March, 2022


Congratulations to the following underclassmen for their achievements!

Honor Roll 2nd Semester 2020-21 and/or 1st Semester 2021-22

Trace Allen, Meredith Angelo, Isaac Anthony, Alten Bergbreiter, Jacob Bergbreiter, Wyatt Bergbreiter, Alitza Bolanos, Collin Boorsma, Rune Boyd, Josie Buddenbaum, Carter Campbell, Cory Castaneda, Wesley Cederlund, Alexandra Conroy, Samantha Conroy, Grace Criss, Theo Davis, Sedona DeRose, Elizabeth Dominguez, Lilly Drolen, Mahala Englehart, Niko Enriquez, Aubrie Ettner, Sean Ettner, Nathan Evans, Mia Feidt, Owen Frederick, Dolton Fredrickson, Isabella Frohling, Bruno Garcia, Lilli Ghastin, Almea Giovannini, Michael Gonzalez Montillo, Bianai Gonzalez Prado, Anders Gray, Amanda Griffin, Randy Griffin, Noelle Haas, Evan Halfacre, Trever Harp, Alana Hartel, Morgan Hasa, Jasmine Hazlerig, Royal Hazlerig, Mikayla Heldt, Joshua Holst, Fynn Huart, Marc Janjic Lopes, Drew Johnson, Hayden Johnson, Paige Johnson, Luke Kacprowicz, Nathan Kagan, Anastacia Kalter, Emily Kirchhoff, Mia Kuzelka, Mallory Lesher, Emma Leucht, Ella Logue, Fernanda Lopez, Gage Lopez, Juan Lopez, Efrain Magallanes, Madalyn Mardock, Ryker Markus, Kailey Mazur, Micah Meade, Madelyn Miceli, Logan Miller, Erika Montes Xelhua, Samantha Murray, Drew Palanos, Emily Pedroza, Vanessa Perez, Fatima Pina, Mackenzie Plaza, Athan Poggas, Kevin Ponce, Araceli Popoca Leuth, Brooke Pribyl, Allison Raether, Chloee Reichenbach, Hannah Retzlaff, Cole Rutkowski, Alondra Saldana Padilla, Reese Samuelson, Lincoln Schulman, Taylor Schumann, Ryan Seemann, Tanner Simons, Eldarion Sobusiak, Eduardo Solis, Allisha Spiegel Merrigan, Ashley Spilotro, Amelia Splinter, Ethan Struck, Amirah Timoumi, Warren Tynis, Zoey Vallee, Carson Van Winkle, Keatyn Velasquez, Sebastian Villasenor, Joey Vroman, Nicholas Walter, Daymein Wancket, Camden Weirich, Riley Weiss, Adam Wigman

High Honor Roll 2nd Semester 2020-21 and/or 1st Semester 2021-22

Elizabeth Adams, Gianna Almeida, Michaela Almeida, Sydney Andrews, Meredith Angelo,

Grant Aubry, Leo Bankel, Gaia Barnhurst, Kayla Bauman, Wyatt Bergbreiter, Jason Bloom,

