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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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A day for the girls

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In a month characterized by sentimental Instagram posts, the corniest romance movies, and the loneliest of the lonely eating too many heart shaped chocolates, comes a holiday the ladies get to look forward...

Though vaping has become popular in the past few years, few have considered the effects of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 on people who vape.

Up in the air

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer February 19, 2021

Over the past year, COVID-19 has taken over many people’s lives around the world causing their social lives and day-to-day activities to come to a halt. However, a common activity that many teens and...

The rank of Eagle is the highest a Boy Scout can earn. Many MCHS students have received the rank over the years, including five in the past year alone.

Essay: Once an Eagle, always an Eagle

Joe Hissem, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

Becoming an Eagle Scout is one of the most important and highest awards a person can earn in the Boy Scouts of America. Out of all 130 million scouts, since its inception in 1911, only 4% have earned the...

MCHS sends a handful of graduating seniors into every branch of the military every year. Many staff members at East and West are veterans as well.

On to greater things

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

The grind of the second semester is a grueling and challenging time for most students, especially seniors on the cusp of graduation, faced with the stark realization that their high school career is quickly...

Colleen Eddy prepares for Mental Health Friday on February 10 in the dance room at West Campus.

Better help

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor February 12, 2021

A student sits in class, overwhelmed and unsure what to do. They have tons of homework and just need a period to rest. Days are stressful, especially with lots of homework and the current pandemic. Many...

Though he has played a variety of roles throughout his tenure at MCHS, college prep instructor Kris Hokinson has made a powerful impact on his students.

Hele mai ho’ohiwahiwa

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor February 9, 2021

Many students go through their day at school with teachers who  aren’t as enthusiastic and don’t try to make connections with each individual student. But student who take college prep instructor...

A stack of MCHS yearbooks sit in Mitch Stengel's classroom while he teaches on February 2. Though it was only his first year as advisor, Stengel helped his team create a third place yearbook even during a pandemic.

The Warrior wins

Emma Snyder, News Editor February 3, 2021

Capturing the essence of any year into a single book is a difficult task but, capturing 2020 was a completely different challenge. MCHS’s yearbook staff rose to the occasion and created a yearbook that...

Echocardiogram, such as this image of an aortic dissection, has been used to promote heart health. But doctors have also used echocardiograms to help spot the signs of COVID-19.

Echo treatment

Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer February 2, 2021

An echocardiogram, also called an “echo test,” allows a sonographer to look at the heart's structure, movement, and strength. The test spots problems like tumors, or abnormal growth to identify future...

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