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Leland Pan

Leland Pan

Leland is the Editor-in-Chief of Metea Media. She was a sports Reporter her sophomore year and the sports Editor in her junior year. After spending two years on staff, Leland understands the power of storytelling and looks to help others to do the same. When she is not writing for the newspaper, Leland is a student activist for child education and enjoys pouring the milk before the cereal.    

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According to the National Association for Media Literacy Education, media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication.

Navigating the media terrain in the 21st century

April 29, 2021

Jan. 6, Washington D.C., the sight of the U.S. Capitol Insurrection. While the rioters who stormed the building that day were out trying to stop Congress from ratifying the 2020 presidential election,...

In honor of Student Press Freedom Day, The Stampede staff spent time reflecting on why journalism is important.

[Photo] 30 creators and one mission: Student Press Freedom Day reinforces our work as journalists with press freedom

February 22, 2021

In honor of Student Press Freedom Day, The Stampede staff spent time reflecting on why journalism is important.

Low-risk winter sports include girls badminton, boys swim and dive, dance, cheerleading, girls bowling, and girls gymnastic. High risk winter sports include boys and girls basketball.

[Photo] IHSA sets new schedule for remaining seasons

February 2, 2021

Low-risk winter sports include girls' badminton, boys' swim and dive, dance, cheerleading, girls' bowling, and girls' gymnastic. High risk winter sports include boys' and girls' basketball.

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

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

January 28, 2021

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

Low-risk winter sports include girls badminton, boys swim and dive, dance, cheerleading, girls bowling, and girls gymnastic. High risk winter sports include boys and girls basketball.

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Low-risk winter sports include girls' badminton, boys' swim and dive, dance, cheerleading, girls' bowling, and girls' gymnastic. High risk winter sports include boys' and girls' basketball.

As the American people and the Biden administration opens a new chapter, the call for unity and progress continues.

[Photo] From insurrection to inauguration, Mustangs share thoughts on state of democracy 

January 22, 2021

As the American people and the Biden administration opens a new chapter, the call for unity and progress continues.

Boys baseball (pictured in spring 2019) is one of the spring sports that will be planning to begin in April.

[Photo] Teams continue to cope and adjust throughout the pandemic

January 13, 2021

Boys' baseball (pictured in spring 2019) is one of the spring sports that will be planning to begin in April.

The school board meeting was held Monday night on Zoom. The next regular meeting will be on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

[Photo] 204 holds final school board meeting of 2020

December 16, 2020

The school board meeting was held Monday night on Zoom. The next regular meeting will be on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Apply for Newspaper or Yearbook with the link in the article. All applications are due Jan. 15.

Joining Newspaper was the best decision I made in high school

December 7, 2020

I never intended to be a sports reporter for the Stampede during my sophomore year. While filling out my course selection form, I was confident in taking four years of Orchestra with a world language....

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

Breaking: Dr. Talley halts in-person learning plans after Governor Pritzker’s T-3 mitigation implementation announcement

November 19, 2020
Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley extended the remote learning period to January 15 from an email sent to families on Thursday. Students with special needs, the preschool, and those in the STEPS program will no longer be receiving in-person services. While parents had the option to send their child to school for in-person support, the district has seen a decrease in the number of families sending their child to school due to COVID-19. Regarding the winter sports season, families will be receiving a message for further guidance on Friday. 
IHSA has yet to receive guidance from Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health regarding the new guidelines. This photo was taken in Jan. of 2019.

[Photo] Pritzker and IHSA butt heads over winter basketball

October 30, 2020

IHSA has yet to receive guidance from Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health regarding the new guidelines. This photo was taken in Jan. of 2019.

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

Breaking: 204 pauses hybrid instruction plan due to increase of COVID-19 cases

October 26, 2020
Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley delayed the start of hybrid learning, referencing the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the community. He announced the change in a message to families Monday afternoon. All students will continue remote learning until at least Nov. 13. Some students with special needs, however, will continue receiving services from their schools.
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...

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. 

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...

