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Cache Merriweather

Cache Merriweather

Cache is a senior and this is her second year on the Stampede. When she is not procrastinating, you can find her binge watching anime or playing hours upon hours of Animal Crossing. She loves to learn new things and enjoys having healthy debates about social issues. 


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The Metea Micd team completes their first ever slam poetry competiton.

Metea Mic’d is successful in Metea’s first-ever slam competition

May 13, 2021

The Metea Mic’d team poets, Michelle Azie, Jo Jadhav, Ria Palo, and Sanjana Sivakumar, competed in their first, as well as Metea Valley’s first-ever, slam competition on May 1. With the initial Louder...

Government teacher Micheal ONeill believes it is important for students to develop their own political beliefs.

Teachers opening the floor for political opinions in classrooms continues to be a complicated topic of discussion

April 15, 2021

  Last August, a teacher in Texas was put on leave after putting up an LGBTQ+ and BLM flag in her virtual classroom. Although she was reinstated a few days later, the situation raised questions...

On April 12th, hybrid student will return to school on Mondays.

District 204 implements a new schedule change for hybrid learning

March 26, 2021

Following spring break, 204 is implementing another return-to-learning plan: A full five day week starting April 12. All hybrid students will be returning for the full five days. Additionally, Mondays...

Students adjust to a new way of learning

March 23, 2021

High school students have experienced many changes in the past year. They have faced multiple revised class schedules, a new sports schedule, club cancellations, and many Zoom classes. With these changes,...

TATBILB 3 was a generic sleep-inducing romance film

February 19, 2021

I am not a huge fan of traditional romance movies. I always find it more meaningful when there is something tragic that the two have to overcome. While this is true, I was a fan of the first “To All...

The third and final movie, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, released on Feb. 12 which stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in a teenage romance movie.

Weekly Movie Review: ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ has many pros and cons as the final movie of a romance franchise

February 19, 2021

Warning: Spoilers ahead. Netflix introduced the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” movie franchise two years ago. First started as a novel series were written by Jenny Han, gained more popularity...

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

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...

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

Students and staff continue to adjust to hybrid learning

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

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....

Even with the new environment of working remotely and the obstacles they face through that, the staff of the mane constantly produces excellent content.

Mane staff continues to roll despite remote learning

January 14, 2021

From school cafeterias to home kitchens, the staff of Broadcast Journalism and Production proceeds to put hours of work into each episode as they post once a month. The staff of the Mane has been working...

Myra Bajwa uses an app to update her health status.

Metea alumna Myra Bajwa gives insight on her experience with a COVID-19 vaccine trial

January 14, 2021

After almost a year since the first COVID-19 case was announced in the United States, vaccines are starting to roll out to essential workers and the elderly. Johnson & Johnson is one of the many corporations...

Boy Bi by Mad Tsai

Boy Bi by Mad Tsai

January 13, 2021

Boy Bi is a relatable song even in just the title itself. It explores the mind of a bisexual boy, the artist, who is not entirely sure of his sexual preference. He depicts the internal struggle of coming...

Break Your Heart Worse by Crimson Apple

Break Your Heart Worse by Crimson Apple

January 13, 2021

Crimson Apple is an all-female band that also happens to be a group of talented siblings. They gained a ton of popularity on TikTok and have released a good number of songs since branching out to the platform....

Last Piece by GOT7

Last Piece by GOT7

January 13, 2021

This song has different elements of pop, rock, and even a bit of an urban vibe. It is about not being able to live without that one person in your life who is the most important to you. They are the last...

J.K. Rowling shares her transphobic ideals on twitter resulting in major backlash.

Opinion: J.K. Rowling refuses to listen to the transgender community in light of her transphobic comments and opinions

January 12, 2021

The “Harry Potter” franchise is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. The novels and movies have been critically acclaimed for decades, and the fandom continues to grow despite...

Happiest Season is a heartwarming coming-out story with a holiday spin.

Weekly Movie Review: ‘Happiest Season,’ A heartwarming outlook on the struggles of identity as an LGBTQ+ individual

December 18, 2020

The first thought that comes to my mind when I think of a traditional holiday movie is a small-town girl who moves to the city and meets the love of her life on a snowy winter day. They share a passionate...

David Whang, a promising musician, looks forward to one day be apart of the video game music industry.

Humans of Metea: David Whang

December 11, 2020

Senior David Whang has been involved in music since middle school. He is currently involved in the music program at Metea which includes jazz band, marching band, and his regular music classes. Though...

Students with 504 plans have had different experiences when obtaining one.

