The annual African American History Month show captivates students

Performers showcase their skills with the powerful drums.

Jada Jones

February 24, 2020

The annual African American history program this year was filled with colorful and vibrant performances by an African dance troupe from Chicago. The performances included an abundance of knowledge, African traditional dances, and music that was new to students. The cultural knowledge the performers taug...

The Dark Horse Art Gallery gives credit to aspiring artists

Students and staff admire artwork displayed outside the auditorium.

Jada Jones

February 18, 2020

An exquisite gallery featuring Metea students’ unique artistic ability is put on every year to showcase all of the students’ creativity. Metea’s imaginative students showcase their art throughout the hallways of the school, but the Dark Horse Gallery allows students to discuss their art as well. ...

Metea theater department puts on several student directed Winter Scenes

Winter Scenes actors perform for classes in the black box during the school day

Ayden Reed, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

As the winter season is coming to an end, the theater department is just beginning to showcase what they have been working on the past few months. Winter scenes is a collection of four student directed scenes. The directors and actors have put a lot of time and effort into producing scenes that are ...

Metea showcases powerful performances by students through ‘My Identity, My Experience’

Students of color come together for a group photo.

Katrina Viloria

February 12, 2020

In honor of Black History Month, Metea held a performance to commemorate students of color on Tuesday. The main issue that was being discussed is race. Students with poems, songs, art, and even their stories were shared and earned great support from their peers.  English teacher Robyn West and instructional...

IPSD students experience firsthand chaos of the 2020 Iowa Caucus

Students gather inside one of Andrew Yang's campaign offices for a selfie this past Monday.

Leland Pan and Noelle Smagala

February 6, 2020

  Caught in the adrenaline rush of early election mayhem, 45 high school students from District 204 who received financial support from the Mikva Challenge, IPEF, and League of Women Voters were able to observe the Iowa Caucuses from Iowa City on Monday. The political enthusiasts first t...

Students discuss being a minority through These Walls These Suburbs

Students and staff discuss the hardships of living as a person of color.

Jada Jones

February 6, 2020

Metea held a discussion on Tuesday to allow student’s voices to be heard, taking into consideration the recent events that happened in the suburbs of Aurora and Naperville just in the past few months. The event was called ‘These  Walls These Suburbs,’ so people of color could share their expe...

Orchesis finishes preparation for their upcoming show

Orchesis rehearses for their upcoming show.

Jessica Velazquez

February 5, 2020

Orchesis is preparing for its annual showcase all throughout this week with tech week. The extra hours spent at school consist of continuous rehearsals involving long hours adjusting to different lighting and music.  The show consists of different genres such as jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. ...

Art students construct tape murals to brighten up the hallways

Senior Thalia Bowen works on the tape mural dedicated to the Austrailia fires.

Ayden Reed

January 30, 2020

People often say art is the window to the soul, but in the case of the Metea hallways, art is the window to possible course options. Beginning in January, the National Honors Art Society and AP Art students have been creating murals near the main office. However, these murals are not traditional, ins...

Jacqueline Woodson inspires aspiring authors

Jacqueline Woodson smiles with excited readers after her inspirational discussion.

Jada Jones

January 22, 2020

Jacqueline Woodson, the bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming, made a guest appearance at Aurora University to talk about being an aspiring author. She talked about her poetic memoir at the beginning of the presentation, the creation of the book, what it meant to her, and what it took for that proce...

The Student Voice Committee introduces Mustangs Matter Week to encourage respect

Seniors Emma Carlson, Rissa Bajusz, Samantha Smurawski pose by the Mustangs Matter banner.

Jessica Velazquez

January 21, 2020

The Metea L.I.F.E statement is familiar to any student at the school. Fostering positive relationships plays an important role in the environment at Metea. The Student Voice Committee will be hosting its very own Mustangs Matter Week. Seniors Aarthi Krishnakumar, Avyay Surampalli,  Zack Cisco, and m...

New superintendent Adrian Talley creates a promising future for District 204

Adrian Talley meets members of the District 204 community at his Meet and Greet on Tuesday, as he takes on his new position as superintendent.

Alexandra Guckel

January 15, 2020

Indian Prairie School District 204 hired the new district superintendent, Adrian Talley, after the retirement of current district superintendent Karen Sullivan. Talley has been an educator for over thirty years, with five years being an administrator at Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryla...

Kids Matter screens ‘Angst’ for parents and teachers

Guest speaker Kristen Breese speaks to parents about helping their teens fight anxiety

Jada Jones

January 14, 2020

Metea Valley presents its very own showing of “Angst,” a documentary made by students about what it is like being an anxious adolescent. At the event organized by Kids Matter, the movie gives parents, teachers, social workers, and students a different point of view on anxiety. The documentary spo...

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