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

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

Science teacher Derek Poci grades papers in his classroom in the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry at the Upper Campus. A former East teacher, Poci is one of many teachers who switched campuses over the summer.

Making the move

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

An East teacher gets an email from administration that she is moving her classroom to West, and that her classes will be held at the Upper Campus the following school year. She is nervous but excited all...

The learning ledge on the second floor of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry waits for students fill its seats starting the 2021-22 school year — the first year that West Campus will be known as the Upper Campus.

Becoming one

It is fall of 2022. A sophomore wanders the halls of the Upper Campus after coming from the Freshman Campus. As they navigate the school, they find and explore the recent extension — The Center...

Dr. Jeff Prickett has been the principal of East Campus since 2017, and changed the culture of the building in many ways. Pricket will continue to put relationships at the forefront as he becomes the principal of both the upper and lower campuses starting during the 2021-22 school year.

Defining greatness

Kaitlyn Wenzel and Ciara Duncan April 26, 2021

What makes a principal great? Is it their school spirit, their commitment to educating the future generations, or the way they demonstrate leadership to their colleagues? Only Dr. Jeff Prickett, principal...

Starting next school year, East Campus will become a freshmen-only campus. Though many have questioned the idea, there are many benefits to the idea that will benefit both students and the district.

Opinion: The benefits of a freshmen center

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director January 6, 2021

Why would a freshman campus be beneficial? What’s the point? These are all questions that come to mind when thinking about the changes for the upcoming school year as East Campus transitions to a freshman...

Enrique Roble won crowd favorite and the overall competition with his poem “Is This Life Really Mine?” at the 6th annual East Campus Poetry Slam.

At 6th annual Poetry Slam, students speak their truth

Chase Creech, Staff Writer February 18, 2020

The 6th annual East Campus Poetry Slam took place on February 7 in the East Campus teaching theatre and featured performances presented by East sophomors and last year’s winner Caleb Schopen.  East...

Curtis Menke, former Student Council Advisor and lover of school spirit, sits with his beloved Spirit Barrel.

Let’s hear it for the spirit

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus May 1, 2019

 Spirit rallies and pep assemblies have always been the heart and soul of school spirit from middle school all the way through high school. But what do you do when the spirit rallies and pep assemblies...

Dr. Jeffry Prickett stands in front of the McHenry Warriors sign, showing his spirit.

McHenry principal seeks to make difference in community

May 1, 2019

Not knowing what to do with his life, he chose the one thing he thought he’d never do, become an educator. Now, with 15 years of principal experience, five years of teaching, and three years of being...

Students at the Art Institute Field Trip on Feb. 16

Spanish students attend weekend field trip at Art Institute

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus April 2, 2019

On Feb. 16, Spanish teachers Jordan Deener, Otto Corzo, and 36 students from the upper-level Spanish classes extended their learning beyond the walls of MCHS by taking a trip down to the Art Institute...

A map and players positions on a typical lacrosse field.

Girls lacrosse team makes debut at MCHS

Sydney Murrin, Editor - West Campus March 22, 2019

McHenry Community High School has filled a void in their athletic program with the addition of a girls lacrosse team that will be making its debut this spring. The team will be coached by West Campus School...

Main entrance to East Campus.

East Campus’s Mr. McHenry cancelled by supervisor

Logan Von Allmen and Meier Glab, Staff Reporters - East Campus February 27, 2019

Mr. McHenry, the annual winter talent show and pageant, has been canceled at East Campus this year, due to lack of student participation. The show, which historically has run independently at both...

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Resisting the ache to vape

Madison Loewe and Jack Lischewski February 27, 2019

Like many schools across the nation, MCHS is experiencing a vaping epidemic. While the student body has long been aware of the trend, faculty awareness was more limited, allowing a number of students to...

District 156 Superintendent Dr. Ryan McTague discusses the referendum at a community event in the fall.

Students and staff prepare for upcoming changes in district

Chase Creech, Staff Reporter February 27, 2019

With the passage of the referendum in the fall, East Campus will become a freshman-only building and West Campus will house all sophomore through senior level classes in the district.   With these...

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