Students who are interested in the virtual summer camp, they can fill out a Google Form in the article. The deadline to register is next Friday. The virtual parent/dancer meeting will be on June 1st at 7 p.m.

[Photo] Dance teams new summer program will hopefully help new and experienced dancers

May 14, 2020

Students who are interested in the virtual summer camp, they can fill out a Google Form in the article. The deadline to register is next Friday. The virtual parent/dancer meeting will be on June 1st at...

The Mustangs will have one more pick-up day next Friday. Donations will go to Edward Hospital in Naperville. Donors should fill out the Google Form found in the article.

Girls’ soccer finds a different kind of win during COVID-19

April 16, 2020

During times of uncertainty, the entire community is increasingly hesitant to step outside and many are losing the touch of the ‘normal routine.’ “Even as a coach, I am struggling with what 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...

The Big Ten was the first to cancel their games. Other conferences quickly followed.

[Photo] NCAA March Madness sparks questions for current athletes

March 23, 2020

The Big Ten was the first to cancel their games. Other conferences quickly followed.

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...

The Mustangs capped off the winter season at the end of February.

[Photo] Winter Sports Recap

March 4, 2020

The Mustangs capped off the winter season at the end of February.

The Mustangs came in 16th place at IHSA State. Senior Alicia Anton advanced to the second day as an individual. Anton placed 49th as an individual.

Bowling rolls into IHSA State with an unbreakable commitment

February 25, 2020

A new athletic season often comes with an evaluation with the new team, powerful ambitions, and an action plan. However, the bowling team looked for more than just a drive up to Rockford. The Mustangs...

Students gather inside one of Andrew Yangs campaign offices for a selfie this past Monday.

IPSD students experience firsthand chaos of the 2020 Iowa Caucus

February 6, 2020

  Caught in the adrenaline rush of early election mayhem, 45 high school students from District 204 who received financial support from the Mikva Challenge, IPEF, and League of Women Voters...

The sea of red-clad fans filled the Hard Rock Stadium last night for Superbowl LIV.

[Photo] Kansas City Chiefs tackles the Super Bowl LIV champion title

February 3, 2020

The sea of red-clad fans filled the Hard Rock Stadium last night for Superbowl LIV.

Forward Tony Campise during the Wheaton West game last Thursday

[Photo] Weekly Sports Update 1/26-2/2

February 3, 2020

Forward Tony Campise during the Wheaton West game last Thursday

Center-man Trent Kenyon looks to gain control of the puck and pass to another teammate.

[Photo] Warriors hockey fall short through an ice-breaking matchup with Wheaton West

January 31, 2020

Center-man Trent Kenyon looks to gain control of the puck and pass to another teammate.

Portrait of a Graduate is a recent implementation for all IPSD 204 schools. It anticipates supporting the philosophy within the districts mission statement.

PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE: IPSD introduces measures to bring clarity to the purpose of education

January 27, 2020

There are 1,420 minutes in a day. The National Science Foundation states that humans can have up to 60,000 thoughts each day. A decent fraction of those thoughts typically includes a couple of tests, along...

The Warstangs huddle together to do their pre-meet chant. The girls edge out the Wildcats 133.2-125.8

Waubonsie-Metea Valley co-op gymnastics locks a win against Neuqua

January 17, 2020

Not every sport has the Mustangs’ next-door neighbor on Eola Road merge into a co-op team. And it is not every day spectators can see a teams’ bond stronger than the smell of chalk padded on the grips. The...

The Mustangs kicked off the schools year with a strong fall sports season. There were nine total sports in the fall.

[Photo] Fall Sports Recap

December 2, 2019

The Mustangs kicked off the schools year with a strong fall sports season. There were nine total sports in the fall.

CTU Teachers strike as they clash with Mayor Lightfoot

The Chicago Teachers Union strike highlights an underlying message among educational equity

November 15, 2019

On a seemingly normal October morning, a media onslaught would begin. Over the course of the month, endless headlines in blazing bold font would scream of money-hungry teachers and kids not getting the...

