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Not every student becomes valedictorian or gets a full-ride scholarship to the school of their choice. Students who fly under the radar, though, still have a stories to tell, and still cherish their memories at MCHS.

Under the radar

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor May 10, 2021

High school is characterized by a multitude of experiences, flashes of memory in the minds of the people that were witness to them. Some of these memories stand out against the rest. Most, however, fade...

Though teachers at MCHS report that most students are wearing the masks correctly in their classroom, many students report that it has become a problem in the hallways — and data provided by administration seems to verify that student mask use has become worse since spring break.

Is mask use slipping?

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

The halls are crowded as students walk in, seeing their friends from the other half of the alphabet for the first time in almost a year. Spirits are high until they walk into class and see students with...

MCHS teachers received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine in February, and their second in March during mass vaccination days at Woodstock North High School.

Take your shot

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor May 5, 2021

Teachers lined up and down the Woodstock North High School gym on February 12 awaiting their first COVID vaccine, nerves flying high as they inched closer to the front. “Nervous doesn't quite describe...

Ciara Duncan poses with her collection of Squishmallows, which have become rarer as they've become more and more collectable.

Essay: Searching for Squishmallows

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor May 3, 2021

Squishmallows; what are these cute, fuzzy, squishy stuffed animals we’ve let into our hearts and homes? For me, my newfound love for Squishmallows has raised a lot of questions from my friends and family....

Throughout the pandemic, teachers have had to shift their practices many times between asynchronous remote learning, synchronous remote learning, and various hybrid learning models. This has been difficult for them as well as their students, but all of them have persevered and grown.

The teacher becomes the student

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor April 30, 2021

A classroom is filled with chatter as the students within it settle into their seats. The bell rings, and a teacher scrambles to get the classroom under control. They begin class, narrating a slideshow...

Freshman Daniel Thomas stands outside of West Campus with his Greentastic climate agreement. Thomas penned the agreement with environmental club in an attempt to make a positive change at MCHS.

Making the world a greener place

Kaitlyn Wenzel and Ciara Duncan April 29, 2021

It is common knowledge that our world’s climate is drastically changing. People all over the planet have been trying to negate this, including MCHS freshman Daniel Thomas. As the head of the Environmental...

Dr. Jeff Prickett has been the principal of East Campus since 2017, and changed the culture of the building in many ways. Pricket will continue to put relationships at the forefront as he becomes the principal of both the upper and lower campuses starting during the 2021-22 school year.

Defining greatness

Kaitlyn Wenzel and Ciara Duncan April 26, 2021

What makes a principal great? Is it their school spirit, their commitment to educating the future generations, or the way they demonstrate leadership to their colleagues? Only Dr. Jeff Prickett, principal...

Many students are feeling a little extra anxious returning to school after spending th last year hiding behind a camera.

Behind the mute button

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director April 22, 2021

It is March of 2020. A student sits in class, writing down some notes, when it’s announced that classes will be cancelled for two weeks. The student is so relieved, but then they find out it’s not...

Organized by Heidie Dunn, an English teacher at East Campus, MCHS's version of

Putting on a show

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor March 25, 2021

A student hits the play button on a video for their English assignment. Their own teachers who are now characters in the classic “Romeo and Juliet” are performing the play for their students. Although...

Students who have waited patiently for COVID to loosen its grip are excited to start their athletic seasons. But is the combination of short seasons and new learning schedules too much for them?

Overworked

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

A student athlete returns home from her volleyball game to a messy bedroom and piles of homework. She sighs in defeat, already exhausted, but has to push through. As the clock races into morning hours,...

Empty, socially distant desks wait in the West Campus south foyer for students to sit and eat their lunches — one of many ways the past year felt different to students.

One year later

Emma Snyder, Madison Harvey, and Mackenzie Sroka March 12, 2021

SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as coronavirus or COVID-19, has completely turned the world upside down. What started as a distant virus spreading through China quickly became a global pandemic. The world...

Now that marijuana is legalized in the state of Illinois, some adolescents have more casual exposure to the drug, and many wonder if the benefits their adult family some enjoy could also apply to them.

Unlikely relief

Elle Smith, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

18-year-old Alexa wakes in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. She was having a flashback from her traumatic childhood that would send shivers down anyone’s spine. It happened fairly often, sometimes...

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