One year after the world shut down, pandemic living is becoming a new normal.

One Year Later

Gray Corkey March 23, 2021
The cancellation of concerts, clubs, and competitions. The paranoia of communication. The excitement of a continuous spring break. As the two-week spring break turned into a one-year remote experience, all was changed.
Gabi Hernandez is a senior who plans to major in Psychology.

Farewell Friday: Gabi Hernandez

Michelle Serna March 19, 2021

What are your plans for after high school? After high school, I am planning on attending the University of Illinois and majoring in psychology.   What are you looking forward to in college?  I...

Rayne Stokes is a senior graduating this year.

Farewell Friday: Rayne Stokes

Emily Veenstra March 12, 2021

What are your plans for after high school? I will be attending college at Bradley University. I really like how connected the school is and how close it is to home. I will be double majoring in sociology...

Mustang dane competed in the IDTA invitational on February 27 and qualified for state. They will record for state on March 6 and showcase the performance on March 13.

Dance team qualifies for IDTA State at IDTA invitational contest

Michelle Serna, Spotlight Reporter March 5, 2021

The Mustang dance team has worked hard to get where they are today and it took long practices and rehearsals to clean up their dance and make it the best they could. However, there were struggles faced...

Julianne Enas is one of the many seniors graduating this year. 

Photo credit of Julianne Enas

Farewell Friday: Julianne Enas

Paige Friedlander March 5, 2021

What are your plans for after high school? After high school, I plan on going to college. Vanderbilt is my top choice if I get in, and if not, then I plan on going to the University of Illinois at Urbana...

A selection of Mold-A-Ramas colorful wax menagerie from the authors personal collection.

Automatic Miniature Plastic Factory: How Mold-A-Rama Inc. survives and thrives amidst pandemic

Ursula Sturgeon, Perspectives Reporter March 4, 2021

Brookfield Zoo reopened to the public after two months of closure due to COVID-19 related lockdowns on March 1. In the weeks prior, similar places like museums and aquariums across Chicagoland were opening...

JoJo Siwa came out and people were not happy about it.

JoJo Siwa’s coming out hopes to bring change to children’s television

Emily Veenstra February 24, 2021

Celebrities can have a big impact on their fans. They become giant billboards, asking followers to buy their merchandise or other sponsored items. For celebrities with a fan base consisting of mainly children,...

Students can watch district board meetings to gain points for the project.

The Civic Engagement Project is a Way to stay involved in the community

Cache Merriweather and Paige Friedlander February 18, 2021

U.S. Government is a required class to take in order to graduate at Metea Valley. In this class, there is a semester-long project known as the Civic Engagement project in which students are encouraged...

8995E teaches Zoom classes about designing, programming, and engineering for middle schoolers.

Robotics team 8995E steers to victory with their robotics boot camp

Gray Corkey, Longform Editor February 15, 2021

As hope for a normal season faded, the Metea robotics team 8995E got their gears turning to find another way to victory. The freshman team, which includes Ian Corkey, Sheel Parikh, Vikram Rao, Debarya...

Goldfish Swim school is one business fighting to recover from the lasting effects of the pandemic.

Recovering Businesses: Goldfish Swim School

Emily Veenstra February 12, 2021

Since the first lockdown, restaurants have been forced to become delivery and takeout-only businesses. Social distancing has limited the number of people allowed in buildings. Activities and gyms have...

Teachers and students follow classroom procedures in order to keep each other safe.

Students and staff continue to adjust to hybrid learning

Cache Merriweather February 3, 2021

After being pushed back multiple times due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in DuPage County, District 204 schools opened their doors to welcome back their students last Monday. With the change...

Ranked-choice voting is a different method of voting in which candidates are chosen in order of preference.

Ranked-choice Voting is a new direction for the electoral voting system

Cache Merriweather January 28, 2021

Since the 1700s, the United States has had a voting system built around the idea of democracy. It is a system that gives people of the country the right to make a decision on who will run the country....

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