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

Alayna Majkrzak

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor

Alayna Majkrzak is a senior at the MCHS's Upper Campus. She is a veteran staff member and enjoys playing "Among Us" with her friends. Alayna is a active member in choir and drama and likes to dye their hair. Their favorite part about writing for the Messenger is being able to voice their opinion and articulate how they feel.


“Spring break tired” (IJEA)

2022 IHSA Sectionals (third in Editorial Writing)


All content by Alayna Majkrzak
Leading up to the midterms election, people all across the state received political mailers disguised as newspapers. These mailers, including the McHenry Times, are intended to deceive the public into thinking it is real news.

Fact or fiction?

December 2, 2022
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Students play rock-paper-scissors at a spirit rally at the Upper Campus on Aug. 18 in the main gym.

Gallery: Back-to-school spirit rally

August 23, 2022
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Summer isnt summer until a proper playlist has been put together. Thankfully, weve done the work for you.

Playlist: The songs of summer

May 23, 2022
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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

April 29, 2022
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When people are suffering from mental health problems, the last thing they need to hear is that their feelings or illness isnt real.

Opinion: Faking it

March 16, 2022
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Dogpatch released their most recent single Slug​ //Mushroom earlier this summer.

Tune Into This: Dogpatch

February 3, 2022
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Cosplay is a way that people interact with their favorite fandoms and other fans. What some many consider nerdy has enjoyed an enormous subculture all its own.

Creative community

February 1, 2022
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Though students have been through a lot during the pandemic, staff members at MCHS and throughout the country have also felt burned out by the sudden changes to the field of education.

Spring break tired

December 15, 2021
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Tune In To This: Bears in Trees

December 2, 2021
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As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, more and more people have turned to Twitch for social connection — including many at MCHS.

Streaming connections

November 22, 2021
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Students in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Pathway dissect cow eyeballs on November 17 in Laura Dziubinskis Honors Human Body Systems class in room 370 at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Human Body Systems dissection

November 18, 2021
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Leadership in Action students play a team-building game during class on Nov. 2 in the hallways of the Upper Campus. These student leaders bring these games to the Freshmen Campus and play them during AIM once a week.

In the lead

November 10, 2021
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On September 11, 2001, many of MCHSs teachers were in the classroom—some as teachers, others as students. Each one of them still remembers that fateful day.

A turning point

September 11, 2021
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After a long and hard process, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been approved by the FDA for use in people aged 16 or older, though is still available to kids 12-15 through emergency use authroization.

Pfizer vaccine fully approved by FDA

August 23, 2021
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anticlimactic excitement fills the air as students prepare for summer on the final day of the school year.

MCHS celebrates last day of school

May 25, 2021
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Jesse Andrews published The Haters, about three misfit musicians who ditch jazz camp to tour with their slapped-together band, was published b Amulet Books in 2016.

Review: “The Haters”

May 21, 2021
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The art hallway at East Campus is currently decorated with murals painted by students across decades — a beloved tradition that has helped shape the identity of the campus.

[Photo] The Freshman Campus

May 20, 2021
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West Campus seniors work on assignments during the second to last week of their school year. Teachers and underclassmen will remember the Class of 2021 as one who persevered through difficulty — and handled it with grace.

Never forgotten

May 14, 2021
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Though teachers at MCHS report that most students are wearing the masks correctly in their classroom, many students report that it has become a problem in the hallways — and data provided by administration seems to verify that student mask use has become worse since spring break.

Is mask use slipping?

May 5, 2021
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Weight gain over quarantine should be something that is celebrated rather than shamed because everyone needs to be a little nicer to themselves during such a rough and confusing time in the world.

[Photo] Opinion: The quarantine 15

May 19, 2021
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JoJo Siwa gives a tour of her new epic bedroom in a 2018 video on YouTube. Many fans, including MCHS students, say that coming out makes an important and powerful statement.

I’m coming out

March 1, 2021
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From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, people flood stores looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year has been the opposite of normal, though, so shoppers shouldnt shop as they normally do.

Opinion: Shop safe this holiday season

December 11, 2020
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Even as remote learning continued, MCHSs drama club managed to put together a fall play. Carissa Hudson helped direct that play until COVID shut down performances.

Setting the stage

December 9, 2020
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People who consider themselves alternative usually express it through social media posts, but what people consider alt has its roots in punk-rock—and in social politics.

That is so punk

November 30, 2020
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An enormous text book sits on an MCHS students desk waiting to be cracked open. Because of remote learning, though, some students havent had the energy or motivation to participate in their classes.

Lost in translation

November 18, 2020
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Waiting to hear the verdict on the rest of her senior year, Senior Gracee Majkrzak draws on her East Campus parking spot.

Senior Spotlight

May 13, 2020
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