METEA MEDIA

2017-2018 Staff

Maddie Crabtree

Maddie Crabtree is a Senior and the Editor-in-Chief of Metea Media. She has been on staff for three years and has a huge passion for all things journalism. She placed first in Illinois and third in the nation for review writin...

Kennedy Homan

Kennedy Homan is a person of many different problems. She likes ducks too much, she throws stuffed animals at people in school, and she has no social life due to drawing too much. Her haircut might as well be copyrighted due to i...

Juthi Saha

Juthi is currently a senior and is entering her second year of newspaper as The Stampede’s profiles editor. She loves to sing, travel the world, and play with makeup.

Claudia Grzyb

Claudia Grzyb is a senior at Metea Valley and is currently in her second year of being on staff. Claudia has been on the Metea Valley Speech team, and enjoys spending her down time with her three loving cats.

Ben Weiss

Ben Weiss is a senior perspectives editor and writer. It will be his second and last year on The Stampede. Other activities he’s involved in include the Speech Team, Theatre, The Mane and Varsity Singers. He hopes to major in...

Avani Shah

Avani Shah is a senior and Headlines Editor for Metea Media. This is her second year on staff. Avani is a black belt in Tang Soo Do. She can often be found reading, tweeting, or binge watching Jeopardy! Find her on Twitter @avaniishah...

Aimee Leal

Aimee is a senior and Varsity cheerleader at Metea Valley. This is her second year on staff and she is photography editor this year. She enjoys really cheesy jokes and will laugh at nearly everything and anything while also procrastinating...

Kellie Foy

Kellie is a senior entering her third year of the Stampede. She is the Magazine Editor-in-Chief and has been a sports writer for the past two years. She also participates in National English Honor Society and Aspiring Authors an...

Alex Pressl

Alex Pressl is a graphic designer for Metea Media and The Stampede. He will be majoring in Illustration at Columbia College Chicago. He enjoys playing video games and watching The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He is doing his best...

Isabella Gonzales

Isabella Gonzales is a senior and a new graphic designer. This is her first year on staff and she is also on Metea’s varsity badminton team and National Art Honor Society. She enjoys photography, hiking, and doing the New York ...

Brandon Yechout

Brandon Yechout is a senior at Metea Valley and a perspectives writer for Metea Media. Though this is his first year on staff, Brandon has worked on The Mane in previous years. Brandon enjoys watching a variety of films, mostly...

Chesney Wargo

Chesney is a senior who is excited to be in her second year of Newspaper as a news and social media editor. She enjoys playing soccer here at Metea. Chesney is also looking forward the coming years as she is attending Central Mic...

Trinity Powell

My name's Trinity Powell, I'm an art-loving graphic design artist and this will be my second year on staff. I love music, skateboarding, and just chillin out :)

Nate Burleyson

Nate is a first year staff member for the Stampede. He has a passion for watching sports as well as arguing about them. You can catch him at your local basketball court bricking threes or on twitter (@nrburleyson) retweeting vine...

Abbey Malbon

Abbey Malbon is in 11th grade and is a spotlight writer. She is involved with Literary Magazine, Best Buddies and Fresh Connect. She spends her free time watching That 70's show reruns and writing emo poems.

Hailey Hagemaster

Hailey Hagemaster has been on staff for three years and is current EIC of the newsmag. She plays volleyball, loves country music, and goes crazy without her coffee fix.

Juthi Saha

Juthi Saha is a junior at Metea Valley and her first year as a Spotlight Writer for Metea Media. Some clubs she's apart of are Literature Magazine, Indian Student Alliance, and BPA. In her free time she loves to dance for her...

Kennedy Homan

I am currently a junior entering my first year of journalism as a graphic designer. Outside of school I attend Gamers Club and Improv on the weekly basis, and when I am not attending a club, I develop my drawing skills while selling...

Maddie Crabtree

Maddie Crabtree is a Junior entering her second year on staff for Metea Media. She is a Co-Social Media Editor, Public Affairs Manager, Photographer, and sometimes even a Writer. Outside of Metea Media, Maddie is a Cheerleader...

Ryah Walker

Ryah Walker is a junior perspectives journalist. This is her first year on staff and she is involved with BG stampede and Metea Valley's theater program. She travels often which allows for some cool experiences and amazing stories.

Thuy-An Nguyen

Thuy-An Nguyen is a senior and a headlines writer. This is her first year on the staff and when she's not drawing or painting on anything she can find, you can find her taking photos, reading three books, and trying to achieve...

Avani Shah

Avani Shah is a headlines writer and a junior. This is her first year on staff. She is a martial artist and an active Twitter user. She can often be found petting every dog on her street, or @avaniishah on Twitter.

Claudia Grzyb

Claudia Grzyb is a junior at Metea Valley and is currently in her first year of being on staff. Claudia has been on the Metea Valley Speech team, and enjoys spending her down time with her three loving cats or eating out.

Laurel Westphal

Laurel Westphal is a junior at Metea and a headlines writer for the newspaper staff. She is a member of the speech team, but spends most of her time listening to music or going down rabbit holes on Youtube. This is her first ye...

Zyma Lakhani

Zyma is a senior at Metea Valley High School and is a creative, thoughtful writer who enjoys a good nap or two here and there. She is a profiles editor and a news writer, and it is her second year on staff. Besides napping and...

Ben Weiss

Ben Weiss is a junior perspectives writer for Metea Media. It will be his first year writing on staff. He's also involved with The Mane, Bass Chorus, and Metea's theater program. Ben's quite the workaholic. His poor social skills...

Myra Bajwa

Myra Bajwa is a junior and the website editor, social media editor, and perspectives reporter for Metea Media. This is her second year on the staff. Myra is also the junior class representative for Student Government and spent...

Delaney Reed

Delaney Reed is a senior at Metea. This is her first year as a photographer for News Journalism and she is also a member of the MV Speech team. She hopes to one day photograph live performances of her favorite bands.

Aimee Leal

Aimee Leal is a junior who is a first year photojournalist for Metea Media and a newbie on the Metea Cheer Team. She loves good dad jokes and pretty much laughs at anything.

Connor Smith

Connor Smith is a senior and the Stampede's spotlight editor. He is thrilled to return for his second year on staff, as he previously served as sports editor during the 2016-17 school year. Aside from the Stampede, Connor also...

Tyler Burleyson

Tyler Burleyson is a senior and a new sports writer for MeteaMedia. His passions include classical music, jazz music, hip hop music, instrumental music, and talking about himself. If you want to talk about Tyler, find him on Twitter...

Liam Sweeney

Liam Sweeney is a senior at Metea Valley and the Perspectives Editor for the school magazine. He is a political independent, as he refuses to align with any of the mainstream political parties. Music dominates Liam’s life as he is a lover of all rock m...

Kellie Foy

Kellie Foy is a junior and the Sports Editor on The Stampede. This is her second year on staff and participates in BG Stampede. Outside of the sports world, you'll find Kellie working church retreats, sassing everyone, and constantly...

Zainie Qureshi

This is Zainie's third year on staff and she is Metea Media's current Editor-in-Chief. Frankly, she loves too many things and is unable to list them all. Find her in the music hall, the news room, and tripping over her shoelace...

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