McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

No McHenry Pit signs have been appearing in front of houses all over McHenry. There have been many city council meetings to discuss whether or not there will be a gravel pit behind the McHenry Outdoor Theater.

Have you seen the signs?

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor September 11, 2023

A large open field next door to neighborhoods, schools and a local business might soon be the location of a massive gravel pit that some residents worry will be hazardous to their health.  This summer,...

For the second year in a row, MCHS hosted a trip to Washington D.C. for veterans as part of Honor Flight. The trip entailed veterans viewing memorials in the nations capital and being recognized for their service.

Found family

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer September 8, 2023

Listen to this audio story by clicking the play button below. The sun shines through the white crape myrtle trees at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. The sounds of feet pacing through the gravel...

The culinary kitchen has undergone construction and been remodeled for students to utilize this school year.

Now we’re cooking

Lily Adams, Staff Writer September 5, 2023

As hallways empty and first period gets underway, the first class enters the new culinary kitchen. Their minds are blown away. The once wooden, crammed classroom has become a stainless steel masterpiece....

Daisy Lomeli address at the Class of 2023 on Saturday at McCracken Field.

The final goodbye

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

Daisy Lomeli walks up to the mic knowing she has the weight of the graduation speech on her hands. Wiping her palms she takes the microphone and gets ready to say one last goodbye to the people she's grown...

When a student needs extra help with homework or someone to vent to, MCHSs teacher often make the time and give support as needed.

A step further

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer May 24, 2023

Listen to this audio story by clicking the play button below. The McHenry Messenger · A Step Further   Students universally struggle with school, like any other part of life. Although challenges...

The Class of 2023 throws their caps at the end of the graduation ceremony at McCracken Field on May 20 — the first combined graduation held on the newly-renovated football field.

Defining the Class of 2023

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 23, 2023

The class of 2023 has been described as the “torch bearers.” The class that carried every group, every club, and every sport through the pandemic. This final year has been their only normal, uninhibited...

The Coventry Corporate Center in Crystal Lake houses many facilities to help adolescents improve their mental health, including
Ascension Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health.

Coping mechanisms

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer May 23, 2023

Tamara Barrera goes to the office at 7:30 a.m. She checks her emails, looks at the schedule and gets everything ready when the first child walks in at 8 a.m. A half hour later, when all the children are...

Despite a state law that says A student may not be issued a monetary fine or fee as a disciplinary consequence, students at MCHS continue to receive tickets from the McHenry Police Department for their behavior in school.

Still fine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 19, 2023

Walking through the halls, a McHenry High School student notices fighting near the bathrooms. In response, a school resource officer nearby issues adjudication citations, or tickets, to the students. All...

Leveling up

Leveling up

Messenger Staff May 12, 2023

Four years ago, the McHenry Messenger was a student publication that needed help. For decades, MCHS did not have a student newspaper and, during its first semester, the publication struggled to launch.  Four...

Some seniors may seem older and wiser, but they started in the same place that every freshman did — uncertain, confused and overwhelmed. By surviving four years of high school, the Class of 2023 has earned the privilege to give out some of their wisdom.

Advice to the next generation

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor May 12, 2023

Students at the Freshman Campus are getting ready for the next step. Going from middle school to high school was hard, but being a new kid in a second new high school is just as nerve wracking. A year...

A person holds a sign reading Protect Trans People as LGBTQ activists protest on March 17, 2023, in front of the US Consulate in Montreal, Canada, calling for transgender and non-binary people be admitted into Canada. - According to police services, some 200 people gathered in the rain to show support for the trans community in the United States.

The campaign against identity

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor May 1, 2023

Law after law gets the stamp of approval. From Florida to Tennessee to Utah, bills are being passed that harm the LGBTQ+ community in one way or another. Some of the bills target all LGBTQ+ people, but...

At the beginning of the school year, MCHS introduced digital IDs and hall passes in an effort to curb bad behavior. At the end of the school year, data suggests that the new systems are helping students make better decisions.

The new digital norm

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer April 21, 2023

As the school year comes to an end, students and staff at MCHS are reevaluating whether the new online passes and ID known as Minga and MyHomework really work. Both students and staff have gotten used...

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