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Your World. Your Stories. Everyday.

METEA MEDIA

Autumn Zayas

Autumn Zayas

Autumn Zayas is a senior here at Metea Valley. This is her second year shooting photos for the Stampede and her first year as the Photography Editor. You can always find her with her camera capturing candid moments. After school, she is a part of Theater Tech, MV Poets, and works at a funky Sushi restaurant. In her free time she loves to explore new places for photoshoots, all while blasting her favorite songs. When she is not doing photography, she loves to hangout with friends, watch Netflix, and read.

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Two students attempt to take a social media cleanse

April 7, 2022

According to my screen time, I am on my phone for five hours and 50 minutes. With those five hours and 50 minutes, I have seen videos of people reflecting on their social media cleanse and the benefits...

Students compete to finish first.

[Photo] Metea Valley hosts Region C Special Olympics

March 11, 2022

Students compete to finish first.

Students are seen walking to class during passing period just days after Illinois mask guidelines became optional.

[Photo] CDC announces new updates for COVID-19 mitigations strategies in Illinois

March 7, 2022

Students are seen walking to class during passing period just days after Illinois mask guidelines became optional.

Masks have been a highly controversial topic since the first mask mandate due to the coronavirus. Some students feel that masks hold big importance in keeping us safe, while others feel that they hold little importance.

Podcast: Should masks be optional?

March 2, 2022

District 204's mask optional policy went into effect on Feb. 22. This allowed students and staff to choose whether or not they wear a mask in the school building. Recently, the state of Illinois ended...

Adult expectations tend to shift away from the childhood expectations at the age of eighteen.

[Photo] The expectations that come with adulthood

February 15, 2022

Adult expectations tend to shift away from the childhood expectations at the age of eighteen.

Metea Valley winter pep rally set spirits high during chilly times

Metea Valley winter pep rally set spirits high during chilly times

February 11, 2022

Metea Valley hosted the winter pep assembly on Feb. 11. The pep assembly was divided into two: underclassmen and upperclassmen. The underclassmen attended first and hosted blind musical chairs. The upperclassmen...

Chess team members play a speed round to practice for their upcoming tournament.

[Photo] Chess team advances to state with their goals in check

February 4, 2022

Chess team members play a speed round to practice for their upcoming tournament.

Seniors walking in from fifth period lunch off campus to arrive to a walkway covered in snow.

[Photo] District 204 remains open despite snow storm

February 2, 2022

Seniors walking in from fifth period lunch off campus to arrive to a walkway covered in snow.

Junior Alyse Haddad and freshman Sarah Madden are acting in their dramatic play ‘Lockdown’.

[Photo] Winter Scenes arrives back in person with three different performances

January 21, 2022

Junior Alyse Haddad and freshman Sarah Madden are acting in their dramatic play ‘Lockdown’.

Students study diligently in class in preparation for finals week.

[Photo] Teachers and students offer insight over upcoming finals week

December 14, 2021

Students study diligently in class in preparation for finals week.

‘Eternals’ was the perfect introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new phase of storytelling

December 10, 2021

“Eternals” director, Chloe Zhao, was able to tell the story of these super warriors and maintain the natural story of diversity and coming together despite ethical differences. Each Eternal has a very...

Eternals, the newest Marvel movie, has gotten many mixed reviews in the media. The film is very different from the traditional Marvel action movie, but is still worth seeing.

‘Eternals’ is a comic book film that brings a different aspect to the Marvel Universe

December 10, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has made a comeback with the release of a new comic adapted movie named “Eternals.” This new movie is a fresh look for Marvel because of its diverse and well known...

‘Pending’ by Palmertrees

‘Pending’ by Palmertrees

December 7, 2021

This song is for everyone who has ever cared about someone who really never felt the same about you. The musician, Palmertrees, usually writes about falling in love and how complicated it can be, so it...

‘Fool For You’ by Snoh Aalegra

‘Fool For You’ by Snoh Aalegra

December 7, 2021

Snoh Aalegra’s 2017 album “FEELS,” proved that soulful R&B is still alive and popular on the music scene. When listening to “Fool For You,” you can hear the influences of R&B legends...

‘gracias a la vida’ by Kacey Musgraves

‘gracias a la vida’ by Kacey Musgraves

December 7, 2021

Kacey Musgraves proved to be able to bring a popular song in the latin community and mainstream it. The original song, sung by Mercedes Sosa, is both nostalgic and loved by an entire community, so when...

Middle hitters Jessical Williams (#4) and Nicole Amrhein (#13) go in for a block against a hit made by Waubonsie.

[Photo] Communication and trust scores girls’ volleyball a spot in the regional finals

October 27, 2021

Middle hitters Jessical Williams (#4) and Nicole Amrhein (#13) go in for a block against a hit made by Waubonsie.

Students gather in a dance circle to celebrate the first outdoor homecoming at MVHS.

[Photo] Homecoming resumes despite various challenges

October 5, 2021

Students gather in a dance circle to celebrate the first outdoor homecoming at MVHS.

Before the game, Metea Valley varsity team was found warming up and getting into game headspace.

[Photo] Wildcats outplay Mustangs at homecoming game

October 4, 2021

Before the game, Metea Valley varsity team was found warming up and getting into game headspace.

Mrs. Honeysett strives to reconnect with the students in her classes. Students are finding difficultly transitioning into past classroom norms.

[Photo] Students are back to building relationships with teachers after over a year online

September 22, 2021

Mrs. Honeysett strives to reconnect with the students in her classes. Students are finding difficultly transitioning into past classroom norms.

