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McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

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Students looking for prom dresses will be able to purchase from My Sisters Dress on this Saturday between 10 a.m and 1 p.m. at MCC.

My Sister’s Dress returns to MCC for 2024

Ethan Rasmussen, Staff Writer March 1, 2024

McHenry County College will be hosting the annual charity event My Sister’s Dress. This event comes back every year, and offers a cheaper option to those who need to purchase formal apparel for school...

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 28, 2024. US President Joe Biden vowed on Sunday to strike back after a drone attack he blamed on Iran-backed militant groups killed three US troops in Jordan.

U.S. military base in Jordan attacked

Grace Crockett, News Editor February 6, 2024

On Jan. 28, an overnight drone attack in Jordan killed three American troops and left at least 40 troops injured. A low profile United States military desert outpost in Jordan becomes an international...

For MCHSs annual Writers Week, the Celebration Of Words welcomes all on, the sophomores participate in the Poetry Slam, and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña comes to speak to the school and sign copies of his books.

Writer’s Week starts Monday at MCHS

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director February 5, 2024

MCHS is set to host a week-long celebration of literature, aimed at recognizing and encouraging the talent of students during Writer's Week from February 5-9. The event kicks off on Monday, February...

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears in the courtroom with his lawyers for his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on Oct. 3, 2023, in New York City.

An overview of the Donald Trump trials

Aika Villa, Page Designer January 31, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on 91 charges, which he currently faces in four different trials. Before him, no president had ever been indicted, let alone put on trial. Politico, which...

At the Indiana State Capitol building, state lawmakers have proposed Indiana House Bill 1291, which defines a person’s gender based on their biological gender assigned at birth rather than the one with which they choose to identify.

Indiana bill limits LGBTQ+ identities

Paulina Borowski, Marketing Director January 30, 2024

Lawmakers in Indiana have proposed House Bill 1291, which replaces the term “gender” with “biological sex” in a certain law, defining a person’s gender based on their biological gender assigned...

MCHSs Winter Formal took place on Jan. 20, where there was a glam-bot to capture the memories, along with many other activities within the event.

Students dance the night away at Winter Formal

Olivia Smith, Social Media Manager January 24, 2024

Freshmen walk into their familiar campus, and the upperclassmen are given a nostalgic blast from the past as they walk into this year’s Winter Formal. The music is blaring, the lasers are on, and there...

The week before Winter Formal, students participate in spirit week. Fridays theme was Anything But A Backpack Day, where students use unconventional methods to carry their school supplies from class to class for the day.

MCHS shows spirit during winter sprit week 

Grace Bellavia, Social Media Manager January 19, 2024

MCHS is having a winter formal for the first time on Jan. 20. A spirit week also comes with it from January 16 - January 19. The first spirit day, PJ day, lined up well with an online learning day. The...

MCHS is bringing back the Winter Formal on January 20th from 7-10pm at the Freshman Campus.

Students prepare for first Winter Formal in years

Grace Crockett, News Editor January 19, 2024

Tomorrow, MCHS will be hosting a winter formal dance at the Freshman Campus. Doors will open around 6:30 p.m. and close around 8 p.m. for arrival. The dance will end at 10 p.m. For the first time...

Snow from Tuesdays storm still covers the ground the evening the day before another storm is set to sweep through the area. MCHS cancelled in-person learning on Friday morning because of the early morning accumulation.

MCHS cancels in-person learning Friday

Grace Crockett, News Editor January 12, 2024

District 156 decided to cancel in-person learning on Friday morning due to a snowstorm and concerns about student and staff safety. As a result, for the first time since Covid, MCHS implemented their...

MCHS and feeder districts cancel school due to inclement weather on Tuesday, Jan.9.

MCHS closed due to inclement weather

Mackenzie Sroka, Editor-in-Chief January 9, 2024

MCHS will be closed due to inclement weather on Tuesday, which was supposed to be the first day of second semester.  This includes both the Upper Campus and Freshman Campus. According to the National...

A mysterious and potentially fatal respiratory illness affecting canines across the United States begins as a cough that can last for weeks, Today first reported. If antibiotics don’t help, your pet can develop severe pneumonia and struggle to breathe. Some dogs have died from the disease.

Mystery illness spikes within canines

Lydia Lawrence, Opinions Editor December 21, 2023

Since late November, there has been a spike in an unknown respiratory disease that affects dogs that has been recorded in more than 15 states. This illness was originally documented in mid-August, and...

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., is surrounded by journalists as he leaves the U.S. Capitol after his fellow members of Congress voted to expel him from the House of Representatives on Dec. 1, 2023, in Washington, DC. Santos is only the sixth person in U.S. history to be expelled from the House of Representatives.

Santos expelled from Congress

Grace Crockett, News Editor December 21, 2023

A vote was held in congress on Dec. 1 to expel the former New York Republican representative George Santos from Congress. Santos is the sixth member of House representatives to ever be expelled from...

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