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Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall

Lindsey is the Spotlight Editor of the Stampede, and this is her second year on Staff. She is involved in Best Buddies, Book Club, and the National English Honors Society here at Metea. When Lindsey is not writing, she can be found trying to predict the next Taylor Swift re-recording, reading, or re-watching Gilmore Girls.

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AP testing can bring anxiety and stress to students due to the challenge of balancing schoolwork and studies.

Developing healthy study strategies can lower stress over AP exams

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
May 10, 2024

Metea will hold Advanced Placement (AP) exams, from May 6 to the 17. While the exams may increase stress for students, there are many resources and strategies available to help with preparation. A common...

By including activities such as puzzles, the LMC has brought over more people with a wider variety of ways to spend time there.

LMC activities connect students to valuable resources

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
May 3, 2024

Throughout the year, the LMC creates different activities and displays for students to enjoy. These aim to increase involvement with the library and foster positive relationships with the staff. The...

Taylor Swifts long awaited album features heartbreaking yet beautifully written songs as she dissects her past hardships.

In defense of ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Taylor Swift released “The Tortured Poets Department: An Anthology” last Friday, a collection of 31 intimate songs that cemented Swift’s spot as a...
Students watch the ‘Louder than a Bomb’ movie to start of the first day of poetry week

Mustang Wild hosts poetry week to spark creativity among students

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
April 18, 2024

In honor of National Poetry Month, Mustang Wild, Metea’s literary magazine,  is hosting a week of poetry-themed activities to provide more creative opportunities for students and inspire students to...

Opill being approved for over-the-counter purchase marks a milestone in reproductive help and the accessibility of related medication

Over-the-counter birth control pills are a huge win for reproductive health rights

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
March 12, 2024

The FDA approved Opill, an oral birth control pill, to be sold over the counter this past July. In the upcoming weeks, Opill will be available for consumer purchase, which will greatly increase access...

Senior burnout negatively impacts productivity and attendance

Senior burnout negatively impacts productivity and attendance

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
February 23, 2024

Seniors experience a lack of motivation as they start committing to their post-secondary plans. Senior burnout, also known as “senioritis”, refers to a decline in both academics and attendance. “My...

In the world of standardized testing, students must choose between two exams: the SAT and ACT.

ACT and SAT both have different benefits

Ritika Khurana and Lindsey Hall
December 7, 2023

Although the SAT is a graduation requirement for Metea, students have the opportunity to take both the SAT and ACT outside of school. The decision comes down to personal student preference and testing...

Freshman Emma Nicholls connects with Book Club to offer collaboration oppurtunities for her podcast, Only Books in the Building.

A new book-related podcast creates more literary opportunities for students

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
November 17, 2023

When freshman Emma Nicholls began her first year at Metea, she observed a need for book-related extracurriculars for students to participate in. In collaboration with the library staff, Nicholls is working...

1989 (Taylors Version) shows Swift at the peak of her abilities, breathing new life into an old album.

‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ is a confident revival of the record-breaking album

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
October 31, 2023

Nine years after its initial release, “1989” is still considered one of Taylor Swift’s most iconic albums. Not only did it shift the trajectory of her music from country to pop, but it also propelled...

The addition of Snapchat AI  to Snapchat raises questions about the safety and security of its users.

Snapchat users express concern over the app’s AI feature

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
October 27, 2023

Snapchat released a free Chatbot feature last winter, which allows users to communicate with an AI through the app. However, after reported instances of glitching and unsettling responses, students are...

Metea Unicef co-presidents are excited to introduce the club’s first fundraiser to new members.

Metea Unicef club inspires local communities to make a global impact

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
October 5, 2023

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) of Metea held its first general member meeting of the year Thursday, Oct. 4. The club works to support and advocate for children in need through fundraisers,...

The name change within the Guidance department ensures that all staff feel properly represented for their exceptional work for the METEA community.

