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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

Grace Bellavia

Grace Bellavia, Social Media Manager

Grace Bellavia is a sophomore at Mchenry High School's Upper Campus. She enjoys music, and her favorite artists are Adele, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. She also enjoys playing video games, sports, and spending time with her mom. This is Grace's first year on the Messenger staff. 

Recognition:

2024 IHSA Sectionals (third in Photo Storytelling)

All content by Grace Bellavia
Toast & Roast, located on Green St. in downtown McHenry, is a coffee shop that opened up in early March.

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Students played teachers at two different volleyball matches during the spring spirit rally on April 5 in the Upper Campus main gym. The frosh-soph team beat the Freshman Campus teachers, but the upperclassmen lost to the Upper Campus teachers.

[Photo] Some assembly required

Aika Villa, Page Designer
April 8, 2024
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MCHSs drama students perform Shrek: The Musical in the Upper Campus auditorium on March 10.

[Photo] This is how a dream comes true

Mackenzie Sroka, Editor In Chief
March 22, 2024
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On March 1, MCHS rocked out at the annual Battle of the Bands event in the Freshmen Campus theater. After many performances, judges crowned Happy Accident as the winning musician.

[Photo] Taking the stage 

Dominic Burnett, Freshman Reporter
March 18, 2024
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Author Matt de la Pena addresses students at the Upper Campus on Feb. 8 in the auditorium during MCHSs Writers Week hosted by the English Department.

[Photo] Creating a legacy

Lily Adams, Feature Editor
March 1, 2024
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Noah Etten, who plays Lord Farquaad, rehearses with other  for Shrek: The Musical in February in the Upper Campus auditorium.

[Photo] Welcome to the swamp

Michalina Sotka, Print Managing Editor
February 21, 2024
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Old, faded signs on the doors to the Upper Campus that restrict firearms at the school would do little to stop a school shooting, but MCHS has put measures in place to protect students.

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Old, faded signs on the doors to the Upper Campus that restrict firearms at the school would do little to stop a school shooting, but MCHS has put measures in place to protect students.

[Photo] Triggered

February 12, 2024
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The week before Winter Formal, students participate in spirit week. Fridays theme was Anything But A Backpack Day, where students use unconventional methods to carry their school supplies from class to class for the day.

MCHS shows spirit during winter sprit week 

Grace Bellavia, Social Media Manager
January 19, 2024
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dele on opening night of Weekends With Adele at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Nov. 18, 2022. She and other musicians have decided not to do encores at the end of concerts.

Review: Weekends with Adele

Grace Bellavia, Social Media Manager
November 16, 2023
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MCHS students work and interact with preschool students to benefit both of their learning.

[Photo] Kids teaching kids

November 13, 2023
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Taylor Swift attends Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie world premiere at AMC The Grove 14 on Oct. 11, 2023, in Los Angeles.

Review | This night is flawless

Grace Bellavia, Social Media Manager
November 6, 2023
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A stack of AP World History books represents the amount of work required of students in Advanced Placement classes. But just because the class is difficult doesnt mean it isnt worth the work.

[Photo] Opinion | AP classes are worth it

Michalina Sotka, Staff Writer
October 18, 2023
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MCHSs Homecoming parade took place on Sunday, Sept. 24. The route started at the Freshman Campus, followed Green Street, and ended at Veterans Park where the Homecoming King and Queen were crowned.

[Photo] Gallery: Homecoming parade

Lily Adams, Staff Writer
September 27, 2023
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MCHS cheer team performs a stunt during the varsity football game against Huntley on Sept. 1 at McCracken Field.

[Photo] Back to McCracken

Hunter Blake, Sports Editor
September 6, 2023
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