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the REAL Warriors

the REAL Warriors

By MCHS Counselors
This is the McHenry High School podcast of several counselors having an honest talk demystifying high school and beyond. A resource for what might be confusing about high school - everything from relationships to discussing mental health, dealing with everyday issues, and anything school related. Find out what happens when students are provided guidance and we get REAL.

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In our Season 2 debut we talk about the theme of Courage and what it means to us, while welcoming back students + staff. Listen to us talk in tangents like we normally do to get us psyched up for the 2022/2023 school year. Let's do this. 
August 25, 2022
We did it folks...almost. Crossing that finish line is the best part isn't it? Relief washes over you and then you immediately think to yourself, what next?! Tune in for our last podcast of the 21-22 school year as your freshman counselors, Mr. Bocian + Ms. Zariñana, reflect on the year, our student's futures, and what we're looking forward to in the coming months. Thank you to all who've been following along on our journey into the world of'll hear from us again soon. 
May 20, 2022
What does HOPE mean for you as we near the end of the school year? We invited Dr. Beerbower to join us and share how he inspires his students day in and day out. If you don't know who Dr. Beerbower is OR just need an uplifting reminder of what it means to seek out hope in times of despair then you're going to want to listen to this one, trust us. We can do hard things & sometimes hope is the way to guide us through.   Music Credits: Long Live Instrumental - Florida Georgia Line, Best Thing Since Backroads Instrumental - Jake Owen
April 28, 2022
This episode we welcome Mr. Carl Vallianatos, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation. Alongside Mr. Vallianatos are not only your trusty Freshman Campus counselors, Mr. Bocian and Ms. Zariñana, but freshman student Jaxson joins us as well as we talk friendship, creating new courses, & what career pathways are up ahead at the Upper Campus. We hope you enjoy!   Music Credits: Crazy Train - Instrumental, Bones - Instrumental
March 21, 2022
Healthy Relationships/L-O-V-E
We took a chance. We did it. We dove into the topic of Healthy Relationships. This time we added our Prevention and Wellness Coordinator for the District, Mrs. Maura Reid. And resident student dating expert, Ingrid. We also had students submit their thoughts on the Freshman Campus "dating scene" and related it to the Healthy Relationship activity our Student Leaders from the Upper Campus helped to deliver the day before. Listen in for advice, resources, & enjoy the banter!  Music Credits: Kpop - Instrumental , Def Leppard - Love Bites Instrumental
March 01, 2022
Attitudes & Values
This podcast covers Attitudes and Values from both the counselor and a student perspective. We are joined by Mr. Menke, College & Career Counselor and two of our freshman students, Cassie & Ruby. Hopefully this guided discussion triggers self-reflection and provides insight.
February 08, 2022
Respect & Responsibility
Our 4th episode was recorded right before winter break so we are publishing it to you a little late. BUT! better late than never. We hope everyone listening had a wonderful break. This episode definitely still applies to new beginnings and reflection as we do our best to make do with the chaos of the beginning of the semester. Our guests from the Upper Campus, our senior counselors, give some great advice and perspective on how respect and responsibility impact our daily lives.  Music Credits: Dakiti Instrumental - Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Enter Sandman - Metallica  
January 04, 2022
Listen in to meet our junior counselors, Mrs. Schak & Mr. Figueroa from the Upper Campus. We hash out the idea of community, discuss different perspectives, and how they impact our new high school model.  Music Credits: DMX-Party Up (Instrumental), Farruko – Pepas (Instrumental)
November 17, 2021
Collaboration, teamwork, & joint action are all synonyms for our cooperative podcast this month. Our freshman counselors with the help of the sophomore counselors dive into our own interpretations of cooperation through the counseling and student lense. Music credits: People Everyday - Arrested Dev. Instrumental, Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
October 18, 2021
High Expectations
Expecting the world of our podcast. High expectations for students. Listen in with our freshman counselors as they dissect the topic of high expectations and how it applies to them and potentially students; navigating pitfalls and challenges in life. Music credits: Logic - Instrumental, Griz - Can't Get Enough
September 24, 2021