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Jessica Velazquez

Jessica Velazquez

Jessica is a senior and this is her second year on staff. She is the news editor this year. When she is not in the newsroom, she is either hanging out with her friends or in lacrosse practice. Her favorite season is fall because of all the festivities that come with it and the leaves changing color. Even in the colder weather, you will still find her with an iced coffee in her hand. 

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Dr. Janet Woodcock and Dr. Peter Marks from the FDA address expanding the vaccine eligibility to 12 to 15 year olds and results from the clinical trial.

FDA approves expansion on vaccine eligibility and highlights clinical trial

May 19, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 to 12-15-year-old individuals on May 10. Since the announcement, over 600,000 adolescents have received...

Students are adjusting to in-person learning as we near the end of the school year.

204’s plan for full in-person learning brings optimism among students and teachers

May 12, 2021

District 204 administrators announced their plan for full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year on April 24. After a school year of remote and hybrid learning, a return of full in-person learning...

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

204 begins boundary reviews to balance student enrollment

May 7, 2021

The topic of student capacity in high schools has sparked discussion over the years as economic development continues. On April 12, District 204’s Board of Education and RSP & Associates presented...

COVID-19 brings mourning to families

March 23, 2021

News and media outlets mentioned a virus spreading across China with images and videos of emergency rooms filled at capacity and infected individuals with ventilators. Never did anyone realize that the...

With the mayor election coming up on April 6, Metea, Waubonsie, East Aurora, and West Aurora high schools led a mayoral forum with the three candidates. Students were able to voice their opinions on issues concerning the city of Aurora.

[Photo] Mayoral forum gives students a platform to voice their concerns for Aurora

March 17, 2021

With the mayor election coming up on April 6, Metea, Waubonsie, East Aurora, and West Aurora high schools led a mayoral forum with the three candidates. Students were able to voice their opinions on issues...

The district will hold the school board election on April 6. Despite there being 11 candidates, there are only four seats open on the school board. Meet the candidates below.

Meet the school board candidates running for office

March 17, 2021

Four open seats and 11 candidates are on the ballot for the 2021 school board election. The candidates are running for a position on the 204 school board in which they will serve a four-year term. The...

Metea finished distributing screening test kits last week. This screening will help identify individuals who carry a high viral load.

COVID-19 screening testing rolls out in Mustang community to reduce positive cases

March 8, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their K-12 operational strategy for reopening schools on Feb. 26. The CDC mentioned screen testing as a guideline. With this, 204 partnered with SafeGuard...

As Metea sports resume, athletic trainers have made adjustments to practices and created new protocols to keep athletes safe.

[Photo] Athletic trainers handle upcoming sports season with new precautions

February 23, 2021

As Metea sports resume, athletic trainers have made adjustments to practices and created new protocols to keep athletes safe.

Students and staff begin to head back into the building after fire department clears the building.

Fire alarm causes sudden building evacuation

February 12, 2021

Students and staff evacuated the building on Thursday at 11:00 a.m nearing the end of the third period due to the fire alarm going off. The alarm was unanticipated and students quickly gathered their belongings...

Freshmen were able to tour the school this week. The freshmen were separated by groups throughout the week.

Fresh Connect holds freshmen building tours

January 15, 2021

Whether it is adjusting to a new building, new people, or a new environment, moving to a bigger environment is a great change. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the freshmen at Metea have not yet experienced...

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna developed the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 20. The vaccine distribution has created discussion questioning the safety of the vaccine. Every day more healthcare workers are receiving the newly developed vaccine.

[Photo] A healthcare worker’s perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine

January 11, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna developed the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 20. The vaccine distribution has created discussion questioning the safety of the vaccine. Every day more healthcare workers are receiving...

Parents and students gather with signs for wanting kids to go back to school as soon as possible.

204 parents and students rally to re-open schools

December 14, 2020

Parents and students held signs reading "Zoom zombies” and “students learn better in person” as their frustration echoed across the parking lot of the 204 District Office Sunday afternoon. Around...

Dr. Adrian Talley meets with district families to discuss new plans on Jan. 15, 2020.

The Stampede teaser: Dr. Adrian Talley guides schools during the pandemic

December 8, 2020

Within every new school year, there are new obstacles. Some challenges are bigger than others like being a new superintendent of a school district amid a nationwide pandemic. Dr. Adrian Talley began his...

District 204 will continue to implement the mask mandate despite downstate judges ruling.

Breaking: 204 delays hybrid plan until after Thanksgiving break due to rise in COVID-19 cases

November 10, 2020
District 204 is continuing with a full remote learning plan until Nov. 27. Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley updated the 204 community on Tuesday with regards to the hybrid learning plan that was going to begin next Monday. As COVID-19 cases have been ascending these past two weeks, the DuPage County Health Department continues to remain under Substantial Community Transmission.
 The Aurora City Council voted in favor to purchase more riot gear but there are many who disagree with this decision.

