing continues — and supplies dwindle — health experts and politicians debate whether or not face covering should be required in public — or if they prevent catching the virus at all.

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

When people have to leave their homes, go to the grocery store or pick up dinner, their fear of contracting COVID-19 is real. Many do keep their distance, but most still don’t wear masks. All it takes is one person to cough or sneeze on an object, and for another unsuspecting person to touch that object bef...

An honor from home

Even during a pandemic and closed schools, MCHS's social science department continues to recognize students who are working hard despite the unprecedented circumstances.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

It’s another digital learning day during quarantine and a MCHS student wakes up prepared and focused to accomplish all their assignments. To their surprise, they have been nominated student of the month by their AP Human Geography teacher. MCHS's social science teachers believe that it is valuable...


Though most people are practicing social distancing by working at home, others considered

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 15, 2020

An MCHS student lets out a shaky breath as she pulls her ponytail through the opening in the back of her uniform hat. As she pulls a blue latex glove over her freshly-washed, frail fingers, she closes her eyes and whispers prayers to keep her healthy and safe. She clocks into her shift and places a headset...

The bright side of coronavirus

Though social distancing guidelines have created a lot of stress for students and their families, many in the community have been able to see the silver lining of these unprecedented circumstances.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

During this time of panic, fear, pain, and uncertainty that the entire world has been throw into, it can be hard to find the good in all of it. However, that good does exist. From slowing down to spending more time with family to helping others, many people in our community have been able to see the...