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

Ciara Duncan

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor

Ciara Duncan is a senior at West Campus who’s determined to make this year good. She enjoys hanging out with friends and her boyfriend, going swimming and running, and all-things girly. She's fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the newspaper staff, and do what she likes best—meet others, learn about their stories, and give them a voice.

Recognition:

2021 IHSA Sectionals (1st in feature writing)

"Opinion: The quarantine 15" (Best of SNO)

“Essay: Defending democracy” (Best of SNO, IJEA)

"Don't forget remote students" (IJEA)

"'GTA' is here to stay, Marcus C. Evans Jr." (IJEA)

“Seeing color” (Best of SNO, IJEA)

All content by Ciara Duncan
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.

Opinion: The quarantine 15

May 19, 2021
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Ciara Duncan

Ciara Duncan

May 14, 2021
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Not every student becomes valedictorian or gets a full-ride scholarship to the school of their choice. Students who fly under the radar, though, still have a stories to tell, and still cherish their memories at MCHS.

Under the radar

May 10, 2021
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Throughout the pandemic, teachers have had to shift their practices many times between asynchronous remote learning, synchronous remote learning, and various hybrid learning models. This has been difficult for them as well as their students, but all of them have persevered and grown.

The teacher becomes the student

April 30, 2021
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Freshman Daniel Thomas stands outside of West Campus with his Greentastic climate agreement. Thomas penned the agreement with environmental club in an attempt to make a positive change at MCHS.

Making the world a greener place

April 29, 2021
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Dr. Jeff Prickett has been the principal of East Campus since 2017, and changed the culture of the building in many ways. Pricket will continue to put relationships at the forefront as he becomes the principal of both the upper and lower campuses starting during the 2021-22 school year.

Defining greatness

April 26, 2021
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The mix of remote and hybrid learning models has created new challenges for students who are still stuck at home.

Opinion: Don’t forget remote students

February 5, 2021
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Right now, Illinois restaurants and bars are supposed to be closed to indoor dining. Though this helps stop the spread of COVID-19, it unfairly punishes the small business who should not have to bear the brunt of the pandemic.

Opinion: Don’t punish local businesses

January 12, 2021
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A food service worker helps a driver load lunches to be delivered to MCHS students outside of West Campus on November 20.

Comfort food

December 2, 2020
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Weeks after the 2020 election—and after Democratic candidate Joe Biden was announced the winner of the presidential race—political signs still adorn neighborhoods throughout McHenry.

Essay: Defending democracy

November 24, 2020
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This falls new fashionable trends include Victorian-inspired clothing, more fashionable menswear, 90s inspired plaid and tartan, and capes.

Looking good, feeling good

November 10, 2020
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Lauren Horrocks, an ER nurse at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, wears a mask and extra protection as the hospital makes preparations for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

At the frontline of coronavirus

March 30, 2020
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After playing on boys teams for several seasons, which was not always accommodating, Wirth joined the Glen Ellyn Admirals, an all-girls hockey team.

Wirth it

March 6, 2020
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Leanna Anderson helps MCHS student at her IT help desk on January 7. She spends her time in the library solving student’s technology problems.

Keeping the machine running

January 9, 2020
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Gisselle Sandoval discusses the role race plays in her life. High school is a battle in its own, but the addition of being a minority makes it more difficult.

Seeing color

December 13, 2019
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Though being a foreign exchange student has kept Leproni busy, he misses the little things back at his home in Italy.

New face in a new place

October 18, 2019
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Review: Blink-182s NINE

Review: Blink-182’s ‘NINE’

October 4, 2019
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