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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

Gabe Santos

Gabe Santos, A&E Editor

Gabe Santos is a junior at Mchenry High School's Upper Campus. He participates in the MCHS Theater department (on and off stage). He plays guitar, writes, and babysits his two siblings in his free time. This is Gabe's second year on the Messenger's staff.

Recognition:

NSPA Leadership Award in Student Journalism (2024)

“Opinion | Let’s make this house a Homecoming” (IWPA)

"More than just a victim" (Best of SNO)

"Have you seen the signs?" (Best of SNO)

“Review: Fighting high expectations” (IJEA)

All content by Gabe Santos
The Miss McHenry Pageant is a community tradition that provides scholarships for young women in McHenry. However, some believe that the pageant is not inclusive.

Opinion | Miss McHenry misses the mark

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 11, 2024
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Usher performs during halftime of Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Usher at the Super Bowl

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 28, 2024
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A student may walk through the halls of MCHS never knowing that the person walking past them is a victim of sexual assault — but those victims need to know they aren’t alone.

More than just a victim

Leylah Moreno and Gabe Santos
February 14, 2024
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Sophomore class of 2026 sits in the auditorium for a mandatory AIM meeting discussing new attendance policy for the spring semester

Opinion | The new attendance policy could be more harmful than helpful

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 23, 2024
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Shortly after her release from prison, Munchhausen syndrome by proxy victim Gypsy Rose Blanchard tells her story in The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard docuseries.

In her own words

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 16, 2024
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2023 was filled with many albums and music. Each month had their own best releases, but there are a few artists and songs that have stood out over the year as a whole.

2023: A year in review

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 11, 2024
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Messenger Mixtape Volume 2, Track 4: Sunflower by Rex Orange County

Messenger Mixtape Volume 2, Track 4: “Sunflower” by Rex Orange County

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 13, 2023
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MCHSs top songs of the year have been recognized and wrapped up for this year.

MCHS Wrapped

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 7, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Volume 2, Track 2: “Valerie” by Amy Whinehouse

Messenger Mixtape Volume 2, Track 2: “Valerie” by Amy Whinehouse

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 9, 2023
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This past Wednesday, the Columbia College Faculty Union took to South Wabash Avenue with picket signs to fight against an administration that does not value its students.

Columbia on strike

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 3, 2023
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Theres a reason why Michael Jacksons Thriller and The Monster Mash are staples at Halloween parties — they are spooky, catchy and fun. But there are plenty of other songs that fall into these categories that should become Halloween staples as well.

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Drake performs in concert at the Staples Center on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Review | Nothing is the same

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
October 17, 2023
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Halloween is not just a time to drink pumpkin spice lattes and pick out costumes for trick-or-treating; its also a time to watch scary movies — and these five movies are essential viewing this time of year.

Countdown to Halloween | The 5 best horror movies 

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
October 6, 2023
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Homecoming of 1963 saw flowwy, flared dresses as the main trend, along with bow ties and casual suits for the boys. Hair on the shorter to medium side, and lots of white. Not super colorful looks, but still classic.

Looking sharp

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
September 29, 2023
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Students dance and cheer each other on at last years Homecoming dance on Oct. 8, 2022 in the Upper Campus main gym.

Playlist: A Messenger Homecoming

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
September 25, 2023
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Football players wait for the float to leave before last year’s Homecoming parade on Oct. 2, 2022 at the Freshman Campus. Each year, school spirit seems to get bigger and bigger during Homecoming because the organizations leading it put students first.

Opinion: Let’s make this house a Homecoming

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
September 25, 2023
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Comedians Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla pose for the Streamy Awards in 2010. After 12 years, the Smosh brand is back in Hecox and Padillas hands

Friendship always wins

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
September 12, 2023
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No McHenry Pit signs have been appearing in front of houses all over McHenry. There have been many city council meetings to discuss whether or not there will be a gravel pit behind the McHenry Outdoor Theater.

Have you seen the signs?

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
September 11, 2023
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From left, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg perform during halftime of Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13 2022, in Inglewood, California.

Review: 50 years, 50 rappers

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
August 31, 2023
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Both Barbie and Oppenheimer would have made an impact on their own, but combined they became an absolute powerhouse in Hollywood this summer, debuting at $162 million and $82.4 million respectively in box office sales.

The two-headed monster that destroyed box office

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
August 30, 2023
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Summer is one of the best times to listen to music since the songs we listen to most get tied to the memories we make and adventures we take.

Playlist: Summer sunshine sounds

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 25, 2023
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The Class of 2023 throws their caps at the end of the graduation ceremony at McCracken Field on May 20 — the first combined graduation held on the newly-renovated football field.

Defining the Class of 2023

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 23, 2023
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All musicians create demos, but most of those demos arent meant for fans to enjoy. Streaming, though, has made it easier for for fans to find demos — and sites like Soundcloud have made it easier for leakers to share demos widely.

Demos, leaks and lost tracks

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 22, 2023
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On May 16 and 17, students from MCHSs choirs performed at the annual Pops Concert at the Upper Campus auditorium.

Gallery: Spring Pops Concert

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 22, 2023
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MCHS band Robot Man won the 2023 Battle of the Bands, played at the spring spirit rally and has become popular. The band will be releasing original music soon.

Robotman to drop first release

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 18, 2023
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Dominik Mysterio prepares to take on his opponent during “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood” at the Sofi Stadium on April 1-2.

