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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

Senior final exemption is a tradition at most schools, and seniors at MCHS have to earn the right to skip finals. But don’t all seniors deserve a break from finals before graduation?

Opinion: Seniors should not have to take spring finals

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Eager seniors walk through the doors of MCHS ready to finish off the year on May 12. As the seniors arrive to their first period class of the day, they come to find out that it is no longer their last...

Though there was barely any snow on the ground in McHenry on Wednesday afternoon, MCHS cancelled the second day of finals on Thursday due to inclement weather predictions.

MCHS closed tomorrow due to inclement weather, finals rescheduled

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor December 21, 2022

MCHS will close tomorrow, Dec. 22, due to impending inclement weather and hazardous conditions. Day two finals will now take place on Jan. 9, when students and staff return from winter break. “In...

Cocoa Cram, a study night for finals that MCHS hasnt held since before the COVID-19 pandemic started, will take place this year on Dec. 19 at the Upper Campus cafeteria from 5-8 p.m.

NHS to host Cocoa Cram finals study night at the Upper Campus

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer December 16, 2022

Any student that needs help before finals will be able to attend Cocoa Cram at the Upper Campus cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 19 to get the help they need from teachers and student tutors. It will take place...

A student works on a study guide while preparing for upcoming finals. This semester, finals will take place on Dec. 21 and 22.

Students prepare for first semester finals next week

Ella Trimingham, Staff Writer December 15, 2022

MCHS finals will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22 and lead into winter break.  The school is following the same schedule as previous years, putting lunch at the beginning and...

The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion

The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence May 16, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion (Episode Four)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches that weren’t...

Over the years, finals have only caused more stress — and damaged final grades that students worked so hard for. Thankfully, MCHS cancelled this years final — but will they eliminate them for good?

Opinion: The final straw

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor May 21, 2021

After a hard year of work, the last week of school should be for students to relax and enjoy the end of the year. However, the reality for most students will be cramming information late into the night...

Finals have been a tradition at many schools for generations, but these end-of-semester exams only serve to stress out students. What’s worse is that they aren’t the most effective tests.

Opinion: Stressing the test

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor December 16, 2019

A student wakes up and hits their alarm. They don’t believe it is actually morning because it feels like they just fell asleep, and they did. The student has been up all night memorizing the material...

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