Rune Boyd, Alexandra Brackmann, Jordan Brogdon, Trevor Bruski, Abigail Burman, Miya Castillo, Wesley Cederlund, Morgan Cetera, Josephine Christiansen, Madeline Christopher, Julia Cieslak, Lydia Cieslak, Samantha Conroy, Leeanna Crowe, Nikole Czepczynski, Sara Czepczynski, Ella Davis, Elizabeth Dominguez, Grace Durkin, Jessica Elqunni, Mahala Englehart, Aubrie Ettner, Richmond Fredrickson, Wiatt Gelly, Alejandro Gerardo, Gabrielle Gieseke, Hayden Gieseke, Madelyn Gieseke, Brooke Glander, Chloe Gochis, Elizabeth Gomez, Lily Goode, Morgan Grindle, Noelle Haas, Rainer Halbmaier, Trever Harp, Amanda Harris, Alana Hartel, Alixandra Hartmann, Carter Heimsoth, Colin Heinz, Jose Herrera, Pablo Herrera, Joshua Holst, Kylee Jensen, Addie Johnson, Owen Kacprowicz, Jacob Kagan, Nathan Kagan, Anastacia Kalter, Ava Kanaly, Daniel Kazmer, Emily Kirchhoff, Sydney Koplin, Anna Kunzer, Christopher Kunzer, Mia Kuzelka, Quinn Lechner, Joseph Leibrandt, Wayne Leiseberg, Mallory Lesher, Cadence Leucht, Emma Leucht, Zanfina Ljumani, Dylan Locke, Jenny Loyo, Mia Lulinski, Madalyn Mardock, Ryker Markus, Kailey Mazur, Ryan McKee, Jessica Minogue, Devin Moehrlin, Paola Montes, Tzitlali Montes, Jhonatan Morejon Cortez, David Munoz, Carly Musschoot, Kyle Northcutt, Jillyan Ortega, Hunter Pankow, Hir Patel, Emily Pedroza, Vanessa Perez, Athan Poggas, Emilie Polizzi, Aidan Pollnow, Alyssa Pollnow, Aspen Rado, Nessa Randall, Marcus Ray, Brock Riebock, Valeria Rivera, Christopher Ruiz, Evelyn Ruiz, Ian Sackis, Alondra Saldana Padilla, Reese Samuelson, Addison Sanchez, Caden Sauder, Lawson Schmidt, Savannah Scholfield, Autumn Shacklee, Ryan Shaver, Kaylee Sierpien, Patrick Signore, Kalee Skow, Sydnee Slavin, Hunter Smith, Jonathan Snelgrove, Eldarion Sobusiak, Eduardo Solis, Cody Stallings, Devin Storti, Ethan Struck, Vivian Szostak, Omar Timoumi, Madalyn Tjaden, Kayla Torres, Rochelle Tremmel, Amanda Trotz, Samantha Tuohey, Zoey Vallee, Carson Van Winkle, Karter Velasquez, Keatyn Velasquez, Huberto Villagran, Wendy Villalpando Gomez, Noe Villasano, Tess Volkers, Joyce Watters, Camden Weirich, Cheyenne Welker, Zoe Whetham, Emily White, Grace Wzientek, Marissa Young, Justin Zarate, Helenna Zont

“A” for Effort

Outstanding Improvement in Academic Performance – Alitza Bolanos, Dakota Hodgson, Brooke Pribyl

Outstanding Class Project – Josephine Christiansen, Mahala Englehart, Amanda Griffin,

Carson VanWinkle

Outstanding Example to Others – Leo Bankel, Lilly Drolen, Alyssa Pollnow,

Freshman Mentors – Robel Addis, Gianna Almeida, Michaela Almeida, Gregory Baker, Alexandra Brackmann, Jordan Brogdon, Jose Herrera, Addie Johnson, Keilee Kimmel, Kayla Klaassens, Joseph Leibrandt, Mia Lulinski, Jessica Minogue, Tzitlali Montes, Valeria Rivera, Kalee Skow, Amanda Trotz, Cheyenne Welker

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Camp – Amanda Trotz

Leadership Greater McHenry County – Eduardo Solis

National Recognition Scholar – Tzitlali Montes for National Small Town and Rural Recognition

Rensselaer Top Math & Science – Mia Lulinski


MCHS proudly presents the Illinois State Scholar recipients for the Class of 2022. On January 29th a recognition dinner was held for the seniors and guests prior to the Varsity Boys Basketball game. The students were presented to the cheering crowd before the game. The Illinois State Scholar program is overseen by the Illinois Student Assistance Committee. Students identified to high school seniors who possess superior academic potential. The combination of students' exemplary college entrance examination scores (SAT) and record high school achievement (gpa) indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be named an Illinois State Scholar is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the student's academic records.

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Congratulations to Alexis Elqunni, Michael Ashbaugh and John Riedl who scored at or over 1350 on the SAT.

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The Fit for Life class learned about plant based protein and made protein balls.

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The War in Literature class was honored today to have medically retired Army vet Adam Palmer visit, share stories, and provide inspiration for life. Palmer is a Purple Heart recipient who served three tours in Iraq. He currently trains young people entering the military, preparing them physically, mentally, and spiritually for what awaits them. He is quite an amazing guy! We were blessed to listen to him.


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The following “Newsletter” is written by Preston Bailey, along with co-writers Riley Pankow, Samantha Gustafson, and Avery Fashingbauer, who are students in the Entrepreneurship Enterprise Class. Riley, Samantha, and Avery are in the Human Resources Department of Skyline, their virtual business.

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Prom is scheduled for April 30, 2022. Please remember there are academic and behavioral expectations associated with attending all high school dances. Students must:

  • Be passing at least 5 classes
  • Have no more than 2 days of ISS per semester
  • Have no more than one SCAP per semester
  • Have no days of OSS

Tickets will be sold from Monday, April 4th to Thursday, April 14th. A completed registration form must be turned in at the time tickets are purchased.

