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

Oliver Simpson

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

Oliver Simpson is a senior at McHenry High School's West Campus. He enjoys writing and has a passion for civil rights and activism. In addition to writing for the Messenger, he is the Co-President to the McHenry Gender and Sexuality Alliance.

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Essential workers are already putting their lives at risk to keep people healthy. Though businesses are excited to reopen their doors, doing so would put public back at risk unnecessarily.

Opinion: Keep the economy closed

May 14, 2020
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For some, social distancing and digital learning has provided flexibility and made life easier. For others, not being able to friends, talk to teachers, or follow a routine has impacted mental health in profoudly negative ways.

Taking a toll

April 28, 2020
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Jodi Cone stands in front of an American flag before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during her video announcements on March 20.

Above and beyond

April 8, 2020
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McHenry County College is hosting a series of workshops to prepare students for college. This is an opportunity for students to learn and prepare to take the next step in continuing education.

MCC plans college readiness series

February 12, 2020
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Like adult paint and sips, the NAHS event on February 7 will help artists of all kinds paint something beautiful — just without the alcoholic beverages.

NAHS invites students to paint and sip

February 3, 2020
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Though the practice of “cutting weight” is illegal according to the IHSA, some wrestlers choose not to eat to keep themselves at the top of their weight class.

Taking one for the team

December 18, 2019
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News Briefs: Week of December 16

December 16, 2019
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Mx Ethan Rosengarten, MCHSs new French teacher, identifies as nonbinary. Rosengarten uses Mx instead of Mr. or Mrs. because the letter X is often used to make words gender neutral and drops the period at the end because a period is only used when it’s an abbreviation.

Breaking binaries

November 15, 2019
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After 10 years, someone who has a 1-year certificate from trade school only makes $1,000 less than someone with a 4-year degree—so why do high schools channel so many of its students to college?

Opinion: Shaming trade schools

November 14, 2019
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Special education teacher Joe Kalisek served in the Army from 1985-2015 with consecutive service in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1990-2015.

Hometown Heroes

November 11, 2019
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