The McHenry Messenger

Opinion: Keep the economy closed

Essential workers are already putting their lives at risk to keep people healthy. Though businesses are excited to reopen their doors, doing so would put public back at risk unnecessarily.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

A teenager works in a fast food restaurant, considered an “essential worker.” A woman comes to the drive thru, angrily ranting to her husband about how “stupid and unnecessary” it is that the restaurant doesn’t have its lobby open. When she hands the worker her credit card, she spits at them ...

Opinion: It’s time to open up

While many businesses in the state of Illinois remain closed due to Governor Pritzker's shelter-in-place order, others have found a way to remain open by offering delivery or curbside pickup. But how long can the economy wait to re-open?

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

May 8, 2020

There is no denying the huge impact that COVID-19 has made on the world especially in the United States, and even more narrowly on New York. Hundreds of thousands of people have been diagnosed, and millions have been affected. In Illinois, there are nearly 50,000 confirmed cases, and over 2,000 conf...

Ask Elle: Fighting to cross the finish line

Elle is MCHS's advice columnist. Email her at

Elle Smith, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

Dear Elle: At first, being out of school because of coronavirus seemed sort of like a long snow day or an extended spring break. During our first week off, I think I only did two or three assignments total for all my classes. I didn’t expect to be out of school for a month. Now, all the missing assign...

Opinion: If you meet up with friends, you are part of the problem

Opinion: If you meet up with friends, you are part of the problem

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

April 16, 2020

Many people don’t like being quarantined. They don’t like being stuck at home, missing their friends and loved ones. Some are able to get by, they simply keep powering through the quarantine doing what they have to. Other people, however, decide that they’ve had enough. They decide to go out, and...

Point-counterpoint: Online learning

Point-counterpoint: Online learning

April 13, 2020

On March 13, when District 156 made the official announcement that it would close school in an effort to combat COVID-19 and "flatten the curve," administrators expressed confidence that MCHS was ready to transition into online learning. Teachers had been preparing for three school years for delivering...

Opinion: ‘I’m sad’ is a good enough excuse

When people struggle with their mental health—with depression or anxiety, sadness or grief—their struggle is true and real. Simply telling them to just

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 9, 2020

At some point in everyone's life, they feel like they have hit their ultimate low. For some, this pit of endless disappointment and desperation seems impossible to come back from. People don't need an excuse to be upset about something, and the last thing a person wants to hear when they are upset is...

Opinion: Stand or don’t, but understand what the flag stands for

Students in the United States pledged their allegiance to the American flag well before 1942, when Congress formally adopted the Pledge—even as early as 1899, as in this image. In more modern times, students question whether the Pledge should be a required part of their day.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

Since closing MCHS on March 17, students have participated in academic work on Schoology, but many have not recited the Pledge of Allegiance. At school, the Pledge was spoken over the PA system every morning, but many students fail to recite the Pledge on a day-to-day basis. Even before the COVID-19...

Opinion: Online learning helps students with accommodations

Though it has taken students time to get used to the corona-virus-inspired digital learning days, many students with special education accommodations have found flexibility and freedom by completing assignments online.

Becky Arendarczyk, Social Media Director

April 6, 2020

Waking up for school every day, the average student might be thinking about their presentation second period, or the test they have at the end of the day. However, the thoughts of an individual with a 504 or an Individualized Education Plan, a special education plan known as an IEP, can be quite differe...

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Though the decision to practice social distancing is the right decision, the consequences for high school students — especially seniors, who may miss prom, spring athletics, Decision Day, or even graduation — is more than unfortunate.

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

Carl Vallianatos, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has his head shaved alongside his daughter Sophie during the 2019 Community Shave in the West Campus Main Gym on March 21.

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

Shelves in the bath tissue aisle at Meijer in McHenry stand bare on March 17. COVID-19 has sent consumers fearful that staples such as toilet paper and eggs will run out

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

Elle is MCHS's advice columnist. Email her at

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...