Our Prom will be held at the Chateau Ritz in Niles, Illinois, which was reserved in 2019. As of February 28th, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has lifted its mask and vaccine mandates. Please be aware that this may change at any time. They state, “We will continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics in our suburban jurisdiction and may recommend additional mitigation measures in the future if the healthcare system is overwhelmed or if transmission rate increases warrant such action.” Marengo Community High School will abide by the CCDPH mandates in place on April 30, 2022.


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The Scholastic Bowl team finished the 2022 season undefeated in the Kishwaukee Valley Conference and won the KRC Tournament. The team has also advanced to the Elite Eight in the Bergstrom StateLine Quiz Bowl, where they will play Rockford Auburn on March 5th. On Saturday, February 19th, they finished second in the Masonic Academic Bowl Tournament. The team is hoping to repeat as Regional Champs at the tournament on March 7th.


Congratulations to the Marengo Math Team for their 4th place finish in the conference competition on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

5-person Calculator Team took 3rd place

Seniors: Ryan Clark, Nicholas Martin

Junior: Aspen Rado

Sophomore: Hir Patel

Freshman: Brooke Pribyl

Precalculus Team took 2nd place

Seniors: Michael Ashbough, Ryan Clark, Alexis Elqunni, Nicholas Martin, Diya Patel, John Riedl, Sophomore: Leo Bankel

Algebra 1 team took 3rd place

Mia Feidt, Brook Glander, Colin Heinz

Algebra 2 Team took 3rd place

Juniors: Grace Durkin, Jessica Elqunni, Mia Lulinski, Aspen Rado, Amanda Trotz, Zoe Whetman

Individual Competition Winner:

Freshman: Colin Heinz - 4th place in Algebra 1

Not Pictured:  Nicholas Martin

THEATRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Thursday, March 17th @7pm

Friday, March 18th @7pm

Saturday, March 19th @2pm and 7pm

Tickets available for purchase online starting March 1st at Seating will be open/first come, first served to allow for patrons to space out to their comfort level.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

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Congratulations to Jackie Euker, Ashtyn Martin, Glenda Mireles and Sam Montgomery on being recommended for the prestigious Illinois State FFA Degree! Degrees are awarded based on a member's record keeping skills, knowledge shown during the interview, and leadership ability. ALSO, congratulations to Sam Montgomery on being recommended as the section STAR in Ag Placement and to Ashtyn Martin on being recommended as the section STAR Farmer.


Summer School

MCHS is offering a comprehensive summer school this year to address the needs of our students and many of the constraints we have faced with COVID-19. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. The summer school offerings require students to be in attendance in-person at MCHS, therefore there are options for students to request breakfast and/or lunch, and transportation, as needed. All summer school offerings are subject to change based upon staffing and student enrollment.

MCHS students will have an opportunity to earn credit in any core classes they have failed either this school year, or during previous terms. Any student in grades 9-12 who have failed a core class in Math, Science, Social Studies, or English should consider a MAP Credit Recovery since these are required classes toward graduation. A certified teacher will be available to assist students with the Educere online program during the summer months, therefore student attendance for in-person learning is required. Students who successfully complete any of the available courses will earn 0.5 credits/course. Below is the link to the MAP Credit Recovery flier and relevant information for those courses: Summer School MAP Credit Recovery Summer 2022

MCHS students who have failed semester 1 of their Algebra 2 class this year, or during previous terms, have an opportunity to earn 0.5 credits by taking a “Topics in Algebra 2” class with a certified math instructor. Please note that a MAP Algebra 2 offering will only be available if this class does not run. Algebra 2 Credit Recovery Summer 2022

MCHS will also be offering classes for students to get ahead in their coursework in the Physical Education and Health Department. Eligible students can consider signing up for Driver’s Education Class or Behind-the-Wheel (BTW). The Driver’s Education class is being offered onsite at MCHS via in-person instruction. Sign-up for BTW will not begin until Wednesday, April 6th and will require onsite registration. Below are links to the relevant summer information for those classes: Driver’s Education Classroom Summer School 2022

Behind-the-Wheel Summer 2022

MCHS also offers a transitional Mathematics and English curriculum to incoming freshmen in the Class of 2026 who qualify. Below is the link to the Fresh Start flier and relevant summer information for those classes: Fresh Start Math and/or English Summer 2022


Remember many scholarship dates are coming up. Please check out the Scholarship postings on our Guidance page.

