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Keeping busy

Though many people stuck in their homes are binge watching Netflix, others, like Alison Anthony, are taking on fulfilling new skills like crocheting.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 24, 2020

As sophomore Alison Anthony sits at home during quarantine, she thinks about what she could do to pass time and cure her boredom. She could practice guitar, or finish her Schoology assignments, or go for a walk. Instead, she decides she was going to learn something new, thus starting her newest way to...

Take cover

As social distancing continues — and supplies dwindle — health experts and politicians debate whether or not face covering should be required in public — or if they prevent catching the virus at all.

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

When people have to leave their homes, go to the grocery store or pick up dinner, their fear of contracting COVID-19 is real. Many do keep their distance, but most still don’t wear masks. All it takes is one person to cough or sneeze on an object, and for another unsuspecting person to touch that object bef...

An honor from home

Even during a pandemic and closed schools, MCHS's social science department continues to recognize students who are working hard despite the unprecedented circumstances.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

It’s another digital learning day during quarantine and a MCHS student wakes up prepared and focused to accomplish all their assignments. To their surprise, they have been nominated student of the month by their AP Human Geography teacher. MCHS's social science teachers believe that it is valuable...

Construction continues without delay

Construction workers smooth concrete floors for the first floor of the new extension at West Campus on April 10. Construction remains on schedule despite school being closed for the remainder of the school year.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

With construction and trade still being deemed essential, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed the construction of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry, the new extension at West Campus. It is still scheduled to open in January 2021. “The shell is almost complete with the remaining...

Local bakeries weather the pandemic

Though COVID-19 forced many local businesses to shut down, some restaurants like Riverside Bakery have remained open for curbside pickup. Coronavirus has impacted what was a booming economy in unprecedented ways.

Apryl Hanneman, Contributing Writer

April 20, 2020

Since March 20 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order, many local bakeries have struggled to stay afloat, including Kiera Confections, Riverside Bakeshop, and Sweet Peas Emporium.    Even the most popular bakeries throughout McHenry County are currently experiencing ...

COVID-19 shutdown impacts mental health resources in McHenry community

Working harder than ever, Dr. Robert Kohn sees patients electronically to ease the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Madison Senica, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Mental health will be a vital part of McHenry’s ability to sustain resilience in times of panic. As of March 27, Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Robert Kohn and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Karen Senica have had to take new measures to provide the best holistic care for their patients during ...

Opinion: If you meet up with friends, you are part of the problem

Opinion: If you meet up with friends, you are part of the problem

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

April 16, 2020

Many people don’t like being quarantined. They don’t like being stuck at home, missing their friends and loved ones. Some are able to get by, they simply keep powering through the quarantine doing what they have to. Other people, however, decide that they’ve had enough. They decide to go out, and...


Though most people are practicing social distancing by working at home, others considered

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

April 15, 2020

An MCHS student lets out a shaky breath as she pulls her ponytail through the opening in the back of her uniform hat. As she pulls a blue latex glove over her freshly-washed, frail fingers, she closes her eyes and whispers prayers to keep her healthy and safe. She clocks into her shift and places a headset...

The bright side of coronavirus

Though social distancing guidelines have created a lot of stress for students and their families, many in the community have been able to see the silver lining of these unprecedented circumstances.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

During this time of panic, fear, pain, and uncertainty that the entire world has been throw into, it can be hard to find the good in all of it. However, that good does exist. From slowing down to spending more time with family to helping others, many people in our community have been able to see the...

Con: Online learning makes learning difficult

Even though digital learning can provide flexibility, nothing can replace a teacher leading a group of students in an in-person learning environment.

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

April 13, 2020

Imagine a student spending their whole life doing schooling at, well, school. As mundane as it feels, it has become what they expect, and what they’re used to. Then one day, they learn that next week’s classes will be done at home as a global pandemic begins to rise. They get by just fine during it...

Pro: Online learning offers flexibility

Though online learning isn't ideal, many students have found that the flexibility offered by digital learning can make learning a lot easier.

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

As a result of MCHS's closure, my schedule has looked a little something like this: I wake up in the late morning, I get ready for the day, and I sit down to do my schoolwork. When I need a break, I take one. When I’m hungry, I eat. If the weather is nice and I want to work outside, I do. But, whe...

Trump recommends 30 more days of social distancing

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, March 30, 2020, in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

April 9, 2020

On March 29, President Donald Trump made the official announcement extending the social distancing guidelines until April 30, as a way of trying to slow, and potentially help put an end, to COVID-19. Just a few days after his announcement about hoping to get the country up and running by Easter, Trump...