No. 15, middle hitter, Keira Jannisch, goes for the kill during the first set.

Girls’ volleyball falls short against Neuqua Valley

October 23, 2019

The sound of a kill is music to every team's ears, and both Metea and Neuqua have strong outside hitters that racked up plenty of kills last night. Despite both of the teams' intensities, the Mustangs...

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...

Schuyler Bailar begins to introduce himself to Metea students during the fourth-period assembly.

Transgender athlete Schuyler Bailar speaks at Metea

September 25, 2019

Gender identity can be a difficult concept to comprehend in secondary education. And the people who have gone through the bridges, proceed to tell their personal story. With the help of the Sexuality and...

Athletic director Mr. Fehrmann contemplates on the current athletic season.

New athletic director looks at an optimistic perspective

August 29, 2019

The new school year brings recent changes to the athletic department. Earlier this year, Metea announced Assistant Athletic Director and football coach Matthew Fehrmann as the new athletic director. Although...

On April 22nd, the boys played against Willowbrook High School. In the second set, outside hitter Ryan Owens blocks the ball.

[Photo] Water Polo

May 30, 2019

On April 22nd, the boys played against Willowbrook High School. In the second set, outside hitter Ryan Owens blocks the ball.

Girls lacrosse seeks out a win against Naperville Central

Girls’ lacrosse seeks out a win against Naperville Central

May 21, 2019

The Valley Girls’ Lacrosse team wrapped up their regular season last week 12-5, and 4-2 in the DuPage Valley Conference. With second place in the conference, the heat does not end there. They took home...

Junior Rissa Bajusz up to bat during the first inning.

Gallery: Metea girls’ softball against Naperville North

May 14, 2019

Junior Rissa Bajusz up to bat during the first inning.

The Mustangs warming up before their match against conference rival Naperville Central.

Boys’ volleyball digs into a heart-racing game against Naperville Central

May 3, 2019

Last night’s game for the boys ended in a close two-set loss against Naperville Central. A battling season to find their momentum this year made them want to push through the boundaries. The first...

The players were aiming to retrieve the ball for possession during the first half of the game.

Waubonsie-Metea girls’ lacrosse edges out Naperville North

April 25, 2019

Three games into the Dupage Valley Conference 2-1, girls’ lacrosse is continuing to fight their way to the top. Last night against Naperville North was a continuing success. It was a win for a lacrosse...

Junior setter Brandon Long setting the ball to teammate and outside hitter Ryan Owens during the conference opener game against Naperville Central on April 15.

Brandon Long serves up a new perspective

April 22, 2019

There comes a time when a comeback is what makes sports an empowering concept. The game is a reminder of why athletes should never get discouraged. Varsity volleyball player Brandon Long is one of many...

Energy and composure not enough against Waubonsie Valley

Energy and composure not enough against Waubonsie Valley

April 17, 2019

The Mustangs were in a tough spot playing rival Waubonsie Valley last night, leading up to a heart-wrenching final score of 1-0. The contrast in gravity, however, between both teams’ powerful response...

The Mustangs fought a close match against St. Charles North, ending the game 3-4.

Boys Tennis team focuses on mental strength

April 10, 2019

As temperatures rise, the intensity increases for the boys' tennis team. The Mustangs played against St. Charles North High School yesterday afternoon. Winning sets from tonight included with the help...

The varsity team won 4-3 over Glenbard in double overtime after an exhilarating finish.

Varsity Hockey prevails against Glenbard to win state championship

March 24, 2019

There comes a time in every champions’ run when they hit a bump in the road. A bump that might knock them off course, and put them into a new position where they have to prove they are capable. That...

Junior Christopher Edelman sets the ball in the Mustangs home-opening 1-2 loss to Downers Grove North.

Boys’ Volleyball falls short in home opener

March 21, 2019

The boys’ varsity volleyball team played their home opener against Downers Grove North last night. They fell in 3 sets. Starters from last night’s game were juniors Christopher Edelman, Ryan Owens,...

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