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Members of MCHSs Key Club work on packing food for Feed My Starving Children Oct. 23. The group packed 105 boxes of food for food insecure people all around the world.

Key Club packs meals for Feed My Starving Children

Leah Wickencamp, Contributing Writer November 17, 2021

Close to 90 kids lined up to pack food for Feed My Starving Children with Key Club Oct. 23 in hopes of helping kids around the world. Using donations that the Feed My Starving Children organization...

Activism Club meets twice a month to discuss issues related to social justice that directly impact students at MCHS.

Seeking change

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager November 5, 2021

A group of students sit in a classroom and are given the freedom to discuss whatever they want. They decide to focus on current events, specifically Columbus Day. They all talk about their views on the...

Cara Vandermyde embraces differences and encourages growth and acceprance in her classroom and within the MCHS community.

Unafraid to fail

Josie Cable, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

Sitting at her desk, Cara Vandermyde talks with one of her students who has been struggling. While she has much on her plate being an English teacher and activities director, she's always there to help...

West math teacher Emma Theel fills out forms for Kiss a Senior Goodbye, a Key Club event to make sure each senior leaves high school with a special note from a student. Theel has been Key Club advisor for 20 years.

The key to success

Emma Snyder, News Editor May 19, 2021

Students gather in the gym to wrap hundreds of donated gifts to give to families in need. While the task is simple and students are having fun, the work they are doing is important. Without the hour that...

Freshman Daniel Thomas stands outside of West Campus with his Greentastic climate agreement. Thomas penned the agreement with environmental club in an attempt to make a positive change at MCHS.

Making the world a greener place

Kaitlyn Wenzel and Ciara Duncan April 29, 2021

It is common knowledge that our world’s climate is drastically changing. People all over the planet have been trying to negate this, including MCHS freshman Daniel Thomas. As the head of the Environmental...

Spanish teacher Jordan Diener meets with both teams before the Powder Puff football game on April 20 at McCracken Field.

West tackles East during annual Powder Puff game

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 22, 2021

On April 20, under the lights of McCracken field, the senior girls of East and West went head to head in MCHS’s 8th annual Powder Puff flag football game in celebration of Homecoming week.  “Powder...

A note on a locker in the hallways at West Campus promotes Start With Hello Week, an initiative promoted by  Student Council to spread positivity during the week of April 5.

Student Council hosts Start with Hello Week

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 9, 2021

On April 5, West Campus’s Student Council kicked off Start with Hello Week, an initiative to promote positivity at MCHS.  “The main goal of Start with Hello Week is to ensure that all students...

Starting September 21, select classes began meeting in person. This included MCHSs bands, which practiced outside of East Campus on September 22.

MCHS begins to open back up to students

Emma Snyder, News Editor September 25, 2020

After opening the school to sports and extracurricular activities, MCHS will start allowing students to come into both East and West Campuses for in-person learning opportunities starting September 21.  In-person...

Students have petitioned for years to have more intramural sports as extracurriculars. West administrators Greg Eiserman and Justin Stroh have opened the door for intramural volleyball for the first time.

District serves up intramural volleyball tournament

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer March 10, 2020

MCHS is starting their first intramural volleyball tournament. The registration forms are currently available in the main office at East or the assistant principal’s office at West.  Intramural volleyball...

Austin Lichtenstein and Caleb Schopen contribute ideas to the first TED-ED meeting at East Campus on January 14. The new club will provide students opportunities to create and perform their own TED Talks.

MCHS launches new TED-Ed club

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer January 22, 2020

MCHS’s new TED-Ed club held its first meeting on Tuesday, January 14.  The TED-Ed Club is focused on empowering students to share and create new ideas. During the weekly meetings, students will work...

The window is closed on popular Hidden Pearl coffee shop at West Campus. The shop moved to make room for the Booster Club.

Hidden Pearl moves out to accommodate Booster Club

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer December 17, 2019

West Campus administrators announced Hidden Pearl’s closure on December 2. The coffee shop left West indefinitely to make room for the Booster Club concessions.  “About this [time of] year, the...

Jessica Grens, the sponsor of the FCCLA chapter at MCHS, smiles as she juggles potatoes in her West Campus classroom. She is hoping to expand FCCLA into a full extracurricular after this pilot year.

New extracurricular in danger of being cut

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a new pilot extracurricular offered by MCHS, runs the risk of not fully establishing, due to lack of student interest. The club, better known as FCCLA,...

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