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District 156 dashboard reports COVID cases

Signs provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health hang on bulletin boards throughout West Campus. Now that students will not be returning to hybrid, only teachers, staff, and administrators will see them.
Kyla Henige, Managing Editor October 30, 2020

Six people at MCHS have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a dashboard created by District 156 administration. This dashboard is used to keep the community updated on the McHenry Country metrics...

Like broccoli

Hilary Agnello poses with the McHenry High School Warriors logo. Agnello is the Varsity volleyball coach, a math interventionist, and a teacher on special assignment.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 23, 2020

The morning is chilly and brisk, and as the leaves start to change color, the reality of autumn sets in. Hillary Agnello puts her car in park and strides up to the front door of a truant student’s house....

Construction continues without delay

Construction workers smooth concrete floors for the first floor of the new extension at West Campus on April 10. Construction remains on schedule despite school being closed for the remainder of the school year.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

With construction and trade still being deemed essential, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed the construction of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry, the new extension at West Campus. It...

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

In the process of re-establishing itself in the community, the Hidden Pearl coffee shop partnered with West Campus to serve students and staff. Since it disappeared in December, many have wondered when it will return.
Michelene Havard, Staff Writer March 11, 2020

Hidden Pearl’s absence at West Campus has lasted longer than students and staff anticipated. However, they have reopened their shop on Green Street, which has taken over a lot of their time. “Right...

West’s new wing one-third complete

Though construction broke ground in September, the structure that will make up West Campus's new wing began taking shape at the beginning of second semester.
Kyla Henige, News Editor February 6, 2020

As the school year reaches its final stride, East and West campus is one step closer to finishing construction for the campus change occurring in the 2021-22 school year. The construction at the west...

Opinion: West’s needlessly hazardous parking lot

School parking lots are known to be hazardous, but is West Campus construction making a difficult parking situation even more difficult?
Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor November 13, 2019

A high school sophomore has only been driving for less than a year. The student gets in their car and heads to school. The line of cars is long, as usual, and a single police officer is directing all...

A hidden treasure

Natallia Anderson serves a student at the Hidden Pearl, a local coffee shop that has teamed up with West Campus to serve drinks during the first few class periods of each school day.
Michelene Havard, Staff Writer October 18, 2019

On weekday mornings, Natallia Anderson works her shifts at the Hidden Pearl coffee shop. She smells the strong roasted coffee, and warm hot chocolate, but focuses on her job—talking through a wide grin...

Let’s hear it for the spirit

Curtis Menke, former Student Council Advisor and lover of school spirit, sits with his beloved Spirit Barrel.
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...

Counselor juggles new job, new baby

New counselor Stephanie Doczi with her new baby Christian.
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...

West graduate hits high note in music career

Mackenzie O'Brien poses for a publicity photo while playing guitar.
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...

Pin perfect: Boys bowler makes McHenry history

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Herald
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...

Spanish students attend weekend field trip at Art Institute

Students at the Art Institute Field Trip on Feb. 16
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...

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