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

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic taught in many public high schools around the U.S., but some schools have pulled it from its curriculum after concerns of a white savior narrative and made room for more diverse voices.

Opinion: Replacing a classic is a mistake

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer November 15, 2022

After talking with parents or other older relatives about their high school experiences one thing becomes apparent, they have all read a book that the school no longer teaches. It doesn’t seem all that...

Though movies like The Hunger Games can be thrilling rides, Suzanne Collinss book uses slower pacing to develop stronger characters and deeper emotions.

Opinion: Don’t judge a book by its movie

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

It's an age-old debate that was never really a debate to begin with: Which is better — the book or the movie? Though some people find the speed of movies more enjoyable and enjoy that films often require...

The publishing industry has not historically supported literature written by women. In the wake of Womens History Month, its important to honor the contribuions of women in this creative field.

Review: Four books by written by women to read this Women’s History Month

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor April 5, 2022

March was women's history month. Here are some quality books written by women who are people of color, queer, or made a difference in the world of writing. All of these authors are talented and influential...

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?

Opinion: Banning books bans education

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor March 3, 2022

A student walks into a library, and their eyes immediately catch on a sign that says “most challenged books of 2020.” The books that are listed are some of their favorites. “To Kill a Mockingbird,”...

The Library Media Center at the Upper Campus keeps an updated collection of books by diverse authors, including contemporary black authors.

Review: Four books by Black authors to read this Black History Month

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor March 2, 2022

Since 1926, the month of February has been recognized as Black History Month in the United States. This month serves to honor the contributions African-Americans have made in many fields, including the...

Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower based on his own childhood in 1998. Chbosky wrote the screenplay and directed the 2012, which strikes the perfect tone as the world eases into the holidays.

Groovy Movies: You’re a wallflower

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 13, 2020

Now that COVID cases are going back up, and the earth is basically at a standstill once again, we are all desperate for some new content to immerse ourselves in so that we can all feel a little less alone....

The librarys reading challenge is part of West Campuss Spirit Barrel Battle. Students and teachers who read can help their grade level earn points over other classes.

The reading rivalry

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer January 29, 2020

Throughout the day, Cheryl Myers works diligently in West's new and improved  library. During study hall hours, Myers reminds students to focus on their academics, and she tries to persuade them to check-out...

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