Guidance department changes name in order to better reflect staff positions

Lindsey Hall, Spotlight Editor
September 11, 2023

The guidance department announced a name change, transitioning from ‘guidance’ to the  ‘counseling services department.’ Individual guidance staff also received a new title, and are now known...

Students from Kindergarten to twelfth grade are involved in the musical performance and contributing art for the galleries.

The IPEF champions creativity in schools through the Fine Arts Festival

Lindsey Hall, News Reporter
May 18, 2023

District 204 schools are participating in the annual Fine Arts Festival on Sat. May 20. The festival is free to the public and will include musical performances from each ensemble and contributions by...

Metea invites German foreign-exchange students

Metea invites German foreign-exchange students

Lindsey Hall, News Reporter
April 25, 2023

Students enrolled in German classes hosted German exchange students from a bilingual college prep school. Participants were assigned one student to live with for two weeks and had the opportunity of...

Steamroller by Phoebe Bridgers

‘Steamroller’ by Phoebe Bridgers

Lindsey Hall, Headlines Reporter
April 19, 2023

When I was a sophomore, my friend introduced "Steamroller" to me by saying "it changed my life." This was the first Phoebe Bridgers song I listened to, and will always remain one of my favorites. "Steamroller"...

This year, the student government has made changes to Senior Road trip and Prom, giving seniors a new experience.

Student Government plans unique events for Seniors

Lindsey Hall
April 19, 2023

As the end of the school year approaches, many events and activities for seniors are nearing. The student government (StuGo) plans and contributes to these events year-round. Senior Sunrise took place...

Lovesong by Beabadoobee

‘Lovesong’ by Beabadoobee

Lindsey Hall, News Reporter
April 19, 2023

Beabadoobee’s sophomore album, “Beatopia,” showcased a variety of new sounds and styles. However, Lovesong, a song that returns to her bedroom pop roots, stood out to me as an instant favorite....

Meteas world language week started March 20th with the purpose of recognizing language diversity.

World Language Week: honoring language diversity

Metea celebrated the annual World Language/ESL Week from Mon. March 20 to Fri. March 24. The world language and ESL departments planned various activities for students, such as a trivia competition, special...

Good Riddance is a catalog of beautiful songs that prove Gracie Abrams talent.

Gracie Abrams’ debut album ‘Good Riddance’ is a vulnerable display of taking accountability

Lindsey Hall and Sarah Holzman
March 10, 2023

Gracie Abrams' new album "Good Riddance" details heartbreak, being a young adult and the realization that you are inevitably going to make mistakes.

AP African American studies in a new course by the College Board.

College Board offers AP African American studies course

Madison Moon, Lindsey Hall, and Isabelle Leofanti
February 17, 2023

College Board has developed an AP African American studies course, which is now being piloted across select schools. The course provides students with an introduction to the experience of Black Americans....

 Young Hearts For Life provided free heart screenings for students.

Young Hearts 4 Life offers free heart screenings for students

Lindsey Hall, Isabelle Leofanti, and Madison Moon
February 10, 2023

Metea hosted the Young Hearts 4 Life cardiac screening on Feb. 7 in the main gym. The program offered a free and painless electrocardiogram (ECG), which flagged students who may be at risk for certain...

Pancakes for Dinner by Lizzy McApline

‘Pancakes for Dinner’ by Lizzy McApline

Lindsey Hall, News Reporter
February 7, 2023

“Pancakes for Dinner” by Lizzy McApline is a realistic depiction of developing a crush. Throughout the song, McAlpine struggles to confess her true feelings, going off on tangents to avoid the truth....

Daylight by Taylor Swift

‘Daylight’ by Taylor Swift

Lindsey Hall, News Reporter
February 7, 2023

Arguably one of Swift’s best love songs, ‘Daylight’ puts into words the pure bliss of meeting your soulmate. Throughout the song, Swift reflects on her past relationships, some she describes as “black...

