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The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Students from MCHSs Key Club splash into the water at the Crystal Lake Beach on March 4 to raise money for Special Olympics.

Key Club helps raise over $3000 for Special Olympics in annual Polar Plunge

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

Every year, MCHS’ Key Club helps out the Polar Plunge, an organization to help raise money for the Special Olympics. This year, it was held in Crystal Lake on March 5 at noon. All Special Olympics...

Editorial Cartoon: Why replace the magic?

Editorial Cartoon: Why replace the magic?

Rachel Kaminski, Contributing Illustrator February 27, 2023

Though there was barely any snow on the ground in McHenry on Wednesday afternoon, MCHS cancelled the second day of finals on Thursday due to inclement weather predictions.

MCHS closed tomorrow due to inclement weather, finals rescheduled

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor December 21, 2022

MCHS will close tomorrow, Dec. 22, due to impending inclement weather and hazardous conditions. Day two finals will now take place on Jan. 9, when students and staff return from winter break. “In...

Students pose in their band tee-shirts during winter spirit week at the Upper Campus on Dec. 13.

Real Warriors: Winter spirit week

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer December 16, 2022

From Dec. 12-16, students participated in this year's winter spirit week. Spirit days included comfy day, concert/band tee-shirt day, jersey day, ugly sweater day, and color day. “It’s going well,...

Next week, MCHS will celebrate the end of the semester and the holiday season with a spirit week culminating in a spirit rally. Next semester, StuCo plans to introduce new winter events.

StuCo plans new school spirit activities this winter

Lydia Lawrence, Business Director December 8, 2022

MCHS’s Student Council is in the process of introducing certain activities to boost overall morale in the winter months.  StuCo agreed that there would be a winter spirit week, a spirit rally and...

Kamila Valieva of Team ROC falls during the womens free skate during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 17, 2022, in Beijing.

Olympic-sized scandal

Brooke Gewalt, Contributing Writer April 8, 2022

Fifteen year old Kamila Valieva, Russia's figure skating sensation, assumed to take home the gold and unexpectedly took fourth at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic games. Controversially, Valieva was able...

Each year, a handful of MCHS students choose to graduate a semester early. This year, 34 will end their high school careers as December graduates.

Send off

Ella Trimingham, Copy Editor December 17, 2021

Seniors study hard preparing for their last time taking finals, excited to take on their new lives and new opportunities. These seniors are putting their best food forward with the finish line of high...

The first film in The Chronicles of Narnia series is adventurous, fun, and will give viewers a nearly two hour escape from the real world.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

December 22, 2020

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a beloved book series written by S. C. Lewis in the 1950s that follows the adventures of four siblings who find a magical world in the back of a wardrobe. The first book...

Elle is MCHSs advice columnist. Email her at

Ask Elle: Winter blues

Elle Smith, Advice Colummnist December 3, 2019

Dear Elle: During the summer, most of my friends know me as someone who is fun, outgoing, and loves to go on adventures. But now that it's getting colder and darker day by day, I'm finding it harder and...

A snow plow clears a snowy thoroughfare in McHenry this winter.

Superintendent consults weather service, colleagues in decision to cancel school

Aleece Black, Staff Reporter February 27, 2019

Dr. Ryan McTague, Superintendent of District 156, makes the decision to cancel school due to weather based on a variety of factors including consideration of cold temperatures and forecasted severity of...

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