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

A person holds a sign reading Protect Trans People as LGBTQ activists protest on March 17, 2023, in front of the US Consulate in Montreal, Canada, calling for transgender and non-binary people be admitted into Canada. - According to police services, some 200 people gathered in the rain to show support for the trans community in the United States.

The campaign against identity

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor May 1, 2023

Law after law gets the stamp of approval. From Florida to Tennessee to Utah, bills are being passed that harm the LGBTQ+ community in one way or another. Some of the bills target all LGBTQ+ people, but...

While on lockdown during the spring and summer of 2020, many MCHS students had time to think about who they are — including senior Gray Siminak, who discovered something integral about his identity.

Identity investigation

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director May 20, 2021

It has been over a year since students around the United States went into quarantine on March 13 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. During quarantine everyone had an abundance of time to reflect...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Confronting the new

Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Dear Elle: I'm so nervous to go back to school. This year, I have been doing school in my pajamas, in my bed, almost every day. I like my house. I learn better being home with my dog, and my little brother....

MCHS is a school where students and staff alike feel safe to be themselves; some even dress in a manner that contradicts traditional gender roles.

Redefining the norm

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor March 9, 2020

Painted nails, long hair, short hair, colorful outfits and flannels. All of these qualities and more are frequently identified by people as something specifically “belonging” to males or females. However,...

Mx Ethan Rosengarten, MCHSs new French teacher, identifies as nonbinary. Rosengarten uses Mx instead of Mr. or Mrs. because the letter X is often used to make words gender neutral and drops the period at the end because a period is only used when it’s an abbreviation.

Breaking binaries

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer November 15, 2019

According to Webster Dictionary, the term nonbinary means, “being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.” Many nonbinary identifying...

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