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

Emerson Gasmann participates in MCHSs signing event to celebrate her commitment to playing a sport at a collegian level on May 9.

Catalog of the committed

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 18, 2023

As MCHS students move on from high school and into the next chapter of their life, some students are continuing the sport they have played for years. These students are committed to the college of their...

Juniors and sophomores explore post-secondary options at the annual College & Career Expo on April 20 in the Upper Campus main gym.

Gallery: College & Career Expo

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

On April 20, MCHS held a College & Career Expo. This included around nearly 100 colleges and universities to explore in the Upper Campus first floor gym. Sophomores on that day all attended second...

From left, Ella Huff, of Grand Rapids, joins fellow Michigan State University students Sophie Apple and her sister, Abbey Apple, both of Washington Township, as they place flowers at The Rock, on Feb. 14, 2023, the day after a gunman killed three students and injured five others in a shooting on campus.

Opinion: MSU students need more time to heal after mass shooting

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor March 16, 2023

Only a week after a traumatic shooting took place, Michigan State University students and staff were expected to return to classes as normal. Students whose classes take place in halls where they experienced...

Signs hang outside of classrooms where dual credit classes take place at MCHS. Next year, students enrolled in dual credit classes will be charged $25 per class each semester.

MCC to charge for dual credit classes next year

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer February 23, 2023

Starting this upcoming year, all students in McHenry county taking a dual credit course will be charged a $25 fee per semester.  The new implication was finalized in early January. MCHS will be assessing...

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

The nation's most selective colleges receive hundreds of thousands of applications yearly. Competition is cutthroat, and the odds of getting in are low for everyone. For minorities, however, affirmative...

Editorial Cartoon: College and sports

Editorial Cartoon: College and sports

Claire Guzman, Staff Writer August 31, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks as Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona looks on after Biden announced a federal student loan relief plan that includes forgiving up to $20,000 for some borrowers and extending the payment freeze in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.

Biden announces federal student loan forgiveness for most borrowers

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer August 26, 2022

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced his long-awaited plan to cancel $10K in federal student loan debt for individuals earning less than $125K and households earning under $250K. Pell Grant recipients...

AP tests always happen as the school prepares final projects, graduation and final exams, adding stress to a stressful time of year. But for many students, AP tests are worth it.

Advanced pressure

Bri Quast, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

AP testing time can mean extra stress on seniors who are already stressed out. From finishing up their college to-do lists, to last minute tests they have to do before school ends, the end of the year...

Many seniors have been waiting their whole childhood for graduation day. Other seniors, though, don’t feel as confident or certain about their path after high school and may even be scared to leave high school.

Fear of the unknown

Kyla Henige, Features Editor May 13, 2022

Walking into school freshman year, students are told “these next four years will fly by.” Rolling their eyes and chuckling, the freshman pay no attention.  Flash forward to their senior year, and...

It doesn’t matter what sport an MCHS student plays. There’s a good chance that, if they excel, they will be noticed by a scout and recruited to play in college. Some might even be offered scholarships.


Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor May 12, 2022

The paper is placed on the table in front of the newly committed athlete. When they look up, a crowd of supporters are celebrating their accomplishments. As they sign the paper, their hand shakes with...

Pamphlets line the walls of the College Career Center at the Upper Campus advertising programs available at McHenry County College. MCC is one of many post-secondary options that students can learn more about during the College Career Fair on April 21.

College and Career Expo returns to Upper Campus

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor April 19, 2022

After a years-long absence, the College and Career Expo returns to Upper Campus this Thursday. Sophomores will attend the event during second period, juniors during third and seniors during AIM. The...

Freshmen work on their final project for Leah Nolans English I Honors class on December 1 in room 409 at the Freshman Campus. English is a core class that all students must take at MCHS.

Opinion: General education is too general

Madison Donovan, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

Standing in front of the school counselor flooded with frustration, a student tries to change classes to ones that would help them succeed in their path after high school. Instead, the school counselor...

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