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COVID-19 leaves Illinois in lock down

COVID-19 leaves Illinois in lock down

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 21, 2020

On Friday, March 20, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made an announcement issuing a “rule” that residents must remain in their households, as a way of slowing the damaging COVID-19 virus. Pritzker made the official announcement that starting on Saturday at 5 p.m. that residents must stay in their ...

Illinois works to flatten the COVID-19 curve

Illinois works to  flatten the COVID-19 curve

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 19, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, has made several decisions to help flatten the curve. With the circumstances of COVID-19 changing rapidly, Pritzker has taken to doing daily briefings for the public, giving constant updates on the pandemic. On March...

St. Baldrick’s Community Shave cancelled over coronavirus concerns

St. Baldrick’s Community Shave cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

With COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, continuing to spread rapidly, MCHS decided to cancel its annual St. Baldrick’s Community Shave scheduled for March 18.  The Community Shave has been an annual event in McHenry for the last 12 years. Over the last 12 years, MCHS’s Community Shave ha...

District 156 cancels classes, activities, athletics due to coronavirus

District 156 cancels classes, activities, athletics due to coronavirus

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 13, 2020

District 156’s administration and Board of Education made the precautionary decision to close down both East and West Campus due to concerns about COVID-19, also known as human coronavirus on Friday. The decision will go into effect Friday after school. The Digital Learning Plan will be implemen...

Band cancels trip to nationals over COVID-19 concerns

Band cancels trip to nationals over COVID-19 concerns

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday night, students from the symphonic band were hit with the devastating news that their trip to National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis on March 13 was canceled. Due to the widespread disease COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, band director Spencer Hile and District 156 admini...

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Hidden Pearl’s absence at West Campus has lasted longer than students and staff anticipated. However, they have reopened their shop on Green Street, which has taken over a lot of their time. “Right now Hidden Pearl is kind of swamped because they opened up their brick and mortar,” West assistant...

District serves up intramural volleyball tournament

District serves up intramural volleyball tournament

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

MCHS is starting their first intramural volleyball tournament. The registration forms are currently available in the main office at East or the assistant principal’s office at West.  Intramural volleyball is an organized activity that anyone can join or be a part of. For many years, students hav...

Gallery: International Women’s Day

Gallery: International Women’s Day

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 6, 2020

West and East students and staff gathered at both campuses to celebrate MCHS International Women´s Day  on the morning of March 6. At the event, teachers and students spoke about the inequality women still face to this day and celebrate accomplishments made by women through history. The empowering...

Warrior Buddies host Inclusion Week

Warrior Buddies host Inclusion Week

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

This week, Warrior Buddies — a MCHS co-curricular that promotes social opportunities for all students regardless of academic, social, or physical ability — made an effort to reduce ignorance, and prevent bullying through an event called Inclusion Week.  Inclusion Week was a week dedicated to make...

MCHS to celebrate International Women’s Day

MCHS to celebrate International Women’s Day

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

On March 6, MCHS is holding its annual International Women’s Day (IWD) to empower women and promote gender equality. The theme this year is #EachforEqual.  IWD “Is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” stated the International Women's D...

Coronavirus expands in Illinois, United States

Coronavirus expands in Illinois, United States

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

The third and fourth case of coronavirus in Illinois was confirmed Monday by the CDC. A married couple in their 70’s was infected by the coronavirus, still waiting to be confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (or CDC).  That same day, two staff members and two students from District 25 in one o...

Gallery: Spring musical ‘Chicago’

Gallery: Spring musical ‘Chicago’

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 3, 2020

McHenry High School students in drama club premiered the spring musical "Chicago" on February 28 in the West Auditorium. Students began rehearsals right after winter break and worked almost every day after school to put together the end result. The story follows Roxie Hart (Ava Snider) and her rocky...