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Hilary Agnello poses with the McHenry High School Warriors logo. Agnello is the Varsity volleyball coach, a math interventionist, and a teacher on special assignment.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 23, 2020

The morning is chilly and brisk, and as the leaves start to change color, the reality of autumn sets in. Hillary Agnello puts her car in park and strides up to the front door of a truant student’s house....

Above and beyond

Jodi Cone stands in front of an American flag before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during her video announcements on March 20.
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...

Safe in sound

Laughing with his students, Derek Galvicius listens back to a recording with his Surround Sound students on March 5 in the West Campus choir room.
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...

Wirth it

After playing on boys teams for several seasons, which was not always accommodating, Wirth joined the Glen Ellyn Admirals, an all-girls hockey team.
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...

MCHS prepares student-teacher for his future

Describing the Russian Revolution to students, Mr. Eric Vollmert strives for students to look beyond the label of
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,...

Fresh ink

Despite their negative associations, many professionals wear their tattoos with pride. At MCHS, getting a tattoo when a person is of age is a sort of right of passage.
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...

In with the new

Megan Edwards is a FAC educator at MCHS who inspires her students with her kindness every day.
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,...

Passion for fashion

When it comes to making prom dresses, teacher Andrew Hillier has his work cut out for him. There is a lot of detailing happening
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...

Touching hearts and minds

Rachel Hanson has taught special education for 14 years, though this is only her second year working at West Campus.
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...

Keeping the machine running

Leanna Anderson helps MCHS student at her IT help desk on January 7. She spends her time in the library solving student’s technology problems.
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...

Breaking binaries

Mx Ethan Rosengarten, MCHS's new French teacher, identifies as nonbinary. Rosengarten uses Mx instead of Mr. or Mrs. because the letter X is often used to make words gender neutral and drops the period at the end because a period is only used when it’s an abbreviation.
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...

Building a more cohesive classroom

Writing on her whiteboard, Ms. Oros is looking for this year to be the stepping stone in a new journey; focusing on relationships with students.
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. 
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