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

Students struggle to find the balance between good grades and committing to their sports.

A stressful balance

Eli Frommes, audio producer May 22, 2024

A student athlete goes to practice as they watch their grades drop asking their coach for a day off and the coach having the student prioritize their sport over their grades and school. Student athletes...

Students may be stressed with the amount of AP exams in the coming weeks, a long with finals.

The AP stress exam

Michalina Sotka, Print managing editors May 13, 2024

A student walks into school, dreading her AP exam later in the day. She spends any free waking moment that she finds cramming for it. She studies and studies, binging YouTube review sessions and filling...

Point-counterpoint: Worth the stress?

Point-counterpoint: Worth the stress?

October 25, 2022

Every year in the fall, MCHS juniors take the Preliminary SAT. Sometimes freshmen and sophomores take versions of the test, and sometimes eighth graders visit the school to take the PSAT 8. This year,...

Though students have been through a lot during the pandemic, staff members at MCHS and throughout the country have also felt burned out by the sudden changes to the field of education.

Spring break tired

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor December 15, 2021

Teachers go home, bag slung over a shoulder and head pounding with everything that went on through the day. Kids misbehaving, school work not being turned in, essays that need to be graded — all of it...

The holidays are usually a joyful time of year, they also can cause stress to people who dont celebrate, have lost family or that are struggling financially.

Opinion: We take the holidays too seriously

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer December 9, 2021

Someone walks into a store, just a few days into November and everything is already holiday related. They begin to feel an overbearing feeling of stress as they realise that the holidays are getting close....

Weight gain over quarantine should be something that is celebrated rather than shamed because everyone needs to be a little nicer to themselves during such a rough and confusing time in the world.

Opinion: The quarantine 15

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor May 19, 2021

The human body naturally reacts to the environment it’s in. When we’re relaxed, our muscles untighten, our breathing slows, and we emotionally feel like we can take on the world. When we’re stressed,...

School can cause several stresses for students including but not limited to frustration, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. These stressors may warrant change within the school system.

Opinion: The school system is to blame for student stress

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer January 8, 2021

Why does school: exist, start so early, make me sad, cause depression, make me so tired, and make me cry. These are the auto-complete suggestions in Google when you type in “why does school...” Students...

Taking too many Advanced Placement classes can be stressful and overwhelming for many students, but can also help students develop both academic skills and behaviors that will serve them well after high school.

The AP lifestyle

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor November 21, 2019

Late one school night, a student is hard at work, cramming to get as much as she can studied and finished. It has been a grueling month, and her classes have started to take a toll on her. With Lady Gaga...

Andy Maye, Eleanor Stolzman, and Autry Hartfield are teaching their AP Physics II class during second hour with creative pictures.

Student stress on the rise

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus February 27, 2019

Some say high school is like a pressure cooker. In 2019, many high schoolers are under an immense amount of stress. Many high schoolers must juggle both their school work and a job and struggle...

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