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

Senior Elena Carlos passes the ball during a varsity girls soccer team at McCracken Field on April 23 against Burlington Central.

New season, new coach

Rose Wenckebach, Staff Writer May 10, 2024

Running up and down the fields, passing the ball back and forth from your teammates. Suddenly your teammate attempts the winning goal of the game. Silence went down on the crowd as everyone watched the...

On December 15, MCHS hosted their Winter Spirit Rally, where there were competitions to win the spirit barrel.

Seniors win first spirit rally of the school year

Lola Cassidy, Online Managing Editor December 15, 2023

As MCHS students and staff countdown to winter break, we head into finals week with some school spirit events. The spirit days consist of a Goose Chase, dress up days, and a spirit rally to close out the...

Seniors celebrate their victory during last year’s Powder Puff football game on Oct. 5 at McCracken Field. This year’s game will take place on Sept. 27 on the field.

Lights on

Lily Adams, Staff Writer September 27, 2023

The ball is snapped and set into play‭. ‬The sound of gym shoes swoosh on the turf‭. ‬The flapping of the flags in the wind can be heard for miles‭. ‬The Powder Puff players dash across the...

Daisy Lomeli address at the Class of 2023 on Saturday at McCracken Field.

The final goodbye

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

Daisy Lomeli walks up to the mic knowing she has the weight of the graduation speech on her hands. Wiping her palms she takes the microphone and gets ready to say one last goodbye to the people she's grown...

The Class of 2023 throws their caps at the end of the graduation ceremony at McCracken Field on May 20 — the first combined graduation held on the newly-renovated football field.

Defining the Class of 2023

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 23, 2023

The class of 2023 has been described as the “torch bearers.” The class that carried every group, every club, and every sport through the pandemic. This final year has been their only normal, uninhibited...

On May 16 and 17, students from MCHSs choirs performed at the annual Pops Concert at the Upper Campus auditorium.

Gallery: Spring Pops Concert

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 22, 2023

On May 16 and 17, MCHS's choirs performed their annual Pops Concert at the Upper Campus auditorium. The cadet and concert choirs, along with Surround Sound and guitar classes, performed interpretations...

For years, MCHS has asked students to pay fees in order to enjoy privileged like prom and graduation. But withholding prom denies students a chance to enjoy of the biggest highlights of the school year over something that might not be their fault.

Opinion: Paying fees should not be a prom requirement

Ruth Luqueno, Contributing Writer May 18, 2023

Seniors regularly have to juggle their student life and after-school jobs daily, not to mention everything else they have going on in their personal lives. With everything going on in a student's life,...

A persons high school experience is defined in some ways by the music they listen to. Heres a playlist of the songs that defined the experience of the Class of 2023

Playlist: Class Of 2023 Playlist

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 15, 2023

With graduation approaching, The McHenry Messenger sent out a survey to the senior class, asking for the music that acted as a soundtrack to their high school career. We compiled them on this Spotify...

Gallery: Senior Honors Night

Nikki Sisson, Managing Director May 15, 2023

Wednesday in the Upper Campus gym, select seniors were invited to the Upper Campus main gym for Senior Honors Night, an event where they were presented with medals, certificates, and scholarships for...

Students, parents, faculty, administration and the board of education celebrate the Class of 2022 during last year’s graduation ceremony on May 21 in the Upper Campus main gym. The ceremony was planned for McCracken but moved inside due to poor weather conditions.

MCHS plans to hold first outside graduation with all seniors

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 15, 2023

McHenry High School will hold its first outside graduation ceremony with all seniors at McCracken Field, weather permitting, on May 20 at 11 a.m. Otherwise, graduation will move to the Upper Campus main...

Leveling up

Leveling up

Messenger Staff May 12, 2023

Four years ago, the McHenry Messenger was a student publication that needed help. For decades, MCHS did not have a student newspaper and, during its first semester, the publication struggled to launch.  Four...

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