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

Michalina Sotka is a freshman at MCHS who who turned her passion for riding horses into after school job.

Humans of McHenry: Michalina Sotka

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer October 11, 2022

"I horseback ride and I [also] work at a barn, which has resulted in multiple injuries, [but] I'm the only one who can get stuff done on some of the days that I'm there. Balancing work, school and personal...

Freshman students take part in team building activities during Pride Camp at Camp Duncan in Ingleside on Sep. 24.

Gallery: Freshman Pride Camp

Haley Passarelli, Contributing Writer September 28, 2022

Last week, the freshmen and their senior leaders had their annual Freshman Pride Camp at Camp Duncan in Ingleside. Different staff members helped run different activities and games for the freshmen with...

Though it makes logistical sense to separate freshmen from upperclassmen in different buildings, the social impact on freshmen has made the transition to high school more difficult.

Review: Freshman Campus

Campbell Bitterman, Freshman Campus Correspondent May 3, 2022

As a result of being isolated from older students, McHenry Freshman students are in for a rude awakening when they go into their sophomore year and switch to the Upper Campus. New sophomores may go into...

Students watch Staff Infection perform during a sneak peek at the Upper Campus on April 29 in the main gym.

Gallery: Upper Campus sneak peek

Eli Frommes, Freshman Campus Correspondent May 2, 2022

On Friday, all freshmen spent the shortened day at the Upper Campus for a special sneak peek of where they will attend school next year. All students followed their AIM classes from one activity to another,...

Freshmen in Tamara Pitzs Spanish I class make piñatas the week of April 25 to give to students at Edgebrook Elementary School.

Gallery: Spanish I piñatas

Eli Frommes, Freshmen Campus Correspondent April 29, 2022

Freshmen in Tamara Pitz's Spanish I class have been making piñatas throughout the week of April 25 to bring to Edgebrook Elementary School in the first week of May. Piñatas are being made with cardboard,...

Freshmen from Swansons AIM battle in a tug-of-war competition on April 25 in the Freshman Campus main gym. Winners of the competition will compete during the Freshman Rally on Friday.

Freshmen head to Upper Campus for sneak peak

Leah Wickenkamp, Freshman Campus Correspondant April 27, 2022

Freshmen will be spending the day at the Upper Campus for a tour and pep assembly on Friday, April 29 as an introduction to their new campus. Students that ride the bus will be dropped off directly...

Freshman basketball player Caleb Jett and freshman softball player Tatum Kornfeind are two of many freshmen who made varsity teams during this year’s athletic seasons.

Leveling up

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 6, 2022

A freshman races to see what team they were placed on for the upcoming sports season after the tough tryouts — varsity, it reveals. Their heart begins to beat faster with mixed emotions of fear and overwhelming...

Ashley Nagel speaks to one of her freshman students during AIM on Mar. 18 in room 424 at the Freshman Campus.

Failure doesn’t define

Peyton Whelan, Contributing Writer March 18, 2022

The bell just rang and Ashley Nagel is sitting at her desk waiting for her Biology class to begin. As students make their way into the classroom she gazes over the class, seeing the familiar bright faces....

The rise in freshman failures concerns many staff and parents. Given the new campus structure, what will happen when freshmen heading to the Upper Campus fail?

Failing‌ ‌freshmen‌

Grace Hunt, Freshman Correspondant February 25, 2022

A freshman student opens Schoology to countless alerts of missing work. They’ve been trying to raise the failing grade that's been fluctuating all semester, trying to improve it. Balancing all their...

Though it makes logistical sense to separate freshmen from upperclassmen in different buildings, the social impact on freshmen has made the transition to high school more difficult.

Opinion: Separate campuses split up student communities

Grace Hunt, Contributing Writer December 8, 2021

A freshman student is failing their classes, uninvolved in school activities, and disrespecting teachers. Without mentors and a constant supporting environment, students can’t discover who they are without...

Leadership in Action students play a team-building game during class on Nov. 2 in the hallways of the Upper Campus. These student leaders bring these games to the Freshmen Campus and play them during AIM once a week.

In the lead

Alayna Majkrzak, Feature Editor November 10, 2021

Smiles are evident all around the room when the seniors walk into the Freshman Campus for their weekly visit. Whether the seniors were helping out during pride camp or their weekly 35 minutes with their...

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...

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