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

Arturo Delgadillo, dressed fittingly as a super hero for Halloween, poses in the Center for Science, Technology and Industry. Formerly a police officer, Delgadillo now supervises the security teams at both the Upper and Freshman Campuses.

Who it takes to keep MCHS safe

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor November 9, 2022

With 40 school shootings in ten months, 2022 has become the most devastating year for schools in recent history. Ensuring safety and preventing tragedy has become a priority more than ever for schools. This...

Last year, the Warrior Warehouse connected to the cafeteria housed the Hidden Pearl coffeehouse before it was forced to relocate. This fall, Rusty Malts will move into the spot in this most recent partnership with the school and local businesses.

Rusty Malts coffee shop partners with the Upper Campus

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor November 7, 2022

This month, MCHS’s Upper Campus will be welcoming a new coffee shop, Rusty Malts, available to students during the school day.  In previous years, the campus had welcomed Hidden Pearl. Although loved...

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...

Sophomores Luis Adame, Jamison Shea and Jiji Thorne walk through the hallways of the Upper Campus. As sophomores, this is their first year in the building, which makes them feel like freshman for a second year in a row.

Freshman, freshman, junior, senior

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

A sophomore walks through the Upper Campus on the first day of school and can't find his class. With two minutes left in the passing period, he asks a teacher to point him in the right direction and is...

Sophomores enjoy eating hot dogs and hamburgers and play games during a special sophomore picnic organized by Connections Crew on Sept 15 outside of the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Sophomore picnic

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer September 19, 2022

The sophomore picnic was held on Thursday, Sept. 15 during third and fourth period to help sophomores feel connected to the Upper Campus and help with the transition. Stefanie Lukas, division chair...

Community members celebrate a group of veterans upon their return from their MCHS-sponsored Honor Flight trip in the Upper Campus main gym on Aug. 28.

Gallery: Honor Flight Welcome Home Celebration

Nikki Sisson, Staff Writer September 1, 2022

Area veterans came home from a four day Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. to a rally in the Upper Campus’ main gym on Sunday afternoon where they were greeted with applause, flowers and signs from...

Students play rock-paper-scissors at a spirit rally at the Upper Campus on Aug. 18 in the main gym.

Gallery: Back-to-school spirit rally

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer August 23, 2022

On Aug. 17, the third day of the 2022-2023 school year, students and staff from both campuses came together for the first time ever for a spirit rally. Freshmen were bussed over to the Upper Campus to...

Students, parents, faculty, administration and the board of education celebrate the Class of 2022 during a special commencement ceremony on May 21 in the Upper Campus main gym during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Gallery: Graduation 2022

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 23, 2022

On Saturday, Class of 2022 graduates threw their caps in the air in the Upper Campus main gym at the first graduation since the combining of East and West and the height of the pandemic. Originally,...

Students perform at the Battle of the Bands on May 14 in the Upper Campus Main Gym.

Gallery: Battle of the Bands

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager May 20, 2022

Battle of the bands was held on Friday, May 13, in the Upper Campus gym. Standalone, NyghtStryke, Shipwrecked, Weeping Woods and the notorious Staff Infection performed and competed for a recording session...

Seniors from the class of 2021 toss their caps during a low-capacity graduation ceremony in the West Campus main gym on May 20, 2021. This year’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place at McCracken Field with no COVID restrictions.

MCHS to host outdoor graduation ceremony with all seniors

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 17, 2022

On May 21, Upper Campus will hold its first fully in-person graduation since the combining of East and West as well as the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  The ceremony will take place at McCracken...

For years, MCHS graduates were asked not to decorate their caps for graduation. This year, the rule has changed, allowing students to express themselves during the formal ceremony.

Opinion: Strict graduation attire should retire

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

It’s the final day as a senior, a high schooler. The entire front entrance is decorated with orange and black streamers, balloons and graduation decorations. Through the main gym doors and the view from...

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