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McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Rachel Kaminski

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator

Rachel Kaminski is a senior at McHenry High School's Upper Campus. She likes dressing up, crocheting, and has a burning passion for the stage. This is her fourth year being a contributing illustrator for the Mchenry Messenger and she has taken so much joy in doing so over the years. She loves going on adventures and getting herself as involved in her passions as she can.

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Recognition:

“Editorial Cartoon: Why replace the magic?” (IJEA)

2023 IHSA Sectionals (first in Editorial Cartooning)

“Six chances” (IJEA)

“Behind the curtain” (IJEA)

2022 IHSA Sectionals (first in Editorial Cartooning)

2021 IHSA Sectionals (second in Editorial Cartooning, fourth in Advertising)

"Should be fine" (IJEA)

 

All content by Rachel Kaminski
Disneys Steamboat Willie rendition of Mickey Mouse has officially become public domain as its copyright protection has expired after over 95 years.

[Photo] In the public's hands

February 5, 2024
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Editorial Cartoon: Rallying together?

Editorial Cartoon: Rallying together?

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator
April 3, 2023
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Editorial Cartoon: Why replace the magic?

Editorial Cartoon: Why replace the magic?

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator
February 27, 2023
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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.

[Photo] Opinion: The legal voting age should be lowered

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 20, 2022
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October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and both students and staff found ways to show their support beyond simply wearing pink — from running and raising money at 5Ks to staying at the side of loved ones fighting their diagnosis.

[Photo] The fight for survival

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer
November 7, 2022
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Summer isnt summer until a proper playlist has been put together. Thankfully, weve done the work for you.

[Photo] Playlist: The songs of summer

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor
May 23, 2022
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Editorial Cartoon: Behind the curtain

Editorial Cartoon: Behind the curtain

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator
March 25, 2022
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The word puzzle game Wordle has taken the world by storm. Players have only six chances to pick the right word.

[Photo] Six chances

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer
March 8, 2022
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Censoring books has a historical precident, usually to keep a population of people ignorant and control knowledge. So why is book banning making such a resurgence in states like such as Tennessee, Wyoming and Florida?

[Photo] Opinion: Banning books bans education

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor
March 3, 2022
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Megan Foxs engagement ring, given to her by her fiancé Machine Gun Kelly, reportedly has thorns on the bands so it would hurt to take off — which is only one part of their engagement that feels strange.

[Photo] Commentary: Controversial couple

February 9, 2022
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MCHSs spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will premiere in March. Students have already auditioned for the play, a process that can be nerve-wracking and empowering for young actors.

[Photo] Spring musical has sprung

January 20, 2022
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After an unprecedented school year in 2020-21, many students were hoping to ditch mask-wearing this year. Though a September protest planned at MCHS was poorly attended, others might be planned later in the school year.

[Photo] The protest that wasn’t

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
September 29, 2021
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Over the years, finals have only caused more stress — and damaged final grades that students worked so hard for. Thankfully, MCHS cancelled this years final — but will they eliminate them for good?

[Photo] Opinion: The final straw

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor
May 21, 2021
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The 2020-21 school year will forever be remembered for remote learning, wearing masks to school, and dramatic changes to school traditions, such as dances and athletic events. But this school year provided more memories to students than they might think — for better or worse.

[Photo] Opinion: The silver lining of a weird year

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director
May 13, 2021
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Many students are feeling a little extra anxious returning to school after spending th last year hiding behind a camera.

[Photo] Behind the mute button

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director
April 22, 2021
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Editorial Cartoon: Should be fine

Editorial Cartoon: Should be fine

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator
March 19, 2021
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When life gets heavy and things feel out of control, mental health professionals recommend putting time in to that which you can control — such as creating a clean, organized living space.

[Photo] Opinion: A clean room can improve your life

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor
February 16, 2021
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Popularized on the TV show Parks and Recreation, Galentines Day honors friendships between women more than romantic relationships and become an affirming alternative to Valentines Day.

[Photo] A day for the girls

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer
February 25, 2021
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