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The Devilish rouse behind TikTok

Rebecca Bodden, Contributing Writer

May 19, 2020

If you asked friends today for a list of apps they use quite frequently, they might say Twitter, Instagram, YouTube maybe even Facebook and of course Tiktok.  Since 2018, Tiktok (formerly known as has been skyrocketing in popularity. The 60 second video sharing app has taken over the nation a...

Movies together amid crisis

Families gathered at the McHenry Outdoor Theatre on May 8, 2020 to see prehistoric classics.

Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020, during a global pandemic, the McHenry Outdoor Theatre opened for business with strict rules. The movies played were The Flintstones and Jurassic Park.  The gates to The Outdoor open at 6:30 p.m. at the latest, and customers are advised not to come later than 7 p.m. In order to fo...

Senior Spotlight

Waiting to hear the verdict on the rest of her senior year, Senior Gracee Majkrzak draws on her East Campus parking spot.

Alayna Majkrzak, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2020

Seniors all over the state have been watching and waiting. Waiting for the news to interrupt their favorite program so they can get an update from the governor or congress. Finally they get it, the news of the cancelation of activities they were looking forward to. Senior prom, senior signing day, and l...

Opinion: Teenagers need Prom more than you think

With Prom's status up in the air, students are left to wonder whether their Prom clothes will ever be worn.

Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2020

MCHS juniors and seniors are posting all over Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook wondering about the future of Prom. With everything up in the air due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, they want to have something that they can hold on to.  COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, started in December of ...

COVID-19 shutdown impacts mental health resources in McHenry community

Working harder than ever, Dr. Robert Kohn sees patients electronically to ease the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Madison Senica, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Mental health will be a vital part of McHenry’s ability to sustain resilience in times of panic. As of March 27, Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Robert Kohn and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Karen Senica have had to take new measures to provide the best holistic care for their patients during ...

From Air Force One to Honors English I

Walking through aisles of students, Mr. Patrick Noote uses different voices while reading to engage his students every day.

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

Students spend seven hours a day at school, but only 45 minutes with a specific teacher. Teachers spend 45 minutes a day with each of their classes, yet Mr. Patrick Noote always finds a way to build personal connections with each of his East Campus students. This makes the classroom much more enjoyab...

MCHS prepares student-teacher for his future

Describing the Russian Revolution to students, Mr. Eric Vollmert strives for students to look beyond the label of

Sage Rainey, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Nervously, Mr. Eric Vollmert prepares lesson plans for AP Human Geography and Revolutions through History for the first time. McHenry High School is playing a big part in his preparation to be a teacher, and how he will impact his students in the future. Vollmert is learning how to teach in a respectful, w...

Compassion in cops

Often seen all over East Campus, School Resource Officer Paul Prather strives to help students learn - inside and outside of the classroom.

Megan Walsh, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

The bell rings as students are getting to their class. The new Student Resource Officer, Paul Prather, patiently waits at the entrance greeting all the students as they come in. During passing periods, kids can see Prather walking the halls and initiating conversations with students. This is all part...

Opinion: Leave pep in the past

Pep rallies, now a thing of the past at McHenry West, used to give students the opportunity to sit on their phones, or in some cases, leave early. This distracts students from the true reason they're here: their education.

Joe Ndu, Contributing Writer

December 11, 2019

“We decided to put assemblies on hold after students started getting up to leave the assemblies 10-15 minutes before the bell rang.  Most students were sitting passively on their phones and leaving early which indicated to us that they did not find them valuable,” explains West principal Marsha Potthoff.

Senior Leaders start AIM dodgeball tournament for freshmen

Preparing to dip, dodge, duck, dive, and dodge, freshmen are being rewarded for getting good grades by having the chance to participate in a semester-long dodgeball tournament.

Josie Cable, Contributing Writer

November 20, 2019

During AIM, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is hosting a dodgeball tournament. The tournament is open to all eligible freshmen and started on November 8, continuing every Friday throughout the semester. This tournament was created to bring the freshman AIM’s together and to get the students involve...

The long road leads to McHenry

Grading students' papers, Hokinson constantly reflects on his road to McHenry Community High School.

Olivia Greenwald, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

As he looks around his classroom and at his students, Mr. Kristian Hokinson thinks about his journey that got him to where he is today. Hokinson has always loved math, and he has always been really good at math. That is one of his biggest reasons for becoming a teacher here at McHenry Community High ...

Building a more cohesive classroom

Writing on her whiteboard, Ms. Oros is looking for this year to be the stepping stone in a new journey; focusing on relationships with students.

Lauren Curtin, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2019

Just being in the presence of a class taught by Oros shows how involved her students are compared to some other classes. Sure, there are off days, but even students who don’t aspire to be scientists or aren’t excelling in biology participate within her classes.