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

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.


"At the center of 'the drug triangle'" (Best of SNO)

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

"This is fine" (Best of SNO)

2022 IHSA Sectionals (second in News Writing)

All content by Vanessa Moreno
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?

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’

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

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

December 19, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)”

December 1, 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

November 16, 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

September 29, 2021
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