The McHenry Messenger

At the frontline of coronavirus

At the frontline of coronavirus

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

While her daily routine usually consists of “organized chaos,” as of the past two weeks, ER nurse Lauren Horrocks says things have been “very busy.”  These are the startling words from a person who deals with “injuries and lacerations to severe life threatening problems like heart attacks...

The silent plague

The silent plague

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The bell rings at 6:00 a.m., prompting the awakening student to lazily silence the alarm quickly. Having stayed up to finish schoolwork, the student only managed a few hours of sleep. Everything feels groggy, and they wander throughout the halls like a zombie, barely able to focus or work well in class....

The freshman stigma

The freshman stigma

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 11, 2020

Making fun of freshmen almost seems like a tradition. Every single year, the freshman class seems more “annoying” than classes previously, but this is not always the case. Most freshmen and seniors agree that the stereotypes around the freshman class are not entirely accurate and do not apply to...

Safe in sound

Safe in sound

Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer

March 9, 2020

Students roaming around West Campus may hear faint singing as they approach the choir room. Students of all backgrounds and personalities feel welcomed as they walk into the room for choir. The acceptance and safety that the choir program provides for students is all made possible because of choir direc...

Redefining the norm

Redefining the norm

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

March 9, 2020

Painted nails, long hair, short hair, colorful outfits and flannels. All of these qualities and more are frequently identified by people as something specifically “belonging” to males or females. However, when people decide to do something that is associated with the other gender, it may often turn...

Wirth it

Wirth it

Ciara Duncan, Layout Editor

March 6, 2020

When parents enroll their child in a sport, it tends to either be a phase or become a lifelong passion. For West junior Ella Wirth, it just so happened to become the latter.  “My mom’s friend’s daughter played on [the Crystal Lake Tigers], so she took me. I watched the game and I immediately kne...

Glow all out

Glow all out

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

March 3, 2020

Saturday evening, an MCHS student eagerly enters the East Campus, heading towards the gym. They present the ticket purchased ahead of time, remembering to bring along the sunglasses provided with it, and hurry past the ticket booth into the gym. Once in, they’re surrounded by fog, bright neon lights cont...

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 ...