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At 6th annual Poetry Slam, students speak their truth

At 6th annual Poetry Slam, students speak their truth

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

The 6th annual East Campus Poetry Slam took place on February 7 in the East Campus teaching theatre and featured performances presented by East sophomors and last year’s winner Caleb Schopen.  East Campus English teacher Patrick Noote, who helped run this event, explained that it takes dedication t...

Gallery: MCHS spreads the love on Valentine’s Day

Gallery: MCHS spreads the love on Valentine’s Day

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

February 14, 2020

Between enormous stuffed animals, LASO lollipops and soda pop, and Key Club carnations, students at West Campus celebrated Valentine's Day in many ways. Whether gifts were exchanged between couples or just friends, MCHS students had a lot of love in their conversation hearts participating in holiday...

MCHS to host viewing of documentary “LIKE”

MCHS to host viewing of documentary “LIKE”

Kyla Henige, News Editor

February 13, 2020

MCHS is sponsoring two showings of the IndieFlix movie “LIKE” on February 17, at 12 and 2 pm at the McHenry Downtown Theatre.  The documentary is about how social media affects the lives of both students and adults, and how it impacts a person’s overall health and brain technology. “LIKE...

MCC plans college readiness series

MCC plans college readiness series

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

McHenry County College, or MCC, will host a college readiness series starting on Wednesday, February 19. The series will consist of four sessions that cover a variety of things that can be beneficial to students who plan on going to college.  “These workshops are open to all high school-aged students. Ju...

Symphonic band performs at All-State

Symphonic band performs at All-State

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

On Saturday, February 1, MCHS’s symphonic band performed an All-State concert at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. This year was the first time in school history that the symphonic band was selected to perform at the conference.  The symphonic band was a featured performance group that played ...

Winter spirit week culminates in annual MORP dance

Winter spirit week culminates in annual MORP dance

Kyla Henige, News Editor

February 7, 2020

In honor of Valentine’s Day, MCHS will host the annual MORP dance on February 15 at East Main Gym. The theme of the dance will be "Glow Out." MORP, which is “prom” spelled backwards, is an informal dance where students can have fun, de-stress, and hang out with friends.  During the week p...

West’s new wing one-third complete

West’s new wing one-third complete

Kyla Henige, News Editor

February 6, 2020

As the school year reaches its final stride, East and West campus is one step closer to finishing construction for the campus change occurring in the 2021-22 school year. The construction at the west campus has been on schedule and is getting worked on every day. About 90% of the foundation for th...

StuCo seeks feedback about campus reform

StuCo seeks feedback about campus reform

Chase Creech, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

With all the physical changes happening at both East and West Campuses, Student Council, otherwise known as StuCo has decided it’s their turn to make a change in the school community. Both campuses have introduced the new concept of an open student council meeting. This means is that people who aren...

NAHS invites students to paint and sip

NAHS invites students to paint and sip

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

The National Art Honors Society, otherwise known as NAHS, is hosting their first-ever Paint and Sip event. It will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5-7 p.m. in room 356 at West Campus. “The paint and sip event is an all-inclusive event that caters to everyone’s individual talent,” mentions Avery...

Gallery: Students and staff rock Battle of the Bands

Gallery: Students and staff rock Battle of the Bands

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

January 27, 2020

On January 24, Student Council hosted the annual Battle of the Bands competition in the West Auditorium to a packed auditorium. Along with many non-competitive in-between acts, the event showcased MCHS student bands Temporary Delay and Nyght Stryke (and featuring an opening performance by all-teacher...

Death of Iranian general stokes tension in Middle East

Death of Iranian general stokes tension in Middle East

Kyla Henige, News Editor

January 27, 2020

Going into a new decade, rumors have spread that WWIII is going to break out between the United States and Iran, along with other countries involved. But, safe to say, those are just rumors, for now. There has been tension between the United States and Iran for decades, but most recent tensions have ...

MCHS launches new TED-Ed club

MCHS launches new TED-Ed club

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

January 22, 2020

MCHS’s new TED-Ed club held its first meeting on Tuesday, January 14.  The TED-Ed Club is focused on empowering students to share and create new ideas. During the weekly meetings, students will work through guided activities and collaboration to develop their own TED talks.  Designed by TED...