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 stock market has been unsteady throughout the beginning of 2022.

U.S. markets sent tumbling

Matt Knigge, Contributing Writer April 11, 2022

In 2022 the U.S. stock market has been on a sharp decline compared to 2021. There have been signs indicating that a recession is near and the early part of this year suggests this is the case. The stock...

Kamila Valieva of Team ROC falls during the womens free skate during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 17, 2022, in Beijing.

Olympic-sized scandal

Brooke Gewalt, Contributing Writer April 8, 2022

Fifteen year old Kamila Valieva, Russia's figure skating sensation, assumed to take home the gold and unexpectedly took fourth at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic games. Controversially, Valieva was able...

Steltzriede helps a student in her adjusted learning class play a game on March 23, 2022 in the cafeteria.

The silent educator

Alyssa Thomas, Contributing Writer March 24, 2022

As you frantically find your way to your English class through the Upper Campus halls, you find yourself looking around to notice something you haven’t noticed in any of your classes before, your class...

Carhart works on the computer, grading student essays shes recently received.

The trials of teaching

Sabrina Glosson, Contributing Writer March 23, 2022

Margaret Carhart stands in front of her 8th period English class. The fluorescent lights beam on her chattering students as they walk in fatigued and tired from the long day. Although the day has been...

Sarah Halvorson discusses the country of Spain with a student.

The foreign chance

Destiny Hileman, Contributing Writer March 22, 2022

Ushering her buzzing students onto the boarding plane, Mrs. Sarah Halvorson can't help but smile at the excitement they express to her. Traveling abroad with her students allows Halvorson to reach a deeper...

Mr. Jordan Deener discusses with a student in his office at Upper Campus.

Building a better beginning

Alyssa Thomas, Contributing Writer March 1, 2022

As a young Mr. Jordan Deener walks through the halls of West Campus to his next class, with not much time to spare, he contemplates the gray walls and rows upon rows of lockers, describing the sight as...

Byrne burning light for freshman

Mayah Moore, Contributing Writer November 3, 2021

In high school, a dean’s day consists of leading kids in the right direction, helping them open their eyes to improvement and opportunity, and growing connections with people who don't have a very good...

Berried alive

Berried alive

Alexis Schwartz, Contributing Writer October 27, 2021

Timer’s going off in the kitchen. Oven doors swinging open. Melanie Kadlec had been teaching culinary classes for 18 years at McHenry East Campus and this is her first year at McHenry West Campus. She...

Account on her

Account on her

Kayla Martin, Contributing Writer October 27, 2021

As Mrs. Vanessa Kirk sits at her desk preparing for her class of the day, she reflects on her journey and how she ended up teaching at McHenry Community High School. From being a project manager at multiple...

Niemic directs his varsity football team during the Homecoming football game.


Krystal Zamudio, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

Prepared to start teaching his third period class in a freezing room with a blue gatorade in his hand, Mr. Jon Niemic is ready to start teaching his Honors American Study history class. Niemic is striving...

Mr. Jon Niemic sits with his students, working with them one-on-one.

Passing on the passion

Madelyn Roush, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

Enthusiastically, a young Mr. Jon Niemic participates in a conversation with his high school football coach at Crystal Lake South High School. He listens to his coach intently, wanting to better himself...

Opinion: No blind eye to climate change

Opinion: No blind eye to climate change

Leylah Moreno, Staff Writer January 14, 2021

In the Arctic, the sea ice recedes into the land, melting, with temperatures on the rise. In the Amazon, deforestation threatens millions of species by cutting down their habitats. In the Pacific Ocean,...

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