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Claire Baffes

Claire Baffes, Headlines Reporter

Claire Baffes is a senior, this is her first year on staff, and she’s very excited to be here. She’s an avid member of Book Club, English Honors Society, Tech Crew, Mustang Comedy, the Marching Mustangs, Pep Band, Chamber Orchestra, Tri-M and more things that she can’t think of. If it involves the fine arts, she’s probably (or would like to be) involved somehow. Outside of school, extracurriculars, and spending most of her time in the music wing, Claire loves to read, hike, and listen to music.

 

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Senior Shoutout: Metea Valley Improv

Senior Shoutout: Metea Valley Improv

May 13, 2020

Evan Lemburger Where are you going next year, and what are you majoring in? “I’m going to the University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign, starting as a civil engineer and going into environmental...

After a long struggle with identity, the Boy Scouts declare bankruptcy

After a long struggle with identity, the Boy Scouts declare bankruptcy

April 8, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Feb. 8 after facing numerous lawsuits from former members. This has been a long time coming, with membership numbers sinking and general support...

Farewell Friday: Taylor Dobes

Farewell Friday: Taylor Dobes

March 27, 2020

What school are you going to next year? “I am going to North Central College.” Why did you choose North Central? “So, I’m majoring in musical theater, and they have a very good theater...

Farewell Friday: Esme Heater

Farewell Friday: Esme Heater

March 20, 2020

Where are you going next year? “I’ve just committed to Long Island University for D1 rugby” What was it like when you committed? “So basically, Long Island has been in contact with me...

Missouri House Bill resurfaces ideas about literary censorship

Missouri House Bill resurfaces ideas about literary censorship

January 29, 2020

The Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act entered the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 8 as part of Missouri House Bill 2044. The Bill pushed for the creation of a parent board who would,...

John Mulaney, a stand-up comedian, is well known for his unique style and mannerisms .

Mulaney Madness: John Mulaney continues to deliver after over twelve years of stand-up

January 28, 2020

John Mulaney is a stand-up comedian who is widely known for his energetic and unique style of comedy. Over the last 12 years, he has told us stories of awkward school assemblies, stolen photographs, and...

Cats strays from the musical plot as a star-studded mistake.

‘Cats’: a painful remake that makes horrifying use of CGI

January 8, 2020

Every single news publication has its own hot take on the dumpster fire that is “Cats.” As families and theater nerds alike swarmed to the theaters, the flood of disgusted and disappointed fans made...

Robotics team members work on their build in preparation for their upcoming tournament.

Metea Robotics empowers girls looking toward a STEM career

December 17, 2019

Mustang Voltage electrified District 204's robotics scene when it made its way to VEX Worlds, the highest level of competition in high school robotics. Powered in part by two girls' teams this season,...

Mascots of Metea: Marty the Mustang

Mascots of Metea: Marty the Mustang

December 13, 2019

Hot Chocolate with Marty has been a wintertime tradition at Metea for years now. The celebration of Fridays to ring in finals brings yuletide cheer to one of the most stressful times of the year. And Hot...

Claire sports her fandom spirit with buttons and trinkets adorning her backpack.

Fandoms represent a new 21st century culture

December 4, 2019

The general enjoyment of a topic or subject is a sensation that most people can relate to. However, that public enjoyment moves on to something else once someone begins to define themselves by it. Which...

Sophia Sandy looks to her future after a successful cross country season

Sophia Sandy looks to her future after a successful cross country season

November 11, 2019

The sun was shining and cross country teams from across the state were preparing for their races on Saturday. Metea’s girls’ cross country team was represented at IHSA State by senior Sophia Sandy,...

Humans of Metea: Better Minds Prep

Humans of Metea: Better Minds Prep

November 8, 2019

Students often wish to make an impact on their school in one way or another. IMSA alumni, Amit Somalwar started a tutoring company with seniors Avyay Surampalli, Sanjay Rajasekhar, Karthik Pasupula, Havish...

The Obama Legacy Initiative tackles food insecurity with a new community project

The Obama Legacy Initiative tackles food insecurity with a new community project

November 4, 2019

The Obama Legacy Initiative is adding to its aid efforts in spring, encouraging the community to help make raised garden beds to provide local food pantries with fresh produce. These garden beds will be...

