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

Raymond Wilkinson stands before military flags after enlisting into the U.S. Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program on Sept. 12.

Future fighters

Olivia Smith, Social Media Manager November 10, 2023

A student is dishearteningly looking at their college options. While they want to get a good education, and a substantial career, they unfortunately will not be able to cover the costs. The student then...

Community members celebrate a group of veterans upon their return from their MCHS-sponsored Honor Flight trip in the Upper Campus main gym on Aug. 28.

Gallery: Honor Flight Welcome Home Celebration

Nikki Sisson, Staff Writer September 1, 2022

Area veterans came home from a four day Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. to a rally in the Upper Campus’ main gym on Sunday afternoon where they were greeted with applause, flowers and signs from...

A retired Marine traveling with Veterans Honor Flight takes a moment to ponder the United States Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 25.

An honor

Nikki Sisson, Rayaan Ahmed, and Cooper Ten Bruin August 28, 2022

It is 4 a.m. on Aug. 25, and I’m standing in the dark and rain waiting to board a bus with a group of military veterans. We’ve been at McHenry High School’s Upper Campus for an hour already, standing...

MCHS sends a handful of graduating seniors into every branch of the military every year. Many staff members at East and West are veterans as well.

On to greater things

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 18, 2021

The grind of the second semester is a grueling and challenging time for most students, especially seniors on the cusp of graduation, faced with the stark realization that their high school career is quickly...

Posing next to her recruiter, senior Brooke Langfeld had to be recruited in a much different way because of COVID-19.

Changes in recruitment

Brooke Langfeld, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

COVID-19 has affected military protocol in many different ways and military recruiting is no different. During the COVID-19 pandemic, military recruiters had to change their recruiting style from in-person...

Walking through aisles of students, Mr. Patrick Noote uses different voices while reading to engage his students every day.

From Air Force One to Honors English I

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer March 9, 2020

Students spend seven hours a day at school, but only 45 minutes with a specific teacher. Teachers spend 45 minutes a day with each of their classes, yet Mr. Patrick Noote always finds a way to build personal...

Demonstrations in Iran over the death of Qasem Soleimani.

Death of Iranian general stokes tension in Middle East

Kyla Henige, News Editor January 27, 2020

Going into a new decade, rumors have spread that WWIII is going to break out between the United States and Iran, along with other countries involved. But, safe to say, those are just rumors, for now. There...

Special education teacher Joe Kalisek served in the Army from 1985-2015 with consecutive service in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1990-2015.

Hometown Heroes

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer November 11, 2019

Veterans come from every walk of life and after their service, they have hundreds of paths they can follow. Some of them become teachers.  All of them served, but none of their experiences were the...

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