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anticlimactic excitement fills the air as students prepare for summer on the final day of the school year.

MCHS celebrates last day of school

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

Laughter rings through the halls as students walk out of their classes for the last time this school year. They walk with their friends while talking loudly about their summer plans. Whether they are...

The Class of 2021 celebrates their graduation during a senior parade on May 21. The parade started at East Campus and routed pasted McCracken Field.

Gallery: Senior parade

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer May 24, 2021

On Friday, May 21, graduates from the Class of 2021 lined up in the East Campus parking lot to participate in the parade. East's graduates started first at 6:30 p.m. and West 'sgraduates followed at 7...

The Class of 2021 tosses their caps following their commencement ceremony on May 20 outside of East Campus. This was one of 14 separate graduation ceremonies held by East Campus.

Gallery: East and West graduation

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor May 24, 2021

On the week of May 20 and 21, both East and West Campuses held special graduation ceremonies. East Campus held three ceremonies in one evening, and West Campus had 14 ceremonies that spanned of two evenings...

The class of 2018 celebrates following their graduation at East Campus. Because of COVID, cherished graduation traditions have been canceled or adapted to accommodate social distancing, but new traditions, like the senior parade, have been added.

Class of 2021 to graduate in small in-person ceremonies

Emma Snyder, News Editor May 12, 2021

Graduation for the class of 2021 will be held on May 20 and 21. Ceremonies for East and West campuses will be held separately in their respective Main Gyms.   East campus will have three graduation...

Choir director Derek Galvicius accompanies and conducts MCHS's Concert Choir as they perform their first and last concert of the year in the West Campus auditorium on May 6.

Band and choirs perform final concerts of year

Emma Westermeier, Staff Member May 10, 2021

On May 5 and 6 Surround Sound, Cadet Choir, and Concert Choirs closed out the year with their last performances in the auditorium. The last band concert will follow on May 11, featuring the Freshman, Concert,...

Upper classmen can be seen dancing their hearts out at the 2021 Mask-erade event in the West campus main gym.

Gallery: Mask-erade

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director May 3, 2021

After the cancellation of the 2021 Prom at MCHS, the school decided to host a new kind of event, very appropriately titled the Mask-erade on April 30. Though the attendance was much lower than any typical...

The McHenry Masker-erade was planned as way of keeping prom despite COVID regulations and health concerns. The event will take place Friday despite  lower than expected ticket sales.

McHenry Mask-erade proceeds despite low participation

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 28, 2021

On April 30, MCHS will be hosting the Senior Celebration Event 2021 “McHenry Mask-erade” in place of a traditional prom. All students signed up to attend the event will be participating in activities...

Voting laws passed in the past two months are in response to unsubstantiated fears of voting fraud stoked during the 2020 presidential election. Voting rights activists worry that some laws, including those that restrict people from being given water and food while waiting in line to vote, may limit voter turnout.

States pass controversial voting laws

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

New voting laws passed through many of the 50 states including Georgia, Arkansas, Iowa, and Utah. Critics worry that many of these voting laws will be restrictive to many voters.  Due to the backlash...

Students pose with Derek Galvicius during Duct Tape the Teacher, which concluded Homecoming week on April 23 outside the West Campus cafeteria.

Gallery: Duct Tape the Teacher

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

On Friday, April 23, MCHS students gathered outside the cafeteria to participate in Duct Tape the Teacher. This year, students got to duct tape Derek Galvicius, MCHS's choir director. The tradition...

So far, only certain adults have been able to access the vaccine, including those who are more at-risk of catching COVID and frontline workers. Soon, though drug companies like Pfizer and Moderna will have a vaccine speciall made for children.

Drug companies begin testing vaccines in children

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor April 21, 2021

Drug companies Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are in the course of studies that will include testing their Covid vaccines in children.  Experts say that it’s critical to test vaccines in children through...

West's Homecoming king and queen Max DeCicco and Ashley Wachter pose with East Homecoming queen and king Alexis Friedle and Ryan Barrett outside of East Campus on April 19 following coronation.

Gallery: Homecoming coronation

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 20, 2021

When the traditional homecoming was cancelled last fall due to COVID-19, it seemed unlikely that MCHS would have a homecoming this year. However, now that things are opening up and vaccinations are being...

A student looks from the fourth floor to the third floor of the new extension at West Campus on March 22. Called the Center for Science, Technology and Industry, the space accommodates math, science, CTE, and communications classes.

Center for Science, Technology and Industry opens

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 20, 2021

The new Center for Science, Technology, and Industry at West Campus opened on March 22, allowing students and teachers to begin having math and science classes in the extension. “I think [the extension...

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