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Students partake in a mock trial held in Youth and Law on December 2 in room 320 at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Mock trial

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer December 6, 2021

Students participated in a mock trial about a 16-year-old student who went to a party, drank, walked home and froze to death. After learning about proceedings before, during, and after trial, students...

Debris litters the street at a crime scene on Nov. 21 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more.

Five dead, 48 injured in holiday parade tragedy

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

WAUKESHA, WIS. — On Nov. 21, an annual holiday celebration turned deadly when a man drove his SUV through a parade, killing five and injuring more than forty.  Sunday evening, Darrell E. Brooks drove...

A table full of cereal, mac and cheese, and other foods waits in the main office at the Freshman Campus on November 19 at the end of the AIM Challenge food drive for Food For Thought.

Freshman Campus raises money for district food pantry

Campbell Bitterman, Contributing Writer November 22, 2021

During the week of Nov. 15, Freshman Campus counselors JR Bocian and Stephanie Zarinana posed a new AIM challenge to collect non-perishable food for Food For Thought. AIM Challenges were created with...

Students in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Pathway dissect cow eyeballs on November 17 in Laura Dziubinskis Honors Human Body Systems class in room 370 at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Human Body Systems dissection

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor November 18, 2021

Honors Human Body Systems dissected cow eyeballs this on Nov. 17 at the Upper Campus. The students, who are part of the Project Lead the Way Biomedidcal Science Pathway, did this to investigate not only...

Students walk down Green Street after early release on Wednesday outside of the Freshman Campus. This year is the first year that MCHS is releasing students early on select Wednesdays.

Early release Wednesdays provides benefits to students and staff

Grace Hunt, Contributing Writer November 18, 2021
Early-release-Wednesdays provide a time for students and teachers to benefit and improve.
Members of MCHSs Key Club work on packing food for Feed My Starving Children Oct. 23. The group packed 105 boxes of food for food insecure people all around the world.

Key Club packs meals for Feed My Starving Children

Leah Wickencamp, Contributing Writer November 17, 2021

Close to 90 kids lined up to pack food for Feed My Starving Children with Key Club Oct. 23 in hopes of helping kids around the world. Using donations that the Feed My Starving Children organization...

TJ South reads in the hallways at the Upper Campus during his blended class on Nov. 8.

Blended Learning faces new challenges as more students cut class

Josie Cable, Opinions Ediot November 12, 2021

Administration is weighing changes to the new blended learning system as a result of a higher number of students not reporting to class.  On Nov. 1 and 2, blended learning was put on pause to allow...

Nicole Pedretti helps a student catch up on her work during Learning Forward on  October 27 in the Upper Campus library.

Learning forward provides extra student support

Kyla Henige, News Editor November 8, 2021

On Oct. 19, both MCHS Upper and Freshman Campuses launched an after school tutoring program called Learning Forward for kids who are struggling and need additional academic support.  The program takes...

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases that test whether Texas’s controversial abortion ban will stand — and ultimately overturn Roe V. Wade, which legalizes abortion.

Supreme court reviewing Texas abortion ban

Ella Trimingham, Copy Editor November 4, 2021

A law passed on Sep. 1 in the Texas state legislature bans abortions upon the detection of cardiac activity in embryos, which usually occurs after six weeks, before most women are even aware they are pregnant.  This...

Pfizer began trials for the vaccine in early July, The vaccine, which was administered to 2,268 children, was found to be 90.7% effective in neutralizing COVID-19

FDA authorizes emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine for children

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

On October 29, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The decision followed the recommendation made by an independent...

Actors pose as killer clowns during the Haunted Hayride through Peterson Park this fall hosted by the Wonder Lake Ski Team.

Haunted Hayride rolls on

Jaylyn Dolan, Contributing Writer October 29, 2021

Children and adults climbed onto trailers and hopped on hay bales at Peterson Park last weekend, ready to experience one of McHenry’s Halloween traditions: The Haunted Hayride.  Peterson Park has...

Homecoming court members pose during the Homecoming parade on September 29 outside of McCracken Field.

Gallery: Homecoming parade and spirit rally

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director October 1, 2021

The first Homecoming parade and sprit rally since 2019 took place at McCracken Field on September 29. Students decked out in hard hats and construction tape from different athletics, clubs and student...

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