The McHenry Messenger

Breaking binaries

Breaking binaries

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

According to Webster Dictionary, the term nonbinary means, “being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.” Many nonbinary identifying people state that it is not that they hate their body, but that they feel uncomfortable being a...

Dedicated Warriors

Dedicated Warriors

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

November 14, 2019

Just recently at McHenry High School, Staff Member of the Month awards had been given out to one special member of the staff who have shown their hard work and dedication to the school. The winner at West Campus was the registrar/student services administrative assistant, Sally Hepner. At East Campus, i...

What really makes us happy?

What really makes us happy?

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

A recent survey conducted by the Harvard asked millennials what their most prominent life goals and aspirations were, this study concluded that 80% wanted to be rich and 50% wanted to be famous. Unlike previous generations, Gen Z’s biggest goal is fame or something similar to it. Additionally, ...

Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Veterans come from every walk of life and after their service, they have hundreds of paths they can follow. Some of them become teachers.  All of them served, but none of their experiences were the same. Every veteran feels differently about their military experiences. Some are very open about their past ...

The Trump impeachment inquiry—what you need to know

The Trump impeachment inquiry—what you need to know

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

According to the United States Constitution, “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” President Donald Trump is currently being investigated...

Bark and bite

Bark and bite

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

November 7, 2019

After school ends, junior Kristen Bulanda enters a room full of German Shepherd puppies. She has already taught them basic obedience, but today begins the special part of her training. Wearing a protective sleeve on one arm, she begins to irritate the puppies, making them bite at her protected arm. Whil...

Spooky, scary town staple

Spooky, scary town staple

Stacy Correra, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

The wooden cart bumps down the path of Deadwood Forest as the smell of hay and truck exhaust fills the air. A teen-aged girl stands in the back of the truck that pulls the cart, telling the passengers the story of the forest, and all the spooky things that live in it, sending shivers down the passen...

Creepy creativity

Creepy creativity

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

October 31, 2019

On a windy fall day, Piper Spengel enters her local Halloween store with excitement. She looks around with a sharp eye at every costume and accessory possible. With no clear plan on what to dress up as, Spengel looks for various items in the store to spark inspiration, and eventually the lightbulb go...

Discipline and determination

Discipline and determination

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

October 23, 2019

Liam Krater walks into the dojo to begin another day of karate practice. After some basic warm-ups, the group begins to work on either their forms, known as kata, or their sparring techniques, known as kumite. Krater remains focused, putting his all into the day’s practice. It seems demanding, but he know...

Playing rough

Playing rough

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer

October 22, 2019

It was a Wednesday night during the Homecoming power puff game, and McCracken Field's lights shined down on the East and West Campus seniors. At around the third quarter, Madison Loewe fell to the ground as a girl on the opposing team fell on her and her leg. As this happened, Loewe's teammate Kylee O’Brie...

A hidden treasure

A hidden treasure

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

On weekday mornings, Natallia Anderson works her shifts at the Hidden Pearl coffee shop. She smells the strong roasted coffee, and warm hot chocolate, but focuses on her job—talking through a wide grin behind the register. She trains to be a barista with Alta Krischer, one of the shop owners. Cust...

New face in a new place

New face in a new place

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

Senior Nicholas Leproni was just following in his dad's footsteps when he walked into a travel agency and decided to move across the world for ten months. Born in the city of Torino, Italy to an Italian father and a Dutch mother, Leproni always knew he would end up traveling at some point or another. "[...