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This year, between balancing remote and hybrid learning and dealing with a global pandemic, AP students are under more stress than ever. The Collage Board has the power to relieve the pressure that's on them — and they should.

Opinion: The College Board should restructure the AP Exam

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

Tears wet the sleeves of a student as they try to cover up their crying face. Their homework is overwhelming, and they feel as if they barely have time for anything beside their AP classes. Their friends’...

Though in-person students will attend classes

MCHS expands in-person learning

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 18, 2021

After spring break, District 156 will expand its in-person learning to five days a week. All students currently participating in the hybrid learning schedule will attend every class each day in-person....

A row of desks sits empty in a West Campus classroom, every other featuring a sticker with a Warrior head that says,

Opinion: Bring students back

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor March 16, 2021

Students all over the country have been waiting for school to go back to normal, where they can see their friends, acquaintances, and teachers, on a regular, normal basis. But, due to COVID and social...

Now that adults are receiving vaccinations and states are opening up across the country, it may seem like the time is right to start traveling. If we hold off during spring break, though, the likelihood we can enjoy this summer safely will be much higher.

Opinion: Rethink your spring break plans

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor March 15, 2021

Spring break is around the corner, and normally families would be planning their trips and vacations. However, similar to last year, COVID is still infecting the country, and traveling for spring break...

Empty, socially distant desks wait in the West Campus south foyer for students to sit and eat their lunches — one of many ways the past year felt different to students.

One year later

Emma Snyder, Madison Harvey, and Mackenzie Sroka March 12, 2021

SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as coronavirus or COVID-19, has completely turned the world upside down. What started as a distant virus spreading through China quickly became a global pandemic. The world...

The CDC has begun to recommend double masking as the pandemic rages on. The dual layers offer more protection against Covid-19.

CDC recommends continued mask use, double-masking

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

The CDC authorized new recommendations regarding the use of masks and how people should use shift to double masking in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. These recommendations have come as part...

The girls basketball team practices in Buckner Gym at West Campus on March 3 while other athletes train in the weight room. Two- and three-season athletes have had to make tough decisions about which sports to play — and which not to play — during overlapping seasons.

Wild ride

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

The weight room slowly fills up with athletes who stretch and prepare for practice. The coach comes in and begins the training, requesting that they focus in and work hard. This seems like a simple task,...

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...

Health care workers collect saliva samples at a drive-up testing site in Arizona in November. Since then, COVID cases have dropped significantly in most states, including Illinois.

COVID cases decreasing

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor February 22, 2021

While vaccines start being distributed across the U.S., COVID-19 cases are decreasing from a record-setting surge in December. Over 11 million people have been fully vaccinated with their second dose...

Though vaping has become popular in the past few years, few have considered the effects of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 on people who vape.

Up in the air

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer February 19, 2021

Over the past year, COVID-19 has taken over many people’s lives around the world causing their social lives and day-to-day activities to come to a halt. However, a common activity that many teens and...

Teachers and staff at Des Moines Public Schools got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic held at Central Campus. Overall, Illinois is sixth in the country, following more populous states, in terms of percent of the population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

McHenry County behind on vaccination

Emma Snyder, News Editor February 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination efforts begin to increase, McHenry County has the lowest percentage of its population vaccinated out of the Chicago suburb collar counties. The COVID-19 vaccine is in high...

A student sits on her Chromebook during an in-person class at West on January 27., one week after MCHS back from a semester fully remote.

Hybrid continues strong despite challenges

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

After starting returning to school January 20, many students and teachers say that hybrid learning is going well, and should continue as planned as they work out problems.  While teachers figure out...

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