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

Students find their place cards during prom on April 29 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg.

A roaring recap

Kyla Henige, Features Editor May 23, 2022

As students scatter into the Schaumurg Renaissance Center, their senses are filled, maybe even overwhelmed. Strong scents of perfume and food fill the air, dueling with the loud music and excited chatter...

The McHenry Police Department is housed at the McHenry Municipal Center on Green St. The department has partnered with MCHS to send student resource officers to the school.

This is fine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 19, 2022

A McHenry High School student carrying an e-cigarette walks out of the bathroom when he notices a student resource officer staring right at him. Doing his job, the SRO issues a ticket to be resolved in...

AP tests always happen as the school prepares final projects, graduation and final exams, adding stress to a stressful time of year. But for many students, AP tests are worth it.

Advanced pressure

Bri Quast, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

AP testing time can mean extra stress on seniors who are already stressed out. From finishing up their college to-do lists, to last minute tests they have to do before school ends, the end of the year...

Many seniors have been waiting their whole childhood for graduation day. Other seniors, though, don’t feel as confident or certain about their path after high school and may even be scared to leave high school.

Fear of the unknown

Kyla Henige, Features Editor May 13, 2022

Walking into school freshman year, students are told “these next four years will fly by.” Rolling their eyes and chuckling, the freshman pay no attention.  Flash forward to their senior year, and...

Some of the seniors on the Messenger staff have been involved in the paper since its first year; others just joined this semester. Each one has impacted the publication in an impactful way.

The final edit

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager May 13, 2022

Two seniors sit next to each other in their first period class on the first day of school. One sits quietly, worried about the expectations that come with being a senior and the other stressors of the...

Last month, a jury in Wisconsin found 66 year old Linda La Roche guilty of first-degree intentional homicide after killing her housekeeper/nanny. The hours story takes place 23 years ago in McHenry.

Murder in McHenry

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer April 26, 2022

A 23-year-old missing persons case was closed in March after Linda Sue La Roche, a 63 year old nurse from McHenry, was convicted for the homicide of Peggy Lynn Johnson back in 1999. 23-year-old Peggy...

Senior Reese Vincent, GSAs president, says that recent bills aimed at restricting discussion of gender and sexual orientation in Florida classrooms are a reaction to society becoming more accepting of LGBTQ+ people.

To say or not say gay

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor April 14, 2022

As word about Florida and Texas' LGBTQ+ discriminatory bills spreads, so does anger and disappointment. Teenagers and adults alike worry about their future, knowing that states are attempting to erase...

Students lift weights during Anna Centellas Strength class on April 5 in the strength room at the Upper Campus.

Up lifting

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 7, 2022

A powerlifting student-athlete is under the heavy weight of what could be a new personal record. Powerlifting has pushed them to accomplish weights like never before, but it's this moment to push themselves...

The total numbers of behavior incidents between semester one at East Campus in 2019 and semester one the Freshman Campus in 2022 are comparable, which is notable because the school housed twice as many students before the pandemic.

Missed behavior

Kennedy Tetour and Freedom Tomasello April 7, 2022

Coming off of two years of a pandemic and a chaotic hybrid schedule last year, MCHS Upper Campus has faced some challenges in regards to controlling student behavior and attendance.  This school year...

Freshman basketball player Caleb Jett and freshman softball player Tatum Kornfeind are two of many freshmen who made varsity teams during this year’s athletic seasons.

Leveling up

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 6, 2022

A freshman races to see what team they were placed on for the upcoming sports season after the tough tryouts — varsity, it reveals. Their heart begins to beat faster with mixed emotions of fear and overwhelming...

Molara Fashola founded the BLACK club in hopes to create a more inclusive and supportive school community. All students are welcomed into the club as long as they are willing to listen, learn and denounce racism.

Including the excluded

Kyla Henige, Features Editor March 24, 2022

A new pilot club, the BLACK Club was formed by sophomore Oluwaseyi “Molara” Fashola as a way to spread unity and diversity through the MCHS. Pilot clubs are clubs that are in the process of becoming...

Ashley Nagel speaks to one of her freshman students during AIM on Mar. 18 in room 424 at the Freshman Campus.

Failure doesn’t define

Peyton Whelan, Contributing Writer March 18, 2022

The bell just rang and Ashley Nagel is sitting at her desk waiting for her Biology class to begin. As students make their way into the classroom she gazes over the class, seeing the familiar bright faces....

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