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Because East and West Campus upperclassmen all attend the Upper Campus, students no longer need to travel between campuses to attend certain classes. But space during passing periods and lunches are more limited than ever — even with a new extension and open lunch.

Opinion: Clear the way

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 11, 2021

A student leaves the lunchroom to get ready to go to their next period, however as they leave they run into a crowd of students waiting to storm up the stairs. As the bell rings the hallways and stairs...

If Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. can blame Grand Theft Auto for societys problems, then it only makes sense to blame him for starting the pandemic. After all, was he wearing a mask at all before the state was placed on lockdown?

Opinion: “GTA” is here to stay, Marcus C. Evans Jr.

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor March 11, 2021

The pandemic has slowed, and it seems to me that Illinois Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. (D-Ill. 33rd District) is getting bored. But, instead of watching movies, picking up a new hobby, scrolling...

Influencers on TikTok and Instagram know that the world is watching them. So do celebrities in movies, on TV, and in the music industry. So why arent they falling COVID guidelines?

Opinion: Celebrities aren’t immune to the virus

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor March 11, 2021

Despite experts' instruction to avoid events and gatherings, plenty of celebrities and influencers continue to throw and attend parties like COVID has no effect on them. We are still in a pandemic and...

A girls bowler rolls a ball down the lane at Raymonds Bowl during a practice on March 3.

Girls bowling season finally underway

Emma Snyder, News Editor March 4, 2021

Now that COVID-19 cases are low and the vaccine is being rolled out, athletics have been able to proceed with their seasons including the girl’s bowling team. Getting to this point, however, has been...

Counselor Sarah Sadler works at her computer in her office in West Campus. She and  counseling intern Jenna McLaughlin have launched a workshop series to offer support to students with anxiety.

Weekly anxiety workshops meet on Zoom

Joe Ndu, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

Among all of the chaos of the pandemic, remote learning and the hybrid schedule, the importance of mental health often gets lost. West Campus counselor Sarah Sadler and counseling intern Jenna McLaughlin...

The mix of remote and hybrid learning models has created new challenges for students who are still stuck at home.

Opinion: Don’t forget remote students

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor February 5, 2021

A senior wakes up for their school day, tired but hopeful. While they never expected they´d be completing out their school days remotely, or even during a pandemic, they have unfortunately found themselves...

My Hero Acadamia, a show about a school full of students with extraordinary powers — and tops this list of anime shows to watch.

Review: 10 anime shows to keep your energy up this winter

MJ Smit, Staff Reporter February 4, 2021

Bored at home? Don’t know what to watch while sitting on the couch eating your snacks? Want anime to consume your life to where you never stop watching it and you end up buying merch and posters of anime...

Even as remote learning continued, MCHSs drama club managed to put together a fall play. Carissa Hudson helped direct that play until COVID shut down performances.

Setting the stage

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Reporter December 9, 2020

Applause thunders as Carissa Hudson steps onto the stage to walk between the cast of “The Living,” West Campus’s fall play. A bright smile is under her mask as she bows in front of the audience....

Sophomore Mara Torres plays with her travel game during a soccer tournament this summer despite concerns about COVID-19. With IHSA sports paused or changed, athletes and their have to carefully consider whether to continue travel sport

Outpacing the pandemic

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 8, 2020

A travel soccer player dribbles her way down the field, using her skills that she’s practiced for so long. She pushes past the other teams defense, then kicks the ball past the goalkeeper and scores....

The interior of the Center for Science, Technology and Industry sits empty after a day of work. Construction is on scheduled to be complete by January of 2021.

West Campus construction still on schedule

Joe Ndu, Staff Reporter December 7, 2020

The new extension to West Campus is entering its final stages of construction. It is currently on schedule to be completed in January 2021. “Most of the building will be finished and furnished by...

The 2019-20 boys basketball team gets fired up before a game against Cary-Grove on January 8 in the West Main Gym. This seasons basketball season has been disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions handed down from both the governor and the IHSA.

Running out of timeouts

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor December 4, 2020

Basketballs dribbled up and down the court, sneakers squeaking from the freshly waxed gym floors, crowds cheering as another three points are scored — these were the dreams of many basketball athletes...

A food service worker helps a driver load lunches to be delivered to MCHS students outside of West Campus on November 20.

Comfort food

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor December 2, 2020

Food—it's both a necessity and a luxury that some cannot afford. The current unemployment rates brought on by the pandemic have left many families struggling to keep up with their living expenses, and...

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