The Stampede teaser: Implementation of riot gear for police reform sparks political debate in Aurora

November 9, 2020

The Aurora City Council voted in favor of purchasing 150 new sets of riot gear for police officers at their meeting in September by an 8-3 majority. The aldermen approved the decision after many people...

Early voting began on Oct. 19 and will end in Nov.2. Registered voters can go to early voting locations such as Fox Valley Mall or Naperville City Hall to cast their ballot.

[Photo] How to cast your ballot: A government teacher’s encouraging advice to new voters

October 28, 2020

Early voting began on Oct. 19 and will end in Nov.2. Registered voters can go to early voting locations such as Fox Valley Mall or Naperville City Hall to cast their ballot.

Although the music department is not able to make music in person together, they find new ways to create an ensemble.

[Photo] The music department continues to create music through remote learning

October 21, 2020

Although the music department is not able to make music in person together, they find new ways to create an ensemble.

District 204 will continue to implement the mask mandate despite downstate judges ruling.

Breaking: Two test positive for COVID-19 at Metea as 204 tracks increasing cases in community

October 20, 2020

School Principal Dr. Darell Echols sent out a message to families yesterday regarding two new positive COVID-19 cases in the school. The two individuals were instructed to seek medical care, immediately...

The Student Voice Committee will hold a dine and discuss event next week during the students lunch period. The discussion will be about the social-emotional and mental health effects of remote learning.

Dine and discuss event shines light on students struggles with remote learning

October 8, 2020

Despite the challenges presented with online learning, the student voice committee continues to enforce the M.E.T.E.A life statement. The Student Voice Committee holds several lunch discussions throughout...

Founders of Fit 4 a Cure organization Ananya Handa, Zara Bahrainwala, Puja Teakulapalli, and Alopi Shah create a way to stay physically engaged.

Fit 4 A Cure organization exercises toward making a positive change

September 30, 2020

Coming together to make a positive change in the community might be a challenge. However, it is the opposite for juniors Ananya Handa, Zara Bahrainwala, Puja Teakulapalli, and Alopi Shah.   Four students...

Current school safety restrictions affects class representative elections.

Student government elections approach virtually

September 17, 2020

With the start of the new year, the annual Student Government elections are approaching, this time accompanied by new accommodations. Each class representative will introduce their campaign virtually and...

Students spend more time socializing through their phones rather than communicating in person.

[Photo] Social life of teens affected by the pandemic

September 10, 2020

Students spend more time socializing through their phones rather than communicating in person.

The Naperville Neighbors United will be hosting a youth forum tomorrow at 7 p.m. Those who are interested in registering can click the link at the end of the story.

District 204 opens up the conversation regarding acts of injustice

June 22, 2020

The murder of George Floyd on May 25 sparked global protests against racism and police violence, including protests in Naperville and Aurora. Weeks of ongoing protests stimulated conversations about racism...

Metea school closings cause students and staff to change their end of the year plans.

School closing for the rest of the year creates changes for students and staff

May 14, 2020

Since Indian Prairie School District announced the extension of remote learning and closing of schools for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year, students and teachers have been flooded with emotions.  The...

Homework gets a new meaning with the e-learning system

Changes in learning and testing shift to a new normal

April 9, 2020

With the comfort of working in pajamas, students are gaining momentum in remote learning. Students have had to adapt to these new changes and make new routines to make sure their assignments are completed. “I...

Although summative scores will not be given out during this time, teachers are encouraging students to keep up with their learning for the time being.

COVID-19 school update: e-learning

March 18, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Education issued a written statement regarding this time: “An Act of God Day is a day that is used for a condition beyond the control of the district that poses a hazardous...

Dr.Karen Sullivan decided that all schools in IPSD 204 would move to online learning.

Online learning to start March 18

March 13, 2020
Superintendent Karen Sullivan announced that District 204 is closing all schools and implementing online learning starting March 18.  While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district, Sullivan said she was acting “out of an abundance of caution.”
Signs have been put up around the school to prevent the spread of sickness.

District 204 administrators begin precautions as COVID-19 becomes a pandemic

March 12, 2020

The University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Illinois State University, and Wheaton College have all canceled in-person classes in reaction to the spreading COVID-19 virus. Four Chicago area schools...

Students participate in the daily themes in order to show respect for students with disabilities.

Special Olympics and Best Buddies hosts spirit week to spread awareness

March 2, 2020

Special Olympics and Best Buddies are hosting their annual respect week to, “spread the word to end the word.” Throughout the week there will be a spirit week consisting of different themes each day...

Senior Rissa Bajusz follows the steps to a traditional dance of women.

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Senior Rissa Bajusz follows the steps to a traditional dance of women.

Performers showcase their skills with the powerful drums.

[Photo] The annual African American History Month show captivates students

February 24, 2020

Performers showcase their skills with the powerful drums.

When the show started,  there was a lesson on African proverbs that were very common in African American culture like  mind your own business and  knowledge is power. Those are common saying in the black community and still are being taught throughout the years.

