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Myra Bajwa

Myra Bajwa, Metea Media Editor-In-Chief

Myra Bajwa is a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of Metea Media. This is her third year on staff, and she is incredibly excited to lead the journalism team. Myra is also the Executive Communication Director of Student Government and the Co-President of the Principal’s Advisory Board. Other than spending too much time at school, Myra likes to watch Netflix and hang out with other people’s dogs.

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

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

May 14, 2020

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

Soccer nets and basketball hoops are reappearing as people suddenly find themselves with more down time.

Social distancing has slowed down life, redefining normal

April 21, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way the world operates, at least for the time being. Families are spending more time indoors, surrounded by each other. Gone are the busy days packed with sports...

Illinois schools to suspend in-person instruction for the 2019-2020 school year

Illinois schools to suspend in-person instruction for the 2019-2020 school year

April 17, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced on Friday that all Illinois schools would suspend in-person learning for the remainder for the 2019-2020 school year. Remote learning will be in place for IPSD students until...

Governor Pritzker extends stay at home order until April 30

Governor Pritzker extends stay at home order until April 30

March 28, 2020

At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Pritzker announched that the stay at home order for Illinois residents will remain in place until April 30, keeping schools closed until then. The Illinois...

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...

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

Breaking News: School evacuated following fire in Spirit House restroom

March 10, 2020

Metea Valley students and staff went into a hold-in-place at 9:46 a.m., while juniors completed the ISBE Illinois Science Assessment in the gymnasium. The boys’ bathroom in the Spirit House contained...

Senior Taylor Dobes and Freshman Drew Chandler act in a sketch called Purgatory Gatekeeper.

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Senior Taylor Dobes and Freshman Drew Chandler act in a sketch called "Purgatory Gatekeeper."

Senior Maaheen Maajed and juniors Jake Zeitner and Morgan Dykstra perform as left socks.

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Senior Maaheen Maajed and juniors Jake Zeitner and Morgan Dykstra perform as left socks.

Junior Jake Zeitner drinks hot sauce in a sketch called Blind Meditation.

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Junior Jake Zeitner drinks hot sauce in a sketch called "Blind Meditation."

Hoops, I Did It Again conference before starting a game.

[Photo] Gallery: Mustang Comedy puts on second show of the year

March 9, 2020

Hoops, I Did It Again conference before starting a game.

Cheerleading performs featuring former football players.

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Cheerleading performs featuring former football players.

Jeremy Dombro hypes up the crowd in the gym.

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Jeremy Dombro hypes up the crowd in the gym.

Juniors participate in the prom dress challenge with toilet paper

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Juniors participate in the prom dress challenge with toilet paper

Orchesis partner dance included Latin-style dancing and music.

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Orchesis' partner dance included Latin-style dancing and music.

The original crosses created last year are now being preserved by the Aurora Historical Society.

One Year Later

February 14, 2020
Within a few days of the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora one year ago, most people across the country added Aurora to their mental list of shootings. For the people of Aurora, however, the shock of a mass shooting at home remained.
The Aurora Historical Society collected stuffed animals dedicated to the families of the victims.

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The Aurora Historical Society collected stuffed animals dedicated to the families of the victims.

An American flag from a Cub Scout troop hangs in the memorial along with other items bearing the American flag.

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An American flag from a Cub Scout troop hangs in the memorial along with other items bearing the American flag.

Newpaper clippings from the day following the shooting are displayed as a reminder of how Chicagoland news outlets paid tribute.

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Newpaper clippings from the day following the shooting are displayed as a reminder of how Chicagoland news outlets paid tribute.

Aurora Fire Department officers sit behind a display of the piles of candles left at the scene.

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Aurora Fire Department officers sit behind a display of the piles of candles left at the scene.

The Student Press Law Center celebrates Student Press Freedom Day to honor student journalists across the county.

Student voices are crucial in a democratic society built on the principle of free press

January 29, 2020

Today is Student Press Freedom Day, a day that is dedicated to protecting the rights of student journalists across the country. While Illinois enjoys some of the strongest student press freedoms, student...

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

[Photo] The Student Voice Committee introduces Mustangs Matter Week to encourage respect

January 21, 2020

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

Lunch periods were noticeably thinner on Thursday. Approximately 2,000 students did not attend school, following threats against the school earlier in the week.

Students absent after threats made against Metea

December 6, 2019

Approximately 2,000 students were absent by midday Thursday due to two threats against the school, according to Principal Dr. Darrell Echols. The original shooting threat was written in school bathroom...

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

Breaking News: Students and teachers shocked following a racist incident during the Democratic debate watch party

November 22, 2019

Government students gathered in the Large Forum Room to watch the Democratic debate on Wednesday, when a racial slur, written backward, appeared on a Kahoot screen in front of the approximately 140 students....

