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The first Madrigal dinner post pandemic took place in the FC auditorium on Dec. 4, festivities included dinner,  show, and a magical enviornment.

Madrigal dinner tradition keeps on

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager December 6, 2021
MCHS keeps the tradition of the Madrigal Dinner alive for the 17th year
With East and West now combined into a single Upper Campus, the parking lot is more full than its ever been, inspiring Instagram accounts to capture the schools worst parking jobs.

Posting parking lot fails

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 30, 2021

The crazy parking lot brings plenty of stress to MCHS students. To lighten the mood and put a smile on students' faces, anonymous students have created MCHS Bad Parking Instagram pages to get some humor...

Students find a quiet place to work in the College Career Center at the Upper Campus on November 11. Named after District 156 Superintendent Dr. Ryan McTague, the space now houses the Upper Campuss counselors and student services division.

Looking forward

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 16, 2021

At MCHS’s Upper Campus, the new College and Career Center buzzes with activity. Representatives from colleges, careers, and the military, actively discuss their respective institutions. Students ask...

Though the devious lick trend has died down, schools all across the country — including MCHS — have given strict consequences to those students who break the rules for the sake of social media likes.


Hunter Blake, Contributing Writer November 15, 2021

A student walks down the hallway during their study hall period and goes into the bathroom, he makes sure no one is in the room before he looks at himself in the mirror and pulls his phone out to record...

Leadership in Action students play a team-building game during class on Nov. 2 in the hallways of the Upper Campus. These student leaders bring these games to the Freshmen Campus and play them during AIM once a week.

In the lead

Alayna Majkrzak, Feature Editor November 10, 2021

Smiles are evident all around the room when the seniors walk into the Freshman Campus for their weekly visit. Whether the seniors were helping out during pride camp or their weekly 35 minutes with their...

Senior Dillon Maciaszek, a member of the Warrior Weekly team, also stars in his own interview show called “Sour” in which he consumes progressively sour foods as the conversation progresses.

All things ‘sour’

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer November 9, 2021

In the broadcasting room, in front of the camera, sits Dillon Maciaszek, face puckered. Sour candy sitting in the room with his interviewee straight across from him.  Maciaszek’s series "Sour," a...

Activism Club meets twice a month to discuss issues related to social justice that directly impact students at MCHS.

Seeking change

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager November 5, 2021

A group of students sit in a classroom and are given the freedom to discuss whatever they want. They decide to focus on current events, specifically Columbus Day. They all talk about their views on the...

Though this year is Kenny Maiers first year as a security guard, he brings years of law enforcement experience to the job, including almost three decades with the Vernon Hills Police Department.

To serve and protect

Grace Hunt, Contributing Writer October 20, 2021

Kenny Maier sits behind his desk interrogating the student who stole the very chair he sits in. Maier knows this student is guilty, but asks the student anyways. The student denies it and stays quiet....

Cara Vandermyde embraces differences and encourages growth and acceprance in her classroom and within the MCHS community.

Unafraid to fail

Josie Cable, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

Sitting at her desk, Cara Vandermyde talks with one of her students who has been struggling. While she has much on her plate being an English teacher and activities director, she's always there to help...

The juniors and seniors face off during the Homecoming Powderpuff football game on September 29 at McCracken Field.

Clash of the classes

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

Junior Sarah Duginske walks onto the field to warm up for her first ever Homecoming Powderpuff football game that she can play in. She is filled with hope and excitement for the chance to beat the senior...

After an unprecedented school year in 2020-21, many students were hoping to ditch mask-wearing this year. Though a September protest planned at MCHS was poorly attended, others might be planned later in the school year.

The protest that wasn’t

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer September 29, 2021

An MCHS student opens up their Snapchat on September 9 to a story shared by their classmate. A student was planning to protest the use of masks at Upper Campus. Some students showed their support for the...

On September 11, 2001, many of MCHSs teachers were in the classroom—some as teachers, others as students. Each one of them still remembers that fateful day.

A turning point

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer September 11, 2021

September 11, 2001 was a turning point in history, and continues to be a day of remembrance, mourning, and loss for many. Every year, the U.S. honors the memory of the 2,977 people who died that day by...

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