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

Emma Snyder

Emma Snyder, News Editor

Emma Snyder is a senior at West Campus this year. She is excited about returning to the newspaper staff. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and doing anything creative. She is looking forward to learning and growing as a journalist.


2021 IJEA All-State Journalism Team

NINA High School Scholarship

2021 IHSA State (3rd in news writing)

2021 IHSA Sectionals (3rd in news writing)

"MCHS announces, postpones new digital learning model" (IJEA)

"Sister parents" by (IJEA)

"One year later" (Best of SNO)

“Symphonic band performs at All-State” (IJEA)

"MCHS teachers and staff receive first COVID dose" (Best of SNO)

All content by Emma Snyder
West math teacher Emma Theel fills out forms for Kiss a Senior Goodbye, a Key Club event to make sure each senior leaves high school with a special note from a student. Theel has been Key Club advisor for 20 years.

The key to success

May 19, 2021
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Emma Snyder

Emma Snyder

May 11, 2021
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Wests Homecoming king and queen Max DeCicco and Ashley Wachter pose with East Homecoming queen and king Alexis Friedle and Ryan Barrett outside of East Campus on April 19 following coronation.

Gallery: Homecoming coronation

April 20, 2021
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Varsity football players warm up before the first football game of a delayed season against Prairie Ridge on March 19 at Huntley High School.

Football season kicks off

March 23, 2021
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Empty, socially distant desks wait in the West Campus south foyer for students to sit and eat their lunches — one of many ways the past year felt different to students.

One year later

March 12, 2021
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Teachers and staff at Des Moines Public Schools got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic held at Central Campus. Overall, Illinois is sixth in the country, following more populous states, in terms of percent of the population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

McHenry County behind on vaccination

February 9, 2021
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A stack of MCHS yearbooks sit in Mitch Stengels classroom while he teaches on February 2. Though it was only his first year as advisor, Stengel helped his team create a third place yearbook even during a pandemic.

The Warrior wins

February 3, 2021
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Remote learning has been tough for everyone — including teachers and parents — but it has been most difficult for students both younger and older. When older siblings step up to help younger siblings with their school work, life has not only become more complicated, but also more rewarding.

Essay: Sister parents

January 25, 2021
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CTE division chair Karyn Burmeister walks into West Campus wearing a mask on November 20. As cases in McHenry County rise, staff rely on clear information to decide whether to work from their classroom or from home.

Containing COVID

December 1, 2020
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President-elect Joe Biden celebrates his election victory in a speech on November 9 to the American public. During his transition, Biden has continued to preach unity between political parties—a key campaign message.

President-elect Biden begins transition

November 17, 2020
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The course of the 2020 Presidential Election has been full of twists and turns, all leading to a close race between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

2020 Presidential race still uncertain

November 5, 2020
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A student wears a mask in the hallways at West Campus on October 20, only a couple days before the district announced they would be pausing plans to begin a hybrid schedule.

Hybrid learning “paused”

October 29, 2020
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Starting September 21, select classes began meeting in person. This included MCHSs bands, which practiced outside of East Campus on September 22.

MCHS begins to open back up to students

September 25, 2020
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Senior Kaili Wegner sells her handmade earrings locally and donates 50% of the proceeds to local organizations. She is one of a handful of seniors who has started a small business during the shelter-in-place order.

Young professionals

May 13, 2020
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The shelter-in-place order has been the source of much bad news — from a crashing economy to cancelled graduations. Despite this, both student and community groups are trying to give back and make the most out of difficult circumstances.

The kindness of coronavirus

May 6, 2020
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Many athletes have spent most of their lives preparing for their varsity season only to have it ripped away by COVID-19. But for these athletes, who  continue to train and stay positive, the game isn’t over yet.

What now?

April 29, 2020
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Construction workers smooth concrete floors for the first floor of the new extension at West Campus on April 10. Construction remains on schedule despite school being closed for the remainder of the school year.

Construction continues without delay

April 21, 2020
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Though social distancing guidelines have created a lot of stress for students and their families, many in the community have been able to see the silver lining of these unprecedented circumstances.

The bright side of coronavirus

April 14, 2020
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Trapping the ball, varsity girls soccer player Ellie Ruppethal prepares to pass during a varsity girls soccer game last year against Grayslake Central.

New and improved

March 13, 2020
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This years spring musical Chicago will premiere on February 28 in the West Auditorium, which is being billed as student night.

All that jazz

February 21, 2020
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Spencer Hile, director of MCHS bands, leads the symphonic band on February 1 at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. This was the bands first major statewide recognition for musical excellence.

Symphonic band performs at All-State

February 10, 2020
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Rachel Hanson has taught special education for 14 years, though this is only her second year working at West Campus.

Touching hearts and minds

January 27, 2020
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Austin Lichtenstein and Caleb Schopen contribute ideas to the first TED-ED meeting at East Campus on January 14. The new club will provide students opportunities to create and perform their own TED Talks.

MCHS launches new TED-Ed club

January 22, 2020
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