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McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

On December 20th, Disney is set to release Percy Jackson and The Olympians, a show based on Rick Riordans beloved fantasy series.

“Didn’t want to be a half-blood”

Maggie Demski, Copy Editor December 15, 2023

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a beloved book series that many people of all ages enjoy. It is now being turned into a TV show that is being released on Dec. 20. “Demigod Percy Jackson leads...

Groovy Movies has been a staple of the McHenry Messenger for years. In this final installment, editor Kennedy Tetour has created the definitive list of movies and shows for the Class of 2023

Groovy Movies: The final film fest

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor May 10, 2023

Movies are some of the most memorable, enjoyable and easy to understand parts of life. They offer comfort in times of uncertainty, but can also bring back fond memories of simpler times.  This is especially...

MCHS students celebrate the end of the year during prom at the Schaumburg Renaissance on April 28.

Gallery: Prom 2023

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director May 5, 2023

MCHS students attended prom on April 28, at the Renaissance in Schaumburg. Students had fun dancing, taking pictures, and hanging out with friends.  The theme of the prom was ‘Tale as old as time’...

Disney has a habit of making hit-or-miss sequels and prequels, and Disenchanted, released in November on Disney+, just doesnt live up to the film that inspired it.

Review: Less than “Enchanted”

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer December 5, 2022

On Nov. 18, the sequel to the popular movie "Enchanted," titled "Disenchanted" was released with some negative reviews. With only a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.8/10 stars on  IMDB, the movie definitely...

Hocus Pocus 2 is a disappinting cash grab that does not live up to the original movie.

Review: They’re back!

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

This new take on this classic Halloween movie has some people pleased, while others believe it’s just another one of Disney’s cheap Disney+ cash grabs. 29 years after the release of the original movie,...

One of the biggest titles of the summer, Stranger Things opened its fourth season with nearly 300 million viewers  its opening weekend.

Groovy Movies: Summer recap

Kennedy Tetour, Staff Writer August 29, 2022

This past summer was one of the biggest and most anticipated summers for film. With both new and familiar titles hitting the silver screen, it got pretty overwhelming to pick what to watch. Here are...

The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom and walking out of Disney

The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom and walking out of Disney

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence April 8, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Planting trees, heading to prom, and walking out of Disney (Episode Two)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches...

Encanto helps to spread the love with a deep familial connection and an understanding that all members of a family are important.

Review: We don’t talk about Bruno

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer January 24, 2022

Disney's new movie "Encanto" helps to diversify and expand to new horizons by introducing the colorful culture of Colombia. The catchiness of the songs in the movie have helped "Encanto" explode in popularity...

Passionate fans play an important role in making a franchise popular and successful, but they also have the power to tear down franchises that they disagree with.

Opinion: Stop bullying actors for doing their jobs

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

With the recent release of the show “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” a new Captain America is introduced as a more corporate version of Steve Rogers. Played by actor Wyatt Russel, the character is...

Tension between Bucky Banres and Sam Wilson builds after Steve Rodgers retired as Captain America. In The Falcon and The Winter Soldier explored that tension and how the two grow closer as friends and colleagues.

Review: To make amends

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 16, 2021

The Marvel fan base has been in a flurry recently due to the finale of the hit show “Wandavision,” the first update from the MCU since 2019 when “Spiderman: Far From Home” was released. With the...

Studio Ghibli films often have a bright and fun look to them that fits with adventurous stories and adorable characters.

Review: Five Studio Ghibli movies to take you away from reality

MJ Smit, Staff Reporter February 24, 2021

Studio Ghibli is an amazing Japanese animation film studio and is currently placed in Koganei, Tokyo. It’s well known for its animated movies including some short films, commercials, and one television...

WandaVision, which features classic Marvel characters and connects pieces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, creates a mysterious vintage atmosphere that will hook in viewers from episode one.

Review: What’s going on in Westview?

Kennedy Tetour, Artistic Director February 10, 2021

Do you ever think to yourself, “Man, I sure do wonder what happened after the events of Avengers Endgame. Too bad there isn’t a very confusing show to fill me in on the ongoings of the MCU post blip.”...

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