The McHenry Messenger

Above and beyond

Above and beyond

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Each year, a senior does the daily announcements that are broadcasted throughout the school during AIM. This year, that person was Jodie Cone. However, her job has recently become a struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school has been indefinitely shut down, and in-turn most would think that means...

Safe in sound

Safe in sound

Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer

March 9, 2020

Students roaming around West Campus may hear faint singing as they approach the choir room. Students of all backgrounds and personalities feel welcomed as they walk into the room for choir. The acceptance and safety that the choir program provides for students is all made possible because of choir direc...

Wirth it

Wirth it

Ciara Duncan, Layout Editor

March 6, 2020

When parents enroll their child in a sport, it tends to either be a phase or become a lifelong passion. For West junior Ella Wirth, it just so happened to become the latter.  “My mom’s friend’s daughter played on [the Crystal Lake Tigers], so she took me. I watched the game and I immediately kne...

MCHS prepares student-teacher for his future

MCHS prepares student-teacher for his future

Sage Rainey, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Nervously, Mr. Eric Vollmert prepares lesson plans for AP Human Geography and Revolutions through History for the first time. McHenry High School is playing a big part in his preparation to be a teacher, and how he will impact his students in the future. Vollmert is learning how to teach in a respectful, w...

Fresh ink

Fresh ink

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

February 19, 2020

An MCHS student anxiously waits in the chair at their local tattoo parlor. They had made this appointment ages ago, and today was finally the day — their 18th birthday. The artist shows the student the drawing for approval, who struggles to contain their excitement. They lay the stencil on the des...

In with the new

In with the new

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Students were stressed about an upcoming test in Independent living, so Megan Edwards pulled out a box of markers and helped the students make stress balls. As the students worked on their study guides, she put the renowned show Friends on in the background. Then, she walked around answering everybo...

Passion for fashion

Passion for fashion

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

February 11, 2020

Once he finishes meeting with the new client and getting sketches finalized, French teacher and East Campus drama director Andrew Hillier begins his work. After countless hours spent draping cotton and completing the different segments, he can begin to fully piece together the soon-to-be dress and wow th...

Touching hearts and minds

Touching hearts and minds

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Teachers impact their students every day and leave lasting imprints. Oftentimes teachers are in-turn inspired by their students. The same is true for Adjusted Learning Program teacher, Rachel Hanson. She works to provide her students not only with the education they require but the skills they need for a ...

Keeping the machine running

Keeping the machine running

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

January 9, 2020

Running a school can be thought of as running a well-oiled machine. The machine is made up of many parts, some obvious, some not. But, if just one of those parts doesn’t work, the entire machine breaks down. West Campus IT Support Leanna Anderson is one of those parts. Describing herself as a teacher, Anderson sp...

Breaking binaries

Breaking binaries

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

According to Webster Dictionary, the term nonbinary means, “being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.” Many nonbinary identifying people state that it is not that they hate their body, but that they feel uncomfortable being a...

Building a more cohesive classroom

Building a more cohesive classroom

Lauren Curtin, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2019

Just being in the presence of a class taught by Oros shows how involved her students are compared to some other classes. Sure, there are off days, but even students who don’t aspire to be scientists or aren’t excelling in biology participate within her classes. 

Bark and bite

Bark and bite

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

November 7, 2019

After school ends, junior Kristen Bulanda enters a room full of German Shepherd puppies. She has already taught them basic obedience, but today begins the special part of her training. Wearing a protective sleeve on one arm, she begins to irritate the puppies, making them bite at her protected arm. Whil...