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Your World. Your Stories. Everyday.


Your World. Your Stories. Everyday.


Sarah Holzman

Sarah Holzman

Sarah is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff. In her spare time she enjoys rewatching her favorite shows and reading sad novels. She is frequently found frantically texting her friends and making lists. Besides being very excited to be on the news staff, she is also looking forward to learning the many stories found throughout the school.

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Climate change is defined as long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns by the United Nations. Due to human activities and behaviors, such as burning fossil fuels, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to the point where natural processes cannot fight them off.

A rundown on one of the Earth’s most fixable problems: climate change

May 19, 2022

Scientist Rebellion leaks IPCC Report to “show that scientists are willing to disobey and take personal risk to inform the public.” “There’s no time to wait around, there’s no time for continued...

Stampede Staff Playlist: May Edition

May 13, 2022

Here are the staff’s top songs for the month of May. Whether you are looking for an upbeat and bubbly song to lighten your mood, or something to scream and dance to, this playlist has got you covered...

Participant from different schools gather to take part in the Youth and Government State Assembly.

Youth and Government has record-breaking weekend at the State Assembly

April 26, 2022

Members of Youth and Government spent a weekend in Springfield for the State Assembly, where all six legislative groups were successful in passing the bills that they proposed to become a youth law. The...

Metea L.I.F.E. Abroad presents students with an opportunity to travel to Europe.

Metea L.I.F.E. Abroad announces eight-day trip to Europe

March 24, 2022

Metea Live with integrity, Inspire passion for learning, Foster positive relationships and Expect equity and excellence for all (or L.I.F.E.) is hosting an eight-day trip to Venice, the Alps, and Paris...

Aurora fire department shows up after the fire alarm goes off during third period.

A smoking toaster set off fire alarm during third period

March 22, 2022

A smoking toaster in the Merit House set off the fire alarm today at 9:20, prompting students and staff to evacuate the building for approximately 12 minutes.  Three fire trucks arrived at the scene...

English teacher Ann Cluxton set up prom dresses in a variety of sizes at Graham Elementary School for high school students to choose from.

The Valley Runway gives District 204 high school students an opportunity to find the right prom dress for them

March 8, 2022

Every school year, the teacher and the sponsor for the women’s empowerment club, Elevate, Ann Cluxton holds an annual prom dress drive called the Valley Runway. This year, the event took place at Graham...

Students are seen walking to class during passing period just days after Illinois mask guidelines became optional.

CDC announces new updates for COVID-19 mitigations strategies in Illinois

March 7, 2022

With masks optional now, the policy affects businesses, schools, and other indoor areas. This leaves managers, superintendents, and other authorities to decide if they want to have their staff and customers...

The number of COVID-19 cases has increased, but the overall average positivity rate and new cases per one hundred thousand people has decreased.

COVID-19 cases falling as district changes mitigation strategies

February 14, 2022

The updated COVID-19 dashboard, located on the Indian Prairie School District 204 website, reads that there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the week leading up to Feb. 7. This number...

‘A Burning Hill’ by Mitski

‘A Burning Hill’ by Mitski

December 7, 2021

Mitski has a relentless ability to write exactly what the listener needs to hear in every song she releases. There is something remarkable about the way she is able to take, what seems like simple lyrics,...

‘Moon Song’ by Phoebe Bridgers

‘Moon Song’ by Phoebe Bridgers

December 7, 2021

I contemplated for a while which Phoebe Bridgers song I wanted to choose as the saddest, but in all honesty they are all sad. However, I was unable to stop thinking about the lyric “when you saw the...

‘Mr. Loverman’ by Ricky Montgomery

‘Mr. Loverman’ by Ricky Montgomery

December 7, 2021

Ricky Montgomery is able to make a gut-wrenching song irresistible, even if it is only going to make you feel worse. The periodic repetition in the background vocals along with the instrumentals is utterly...

Taylor Swift released her ninth studio album Red (Taylors Version). The album reaches the most-streamed album in a day from a female artist.

Taylor Swift releases ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ and revitalizes an entire album

December 1, 2021

Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album “Red” on Oct. 22, 2012, and after nine years, she re-released it. With this new album comes the original 20 songs and ten additional songs released from...

Students are adapting to the new lunchroom changes. The second floor is no longer accessible to students during lunch periods and access.

Administrators announce new rules regarding lunch periods

October 29, 2021

Administrators announced new protocols for students to follow during lunch at the end of the school day on Oct. 15,  and students are no longer allowed to spend their lunch and access periods on the second...

Social media affects young people in their day to day life and can lead to questionable actions such as destroying school property and harassment

Social media can have a strong grasp on people’s decisions

October 12, 2021

People can think that they have full control over their decisions and that social media does not have a real impact on them. However, nothing else could influence a person to steal bathroom doors or assault...

Indigenous Peoples’ deserve recognition for their part in history

October 11, 2021

Indigenous Peoples' Day arose as an alternative to Columbus Day, in which Native Americans protested for honoring a man who had enabled their colonization and forced assimilation. Essentially, the Indigenous...

For the first time, Indian Prarie School District changed Columbus Day to Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day. This change is not only limited to us but across the United States in which we question if we should celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day debate perpetuates discussion just like its history

October 11, 2021
There is more and more debate on the Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day debate. We explore the history and different perspectives to this prolonged discussion.

The formation of Columbus and Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 11, 2021

The first day the United States dedicated to Christopher Columbus was in 1792 when the political organization Tammany Hall planned a celebration to honor the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ stumbling...

The Shining by The Neighbourhood

The Shining by The Neighbourhood

October 4, 2021

Along with its slightly upbeat tone, “The Shining” can be interpreted in many ways; one being the feeling of heartbreak. The balance of sad verses and declarations of love leaves you wanting to listen...

This is Me Trying by Taylor Swift

This is Me Trying by Taylor Swift

October 4, 2021

I believe that this is one of those songs that everyone can relate to in some way. Whether someone is struggling in school or not feeling good enough, this song feels like an old friend hugging you and...

Coney Island by Taylor Swift and The Nationals

Coney Island by Taylor Swift and The Nationals

October 4, 2021

The album Evermore by Taylor Swift allowed her to take one more step into the Alternative/Indie genre. It was full of imagery that allowed the listener to envision the settings of the songs perfectly....

Freshman representative Kaustubh Kondapalli participates in Chalk the Walk to help showcase the clubs and activities of Metea Valley.

Class representatives have a bright future planned for fellow students

September 30, 2021

The class representatives for the 2021-2022 school year were announced last Friday. Voting began on Sept. 22 and students were able to cast their votes up until 3 p.m. on Sept. 23. The winners were Jonathan...

The bus driver shortage in district 204 has impacted student’s transportation to and from school.

Bus driver shortages cause students to question school transportation

September 17, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, bus drivers were left without work and turned to search for higher paying jobs. As school has started to return to how it was prior to the pandemic, there have been less...

With a wave of uncertainty over which COVID guidelines should still be followed, comes the debate over masks and their necessity in the classroom.

Students adhere to the newly issued school mask mandate

August 24, 2021

At the beginning of August, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced at a press conference that all schools PK-12 must mandate masks regardless of student and teacher vaccination status. This mandate comes with...

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