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Tanay Pant

Tanay Pant

Tanay is the Spotlight Editor, and this is his second year on the News Journalism team. He loves writing, tennis, speaking, and creating new things in general. When he’s not telling stories or furiously doing his homework, you’ll find him listening to music or hanging out with his friends.

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Junior Vivek Panse enjoys taekwondo, music, and trivia competitions.

Humans of Metea: Vivek Panse

January 31, 2023

Junior Vivek Panse is a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, captain of Metea’s Scholastic Bowl team, and a violinist for chamber strings. Keep reading to learn more about his experiences here at Metea.   What...

ChatGPT offers a wide array of different features, some of which can be used by students to cheat on homework and exams.

ChatGPT’s release sparks concern over academic dishonesty

January 25, 2023

ChatGPT, an intelligent chatbot created by OpenAI, was launched on Nov. 30 2022, and has since taken the world by storm. For years, people have pondered whether any computer can pass the Turing test and...

Kaleidoscope offers a new non-linear method of watching its show

‘Kaleidoscope’: A brilliantly bland heist story

January 18, 2023

*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD* A team of master thieves, a nemesis decades in the making, and seven billion dollars in bonds ready to be stolen. It sounds like your typical American heist drama, but there is...

Black and Gold Podcast Episode 2

Black and Gold Podcast Episode 2

December 21, 2022

In this episode, Ven, Tanay, Ayaana, and Isaac discuss the aftermath of Covid-19, finals week, Will Smith's new film Emancipation, and Netflix Games.

Students must study long hours for their finals, which can lead to stress and burnout over time

Finals week prompts discussion on how to prepare and the necessity of finals as a whole

December 16, 2022

As finals season rapidly approaches, students feel the burden of stress continues to accumulate. These three days of testing right before winter break have the ability to alter (sometimes dramatically)...

Black and Gold podcast: Episode 1

Black and Gold podcast: Episode 1

December 12, 2022

In this episode, Ven, Tanay, Ayaana, and Ollie discuss streaming service price hikes, the Mario movie's second trailer, and hot chocolate in December.  

Sophomore Liam Pummer enjoys drumming and video games.

Humans of Metea: Liam Pummer

December 8, 2022

Sophomore Liam Pummer, also known as ‘Kirby,’ is involved with Marching Band, Tri-M Music Honors Society and other personal hobbies. He has also recently been diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum....

Artemis I is part of the larger Artemis Program, a NASA endeavor with the main goal of returning to the surface of the moon, possibly to stay, in the coming decade.

The launch of Artemis I revitalizes discussion on the future of space exploration

December 5, 2022

Artemis I, an uncrewed lunar exploration rocket, launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 16, 2022. Artemis I is a part of the larger Artemis program, whose long-term mission is...

Students and adults from all across the community come together to monitor and judge elections.

Student election judge recounts experience at the polls

November 10, 2022

While all my friends were sleeping during their mid-week vacation, I was shoveling cold eggs into my mouth at 4 a.m. Even so, I was late. As I entered the Nancy Young gymnasium, I saw my fellow election...

Junior Srivatsa Vokkarane enjoys chess and cricket.

Humans of Metea: Srivatsa Vokkarane

November 6, 2022

Junior Srivatsa Vokkarane is a part of chess club, cricket club, and plays the violin. Keep reading to learn more about his experiences here at Metea.   What is chess club all about? Chess...

Vishruth is involved with chess club, PLTW, and other Metea extra-curriculars.

Humans of Metea: Vishruth Gonur

November 3, 2022

Junior Vishruth Gonur is involved with SkillsUSA, the Math Honor Society, and Chess Club. He is also involved in many sports including basketball, football, and volleyball. Keep reading to learn more about...

Jack and the Magic Beans was the first childrens play Metea Valley has performed.

Performers and directors feel positive about Jack and the Magic Beans

October 18, 2022

Metea Valley hosted Jack and the Magic Beans play from Oct. 7-9. Emotions and expectations were running rampant for everyone involved, as it was the first children’s play to be performed by Metea theater....

This Week’s Metea Minute

October 12, 2022

Hello, Mustangs! I’m Tanay Pant And I’m Kayla Clark and here is your Metea Minute for the week of Monday, October 10th The Dance Team invites you to audition for their Winter & Competition...

Geocaches can be found anywhere, sometimes right under your nose.

The Joy of Geocaching

October 6, 2022

The sticks and branches on the forest floor scratch at his legs as he claws through, but junior Ayush Jain ignores the pain. After all, if his phone’s GPS tells him to go forward, that’s where he will ...

Students gather at and around the DJ at the homecoming dance.

