The McHenry Messenger

A Hidden Treasure

A Hidden Treasure

Michelene Harvard, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

“The West Campus’s menu is pretty basic," Natalia Anderson said, "but the Hidden Pearl brick-and-mortar is going to be so much more extensive, with a food menu, but right now they are just a startup locally owned coffee shop looking to make it.”

Let’s Hear it for the Spirit

Let’s Hear it for the Spirit

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus

May 1, 2019

 Spirit rallies and pep assemblies have always been the heart and soul of school spirit from middle school all the way through high school. But what do you do when the spirit rallies and pep assemblies die out? At McHenry Community High School, East and West Campus have begun piloting a new competitio...

Counselor Juggles New Job, New Baby

Counselor Juggles New Job, New Baby

Delaney Kiernan, Staff Writer - West Campus

May 1, 2019

A warm inviting atmosphere is present as her room is approached. The room smells like vanilla and a warm ivory color coats the walls. Paintings of colorful succulents fill the walls. A bowl of pink Starbursts and Dove chocolate fill the fishbowl that lies on her desk. Her deep laugh can be heard ech...

West Graduate Hits High Note in Music Career

West Graduate Hits High Note in Music Career

Sydney Murrin, Editor

May 1, 2019

Dodging a crowd of people, lugging her suitcase behind her, recent McHenry West Campus graduate Mackenzie O’Brien weaves through the airport on her way to Nashville, T.N., where she is headed to write and record songs in hopes of establishing herself as a serious musician. For O’Brien, this is a pr...

Pin Perfect: Boys Bowler Makes McHenry History

Pin Perfect: Boys Bowler Makes McHenry History

Keefer Roman, Editor - West Campus

April 2, 2019

East Campus Senior Dalton Atwater made McHenry history this year as he became one of two MCHS athletes to qualify for the Illinois High School Association’s Boys Bowling State Finals.    Though qualifying for State is considered an impressive feat in itself, what makes this senior’s story even mo...

Spanish Students Attend Weekend Field Trip at Art Institute

Spanish Students Attend Weekend Field Trip at Art Institute

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus

April 2, 2019

On Feb. 16, Spanish teachers Jordan Deener, Otto Corzo, and 36 students from the upper-level Spanish classes extended their learning beyond the walls of MCHS by taking a trip down to the Art Institute of Chicago for a day filled with culture, art, food, and fun. In the class, students were learning about S...

Girls Lacrosse Team Makes Debut at MCHS

Girls Lacrosse Team Makes Debut at MCHS

Sydney Murrin, Editor - West Campus

March 22, 2019

McHenry Community High School has filled a void in their athletic program with the addition of a girls lacrosse team that will be making its debut this spring. The team will be coached by West Campus School Counselor Sarah Sadler and MCHS parent Adam Tolan. According to Athletic Director Barry Burmeister,...

College Life From a College Professor

College Life From a College Professor

Emma Snyder, Staff Reporter - West Campus

March 7, 2019

Walking through the door and into a new classroom for the first time can be a scary thing, especially when transitioning from high school to college. Luckily for students that attend McHenry County College, MCC aims to create a family atmosphere to help students feel more comfortable and relaxed when wa...

West Campus Senior Helps Serve Local Veterans

Lita Nielsen, Editor - West Campus

March 4, 2019

The hours kept stacking up as Senior Michael Norlander volunteered at event after event. By the end of his first year in Key Club at MCHS, Norlander had accumulated an astonishing 140 hours.   Norlander, a student at West Campus, only joined Key Club last year as a junior but quickly developed a pas...

Resisting the Ache to Vape

Resisting the Ache to Vape

Madison Loewe and Jack Lischewski

February 27, 2019

Like many schools across the nation, MCHS is experiencing a vaping epidemic. While the student body has long been aware of the trend, faculty awareness was more limited, allowing a number of students to get away with vaping while in school.  According to an article in Cardiovascular Business, "U.S. Sur...

Students and Staff Prepare for Upcoming Changes in District

Students and Staff Prepare for Upcoming Changes in District

Chase Creech, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019

With the passage of the referendum in the fall, East Campus will become a freshman-only building and West Campus will house all sophomore through senior level classes in the district.   With these changes, McHenry East High School is projected to see enrollment fall to less than 500 students, while W...

Student Stress on the Rise

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 to find a balance in their schedules. The journal Frontiers in Psychology recently published a...