The process of obtaining a 504 plan in high school

November 30, 2020

A 504 plan is a document that is used in order to level the playing field for students who are in need of accommodations ranging from a broken arm to a learning disability. It includes how the school will...

Perceive Happiness creates PSAs for our generation to be aware of issues in our society.

Humans of Metea: Perceive Happiness

November 20, 2020

Perceive Happiness is a student-led YouTube channel run by juniors Ananya Handa, Pragna Amilineni, and Joshika Nachiappan Rameshbabu. Their YouTube channel is dedicated to publishing public service announcements...

Teachers continue to struggle with changes fue to remote learning.

Teachers continue to struggle with new challenges of remote learning

November 10, 2020

A year ago, teachers excitedly greeted their students each time they walked into class. Now, there are no more side conversations, no more noticing when a student is visibly struggling, and no more face...

During online learning, Fresh Connect is still ongoing but its purpose is being questioned.

Fresh Connect program experiences hardships during remote learning

November 6, 2020

Fresh Connect is a leadership program in which upperclassmen teach and guide a group of freshmen. The upperclassmen serve as mentors who assist and help the freshmen with the transition between middle...

Senior Andrew Bradshaw has been involved with baseball since he was four years old.

Humans of Metea: Evan Hall

October 30, 2020

Sophomore Evan Hall has been playing football at Metea since his freshman year. He is a wide receiver and linebacker for the team. Due to the pandemic this year, football has seen a great change in the...

Meteas theater program continues to push through the challenges that come with virtual performance.

Theater department perseveres with new methods of auditions and rehearsals for the fall play

October 14, 2020

Given the amount of uncertainty this school year has brought, many students’ thoughts and worries are not directed towards the theater department. Although the current circumstances have changed the...

Non-US citizens are having a more diffuclt time applying to colleges this year.

A non-US citizen’s outlook on the college application process

October 2, 2020

The college application process for students who are immigrants or non-citizens of the United States is vastly different compared to those who are. There are many different living options that non-citizens...

Senior Andrew Bradshaw has been involved with baseball since he was four years old.

Humans of Metea: Melony Friedlander

September 25, 2020

Melony Friedlander is a senior who has had a 504 Plan for the last three years of her high school career. A 504 Plan is a plan that is developed in order to give students who have disabilities accommodations...

MV Citizens was created to give civic opportunites to the students of Metea.

Humans of Metea: MV Citizens Co-Founders Ijeoma Ogbonna and Shriman Gupta

September 18, 2020

Metea Valley Citizens is a new club created to spread political information and give access to civic opportunities to those who do not have this privilege. Senior Ijeoma Ogbonna is the co-founder of Metea...

Students and staff remain cautious when leaving and entering the building.

Metea Valley proceeds to take safety precautions for students and staff in the building

September 18, 2020

This year has seen a significant amount of changes in the way the world works. One of these being an introduction to a new way of schooling. Athletes and clubs are also having meetings on Zoom and practices...

New teachers are starting the year off in a way unlike the previous.

Humans of Metea: Sara Wojtasik

September 11, 2020

Sara Wojtasik is a new teacher in the English department this year. She teaches Philosophy, AP Language and Composition, and English I. This will be her third year as an English teacher, but her first...

Fire Emblem Three Houses is a unique game where players can choose their own path.

Fire Emblem Three Houses

August 8, 2020

Fire Emblem Three Houses is a role-playing game and the newest game in the Fire Emblem franchise. You are given the choice between three houses all under the power of the Church Seiros. You have to teach...

Animal Crossing New Horizons gained popularity for local teens this summer.

Animal Crossing New Horizons

August 8, 2020

New Horizons is the latest game to follow from the Animal Crossing Franchise. After escaping to a deserted island, the primary goal in the game is to create a paradise to one’s liking as they explore,...

Nintendo games rose to more popularity after the release of Nintendo Switch Lite early fall of last year.

Nintendo Switch Games rise to popularity during ongoing pandemic

August 8, 2020

This summer consisted of binge-watching Netflix, doing yoga, and playing dozens of video games. Those who recently got into playing games may find this compiled reviews of four games from Nintendo helpful. 

A year in review: my junior year of high school

A year in review: my junior year of high school

May 21, 2020

My third year of high school was definitely something I would never have expected. Both my freshman and sophomore years seemed as if I was genuinely missing something. I wasn’t very excited about anything...

A collection of games to keep busy during Quarantine

A collection of games to keep busy during Quarantine

April 27, 2020

For the next month, and maybe even longer, a majority of us will be stuck in our homes, following the stay at the home notion that has been heavily encouraged over the past couple of months. Staying at...

