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

Kyla Henige

Kyla Henige, Features Editor

Kyla Henige is a senior at McHenry High School's Upper Campus. She has been a part of the Messenger staff since her freshman year, and takes pride in her writing. Kyla is involved in Key Club, StuCo, LIA, soccer, and theater. She intends on joining the National Guard and going to college to study political science and journalism. Kyla is very excited to see even more growth in the newspaper this year, and can't wait to finish what she started.


“Fear of the unknown” (Best of SNO)

2022 IHSA Sectionals (third in Feature Writing)

“Essay: You are not alone” (1st in IWPA Communications Contest, Best of SNO, IJEA)

2021 IHSA Sectionals (sixth in Sports Writing)

“Your offensive language may hurt someone else” (IJEA)

All content by Kyla Henige
Students find their place cards during prom on April 29 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg.

A roaring recap

May 23, 2022
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Many seniors have been waiting their whole childhood for graduation day. Other seniors, though, don’t feel as confident or certain about their path after high school and may even be scared to leave high school.

Fear of the unknown

May 13, 2022
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Molara Fashola founded the BLACK club in hopes to create a more inclusive and supportive school community. All students are welcomed into the club as long as they are willing to listen, learn and denounce racism.

Including the excluded

March 24, 2022
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Stools are useful for helping people get to higher places and reach what they could not before. MCHS’s community has students, staff and parents who have helped others reach new heights in a similar way by stepping up during unprecedented times.

Stepping up

March 4, 2022
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During the week of Feb. 28, Warrior Buddies is leading a special spirit week aimed to End the Word. The R-slur is a word that people should have stopped using long ago.

[Photo] Opinion: End the word

March 1, 2022
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Even as many states lift masking mandates, many businesses still want to see proof of vaccination. But what about those who have their reasons not to get the jab?

Opinion: Requiring vaccines is wrong

February 11, 2022
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For many students who have struggled with addiction and depression, medication is a helpful way of managing mental illness. The journey toward diagnosis and prescription, though, can take an emotional toll.

Essay: You are not alone

January 21, 2022
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The Class of 2021 tosses their caps following their commencement ceremony on May 20 outside of East Campus. This was one of 14 separate graduation ceremonies held by East Campus.

Gallery: East and West graduation

May 24, 2021
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Though the vaccine hasnt received official approval for people under the age of 18, several teenagers, including MCHS students, have received vaccines as essential workers or because they are at-risk.

Next in line

April 23, 2021
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A row of desks sits empty in a West Campus classroom, every other featuring a sticker with a Warrior head that says, Social distancing required. Please dont sit here. Now that ISBE and IDPH have issued new guidance, these stickers may become obsolete

Opinion: Bring students back

March 16, 2021
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Though he has played a variety of roles throughout his tenure at MCHS, college prep instructor Kris Hokinson has made a powerful impact on his students.

Hele mai ho’ohiwahiwa

February 9, 2021
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Being a teenager is already stressful enough, and the pressure added by the pandemic has made it so much worse. When parents add to this stress by being too pushy, research shows that it can have a particularly negative effect for a teenager.

Opinion: Parents just don’t understand

January 26, 2021
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[Photo] Comfort food

December 2, 2020
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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.

[Photo] Containing COVID

December 1, 2020
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A face recognition body temperature thermometer stands just inside of the West Campus south entrance ready to scan visitors who enter the building.


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An illustration on a poster provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health shows a child wearing a mask. The posters hang in West Campus, though only few students currently attend class in the building.


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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.

[Photo] Hybrid learning “paused”

October 29, 2020
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Stefanie Lukas leads students through a math lesson at East Campus before the switch to remote learning in March.

MCDH approves hybrid learning

September 30, 2020
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News Briefs: Week of May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020
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Though digital learning has been stressful for many students, parents have also had a tough job during shelter-in-place. Many parents are balancing a job from home with the demands of parenting, and many have even lost their jobs.

[Photo] Parenting in a Pandemic

April 28, 2020
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With Chicago mayor Laurie Lightfoot at his side, Governor J.B. Pritzker issues a directive to all Illinois residents to stay at home during a Friday press conference.

COVID-19 leaves Illinois in lock down

March 21, 2020
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Though construction broke ground in September, the structure that will make up West Campuss new wing began taking shape at the beginning of second semester.

West’s new wing one-third complete

February 6, 2020
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Seniors Erin Caner and Noelle Peters walk out of West Campus’s south foyer together. Seniors will be able to leave campus to eat lunch starting second semester.

Changing with the times

December 16, 2019
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Victims and their allies need a safe space or outlet to take a stand together and speak up when something is wrong. When things are left unsaid, the abuser gains more power, and the abuse will not stop.

Opinion: Help is on the way

November 19, 2019
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MCHS students take two standardized tests during their junior year—the Preliminary SAT in the fall and the official SAT in the spring.

Juniors tackle PSAT

October 23, 2019
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Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Carl Vallianatos addresses stakeholders during a groundbreaking ceremony on September 19 outside of West Campus.

Breaking new ground

October 7, 2019
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