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

The McHenry Messenger

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

The McHenry Messenger

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

The McHenry Messenger

Our school seems to love the singer Pitbull — especially since his songs are played at so many school functions. So why didnt anyone dress up for Mr. Worldwide Day during the prom spirit week — and why is our school afraid of showing its school spirit?

Opinion: Worldwide spirit

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor May 18, 2022

Mr. Worldwide. A man who has taken over the world with his sparkling bald head and wonderful woos. He encapsulates class, excitement, and what it truly means to be the life of the party. Of course,...

For years, MCHS graduates were asked not to decorate their caps for graduation. This year, the rule has changed, allowing students to express themselves during the formal ceremony.

Opinion: Strict graduation attire should retire

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

It’s the final day as a senior, a high schooler. The entire front entrance is decorated with orange and black streamers, balloons and graduation decorations. Through the main gym doors and the view from...

People may have all kinds of reasons for sharing their traumas on social media. For example, it might help them process the trauma or find support. Still, the habit can be unhealthy and lead to unexpected consequences.

Opinion: Stop making trauma trendy

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

A student makes a post on TikTok laughing about their failing grades, while another student views the video wondering why it has so many likes and people joking in the comments. Is this just a coping mechanism...

Art installation Circular Dimensions x Microscape by Cristopher Cichocki is seen at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 17, 2022, in Indio, California.

Opinion: It’s time to question Coachella’s charm

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinion Editor May 9, 2022

Loud music fills the crowd members' ears as they gaze up through the blinding lights at the artist they paid to see. Sweat, and too many people out in the California sun. $500 spent in order to see a 90...

Though it makes logistical sense to separate freshmen from upperclassmen in different buildings, the social impact on freshmen has made the transition to high school more difficult.

Review: Freshman Campus

Campbell Bitterman, Freshman Campus Correspondent May 3, 2022

As a result of being isolated from older students, McHenry Freshman students are in for a rude awakening when they go into their sophomore year and switch to the Upper Campus. New sophomores may go into...

Seniors complain about senioritis all year long, but it gets particularly bad the closer students get to graduation. Senioritis, however, is just an excuse students use when they are suffering from another ailment: laziness.

Opinion: Senioritis is stupid

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor April 29, 2022

Assignment after assignment piles up for seniors. Math, science, English, history, and they just keep coming. Though this is no different than any other year. But this year, as a senior they have a new...

Journalists gather as bodies are exhumed from a mass-grave in the grounds of the St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints church in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv on April 13, 2022.

Opinion: Putin is a war criminal

Bri Quast, Staff Writer April 21, 2022

Bodies with gunshots to their heads, and white ties bounding their wrists behind their backs are strewn across the streets of Bucha. Cars with bullet holes sit abandoned by civilians, some of them with...

Blended classes have become both a blessing and a curse, causing class cuts and confusion among staff and students. The youngest blenders, sophomores, may not be ready for the responsibility that blended learning demands.

Opinion: Not all students are ready to blend

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer April 12, 2022

A sophomore student sits with their friends in the blended learning area, having fun and messing around. When asked what they were up to, the students respond with “I’m blended.” But, in reality,...

Editorial Cartoon: Behind the curtain

Editorial Cartoon: Behind the curtain

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator March 25, 2022

Everyone is ready for COVID to be over so they can enjoy their spring break for the first time in three years. But if we dont put health and safety first, the virus could come back just in time to spoil the end of the semester.

Opinion: COVID isn’t over — even if you’re over it

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer March 25, 2022

People are all over COVID, as it first broke out in the U.S. over two years ago, but the pandemic isn’t over yet. Pandemic or not, spring break is here. Vacationers are eager to travel again for the...

Moses May, 14, leads a student protest at Gaither High in Tampa, Florida, against what critics call the Dont Say Gay bills, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

Opinion: Texas and Florida’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws are immoral

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager March 24, 2022

A gay student walks down the halls of her Florida school, upset because she knows her teachers aren’t allowed to talk about gay rights or LGBTQ people in classes. She doesn’t think it’s fair at all....

Certainly, every generation has experienced its share of trauma. But Generation Z has perhaps endured a more complex word, especially more complex than Generation X and Millennials.

Opinion: Trauma? Generation Z is used to it

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor March 22, 2022

Coming home from school to the news being turned on by a parent. This is one of the worst feelings for Generation Z, they never really know what to expect. The flickering of the screen could be about yet...

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