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

The first ever MCHS dance and dodgeball was a missed opportunity for a fun winter event.

Opinion: Dance and Dodgeball was a missed opportunity

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor February 2, 2023

A student stands in the dark cafeteria filled with no more than 10 other students, Pitbull is blasting through a speaker across the room, but no one is moving. Across the hall in the gym, students are...

The state of Illinois requires students to undergo fitness testing in their P.E. classes. Though the idea is to keep students physically healthy, some students may feel it takes a toll on them socially and emotionally.

Opinion: Fitness testing is unnecessary

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor January 31, 2023

The fitnessgram pacer test is a test most students dread, and it's only one of the 4 required assessments in the physical education curriculum. The tests consist of a 60 second curl up test, a pushup test,...

Police tape hangs from a sign post outside Richneck Elementary School following a shooting on Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday. The teacher, a woman in her 30s, suffered “life-threatening” injuries and remains in critical condition.

Opinion: When will enough be enough?

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor January 25, 2023

Not even a week into the new year, the United States hit a new low where six-year-olds are now threats in school settings. In Virginia, Richneck Elementary teacher Abigail Zwerner had been teaching...

Donald Trump has done a laundry list of bad things throughout his political career and should not be considered for reelection in 2024.

Opinion: We don’t want bigotry on the ballot

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor January 19, 2023

Article after article springs up surrounding one person, Donald Trump. Even in the years following his presidency, more articles are being published about him, not because of his accomplishments in office...

Though some teenagers might not be informed enough to vote, the right should not be denied to those young people who work hard to stay in the know.

Opinion: The legal voting age should be lowered

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 20, 2022

This year there has been a debate on whether or not the voting age should be lowered to 16, which would allow students as young as sophomores to be able to vote in small local elections, or even presidential...

When Elon Musk took over Twitter in October, he instituted a new subscription that allowed users to buy a verified blue check. But Musks attempts at champion free speech on the platform have only made a bigger mess.

Opinion: Twitter is in a big mess now that Elon Musk is in charge

Claire Guzman, Staff Writer December 14, 2022

Twitter has been one of the biggest social media platforms in the world for the past 15 years. Now that Elon Musk is taking control, a lot seems to be changing. Twitter used to be a platform on which every...

Point-Counterpoint: Is McHenry boring?

Point-Counterpoint: Is McHenry boring?

December 9, 2022

Teenagers in every suburb say their town is boring. For many, surviving their small town — with their lack of adequate shopping or recreation or cute coffee shops — is a kind of rite of passage. Suffice...

When Wonder Foods closed in October, people in lost a local grocery story that the community could walk to on foot. Discount stores like Dollar Tree wont be enough to fill the void.

Opinion: We need another Wonder Foods

Alexis Parrish, Contributing Writer December 8, 2022

It is a sunny day in Wonder Lake. Some person walking into their favorite grocery store Wonder Foods sees that everything is on sale. They ask why it is on sale, and the manager says they are closing. ...

When the highest grade students can receive is a 95%, it discourages those students who are pushing their skills — the opposite effect of what most teachers want from their students.

Opinion: Full effort deserves full credit

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor December 7, 2022

A student sits refreshing the grades tab on her Schoology page. She awaits the input of her latest assignment, hoping to receive a good score. She refreshes a final time and sees that her grade was input...

Students at MCHS have lots of inexpensive lunch options, but some students are still unable to afford lunch each day, causing students to be more focused on their hunger than their studies.

Opinion: Students still deserve free lunch

Emily Ostrander, Contributing Writer December 7, 2022

A student leaves math class and is heading to lunch. The student begins to think, I wish I could afford lunch. I'm really hungry. The student finds a table at lunch, sits down and goes on their phone the...

Editorial Cartoon: The only two options

Editorial Cartoon: The only two options

Claire Guzman, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

As the U.S. Supreme Court opens oral arguments Monday on whether to strike down affirmative action, UC’s long struggle to bring diversity to its 10 campuses offers lessons on race-neutral admission practices.

Opinion: Affirmative action should stay in place

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor November 28, 2022

The nation's most selective colleges receive hundreds of thousands of applications yearly. Competition is cutthroat, and the odds of getting in are low for everyone. For minorities, however, affirmative...

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