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The Class of 2021 celebrates their graduation during a senior parade on May 21. The parade started at East Campus and routed pasted McCracken Field.

Gallery: Senior parade

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer May 24, 2021

On Friday, May 21, graduates from the Class of 2021 lined up in the East Campus parking lot to participate in the parade. East's graduates started first at 6:30 p.m. and West 'sgraduates followed at 7...

The Class of 2021 tosses their caps following their commencement ceremony on May 20 outside of East Campus. This was one of 14 separate graduation ceremonies held by East Campus.

Gallery: East and West graduation

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor May 24, 2021

On the week of May 20 and 21, both East and West Campuses held special graduation ceremonies. East Campus held three ceremonies in one evening, and West Campus had 14 ceremonies that spanned of two evenings...

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...

West Campus seniors work on assignments during the second to last week of their school year. Teachers and underclassmen will remember the Class of 2021 as one who persevered through difficulty — and handled it with grace.

Never forgotten

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 14, 2021

Tears, diplomas, and graduation caps are a common sights around the school this time of the year. The graduating Class of 2021 has had to endure many hardships with the COVID-19 pandemic coming through...

The 2020-21 school year will forever be remembered for remote learning, wearing masks to school, and dramatic changes to school traditions, such as dances and athletic events. But this school year provided more memories to students than they might think — for better or worse.

Opinion: The silver lining of a weird year

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director May 13, 2021

Zoom calls during senior year — it’s not quite the last year of high school that so many MCHS students dreamed of. However, most students are now back in the building to catch the end-of-the-year events...

The class of 2018 celebrates following their graduation at East Campus. Because of COVID, cherished graduation traditions have been canceled or adapted to accommodate social distancing, but new traditions, like the senior parade, have been added.

Class of 2021 to graduate in small in-person ceremonies

Emma Snyder, News Editor May 12, 2021

Graduation for the class of 2021 will be held on May 20 and 21. Ceremonies for East and West campuses will be held separately in their respective Main Gyms.   East campus will have three graduation...

For two years, newspaper photographers have used the corner of in room 233 at West Campus, with its broken ring light and rickety backdrop, to take portraits for the McHenry Messenger. This year’s seniors will be the last to crete the newspaper in this space.

Saying goodbye

Senior Staff May 10, 2021

The Class of 2021 of MCHS have conquered the unexpected, and the senior staff of the McHenry Messenger has had the responsibility of covering it all. Through interviewing, photographing, illustrating,...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at mchs.ask.elle@gmail.com.

Ask Elle: Senior sorrow

Elle Smith, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

Dear Elle: I'm a Senior feeling quite sad and worried about my friends leaving for college. I haven't been able to see them very much because of COVID; now that I'm back in school, I finally can again....

The date for early graduates shifted from December to January 15th. With students still in remote learning, the last day for these grads feels different.

Opinion: The forgotten early grads

Becky Arendarczyk, Artistic Director January 11, 2021

The pandemic has created several academic challenges. The challenges that hit December graduates at East and West Campues, however, went completely under the radar for many. These seniors, who worked hard...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at mchs.ask.elle@gmail.com.

Ask Elle: Uncertain about the future

Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 5, 2021

Dear Elle: I really feel like my life is falling apart. I'm so scared for college and I'm not ready to be on my own. My grades are crap. I have almost no money saved, yet I've had a job for 2 years. My...

Lifting spirits one care package at a time

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor May 12, 2020

A senior stares at their Chromebook, heaving a heavy sigh. These last few months are important to them, with events like prom, and the jump from high school life into their future. But due to the current...

According to an announcement made on April 21, digital learning will continue through May 14, which will be the last day of the school year followed by a four-day remediation period before second semester grades are finalized on May 20.

District 156 officials decide to end school year May 14

Chase Creech, Staff Writer April 27, 2020

With Illinois officially closing schools for the rest of the school year, MCHS has announced its own ‘End of Digital Learning Plan,’ which includes changing the last day of school to May 14. “The...

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