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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

Vanessa Moreno

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor

Vanessa Moreno is a senior at McHenry High School's Upper Campus. She loves physics, history and writing news stories. In her spare time, she enjoys reading dark fiction and listening to music. This is Vanessa's second year on the Messenger's staff.

Recognition:

"Still fine" (Best of SNO, SNO Story of the Year)

"At the center of 'the drug triangle'" (IJEA, Best of SNO, DePaul Blue Book, IWPA, NFPW)

"This is fine" (YJI's Frank Keegan Award for News, DePaul Blue Book, Best of SNO)

NSPA Leadership Award in Student Journalism (2023)

2023 IHSA State (third in News Writing)

2023 IHSA Sectionals (third in News Writing)

IJEA Fall Journalism Convention Write-Offs (first in News Writing)

“Changing plans” (IJEA)

"She's not your perfect Mexican daughter" (Best of SNO)

2022 IHSA Sectionals (second in News Writing)

All content by Vanessa Moreno
Despite a state law that says A student may not be issued a monetary fine or fee as a disciplinary consequence, students at MCHS continue to receive tickets from the McHenry Police Department for their behavior in school.

Still fine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
May 19, 2023
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Vanessa Moreno, News Editor

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
May 11, 2023
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Former U.S. president Donald Trump appears in court at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony charges

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
April 14, 2023
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Erika Sanchez speaks about her writing on Feb. 8 in the Upper Campus auditorium as part of Writers Week.

She’s not your perfect Mexican daughter

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
February 27, 2023
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Police tape hangs from a sign post outside Richneck Elementary School following a shooting on Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old student was taken into custody after reportedly shooting a teacher during an altercation in a classroom at Richneck Elementary School on Friday. The teacher, a woman in her 30s, suffered “life-threatening” injuries and remains in critical condition.

Opinion: When will enough be enough?

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
January 25, 2023
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People living in McHenry County have struggled with addiction during the opioid epidemic. Some say chains like Walgreens and CVS have made the problem even worse.

At the center of ‘the drug triangle’

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
January 18, 2023
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Because of MCHSs student volunteers this holiday season, including those from Key Club and other service organizations, many children in the community will receive Christmas presents that might not have otherwise.

Santa’s helpers

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
December 22, 2022
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Students participate in a joust at the winter spirit rally on Dec. 16 in the Upper Campus main gym.

Gallery: Winter spirit rally

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
December 19, 2022
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As the U.S. Supreme Court opens oral arguments Monday on whether to strike down affirmative action, UC’s long struggle to bring diversity to its 10 campuses offers lessons on race-neutral admission practices.

Opinion: Affirmative action should stay in place

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
November 28, 2022
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Arturo Delgadillo, dressed fittingly as a super hero for Halloween, poses in the Center for Science, Technology and Industry. Formerly a police officer, Delgadillo now supervises the security teams at both the Upper and Freshman Campuses.

Who it takes to keep MCHS safe

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
November 9, 2022
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Leah Pelletier, a science instructor who teaches Honors Principles of Biomedical Science, Honors Medical Interventions and Medical Residency, has found that teaching bridges her passion for science and nurturing people.

Changing plans

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
October 12, 2022
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Students, parents, faculty, administration and the board of education celebrate the Class of 2022 during a special commencement ceremony on May 21 in the Upper Campus main gym during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Gallery: Graduation 2022

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
May 23, 2022
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The McHenry Police Department is housed at the McHenry Municipal Center on Green St. The department has partnered with MCHS to send student resource officers to the school.

This is fine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
May 19, 2022
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Senior Reese Vincent, GSAs president, says that recent bills aimed at restricting discussion of gender and sexual orientation in Florida classrooms are a reaction to society becoming more accepting of LGBTQ+ people.

To say or not say gay

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
April 14, 2022
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Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2022.

Russian forces launch attack on Ukraine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
February 25, 2022
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The Hidden Pearl coffee shop, located on Green Street in downtown McHenry, partnered with West Campus in 2019 to serve students and staff coffee at the beginning of the school day. Though it was closed months later to make room for the booster club, the partnership is set to return on Tuesday.

Hidden Pearl returns to Upper Campus

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor
January 31, 2022
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Students perform in Colleen Eddys dance class on December 9 in the dance room at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Dance class

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
January 12, 2022
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Spanish teacher Natalie Alatorre, who teaching at MCHS during remote learning, has hit her stride now as a second year teacher at both the Freshman Campus and the Upper Campus.

Giving back

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
January 6, 2022
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Students partake in a mock trial held in Youth and Law on December 2 in room 320 at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Mock trial

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
December 6, 2021
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When Taylor Swift announced her intention to rerecord Red and reassert her ownership over her music, many knew that the rerelease would be one of the biggest releases of the year.

Review: “Red (Taylor’s Version)”

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
December 1, 2021
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Debris litters the street at a crime scene on Nov. 21 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more.

Five dead, 48 injured in holiday parade tragedy

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
November 23, 2021
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Students find a quiet place to work in the College Career Center at the Upper Campus on November 11. Named after District 156 Superintendent Dr. Ryan McTague, the space now houses the Upper Campuss counselors and student services division.

Looking forward

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
November 16, 2021
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Social media has made speaking one’s mind easier than ever. But to make a real difference, activists must do more than retweet, post, or rant on their favorite social media platform.

Opinion: Social media activism is not enough

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
November 11, 2021
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Many MCHS students are content with the current dress code, which is reasonable and fair, and are not interested in testing its boundaries.

Pro: Dress code protests are a distraction

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
October 27, 2021
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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.

The protest that wasn’t

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
September 29, 2021
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Students enjoy a new sense of freedom and control of their learning environments within the new blended learning model during 7th period on September 17.

Upper Campus expands blended learning opportunities

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer
September 17, 2021
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