The McHenry Messenger

Shaming trade schools

Shaming trade schools

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

From the first day of high school, teachers and staff members are constantly bringing up college, whether it’s about colleges that are visiting, how to apply, or why students should go. However, little do these staff members talk about the benefits of going to a trade school. Even when they do, it...

Opinion: West’s needlessly hazardous parking lot

Opinion: West’s needlessly hazardous parking lot

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2019

A high school sophomore has only been driving for less than a year. The student gets in their car and heads to school. The line of cars is long, as usual, and a single police officer is directing all the cars into the school. The new driver, after the wait, must now enter the school’s parking lo...

Opinion: School lunch should be free

Opinion: School lunch should be free

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

November 12, 2019

When parents send their children to school, they expect the school to provide them with the basics — a desk, a classroom, a well-qualified teacher, a safe learning environment. The most basic element that should be provided, however, is a nutritious meal to get them through the day. What’s a ...

Review: Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’

Review: Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

Selena Gomez is an iconic pop sensation, but she has yet to release a new album since her latest full-length album 2015’s "Revival." “'Revival' was just a stepping stone for me,” Gomez admits in an interview with Jojo Wright, “and now looking back it challenged me to go even further.” ...

Opinion: The perks and problems of classroom pets

Opinion: The perks and problems of classroom pets

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

In elementary school, my classroom had its very own butterfly garden. We learned the four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. When they fully grew we released them into the real world. We also hatched chicks and ducklings in elementary school—I’d never held anyth...

Stop the Stigma

Stop the Stigma

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor

November 6, 2019

If you are going to get hurt for telling the truth, or not yelling, or not fighting back, you better believe you are going to lie, scream, and fight. If you are abused as a child, whoever is abusing you is, mentally, the puppet master of you. When you are being pulled this way and that by someone yo...

Opinion: Early release is better than late start Tuesday

Opinion: Early release is better than late start Tuesday

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

MCHS has replaced late start Tuesdays where school would start nearly an hour later than normal every week, with early release Wednesdays every once in a while. Students had late start for years before they were replaced this year. Now that the late starts are gone, however, students’ opinions on the two...

Opinion: School spirit?

Opinion: School spirit?

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

November 4, 2019

In terms of school spirit, West Campus used to rival East's, but the atmosphere changed sometime within the past three years or so. Now, East students participate in fun planned events that West students don’t and interact with faculty in fun, friendly ways. This difference adds to the already unnecessary...

Opinion: Is trick-or-treating just for kids?

Opinion: Is trick-or-treating just for kids?

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for costumes, parties, and haunted attractions. Arguably the most iconic part of Halloween is the trick-or-treating. While it is very fun, many people debate whether adolescents should be able to participate, or if it is something just for ...

Opinion: Field trips change lives

Opinion: Field trips change lives

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

I squatted on the school bus with my back against the chocolate brown vinyl seats. My hand cramped while I stapled 10 copies of my creative writing piece. I passed the stapler to the students behind me when I finished. We were headed to the Whitewater Creative Writing Festival field trip. This field...

Opinion: Judgment without guilt?

Opinion: Judgment without guilt?

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor

October 10, 2019

The final bell rings. A girl shuffles through the hallway, clutching her key chain tightly in her hand. Last time her key chains jingled around, her friends around her giggled and called her a “VSCO girl.” She doesn’t realize it yet, but this is the same reason why she stopped drinking coffee from...

Ask Elle: Feeling like a fifth wheel

Elle Smith, Advice Columnist

October 10, 2019

Dear Elle: My friends have all been hanging out without me for quite some time now without telling me. Every time I bring it up to them, they get mad at me and say I'm overreacting and that I shouldn't be mad at them. I don't know how to react because I don't want them to keep telling me I'm in the w...