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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

On December 15, MCHS hosted their Winter Spirit Rally, where there were competitions to win the spirit barrel.

Seniors win first spirit rally of the school year

Lola Cassidy, Online Managing Editor December 15, 2023

As MCHS students and staff countdown to winter break, we head into finals week with some school spirit events. The spirit days consist of a Goose Chase, dress up days, and a spirit rally to close out the...

On Friday, November 10, MCHS honored veterans by hosting a panel of veterans for students and staff to listen to and ask questions.

Gallery: Veterans Day Panel

Lily Adams, Features Editor November 13, 2023

On Friday, MCHS hosted a veterans panel in the auditorium to celebrate Veterans Day. The veterans at the panel were MCHS teachers, former students, and community members. Students went to hear the veterans...

McHenry Riverside Shoppes have opened for business for local, small businesses to utilize.

McHenry’s Riverwalk Shoppes are open for business

Olivia Smith, Staff Writer September 13, 2023

In an effort to increase retail in downtown McHenry, the McHenry Riverwalk Shoppes opened for business as of July 21, 2023.  Located next to the Riverwalk on Boone Creek, the Shoppes serve as a link...

When students at MCHS hear racist comments, many ignore it — or, worse laugh at it. When students are approached about their behavior, their quick response is, “I didn’t know.” It’s time MCHS does better at confronting and taking responsibility for this behavior.

Opinion: It’s time to confront racism at MCHS

Lydia Lawrence, Business Director April 20, 2023

Would you call out your friend if they were being racist?  Obviously your first answer should be yes, but it doesn’t appear to be that easy to execute anymore at MCHS, if it was ever easy to begin...

Communicating important information is a tough job for a high school, who has to keep students, staff, and parents in the loop of every major event and decision. Still, many stakeholders at MCHS wish communication from the district was clearer.

Partial disclosure

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor March 20, 2023

A student walks into class, hearing rumors of a snow day from students and staff alike. She opens her email only to find no update from administration. No email means no snow day but, with no update to...

Though digital apps like My Homework and Minga are designed to help students and staff, many have found the transition confusing and unhelpful — and a possible breach of privacy.

Opinion: Mingapocolypse

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer September 9, 2022

It's the first day back to school at MCHS and students are going into lunch. There are students on a staircase, shoulder to shoulder. It’s stressful, cramped, and loud.  Later, a student in class realizes...

The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard round the world

The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard ’round the world

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence April 28, 2022

The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard 'round the world (Episode Three)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights...

Instagram accounts, such as @mchs_caught_napping, may seem harmless and funny, but also takes pictures of minors without their knowledge and permission in order to embarrass them, which amounts to a creepy invasion of privacy.

Editorial: @mchs_caught_writing

Editorial Board January 4, 2022

A student scrolls through his Instagram feed when he suddenly stumbles upon a picture of himself sleeping in class. He feels embarrassed as other students laugh at him and angry because he never consented...

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