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Fox Valley's voice and choice for news.

The McHenry Messenger

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The McHenry Messenger

Not every student becomes valedictorian or gets a full-ride scholarship to the school of their choice. Students who fly under the radar, though, still have a stories to tell, and still cherish their memories at MCHS.

Under the radar

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor May 10, 2021

High school is characterized by a multitude of experiences, flashes of memory in the minds of the people that were witness to them. Some of these memories stand out against the rest. Most, however, fade...

Students pose with Derek Galvicius during Duct Tape the Teacher, which concluded Homecoming week on April 23 outside the West Campus cafeteria.

Gallery: Duct Tape the Teacher

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

On Friday, April 23, MCHS students gathered outside the cafeteria to participate in Duct Tape the Teacher. This year, students got to duct tape Derek Galvicius, MCHS's choir director. The tradition...

School spirit has been one key factor in the perfect high school experience that has been missing from west campus for some time now. Though STU-CO is trying to bring it back, students are still unenthusiastic about school as a whole.

Opinion: We’ve got spirit, how about you?

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 23, 2021

Fluorescent lights glowing, speakers blaring, the cheers of students and staff alike fill the gym with excitement. Cheerleaders cheering and jumping with joy give energy and courage to their team right...

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...

West's Homecoming king and queen Max DeCicco and Ashley Wachter pose with East Homecoming queen and king Alexis Friedle and Ryan Barrett outside of East Campus on April 19 following coronation.

Gallery: Homecoming coronation

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 20, 2021

When the traditional homecoming was cancelled last fall due to COVID-19, it seemed unlikely that MCHS would have a homecoming this year. However, now that things are opening up and vaccinations are being...

West's Homecoming king and queen Max DeCicco and Ashley Wachter pose for pictures outside of East Campus on April 19 following coronation.

Updated: MCHS celebrates Homecoming 2021 this week

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Homecoming week is finally here — just in the spring instead of the fall. In an effort to keep traditions alive, West and East's student councils have set up a spirit week and other Homecoming-related...

Record numbers of students packed West Campus's gym for during this year's Homecoming dance on October 12.

Homecoming dance breaks attendance record

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer October 25, 2019

MCHS's 2019 Homecoming dance set new attendance records with over 1,500 tickets sold.  The dance, which took place on October 12, brought plenty of students into West’s gym—so many, in fact, that...

Though the annual powder puff football game is supposed to be a friendly rivalry, the 2019 game caused more injuries than in previous years.

Playing rough

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Writer October 22, 2019

It was a Wednesday night during the Homecoming power puff game, and McCracken Field's lights shined down on the East and West Campus seniors. At around the third quarter, Madison Loewe fell to the ground...

Amanda Sikula cheers on the track at McCracken Field with Max DeCicco and her dance team before the Homecoming football game on October 11. The expanded team revved up the crowd before the game, then performed during the half-time show.

Dance team boogies with boys during Homecoming game performance

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer October 21, 2019

The MCHS dance team combined with a group of guys to perform for the halftime show at the Homecoming football game.  The dance is put together by the dance team and the coaches. Each girl on the team...

At the top  of her game

At the top of her game

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor October 11, 2019

Gracie Gasmann begins her trek to the ball. As the place-kicker for the varsity football team, it’s Gasmann’s job to start the game with a kickoff. She steps onto the field, prepared to make the kick....

Letter to the Editor: Homecoming makes me feel like a Warrior

October 9, 2019

In response to the opinion piece, “Does Homecoming live up to its Hype?” published in the McHenry Messenger on October 7, I would like to offer an alternative opinion. I am Gracee Majkrzak and I am...

Teenager Marty McFly’s school dance was life-changing. But can real life live up to the magic on display in films like “Back to the Future” or “High School Musical”?

Opinion: Does Homecoming live up to its hype?

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer October 9, 2019

I had unrealistic expectations for the Homecoming dance.  As a child, my illusion for Homecoming developed from watching multiple high school films. “High School Musical” made me believe that I...

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