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

On May 3, MCHS hosted senior decision day to celebrate seniors plan for after high school

The next step

Mackenzie Sroka, Editor In Chief May 9, 2024

Every MCHS student sits in the main gym lining the bleachers and the floor is filled with seniors celebrating their next step. The counselors list off every seniors' name that has decided what their next...

As graduation approaches, the Class of 2024 is preparing to celebrate all of their “lasts” — from their last early release to their last day of school. Several special senior events are planned post-prom, including Senior Picnic, Senior Sunrise, Senior Awards Night, and Decision Day.

Class of 2024‭ ‬celebrated with a month of events

Grace Crockett, News Editor May 6, 2024

MCHS will host several celebratory events before the seniors' graduation on May 18. Seniors’ final day of class is on May 10 this year, so there will be a multitude of events occurring to mark the...

All grade levels have to study for second semester finals, while seniors that have met the requirements have not had to take their finals.

Opinion: All grade levels should have the option for final exemptions

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer May 24, 2023

A student who performed well in a class all semester and has the grade they wanted right before finals. Then they took the final and didn’t perform well, so their grade dropped to the next lowest grade....

Garcia is a senior at the Upper Campus who has learned to rely only on herself — but who is willing to fight for the people she loves.

Humans of McHenry: Angie Garcia

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer November 4, 2022

"I would say there's a new challenge every day. Family life, personal life. challenge every single day. I would say [I overcome] those challenges. A childhood memory that shaped me was I got into a car...

Paglini is a senior at MCHS who has found a way to become a better student by committing to his work.

Humans of McHenry: Armand Paglini

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer October 21, 2022

"I had pretty bad grades the last 3 years, [but] this year has been like a turner for me. I've had pretty good grades so far — Bs and As — so it's been good. [I] stopped procrastinating, I just set...

Senior Dillon Maciaszek, a member of the Warrior Weekly team, also stars in his own interview show called “Sour” in which he consumes progressively sour foods as the conversation progresses.

All things ‘sour’

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer November 9, 2021

In the broadcasting room, in front of the camera, sits Dillon Maciaszek, face puckered. Sour candy sitting in the room with his interviewee straight across from him.  Maciaszek’s series "Sour," a...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Senior sorrow

Elle Smith, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

Dear Elle: I'm a Senior feeling quite sad and worried about my friends leaving for college. I haven't been able to see them very much because of COVID; now that I'm back in school, I finally can again....

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...

Freshman Raegan DuHamel walks past senior Olivia Greenwald during a passing period at West Campus. Though students frequently stereotype freshmen, most acknowledge that individual students don’t represent the whole.

The freshman stigma

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor March 11, 2020

Making fun of freshmen almost seems like a tradition. Every single year, the freshman class seems more “annoying” than classes previously, but this is not always the case. Most freshmen and seniors...

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