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Influencers on TikTok and Instagram know that the world is watching them. So do celebrities in movies, on TV, and in the music industry. So why aren't they falling COVID guidelines?

Opinion: Celebrities aren’t immune to the virus

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor March 11, 2021

Despite experts' instruction to avoid events and gatherings, plenty of celebrities and influencers continue to throw and attend parties like COVID has no effect on them. We are still in a pandemic and...

A girls bowler rolls a ball down the lane at Raymond's Bowl during a practice on March 3.

Girls bowling season finally underway

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 4, 2021

Now that COVID-19 cases are low and the vaccine is being rolled out, athletics have been able to proceed with their seasons including the girl’s bowling team. Getting to this point, however, has been...

District 156 sent out an email in late January explaining that the district will no longer alert parents or students when there is a new Covid case on either campus.

MCHS stops sending COVID case email alerts

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor March 2, 2021

As the MCHS approaches a year since it closed its doors due to COVID-19, school officials have decided it will no longer email members of the school community about cases of COVID-19 within MCHS. MCHS...

The mix of remote and hybrid learning models has created new challenges for students who are still stuck at home.

Opinion: Don’t forget remote students

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor February 5, 2021

A senior wakes up for their school day, tired but hopeful. While they never expected they´d be completing out their school days remotely, or even during a pandemic, they have unfortunately found themselves...

Review: 10 anime shows to keep your energy up this winter

MJ Smit, Staff Reporter February 4, 2021

Bored at home? Don’t know what to watch while sitting on the couch eating your snacks? Want anime to consume your life to where you never stop watching it and you end up buying merch and posters of anime...

Echocardiogram, such as this image of an aortic dissection, has been used to promote heart health. But doctors have also used echocardiograms to help spot the signs of COVID-19.

Echo treatment

Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer February 2, 2021

An echocardiogram, also called an “echo test,” allows a sonographer to look at the heart's structure, movement, and strength. The test spots problems like tumors, or abnormal growth to identify future...

Even as remote learning continued, MCHS's drama club managed to put together a fall play. Carissa Hudson helped direct that play until COVID shut down performances.

Setting the stage

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Reporter December 9, 2020

Applause thunders as Carissa Hudson steps onto the stage to walk between the cast of “The Living,” West Campus’s fall play. A bright smile is under her mask as she bows in front of the audience....

Sophomore Mara Torres plays with her travel game during a soccer tournament this summer despite concerns about COVID-19. With IHSA sports paused or changed, athletes and their have to carefully consider whether to continue travel sport

Outpacing the pandemic

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 8, 2020

A travel soccer player dribbles her way down the field, using her skills that she’s practiced for so long. She pushes past the other teams defense, then kicks the ball past the goalkeeper and scores....

The interior of the Center for Science, Technology and Industry sits empty after a day of work. Construction is on scheduled to be complete by January of 2021.

West Campus construction still on schedule

Joe Ndu, Staff Reporter December 7, 2020

The new extension to West Campus is entering its final stages of construction. It is currently on schedule to be completed in January 2021. “Most of the building will be finished and furnished by...

A food service worker helps a driver load lunches to be delivered to MCHS students outside of West Campus on November 20.

Comfort food

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor December 2, 2020

Food—it's both a necessity and a luxury that some cannot afford. The current unemployment rates brought on by the pandemic have left many families struggling to keep up with their living expenses, and...

It's easy to get excited about all the food served during Thanksgiving, but some foods at the feast are better than others. Take cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, which are the season's best.

Opinion: Don’t forget the cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter November 24, 2020

What are the best foods during Thanksgiving one may ask? Well, we got the answer for you. This is why cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes are the best foods during Thanksgiving. Many people during Thanksgiving...

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