Freshman sit in a circle a connect with their upperclassman as they tell stories of their freshman year.

[Photo] Freshmen meet outside to create new social connections for Fresh Connect

September 14, 2021

Freshman sit in a circle a connect with their upperclassman as they tell stories of their freshman year.

With a wave of uncertainty over which COVID guidelines should still be followed, comes the debate over masks and their necessity in the classroom.

[Photo] Students adhere to the newly issued school mask mandate

August 24, 2021

With a wave of uncertainty over which COVID guidelines should still be followed, comes the debate over masks and their necessity in the classroom.

Teachers take a moment to glance at the senior class and celebrate their accomplishments.

Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021

June 1, 2021

Here is the link to the photos that were taken at graduation! https://photos.app.goo.gl/y6o1qjoYbY5H8Ama8

Brooks Elementary school is known in the district to have a lower number of yearly enrollments.

[Photo] 204 begins boundary reviews to balance student enrollment

May 7, 2021

Brooks Elementary school is known in the district to have a lower number of yearly enrollments.

Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest

Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest

April 26, 2021

From the very second this song starts, it hooks you in. “Dancing in the Moonlight,” has its own magical power to make every listener light up with joy. Being released in 1973, this song has brought...

Ice Cream Sundae by Inhaler

Ice Cream Sundae by Inhaler

April 26, 2021

Inhaler, an indie rock band from Dublin, has so many songs that should genuinely be hits. In the song “Ice Cream Sundae,” the band managed to bring together a perfect mix of classic rock instruments...

Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

April 26, 2021

Jim Croce takes all the attributes of classic rock and makes them into a beautiful love ballad about wanting to hold on to certain moments. The mood of the electric bass gives the song a double meaning-...

A Week Away is a musical that is very disorganized and does not stand out from the rest of the Netflix Originals.

Weekly Movie Review: ‘A Week Away”, Netflix’s failed attempt to appeal Christian audiences

April 19, 2021

Ever since the negative feedback that critics and audiences gave to the film adaptation of “The Prom,” Netflix made an interesting choice by releasing another musical, but this time they aimed at Christan...

Discussing Women’s experience in a High School setting

March 26, 2021

Autumn 0:00 Hi my name is Autumn and I'm here with Christina 0:03 Christina. Autumn 0:04 And we're gonna be talking about the woman experience in a high school setting. Christina 0:12 So the first...

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ poses an accurate representation of its historical background.

Weekly Movie Review: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ poses an accurate representation of its historical background

March 19, 2021

Warning: Spoilers ahead. The “Trial of the Chicago 7” was a huge turning point in history because it dealt with racism and police brutality, much like the events in today’s society. The movie...

Discussing the joy that Valentines Day bring

February 12, 2021

Olivia Gaziano 0:00 Hi everyone, and welcome to another podcast. My name is Olivia Gaziano, and I am a junior in the photography and media editor, and we are all here to talk about Valentine's Day. Autumn...

Students discuss returning to school

January 15, 2021

Olivia Gaziano 0:00 It was just announced that we are for sure heading back to school. On January, 26, but students have the options to either go to the hybrid option or also stay remote. We are here...

Photography and media team visits winter lights around town

Photography and media team visits winter lights around town

December 18, 2020

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Metea student are rolled out of bed and joined his first class, only to fall back to sleep on zoom.

[Photo] The new schedule appears to be a purposeless change

December 16, 2020

Metea student are rolled out of bed and joined his first class, only to fall back to sleep on zoom.

Taking the time to reflect on what to be grateful for

November 20, 2020

Olivia Gaziano :  As we all know, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Now it may look different for us this year, but we just wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we're thankful for and how we...

Say it Over by Ruel ft. Cautious Clay

Say it Over by Ruel ft. Cautious Clay

November 4, 2020

The mix of Ruel and Cautious Clays melodic voices make this song feel almost ethereal. This song is about maturing and moving on with life. Ruel sang a story of maturing and realizing that he had to let...

Fade by The Driver Era

Fade by The Driver Era

November 4, 2020

The Lynch brothers released this song because they felt like people really needed a feel-good song during these tough times. Fade tells the story of the ups and downs of life and how you just need to keep...

Going Out by Role Model

Going Out by Role Model

November 4, 2020

“Going Out” is a song that shines a light on the kids who are okay with staying home on Friday nights, the kids that may find comfort in being by themselves. I love this song because as much as I want...

 Mustang comedy keeps spirits up with a virtual improve show. Speaker Jake Zeitner shares how happy he is to be able to preform despite not being in person.

[Photo] Mustang Comedy hosts their first show of the year

October 27, 2020

Mustang comedy keeps spirits up with a virtual improve show. Speaker Jake Zeitner shares how happy he is to be able to preform despite not being in person.

District board members discus what going back to school during the presents of Covid-19 would look, an issue that they have been working on since early August.

[Photo] 204 Schools initiate hybrid instruction plan for students

October 8, 2020

District board members discus what going back to school during the presents of Covid-19 would look, an issue that they have been working on since early August.

Marching band joyful performs for the cars going by.

[Photo] Class of 2021 has a senior parade to kick off their senior year

October 2, 2020

Marching band joyful performs for the cars going by.

As the SAT approaches, students are cramming in last minute study sessions and practice tests.

[Photo] Communication surrounding the SAT and college applications leaves seniors feeling unprepared

September 18, 2020

As the SAT approaches, students are cramming in last minute study sessions and practice tests.

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