The McHenry Messenger

Academic Team: A Place Where “No Knowledge is Useless Knowledge”

Academic Team: A Place Where “No Knowledge is Useless Knowledge”

Sydney Murrin, Editor - West Campus

May 22, 2019

Many students complain that most of the information they learn in high school they will never use again. However, students on the academic team need all the knowledge they can get to be successful. Many might raise the question, "What is the academic team?" or "What do they do?", as it isn’t a ...

New “lift” in MCHS Strength Program

New “lift” in MCHS Strength Program

Peyton Atwater, Staff Reporter - West Campus

May 2, 2019

McHenry West Campus has brought new attention and recognition to a program many thought was irreparable. Thanks to a select group of teachers and students, the strength program at MCHS has brought new opportunities and pride not just to MCHS, but to the McHenry community as a whole. From sport-regulate...

Teacher Takes Lead of Food for Thought Program

Teacher Takes Lead of Food for Thought Program

Travis Murray, Staff Writer - West Campus

May 2, 2019

When walking down the hallway, it is hard for students to tell which of their peers are thriving and which ones are not. Some struggles are difficult to detect, like hunger. In fact, some students dread going home on the weekends because they don’t have food. One teacher and her helpers want to make sur...

Tatted Up

Tatted Up

Maggie Morris, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2019

In this day and age, the younger generation is generally thought to be more accepting of various lifestyles and choices. This open-minded attitude extends to tattoos. Now more than ever, the world, and especially the workforce, is learning to be more accepting of tattoos and piercings in the work envir...

A Day in the Life of an MCHS Bus Driver

A Day in the Life of an MCHS Bus Driver

Naomi Castillo, Staff Reporter - West Campus

May 1, 2019

Vicki Johnson wakes up before the sun even rises at 4:30 a.m. to go down to feed her animals, making sure they’re all taken care of. After that, she gets herself ready by getting showered, changing and eating breakfast and heads out by 6 to the bus lot on Route 120 in McHenry, Ill. During the winter,...

Angela Cristo Hangs Up Her Cap and Gown

Angela Cristo Hangs Up Her Cap and Gown

Lani Boyle, Staff Reporter - West Campus

May 1, 2019

After 19 years in education, English teacher Angela Cristo has decided it's time to hang up her cap and gown and retire. Cristo has taught AP Language and Composition along with other classes, such as theater, throughout the past 19 years and has had a significant impact on her students and the distric...

Business Booming: Snapology Store One of Many New Options in Downtown McHenry

Business Booming: Snapology Store One of Many New Options in Downtown McHenry

May 1, 2019

In McHenry, many new businesses have opened up on Green Street. From restaurants to a do-it-yourself dog-wash, there are now numerous new services that are available. One of the new businesses in the area is Snapology, a play-place for kids that works with LEGO, robotics, science, technology, engineerin...

Counselor Juggles New Job, New Baby

Counselor Juggles New Job, New Baby

Delaney Kiernan, Staff Writer - West Campus

May 1, 2019

A warm inviting atmosphere is present as her room is approached. The room smells like vanilla and a warm ivory color coats the walls. Paintings of colorful succulents fill the walls. A bowl of pink Starbursts and Dove chocolate fill the fishbowl that lies on her desk. Her deep laugh can be heard ech...

West Graduate Hits High Note in Music Career

West Graduate Hits High Note in Music Career

Sydney Murrin, Editor

May 1, 2019

Dodging a crowd of people, lugging her suitcase behind her, recent McHenry West Campus graduate Mackenzie O’Brien weaves through the airport on her way to Nashville, T.N., where she is headed to write and record songs in hopes of establishing herself as a serious musician. For O’Brien, this is a pr...

McHenry Principal Seeks to Make Difference in Community

McHenry Principal Seeks to Make Difference in Community

May 1, 2019

Not knowing what to do with his life, he chose the one thing he thought he’d never do, become an educator. Now, with 15 years of principal experience, five years of teaching, and three years of being Dean of Students, Dr. Jeffry Prickett is ready to make his impact on the schools in McHenry. Pri...

Barrel Battle, An Incentive Based Program, Aims to Boost Student Engagement District-Wide

Andy Garrity, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

For those who don’t know, Barrel Battle is a competition between each grade level of students that involves getting points and prizes (on behalf of your class) for things such as acts of kindness, fewest tardies, and the recently added category of MORP attendance. Each month’s Barrel Battle competi...

College Life From a College Professor

College Life From a College Professor

Emma Snyder, Staff Reporter - West Campus

March 7, 2019

Walking through the door and into a new classroom for the first time can be a scary thing, especially when transitioning from high school to college. Luckily for students that attend McHenry County College, MCC aims to create a family atmosphere to help students feel more comfortable and relaxed when wa...