Cafeteria implements new lunch line system to curb theft

Cafeteria implements new lunch line system to curb theft

November 7, 2019

Students encountered a new system for purchasing chips and drinks when they entered the cafeteria on Tuesday. Instead of three lines for all purchases, chips and drinks now need to be bought at a separate...

‘The King’ stands out from similar Netflix films, with help from Timothee Chalamet

‘The King’ stands out from similar Netflix films, with help from Timothee Chalamet

November 6, 2019

“The King,” Netflix’s new 15th century period piece about King Henry V of England, was released on the platform on Friday. David Michod directs and the film stars Timothee Chalamet as King Henry...

The team huddles together to celebrate their victory and debrief after the game.

Boys’ soccer score their way to IHSA Regionals final

October 23, 2019

The Mustangs emerged victorious with a 3-0 win over Neuqua yesterday, advancing to the IHSA Regionals final. Metea put on a strong performance, and while it started lightly raining after halftime, the...

Teachers look over ways to help students

‘Lunch and Learn’ educates faculty on student mental health

October 23, 2019

Metea staff attended Lunch and Learns on student mental health held by the guidance department during all lunch periods yesterday. Lunch and Learns are monthly educational opportunities for staff to teach...

Celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?Reconsider the implications of both.

Editorial: District 204 should stop honoring Columbus’ legacy

October 13, 2019
Christopher Columbus' legacy is tarnished, as it should be. Columbus landing on the shores of the Bahamas in 1492 allowed European conquerors to enslave the people inhabiting the now-called Americas.  Since Columbus set foot on American soil, generations of Native populations have endured genocide, rape, forced labor, and disease at the hands of colonists.
Metea and Nequa face off each other in the heat.

[Photo] Support of boys’ soccer primes up an electrifying game

October 2, 2019

Metea and Nequa face off each other in the heat.

The American Flag waves in front of the Naperville Township building on Water Street

New additions on Water Street in downtown Naperville gain traction

August 1, 2019

The American Flag waves in front of the Naperville Township building on Water Street

Illinois passes the Reproductive Health Act while other states continue fighting Roe v. Wade

Illinois passes the Reproductive Health Act while other states continue fighting Roe v. Wade

May 30, 2019

The Illinois house recently passed the Reproductive Health Act, which both repeals outdated, unconstitutional reproductive laws and enacts the Illinois Reproductive Health Act (IRHA). The IRHA gives individuals...

Willie by Kennedy Homan

‘Willie” by Kennedy Homan

May 9, 2019

his artwork is a part of a series that once a month showcases pieces made by students at Metea Valley High School. Submit your own work here to be featured next month. Physical copies are available...

Teacher presents one of his presentations to a group of Dupage County faculty members.

Teachers celebrate Institute Day with Dupage County

March 7, 2019

ur school hosted the Dupage County Social Studies Conference for its second time last week on March 1, 2019. This was in association with Institute Day, where teachers meet up to discuss personal and professional...

Grieving community members placed candles and flowers by the crosses labelled with the names of the five victims at the Henry Pratt Company building.

One Week Later

February 22, 2019

Today marks the one week anniversary of the mass shooting in Aurora that made national headlines. The city is reeling from the violent actions of a disgruntled employee that resulted in five innocent deaths....

Meet the newest additions to the teaching staff

Meet the newest additions to the teaching staff

August 21, 2018

Amy Klimkowski How long have you been teaching? This will be my ninth year teaching. I worked at Eisenhower Cooperative before that in Eisenhower Illinois. What classes are you teaching? I...

North Korea continues to be untrustworthy as planned peace talks remain in jeopardy

May 22, 2018

A historic meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in took place at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on April 27. This marked the first time in ten years that leaders...

Boys’ volleyball celebrates senior night against Lake Park

May 10, 2018

oys’ volleyball held their senior night against Lake Park on Thursday, losing in three sets. Seniors Tim Medina, Cayden Reigle, Jeremy Garcia, Matt Nealon, Joey Kisiel, Andrew Kohut, and Eddie Forsythe...

Water Polo hosts Mustang Varsity Tournament in preparation for Sectionals

Water Polo hosts Mustang Varsity Tournament in preparation for Sectionals

May 7, 2018

Water polo hosted the Mustang Varsity Tournament on Saturday as both teams prepare for IHSA Sectionals this week. The tournament hosted both boys’ and girls’ teams in a round robin format where each...

WE Day motivates students to make a difference

WE Day motivates students to make a difference

April 25, 2018

he WE movement held its annual WE Day Illinois event at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday. The mission of the WE movement is to inspire youth to make a change in the world and help people across the globe...

Inclement weather causes scheduling issues for athletes

Inclement weather causes scheduling issues for athletes

April 24, 2018

he definition of ‘April Showers’ has been an understatement this year. Snow covering the grounds in the early mornings is a mild annoyance for most, but for Athletic Director Daniel Debruycker, there...