#79 skates down to take a photo for senior night

Cancelation of school activities and events have affected the future plans of students

March 19, 2020

Along with the closure of school, there will be no extracurricular activities, athletics, or events at Metea until further notice. These cancelations come at a critical time for most students. Events such...

IPSD 204 provides resources to families during e-learning days

IPSD 204 provides resources to families during e-learning days

March 17, 2020

All IPSD schools will be implementing e-learning  from March 18 to March 30 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus following an announcement by IPSD Superintendent Karen Sullivan on Friday. Spring...

The United States House of Representatives voted to make lynching a federal hate crime.

The recognition of lynching as a federal hate crime is long overdue

March 12, 2020

James Byrd, Yusef Hawkins, James Chaney, Frank Morris, Emmett Till, Michael Griffith. These are all black males who have died in the last 40 years due to lynching. They died because they were either whistling...

The Coronavirus has caused a tsumani of xenophobia against Asians.

The Coronavirus: Living in a society of xenophobia

March 4, 2020

On a Los Angeles subway, Tanny Jiraprapasuke, a Thai American, was verbally harassed by a man ranting to her about the coronavirus.  Business in Houston’s Chinatown has declined immensely due to...

Northern Illinois University is rolling out a new admissions standard for Illinois students.

NIU’s new ‘test-blind’ policy is a refreshing change to an otherwise straightforward system

February 10, 2020

Northern Illinois University has announced that it will be eliminating the use of standardized test scores in its general admission and merit scholarship decision as of Jan. 29. This policy will begin...

Sex Education season two delves deeper into main and background characters alike.

‘Sex Education’ season two: a well-suited sequel to a highly praised series

January 21, 2020

This season of "Sex Education" is easily one of my favorite sequels to a Netflix series. It is comical, relatable and all-around an enjoyable show. After rewatching the first season followed by a complete...

Cartoons of the Decade

Cartoons of the Decade

December 17, 2019

The past ten years have introduced a wide variety of unique and clever cartoons. While cartoons were once thought of as shows for children, they have become a complex genre that most people can resonate...

Judging other’s interests is an unfair way to categorize a person

Judging other’s interests is an unfair way to categorize a person

December 3, 2019

Everyone has an interest that they would never think of sharing with someone they are not completely comfortable with. Some examples may be witchcraft or music in a different language or even Shawn Mendes...

An unnecessary sequel to a perfectly ambiguous ending

An unnecessary sequel to a perfectly ambiguous ending

November 10, 2019

Death, love, and unbridled tragedy made up the first season of The End of the F***ing World. On Oct. 24, 2017, the Netflix Original made its way onto the screens of many. The series followed teenagers...

Petitions to change the date of Halloween gain traction

Petitions to change the date of Halloween gain traction

October 31, 2019

Halloween: a day of costumes, cobwebs, and candy; the holiday traditionally takes place on Oct.31. However, some people are trying to change the day on which Halloween is celebrated. The Halloween and...

The overbearing stigma around the College of DuPage

The overbearing stigma around the College of DuPage

October 22, 2019

As high school students, the decision of a lifetime has to be made before graduating. Choosing a college or university to go to for the next two to eight years is a choice that can take months or even...

DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ trailer pushes Harley Quinn to the forefront of the cinematic universe

DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ trailer pushes Harley Quinn to the forefront of the cinematic universe

October 16, 2019

DC’s newest movie in their franchise recently released a trailer for one of the most popular characters in the DC cinematic universe, Harley Quinn. However, the enthusiastic villain seems to outshine...

Mattel’s gender neutral dolls are a stepping stone in the toy industry

Mattel’s gender neutral dolls are a stepping stone in the toy industry

October 4, 2019

Mattel, the creators of the Barbie doll, has released a new doll that lets kids choose the gender of their toy. The doll is fully customizable and gender neutral, creating a doll that can either be a boy,...

Streaming services begin to overpower cable TV subscriptions

Streaming services begin to overpower cable TV subscriptions

September 17, 2019

In the past few years, “cord-cutting” has become a popular term in the United States. The term refers to getting rid of cable TV subscriptions upon the realization that video streaming services such...

American LGBTQ history being taught at Illinois public schools could create a safer environment for students

American LGBTQ history being taught at Illinois public schools could create a safer environment for students

August 27, 2019

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 246, known as the Inclusive Curriculum Law on Aug. 9, 2019. This bill will require Illinois public schools to “include a study of the roles and contributions...

New additions on Water Street in downtown Naperville gain traction

August 1, 2019

For many long-time residents of Naperville, the "other side" of the river has been relatively unexplored territory. The development of the Water Street area started when Hotel Indigo opened in Nov. 2016....

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