Wrestlemania goes Hollywood

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 17, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 12: I Know The End by Phoebe Bridgers

Messenger Mixtape Track 12: “I Know The End” by Phoebe Bridgers

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 16, 2023
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A persons high school experience is defined in some ways by the music they listen to. Heres a playlist of the songs that defined the experience of the Class of 2023

Playlist: Class Of 2023 Playlist

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 15, 2023
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Music has always been an important aspect in the culture of the world, but how has music influenced changes in that culture?

Cultural resets: Moments that changed the focus of popular music

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
May 2, 2023
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Tyler, The Creator performs on the Frank Stage on the final day of the three-day Day N Vegas hip-hop music festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.

Review: Everything must remain

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 18, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 11: “Waterfalls” by TLC

Messenger Mixtape Track 11: “Waterfalls” by TLC

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 13, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 10: “The Great Gig In The Sky” by Pink Floyd

Messenger Mixtape Track 10: “The Great Gig In The Sky” by Pink Floyd

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 6, 2023
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As MCHS is winding down for spring break, The Messenger has put together our top picks for the perfect spring break playlist.

Playlist: Blooming beats

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 24, 2023
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MTV Unplugged defines a generation with acoustic performances from the worlds biggest artists.

Unplugging a generation

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 17, 2023
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Though MCHS offers creative students a  number of opportunities to express themselves, more would allow these students to earn the recognition they deserve — and would enrich MCHS in other ways.

Opinion: MCHS should showcase student talent more often

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 15, 2023
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The cast of MCHSs SpongeBob: The Musical sing on stage during a rehearsal on March 6 in the Upper Campus Auditorium.

Review: I am not a simple sponge

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 10, 2023
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Throwback Review: The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Throwback Review: “The Slim Shady LP” by Eminem

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 3, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 09: Blind by Korn

Messenger Mixtape Track 09: “Blind” by Korn

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 28, 2023
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Throwback Review: “The Score” by The Fugees

Throwback Review: “The Score” by The Fugees

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 21, 2023
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Celebrating Mac Miller

Celebrating Mac Miller

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 15, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 08: Void by Ronen

Messenger Mixtape Track 08: “Void” by Ronen

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 10, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 07: Alien Blues by Vundabar

Messenger Mixtape Track 07: “Alien Blues” by Vundabar

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 31, 2023
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David Bowies Blackstar, released at the end of his life in 2016, endures as one of his powerful — even in a particularly popular and influential catalog.

Throwback Review: “Blackstar” by David Bowie

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 26, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 06: Hey Lover! by Wabie

Messenger Mixtape Track 06: “Hey Lover!” by Wabie

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 23, 2023
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2022 was an incredible year for music, and The Messenger has compiled a list of the best, and worst, albums of the year.

The best music of 2022 (and the rest)

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 20, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 05: “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin

Messenger Mixtape Track 05: “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 17, 2023
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Messenger Mixtape Track 04: Skeleton by The Front Bottoms

Messenger Mixtape Track 04: “Skeleton” by The Front Bottoms

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 21, 2022
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Though some teenagers might not be informed enough to vote, the right should not be denied to those young people who work hard to stay in the know.

Opinion: The legal voting age should be lowered

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 20, 2022
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While Kings Disease III is a good album, it brings up the question, is Nass legacy better left untouched?

Review: Is a legendary career better left untouched?

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 19, 2022
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Messenger Mixtape, Track 03: Cashout by Fugazi

Messenger Mixtape, Track 03: “Cashout” by Fugazi

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 14, 2022
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Messenger Mixtape, Track 02: “When Ur Gone” by 916frosty

Messenger Mixtape, Track 02: “When Ur Gone” by 916frosty

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 8, 2022
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Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak teamed up last year to release the surprise album An Evening With Silk Sonic which is still impressive a year later.

Throwback Review: “Spend the Evening With Silk Sonic” by Silk Sonic

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 6, 2022
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Messenger Mixtape, Track 01: Sunset by Nayeon

Messenger Mixtape, Track 01: “Sunset” by Nayeon

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 29, 2022
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Kendricks Lamars second studio album good kid, m.A.A.d. city was released on Oct. 22, 2012 by Top Dawg Entertainment.

Throwback Review: “good kid, m.A.A.D. city” by Kendrick Lamar

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 21, 2022
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Last week, rappers Drake and 21 Savage collaboratively released Her Loss through OVO Sound, Republic Records, Slaughter Gang Entertainment and Epic Records.

Review: “Her Loss” might be his loss

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 14, 2022
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Last week, 88rising and Warner Records released Smithereens, the third studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Joji.

Review: Had to learn to let go

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 11, 2022
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NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade honoree Taylor Swift performs onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Review: Fighting high expectations

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 10, 2022
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Just Stop Oil protesters glued themselves to the wall and then threw tomato soup at Vincent Van Goghs iconic 1888-9 art work Sunflowers, at the National Gallery on Oct. 14, 2022, in London.

Opinion: Art should not be destroyed to make a point

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
November 1, 2022
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A memorial statue of John Lennon sits in a park in Cuba, showing the wide-reaching influence of the former Beatle on the world.

Lennon’s legacy

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
October 20, 2022
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Though Green Days Dookie rocketed them into the mainstream — dragging pop-punk from the underground with them — Insomniac showed that there was more to the band than snotty punk-rock stereotypes.

Throwback Review: “Insomniac” by Green Day

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
October 18, 2022
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Though the popularity of HBOs Euphoria is due to its dramatic portrayal of teenage addiction, much of its mood is created by its equally dramatic soundrack.

Throwback Review: “Euphoria” by Labrinth

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer
October 6, 2022
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Though digital apps like My Homework and Minga are designed to help students and staff, many have found the transition confusing and unhelpful — and a possible breach of privacy.

Opinion: Mingapocolypse

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer
September 9, 2022
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