[Photo] Mosh pit and music are popular homecoming highlights

September 27, 2022

Students gather at and around the DJ at the homecoming dance.

Gaby, a transfer student from France, walks the art hallway with international flags swaying above her.

Transfer Students have had positive experiences at Metea

September 22, 2022

Learning about the experience of transfer students at Metea Valley is crucial for understanding how welcoming and functional the school is overall. A transfer student is someone who unenrolls from one...

This Week’s Metea Minute

September 19, 2022

Hello, Mustangs! I’m Tanay Pant And I’m Kayla Clark and here is your Metea Minute for the week of Monday, September 19th Are you planning on attending the Homecoming dance on Saturday? Then don’t...

This Weeks Metea Minute

September 12, 2022

Hello, Mustangs! I’m Tanay Pant. And I’m Kayla Clark and here is your Metea Minute for the week of Monday, September 12th The first Model UN meeting of the school year is happening on Tuesday...

A student reads a script provided by their theater instructor.

Students are feeling positive about this year’s theater program

August 31, 2022

The theater program kicked off its season with an orientation meeting last Thursday. The upcoming plays and performances were revealed as hundreds of potential tech workers, actors, and actresses gathered...

A student walks to the restroom holding a required pass.

New bathroom policies spark discussion among students

August 25, 2022

As the new school year starts, the implementation of new bathroom policies has concerned some students. Unlike last year’s policy of locking the bathrooms so that custodians can clean messes left by...

Survivors of assault face much more than the event itself.

Surviving Assault: The obstacles to coming forward about sexual abuse

May 26, 2022

The name of the student mentioned has been changed for this article since they are candidly discussing sexual abuse in depth. This article candidly discusses sexual assault. “I do not think that...

Metea will have a new principal that will be approved at the next board meeting.

BREAKING NEWS: Student injured in school bathroom fight

May 26, 2022

A sophomore was injured in a fight in the boys bathroom in the commons during fifth period yesterday. Nobody was seriously injured in the incident, and the victim was able to return home, according to...

This Week’s Metea Minute

May 9, 2022

Hello, Mustangs! I’m Tanay Pant. And I’m Brennan Lockwood. Here is your Metea Minute for the week of Monday, May 9. Students, were you involved in anything theater-related this year at Metea?...

Metea Micd members take a group picture after a long day participating in a poetry event.

Metea Mic’d fosters growth and competition for poets

May 2, 2022

Metea Mic’d is a poetry club that participates in slam poetry competitions, coaches each other’s poetry, and interacts with creative writers from all different corners of Metea Valley. The club only...

Citizens of Metea is a political and civic club that encourages students to do acts of service and get involved with their community.

Citizens of Metea: Student voices project on important topics

April 21, 2022

Citizens of Metea is a club that allows students to get involved in their community. It is an outlet to voice opinions from each member. Specifically, this club encourages speaking about current events...

Students are hard at work performing and reciting lines for the musical coming up next week.

Performers in ‘A Chorus Line’ gear up for upcoming performances

April 12, 2022

Metea Valley will be hosting its first live spring musical from April 21 to April 23 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The musical will be ‘A Chorus Line,’ and over 80 actors, tech crew, and musician students...

Members of the Speech team raise a glass to an amazing season.

An end of the season celebration: Speech team celebrates their accomplishments

March 25, 2022

Last night, the Speech Team celebrated their 2021-2022 season together at the Stonebridge Country Club. During the ceremony, members received awards, took photos, and socialized with one another over...

Jo Jadhav is involved in Mustang Wild, Metea Micd, Metea Citizens, and plenty of personal projects. Keep reading to learn more about her experiences and how she manages her time here at Metea.

Humans of Metea: Jo Jadhav

March 18, 2022

Junior Jyotika Jadhav is involved in Mustang Wild, Metea Mic’d, the Speech team, and much more. Keep reading to learn more about her experiences here at Metea Valley. What is Mustang Wild? Mustang...

Sophomore Venkata Sri Saiveer Chelliboyina has been involved in many activities, ranging from Ted, NEHS, and even reviewing movies critically.

Humans Of Metea: Venkata Sri Saiveer Chelliboyina

March 11, 2022

Sophomore Venkata Sri Saiveer Chelliboyina, also known as Ven Chelliboyina, is involved in National English Honors Society, TED-Ed, and Mustang Wild. He is also involved in a large personal writing project....

State competitors Saish Pothina and Lauren Verthein perform their HDA piece in a pep assembly days before the tournament.

Metea Valley Speech team breaks yet another record at the state competition

February 23, 2022

The Speech Team’s postseason has finally come to a close, and Metea Valley has placed sixth overall at the state tournament held at the Peoria Civic Center. This year’s postseason has been record-breaking...