Junior SAT prep

Utilize Khan Academy for personalized practice, anytime, anywhere for free. College Board (SAT) has given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone to use.

Latine Empowerment Conference

MCC is hosting a Latine Empowerment Conference is March. Any Latino student who is interested in learning about careers, colleges, financial aid and MORE are encouraged to attend. Email Ms. Schultz ( if you would like to attend. Click here for more information.

College Readiness Workshop Series for High School Students and Parents
Get the tools and knowledge you need to be confident about your college application and decision process! We’ll create a dedicated space for parent questions and support through hands-on activities for students and families. Workshop information will be available in both English and Spanish (Información en Inglés y Español). Email Kristen Mueller at or call (815)479-7842 with questions.

Important Date: April 13th

Freshmen: PSAT 8/9

Sophomores: PSAT 10

Juniors: SAT


Dental Examination Requirement

Current 9th grade students are required to provide proof of a dental examination performed by a licensed dentist by May 15, 2022. If you have not already submitted this, please provide the required documentation to our school nurse. School dental examinations must have been completed within the 18 months prior to May 15. Click here for a Dental Examination Form.

Meningococcal Vaccine Required

The Meningococcal vaccine is required for students entering 12th grade. The Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring that all student entering 12th grade show proof of two doses of meningococcal vaccine unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose is required.

Asthma Action Plan

New policy was enacted in 2017 that states we must request an asthma action plan from parents of student who have asthma. This form must be completed by a physician and returned to the school nurse.


Girls Bowling Conference Champs

Congrats to the Girls Bowling Team on winning the first ever KRC Bowling Conference Championship!

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Varsity Girls Basketball

We finished with a 14-15 overall record and 2nd place finish in the KRC with an 8-2 conference record. We honored Alexendra Botzoc, Morgan Coffman, and Courtney Jasinski on 2/8/22 for Senior Night.

The varsity won our first regional game on February 12th beating Marian Central 44-40 at home. Our season ended on February 14th in the Regional Semifinal game when our upset bid came up short. #8 seeded Marengo lost to #1 seeded Rosary High School 54-55 in overtime.

Maddie Cannon (So.), Emily Kirchhoff (So.), Bella Frohling (So.), and Addie Johnson (Jr.) participated in the IHSA 3-Point Showdown at Regionals on 2/17/22. Bella Frohling advanced to the Sectional round on 2/24/22 in Johnsburg.

JV Girls Basketball

The JV squad finished the season 15-5 and 8-1 in the KRC (tied for 1st).

Frosh/Soph Girls Basketball

The FS squad finished 9-3 overall and 7-0 in the KRC (1st Place).

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys Basketball finished up their season in the IHSA Regional Championship game on Friday, February 25th in a loss to Rockford Lutheran. The boys came on strong at the end of the season with a 54-44 win on senior night over the KRC Conference Champs, Woodstock North. The team finished with a record of 16-15 and a conference record of 6-4. This is the ninth winning season in a row for boys basketball.

At the lower levels, the JV team finished with a record of 7-19 and a conference record of 4-6. The Freshman finished with a record of 15-11 and conference record of 7-3 to finish in 2nd Place.


Your Marengo Wrestlers finished a very successful season. They were 14-9 overall, and 5-1 in conference, placing 2nd. The team placed 2nd at Regionals, with the following 9 out of 11 wrestlers placing. Regional Champions: Logan Miller and Michael Macias. Runner Up: Matthew Rose, Ethan Struck, Maverick Quatroke, and Eddie Solis. 3rd Place: Robel Addis,

Mason Lampe, and Hunter Smith. These nine wrestlers advanced to a very tough Sectional Tournament, where they gave it their all. Unfortunately, we came up short and did not move on to the State Tournament. The coaching staff are very proud of the entire team and look forward to another great year for Marengo Wrestling! We want to wish our only senior, Michael Macias, good luck in his future endeavors. You are always welcome back in the wrestling room! NOTE: We will be holding a wrestling camp this summer so look out for the details on the website.

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Congratulations to Abby Rohe, who signed to play Volleyball at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Welker To Compete For Team USA

Congratulations to Cheyenne Welker, who earned a Gold Medal and a place on Team USA in Junior Kickboxing. Cheyenne will be representing the USA at the WAKO Junior World Championships in Dublin Ireland next September.

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