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When the show started, there was a lesson on African proverbs that were very common in African American culture like " mind your own business" and " knowledge is power". Those are common saying in the...

The performer gave Metea students a lesson about a drum but not just any drum. The Drembre drum is a drum originating in west Africa. The name of the drum means everyone gather together in peace and it comes in multiple different sizes. The man described it as a family. The largest one is the father, the middle-sized one is the mother and the smallest one is the child. These drums have three types of sounds which are bass, tone, and slap.

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The performer gave Metea students a lesson about a drum but not just any drum. The Drembre drum is a drum originating in west Africa. The name of the drum means everyone gather together in peace and it...

An intro the joyous show to come is delivered with bubbliness.

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An intro the joyous show to come is delivered with bubbliness.

Senior Sean Burke going for the win against Naperville Central.

[Photo] Humans of Metea: Sean Burke

February 21, 2020

Senior Sean Burke going for the win against Naperville Central.

Orchesis rehearses for their upcoming show.

Orchesis finishes preparation for their upcoming show

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...

Sophomore Henry Morenos first match in the conference going for a pin.

Boys’ wrestling grasps sixth place at the DuPage Valley Conference meet

January 27, 2020

  The varsity wrestling team competed at the DuPage Valley Conference meet this weekend. The conference this year was held at Naperville North, where the Mustangs placed sixth overall. The Mustangs...

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

The Student Voice Committee introduces Mustangs Matter Week to encourage respect

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...

Senior Sean Burke tries to take down his opponent in the first period.

Boys’ wrestling flickers a wake-up call at the Newbill Invite

January 7, 2020

Varsity head coach Matthew Long preaches attitude and effort to his team. The ability to recognize mistakes makes a team stronger. Coach Long did not hesitate to tell his team what they need to work on...

Seniors hugging their other classmates after the big ending of collage.

[Photo] Vlog: A behind the scenes look at Collage

December 16, 2019

Seniors hugging their other classmates after the big ending of collage.

Seniors in orchestra during their final song of collage.

Seniors say goodbye to a beloved tradition

December 10, 2019

With the holidays around the corner, students from the Fine Arts department begin to prepare for their biggest concert of the year: Collage. This event takes place on two days with two shows a night. Families...

Music plays over the speakers on Fridays as a treat for students.

Music on Fridays aims to enhance school spirit

December 6, 2019

After a long week of school, students are excitedly looking forward to the weekend. Finally finishing up that essay or test looming over the week, Fridays are a big relief for many.  Metea takes an...

Senior Elise Kim performs with Chamber Strings.

[Photo] Gallery: Veterans Day assembly

November 12, 2019

Senior Elise Kim performs with Chamber Strings.

DMMV takes its first step to pay it forward

DMMV takes its first step to pay it forward

November 6, 2019

The annual hunger drive has come to an end with an overall abundance of success. The total amount raised was $3,363 this year. Food pantries in the community like Loaves and Fishes will receive the money...

Numerous donations are counted by students

Metea Valley takes action against hunger with its annual hunger drive

October 29, 2019

DMMV and Student Government is hosting its annual hunger drive throughout this week. All second-period classes are competing to raise the most money in their classrooms. Teachers collect the money, which...

Maggie Brown singing while students in the audience clap along.

[Photo] Maggie Brown inspires students and spreads a legacy

October 25, 2019

Maggie Brown singing while students in the audience clap along.

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez reads part of her book to the students.

Metea Valley celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11, 2019

Metea Valley hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Month presentations in the library yesterday. This past week, students walking into or through the library were able to see descriptions of famous Latinos...

Early voting registration opens for the 2020 elections

Early voting registration opens for the 2020 elections

October 1, 2019

With the 2020 election around the corner, U.S citizens are looking for the right candidate to vote for. Recently, a new generation of voters have begun to register to vote. This new generation of voters...

The Global Climate Strike brings locals to protest against climate change in Naperville

The Global Climate Strike brings locals to protest against climate change in Naperville

September 23, 2019

Along with millions of other cities around the world, the city of Naperville held its very own climate strike in downtown Naperville this past Friday afternoon. This gathering was held to support the Global...

The boys football team gears up while being cheered on by their fellow athletes.

[Photo] Fall Sports Alliance aims to build support among Metea Valley athletics

September 6, 2019

The boy's football team gears up while being cheered on by their fellow athletes.

IPSD Board of Education starts search for new superintendent

IPSD Board of Education starts search for new superintendent

August 30, 2019

The Board of Education held a meeting inviting the public to contribute their input on what they want to see in the new superintendent this Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this year, Dr. Karen Sullivan announced...

Metea Valley holds breakfast to commemorate its ten year anniversary

Metea Valley holds breakfast to commemorate its ten year anniversary

August 21, 2019

 Metea Valley hosted a breakfast celebrating the school’s ten year anniversary, and recognized the people who have had an important role in making Metea Valley High School reach its success on Tuesday....

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