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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

The state of Illinois requires students to undergo fitness testing in their P.E. classes. Though the idea is to keep students physically healthy, some students may feel it takes a toll on them socially and emotionally.

Opinion: Fitness testing is unnecessary

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor January 31, 2023

The fitnessgram pacer test is a test most students dread, and it's only one of the 4 required assessments in the physical education curriculum. The tests consist of a 60 second curl up test, a pushup test,...

Students lift weights during Anna Centellas Strength class on April 5 in the strength room at the Upper Campus.

Up lifting

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 7, 2022

A powerlifting student-athlete is under the heavy weight of what could be a new personal record. Powerlifting has pushed them to accomplish weights like never before, but it's this moment to push themselves...

Students climb and repel down the climbing wall during their Adventure Ed class in Buckner Gym on Jan. 17 at the Upper Campus.

Exploring new heights

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer February 2, 2022

Students eye the rock climbing wall, checking their equipment to make sure it's secure before trekking up. Nervousness fills the room as students begin to climb, slowly grabbing the small steps above their...

Students perform in Colleen Eddys dance class on December 9 in the dance room at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Dance class

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer January 12, 2022

On Dec. 9, third period dance students showcased their skills by creating and performing their own dances. In previous years, students would prepare for a show, but this year they got to create their own...

Though fitness testing encourages PE students to set goals and stay healthy, it sometimes seems to serves other purposes, including simply satisfying the state.

Opinion: Is fitness testing it worth it?

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

Students run back and forth to the dings of the pacer test. Chattering occurs amongst students expressing their feelings towards the schools fitness testing. The students conclude that fitness testing...

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