Softball rebuilds on last years success

Softball rebuilds on last year’s success

April 12, 2018

he girls’ softball team opened its season just before spring break, riding off of their overall win at DVC Conference. Varsity is determined to play its best and find its groove for this year as the...

Warriors hockey club finishes season at the United Center

Warriors hockey club finishes season at the United Center

April 2, 2018

he Warriors Hockey Club concluded their season at the Illinois High School State Championships, held at the United Center, on March 24. The combined Waubonsie and Metea team fought hard against the Buffalo...

Ivan Kosolvo visits from Nitra, Slovakia to talk to students about Slovakia history and culture

Ivan Kosolvo visits from Nitra, Slovakia to talk to students about Slovakia history and culture

February 26, 2018

Metea students had the honor of meeting a representative from Naperville’s sister city of Nitra, Slovakia on Thursday, Feb.22. The students met with Ivan Kosolvo in the large forum room, where he...

Ian Ridgway creates history at IHSA State

Ian Ridgway creates history at IHSA State

February 7, 2018

The boys’ bowling program made history this season by sending the district’s first male bowler to the IHSA State tournament on Jan. 27 and 28. Senior Ian Ridgway placed sixth at State and earned an...

Gymnastics Wows at DVC Conference

Gymnastics Wows at DVC Conference

January 29, 2018

The Waubonsie and Metea combined gymnastics team competed at the DuPage Valley Conference meet on Friday night. The varsity team scored a 135.85, setting a new season high all the while beating last year’s...

Bowling raises money for St.Jude at the annual Strike Out Cancer event

Bowling raises money for St.Jude at the annual Strike Out Cancer event

January 12, 2018

The bowling team competed with Waubonsie, Neuqua, and Naperville North to raise money for St.Jude Children’s Hospital yesterday evening. The Strike Out Cancer bowling event involves schools from all...

Gymnastics opens its season at Neuqua

Gymnastics opens its season at Neuqua

December 5, 2017

The varsity combined girls’ gymnastics team competed against Neuqua on Thursday night. They fought hard, but were edged out by Neuqua at the end of the night, losing 128.85-131.75. The varsity team went...

Girls Swim continues to swim its way through State

Girls’ Swim continues to swim its way through State

November 27, 2017

his season for the girls’ swim team was a very successful one. The varsity team broke multiple school records and placed eighth overall at the IHSA State tournament for the first time in school history....

Graphic by Kainin Blissett.

Weekly sports update: 11/6-11/11

November 14, 2017

Girls’ Swim (Myra Bajwa) The girls’ swim team rocked at IHSA Sectionals on Saturday. The 200 yard medley relay team got sixth, heading to State. McKenna Stone placed second in the 50 freestyle,...

Warriors Hockey Club shows how teamwork translates to performance

Warriors Hockey Club shows how teamwork translates to performance

November 1, 2017

One sport often gets overlooked by the students at Metea: hockey. Although the boys’ hockey team consists of Metea and Waubonsie combined, it is an integral part of Metea culture. Even with the challenge...

Boys cross country races to finish the season strong

Boys’ cross country races to finish the season strong

October 23, 2017

he top runners from boys’ cross country team ran at the IHSA Regional meet in Aurora on Saturday. They placed seventh overall, beating out both East and West Aurora high schools. Although the Regional...

Profile: McKenna Stone

Profile: McKenna Stone

October 16, 2017

Photo by: Brittany Coates Freshman McKenna Stone has been one of the biggest standout swimmers of the season and has consistently broken meet, school, and pool records in her first high school season....

Girls Tennis aces at the DuPage Valley Conference tournament

Girls’ Tennis aces at the DuPage Valley Conference tournament

October 11, 2017

Photo by: Aimee Leal On Saturday, the girls’ tennis team headed into the DuPage Valley Conference championships, seeded third and playing to win. Overall, varsity placed fourth in the conference and...

Girls Golf advances to Regionals after DVC Championship

Girls’ Golf advances to Regionals after DVC Championship

October 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of Yearbook The varsity girls’ golf team recently competed in their DuPage Valley Conference Championship last Tuesday at Phillips Park. The team placed seventh overall, with Sara Lagvankar,...

Football emphasises leadership to create a positive team enviroment

Football emphasises leadership to create a positive team enviroment

September 18, 2017

Photo By: Maddie Crabtree Although the varsity football team has had a rough season, with a 0-4 record so far, they continue to foster strong relationships between teammates and develop skills that...

Girls swim starts season off strong

Girls’ swim starts season off strong

September 6, 2017

Photo by: Delaney Reed The girls’ swim showcased their talents in the their first meet of the season at home against Benet Academy. The varsity team won every event they competed in at the meet. Even...

Cross Country kicks off year in hope of another successful season

Cross Country kicks off year in hope of another successful season

August 28, 2017

Photo by Kellie Foy. Both the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams have started their summer practices at Metea, and are training hard in order to hopefully repeat last year’s success. The teams...

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