There is a possibility of new social studies courses for the 2024-25 school year

Social studies department proposes a variety of potential new classes

Lindsey Hall
January 20, 2023

The social studies department announced possible new courses for the 2024-25 school year. Students were asked to share their interest levels for each potential class, which will play a determining role...

Breaking news: District 204 administrators recommend Daniel DeBruckyer for MV principal

Breaking news: District 204 administrators recommend Daniel DeBruckyer for MV principal

Madison Moon and Lindsey Hall
December 16, 2022

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Nicole Howard sent out an email to the Metea Valley community Friday afternoon, announcing the recommendation of Daniel DeBrucker to become Metea Valley’s...

 Overwhelming conditions can lead to increased stress among students.

Mental health days help students focus on their emotional wellness

Lindsey Hall and Madison Moon
December 16, 2022

With the approach of final exams, many students are reporting elevated stress levels and anxiety. Mental health days serve as an available tool to allow students time to recharge and focus on their emotional...

As a result of increased student absences, emptier classrooms have become more common.

Student absence rates are on the rise

Isabelle Leofanti and Lindsey Hall
December 7, 2022

As the end of semester one approaches, a surge in the number of student absences has been reported. After returning from COVID-19-affected school years, some students are concerned about the recent trends. According...

The number of fights have decreased this school year.

Fights this school year have significantly decreased

Fewer Metea students have been getting in fights this year, according to Principal Darrell Echols. After a return to a more “normal” school semester, Echols connects the decrease in fights to the new...

Voters cast their ballots in public polling stations.

A recap on the midterm election

Lindsey Hall
November 11, 2022

The 2023 midterm elections determined congressional and local positions in the government.  Illinois voting took place in polling stations across the state on Nov. 8, or, before election day through mail-in...

The Student Voice Committee encourages representation of all school activities through display cases around Metea.

Student advocacy prioritized during an equity lunch-and-learn

Lindsey Hall
October 26, 2022

The Student Voice Committee hosted a lunch-and-learn centered around student belonging, which invited students to discuss multiple Metea-related issues. The discussion was part of a wider initiative to...

Developments Have Been Made in the Fight Against COVID-19

Developments Have Been Made in the Fight Against COVID-19

Lindsey Hall and Isabelle Leofanti
October 7, 2022

In a 60-minute interview on Sep. 18, President Joe Biden made an unanticipated announcement on the status of COVID-19, declaring the pandemic over. Although the President acknowledged the continual presence...

Mustangs Gear up for Spirit Week

Mustangs Gear up for Spirit Week

Lindsey Hall and Namashritha Koganti
September 15, 2022

Metea Valley’s “out of this world” homecoming dance is approaching fast. The student government announced the themes for spirit week at the beginning of September. the first of many school-wide festivities...

District 204 Covid Cases are on the Rise

District 204 Covid Cases are on the Rise

Lindsey Hall, Isabelle Leofanti, and Madison Moon
September 8, 2022

District 204 reported a sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases throughout the week of 8/30-9/6. In the week alone, 285 cases were confirmed across all district schools, bringing the total to 449 positive...

ALICE training has a course for parents to understand its principles.

ALICE Training Is Now Available to Parents

Madison Moon, Lindsey Hall, and Isabelle Leofanti
September 2, 2022

District 204 announced an online ALICE training course tailored to parents and guardians to achieve an understanding of the ALICE principles. The course is led by Navigate 360, which trains schools and...

Reading translated literature spreads the voices of a variety of people and is a pathway to self-education.

Reading translated literature is more important than ever

Lindsey Hall, Headlines Reporter
September 1, 2022

Known to only a fraction of students, Aug. serves as Woman in Translation Month for the literary world. The purpose of this celebratory month is to elevate the international stories of women as well as...

The expectations for students this upcoming school year

The expectations for students this upcoming school year

Walking inside the local Target to find a section of school supplies can only mean one thing. School is approaching sooner than expected. For some students, it can be difficult to change their mindset...

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