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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

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...

Even though they have had to maneuver around a pandemic, many MCHS student athletes have signed intent letters to play sports at the college level next year.

Making the commitment

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer November 22, 2021

As senior year comes to an end, athletes must face the hard decision of where they will be attending school next in the fall. Decisions may be easier for some students, however, seniors cannot escape the...

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

At MCHS’s Upper Campus, the new College and Career Center buzzes with activity. Representatives from colleges, careers, and the military, actively discuss their respective institutions. Students ask...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Senior sorrow

Elle Smith, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

Dear Elle: I'm a Senior feeling quite sad and worried about my friends leaving for college. I haven't been able to see them very much because of COVID; now that I'm back in school, I finally can again....

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Uncertain about the future

Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 5, 2021

Dear Elle: I really feel like my life is falling apart. I'm so scared for college and I'm not ready to be on my own. My grades are crap. I have almost no money saved, yet I've had a job for 2 years. My...

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