Performance in the Round celebrates their accomplishments at the 2022 IHSA Regionals held at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Metea Valley speech team maintains momentum through sectionals

February 18, 2022

After winning the regionals competition at Neuqua Valley, Metea Valley’s speech team has continued to breeze through the competition after placing second at Wheaton-Warrenville South sectionals. Placing...

Metea’s speech team moves all 15 categories on to sectionals for the first time in Metea history.

Metea Valley speech team dominates regionals competition

February 11, 2022

For the first time in Metea Valley’s speech history, the Mustangs won the regional tournament that took place at Neuqua. Placing five points above the host school, Metea started  the postseason with...

President Biden has been in office for a full year now, and his administration has been forced to tackle many ups and downs throughout 2021.

President Biden’s first year has been one of ups and downs

February 3, 2022

Joe Biden was inaugurated into the presidency during a turbulent era filled with resentment, radicalization, and worry surrounding COVID-19. After a year of service, it is time to look back at how the...

Metea Minute: Week of Jan. 31

January 31, 2022

Hello, Mustangs! I’m Tanay Pant. And I’m Ollie Shuminas. Here is your Metea Minute for the week of January 31st. The French Club will meet on February 1st after school in H104. Mustang wild...

The Weeknds influence on music has been tremendous, and his new album Dawn FM continues that trend.

The Weeknd’s ‘Dawn FM’ is impressive but not extraordinary

January 21, 2022

“After Hours” was an absolute megahit in 2020, dominating the billboard charts for an entire month consecutively. “Blinding Lights” played everywhere: in coffee shops, Walmarts, and every music...

2021 had many events that impacted some of our student body.

The impact of 2021’s politics, music, and COVID-19 waves on students and teachers

January 13, 2022

Betty White's death along with a new COVID-19 variant has been some of the many events throughout this past year. Students and teachers are impacted tremendously by this year and what it has brought us....

Students study diligently in class in preparation for finals week.

Teachers and students offer insight over upcoming finals week

December 14, 2021

Finals are coming up in less than a week, and teachers and students alike are preparing intensely for the following week. Finals can carry a great deal of stress on students, as they often make up a major...

Collage performs a series of winter songs to welcome the seasonal holiday season.

Metea’s emphasis on holiday decorations

December 8, 2021

The staff of Metea Valley has put up several large Christmas trees in the halls and rooms of the school to celebrate the approaching winter season. Christmas trees are an icon and an integral part of the...

Mustang Wild staff collaborating and discussing what should be included in the next magazine.

‘Mustang Wild’ literary magazine persists despite obstacles

November 17, 2021

Metea Valley’s literary magazine ‘Mustang Wild’ has been active for five years, and its editors have produced several different editions of their magazine within that time. Mustang Wild gave opportunities...

Students and parents have been required to perform a self-certification at the beginning of each month before going to school. Self-certification checkups take place in StudentVUE and ParentVUE.

Self-certification measures attract debate about its effectiveness

November 10, 2021

Since schools in District 204 started preparing for students to return to school, many procedures have been put in place to make this transition as smooth as possible. Self-certification, a checklist that...

A brilliantly-lighted set put up prior to a new performance.

‘CLUE: On Stage’ shatters expectations

November 4, 2021

*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD* Metea Valley’s first post-pandemic play kicked off last week, and emotions and expectations were soaring high for everyone involved. After a year and a half of slogging through...

Columbus Day is a necessary holiday despite the actions of Columbus himself

October 11, 2021

At first glance, the fight to change Columbus Day makes sense. The brave, heroic, adventurous man we all learned about in history class ended up being a murderous inhumane conquistador, whose brutality...

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.
Dr. Echols poses with a group of students on the football field during Homecoming.

Homecoming resumes despite various challenges

October 5, 2021

Metea Valley hosted the first post-pandemic Homecoming for its students on Oct. 2. The Weather Channel predicted rain three days beforehand, causing concerns about Homecoming activities and food...

Students walked around while eating lunch and enjoyed the mass amount of informative posters around the school.

Metea clubs are represented in this year’s activity fair

September 13, 2021

  The activity fair took place last Thursday, giving students the chance to start their club career over with a brand new year. With more than 70 clubs for students to join this year, there...

As college and the future loom around the corner for seniors, stress and anxiety have become a wide spread problem.

The pandemic’s affect on students’ college admissions and future

September 3, 2021

While the presence of COVID-19 finally begins to fade away from our daily lives, the impact of academic isolation and lost opportunity lives on. With college admissions approaching and months of unproductivity...

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