Authors Kit Frick, Amber Smith, and Kayla Ancrum try to solve the next puzzle with the help of teen readers.

Author Fest 2019: a turning point of the reclusive concentration

October 21, 2019

  Metea took on a fandom frenzy during the annual Author Fest last Friday and Saturday. Students were able to meet authors such as Elizabeth Eulberg, Annie Sullivan, Amber Smith, and five other...

Humans of Metea: Alyssa Schneider

Humans of Metea: Alyssa Schneider

October 17, 2019

Running a marathon tops many people’s to-do lists. But few can say that they went through with it. Math teacher and cross country and track sponsor Alyssa Schneider had the opportunity to do so last...

Members of Meteas new sketch comedy team laugh while trying to rehearse a sketch for the October show.

[Photo] Mustang Comedy prepares for a new year of comedy

October 11, 2019

Members of Metea's new sketch comedy team laugh while trying to rehearse a sketch for the October show.

Metea’s National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists express gratitude for the opportunity

Metea’s National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists express gratitude for the opportunity

October 8, 2019

Thirteen Metea Valley Students have recently been named as semi-finalists for a National Merit Scholarship. After taking their last PSAT their junior year and filling out an application similar to a college...

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Aayush Patel

October 8, 2019

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Karthik Pasupula

October 8, 2019

Emma Carlson

Emma Carlson

October 8, 2019

 “I think that it feels good because it feels like it's a reflection of the work I've been doing this whole time. It wasn't like it was something I was aiming for, it just kind of happened and it feels...

Nathan Pruyne

Nathan Pruyne

October 8, 2019

“You just look at the amounts of money that could be available. It's just shocking.”

Maaheen Maajed

Maaheen Maajed

October 8, 2019

“I felt surprised and excited because I had forgotten that [the scholarship] existed. But then when I found out I was like 'Oh my gosh, I got that!' “

Jim James

Jim James

October 8, 2019

"I was pretty happy to see that I made semi-finalists...my older brother had made it so the expectation was kind of there that I'd make it."

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[Photo] Tanya Sheth

October 8, 2019

Sophomore Amy Hannapel gets ready to perform.

Metea tries to strengthen school spirit in various departments

October 2, 2019

Metea has been a school now for ten years. However, an issue that the school often ignores is a lack of collective school spirit. Yes, there is Marty the Mustang, the pep assemblies, Mustang Fridays, and...

Metea Valley swimmer swims the 500 free style.

Girls’ swim and dive continues their triumph as season reaches new heights

September 20, 2019

The varsity girls’ swim team is coming off of a fantastic season last year, grabbing sixth at the state level. They used that momentum to their advantage yesterday as they competed against Naperville...

The Activity Fair showcases many of Metea’s clubs

The Activity Fair showcases many of Metea’s clubs

September 11, 2019

Many of Metea’s clubs came out in force to the activity fair yesterday, hoping to spark interest in the upperclassmen and incoming freshmen. With clubs varying from Metea’s theatre department to a...

#WeAre204 booklist shines a light on stories that reflect the student body.

#WeAre204 booklist shines a light on stories that reflect the student body.

September 6, 2019

Every person has a story to tell. With the rise in movements calling for diversity in Young Adult literature like “We Need Diverse Books”, and with the diversity of authors writing for Young Adult...

Rí chips his place in order to mark where he needs to march.

[Photo] Humans of Metea: Rí Pritchard

August 29, 2019

Rí "chips" his place in order to mark where he needs to march.

Metea’s Collaborative Art Project kicks off the year for the art department

Metea’s Collaborative Art Project kicks off the year for the art department

August 28, 2019

Art, typically, is a solo act. People imagine a singular painter, sculptor, or another artist, expressing their creativity alone. But that image doesn’t always apply, as Metea’s Art Department displayed...

Councilwoman Judith Brodhead and her favorite piece of art located along the River Walk.

Public art in downtown Naperville increases the town’s appeal

August 22, 2019

Most people have been to downtown Naperville at some point, whether it’s going out to dinner with family, wandering around with friends, or just going downtown for recreation. However, not many people...

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