The McHenry Messenger

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 19, 2020

Imagine spending your whole life dreaming about your senior year of high school -- seniority rules in clubs and sports, the feeling of your last track meet and going as hard as you can to make it all count, picking out the perfect prom dress and making plans to take pictures with your friends one last time...

Opinion: St. Baldrick’s needs to stay

Opinion: St. Baldrick’s needs to stay

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

The Main Gym at MCHS West Campus is packed with people. The excitement, support, and love of everyone there is tangible. Men and women of all ages are shaving their heads in support of childhood cancer or cutting their grown out ponytails to donate. St. Baldrick’s has been an influential part of...

Opinion: Bulk buying is making self-quarantine worse

Opinion: Bulk buying is making self-quarantine worse

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Ever since the news of a possible COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus, citizens have been panicking and canceling all major events and preparing for the possibility of a quarantine. One way people have been preparing for this has been bulk buying, which is when a person buys an item in excessive...

Ask Elle: Pushing people away

Ask Elle: Pushing people away

Elle Smith, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Dear Elle: My parents are driving me absolutely insane. Life hasn't been easy on me this week and every single time I try to talk to them about it, they just tell me that life is hard and I should just get over it. But that literally doesn't help! I've vented about this with my friends and on my spam...

Opinion: Your offensive language may hurt someone else

Opinion: Your offensive language may hurt someone else

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 10, 2020

As an MCHS student walks to their first class of the day, they take out their earbuds and listen in on different conversations throughout that hall. They notice fellow peers swearing at each other, dropping the n-word, and using other profane words. These students may be joking around, but they might...

Review: Staying caffienated in McHenry County

Review: Staying caffienated in McHenry County

Elle Smith, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

Coffee is a thriving industry, especially among young hipsters who find their home in the aesthetically pleasing coffee shops filled with string lights and indoor plants, that have popped up all over the USA. Maybe it’s because of the aesthetic itself, or possibly the modern, eco-friendly and vegan...

Opinion: Standardized tests are still unfair

Opinion: Standardized tests are still unfair

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

The SAT should no longer be used because it shows many forms of bias. For a test that essentially decides a person’s future, it is extremely unfair and outdated.  The Scholastic Aptitude Test, also known as the SAT, is a test that was originally created to be a college entrance exam. It is now u...

Opinion: It’s time to try a different winter dance

Opinion: It’s time to try a different winter dance

Zach Brown, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

Since 2018, MCHS has switched from Turnabout to MORP. There are three dances total every year, including prom, Homecoming, and MORP. Unfortunately, the latter has lost its popularity among the student body, and brings in the fewest attendees among all major school dances year after year.   In my o...

Point-Counterpoint: Valentine’s Day

Point-Counterpoint: Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2020

Few holidays divide quite like Valentine's Day does. Both those in relationships and those without a special someone find reasons to enjoy February 14—and reasons to complain about it. Here are two takes on why this holiday is (and isn't) worth the hype.

Opinion: Drop-off drivers add to a long list of parking lot challenges

Opinion: Drop-off drivers add to a long list of parking lot challenges

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

The parking lots at East and West are notorious among students for being a disaster. This year the parking lot is more crowded than ever with students, teachers, buses, and drop-offs all trying to maneuver in it at the same time. While there are systems in place to help people get in and out of the pa...

Opinion: Learn the signs of a toxic relationship

Opinion: Learn the signs of a toxic relationship

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor

February 4, 2020

A relationship requires both parties to be friends before anything romantic can occur. Without this, two people cannot understand each other enough for a healthy relationship. But what happens when you don’t have that understanding?  Many high school students are fed the fantasy of a “perfect” rel...

Opinion: Mental health apps benefit everybody

Opinion: Mental health apps benefit everybody

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

I’m standing around feeling far away—flustered with two minutes left until the bell rings. I see one of my favorite former teachers, so I crack a smile. When my teacher asks, “How are you?” My immediate response is to say good, but I really haven’t had a good day.  When students are having a hard tim...