Speech Team Goes to State!

By Andrew A. Lee- Staff Writer

The weekend of February 17th and 18th was a huge one for the Centennial Speech Team as they went to the Peoria Civic Center to compete in the IHSA Speech State Competition. The Centennial Speech Team knocked them dead as senior David Kessler got 5th place for Dramatic Interpretation; junior Rebecca Ferrer received twelfth place for Oratory Declamation; junior Brieana Williams earned thirteenth place for Informative Speaking; and junior Joshua Ferrer attained thirteenth place for Extemporaneous Speaking. Continue reading Speech Team Goes to State!

Athlete of the Month: Katelynn Martinez (Girls Basketball)

By Chantal Meacham

Athlete of the Month – February

Katelynn Martinez (Girls Basketball)

Katelynn Martinez, also known as K-mart, has been a pivotal part to the Chargers’ success this year.  She is a junior guard on the team and has been a huge threat to other teams throughout the year.  The Chargers have a record of 27-5 this year and head to Sectionals on February 22 to play Springfield, the team that knocked them out of the IHSA tournament last year.  As a freshman, Katelynn was on the 1st team Big 12 all-conference and 2nd team News Gazette all-area.  In her sophomore year she was a 3 sport athlete and was on 1st team Big 12 all-conference and 2nd team News Gazette all-area for basketball; and 1st team News Gazette all-area and 1st team Big 12 all-conference for soccer. Continue reading Athlete of the Month: Katelynn Martinez (Girls Basketball)

Getting “Set Up” for your Future

By: Allie Shannon and Kara Johnson

Playing  sports in college is something that many people always dream about. Something they don’t always think about though is the process that comes along with it. Most people don’t know much about the recruiting process and it can be very long and complicated. The process depends on the sport, they aren’t all the same. To be on track with the volleyball recruiting process you have to start early. Continue reading Getting “Set Up” for your Future

Student of the Month : Vivian Bui

By: Jewel Goody

Hardworking, determined, kind, friendly, goal-oriented, and sometimes even silly are great characteristics to describe February’s “Student of the Month”, junior Vivian Bui. Bui not only challenges herself in the classroom, but she is also involved in Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Creative Writing Club, Speech Team, Thespians, French Honor Society, and the Social Action Committee all here at Centennial. With the little free time she has, Bui enjoys volunteering at Provena, baking, and spending time with her one-year old niece, Laura. In addition, Vivian Bui manages a job at Justice. Continue reading Student of the Month : Vivian Bui

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat Hits the Stage

By: Andrew Warner – Staff Writer

Finally, winter is over and the sun is starting to shine again. What spring means to most people is the sign that school is coming to an end. But before it is over, the year always ends with a big bang from our theater department. This year Centennial will be putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. This show was put on a few years back and the bar was set pretty high. Director Sue Aldridge has very high hopes to not only meet, but also exceed the last performance. Continue reading Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat Hits the Stage

Black Writers Celebrated

By:  Andrew A. Lee

On February 7th 2012, the African American Culture Club presided by Seniors Meriah Porter and Montego Dubose in association with Mrs. Helms, Mr. Carlson and many more organized the 2012 Centennial Annual Black Writers Read In. The Read in was a chance for Centennial Students from all over to get involved and celebrate Black History Month by immersing themselves in African American culture as they read and learn about poetry by influential Black Writers such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Annie Ruth. Continue reading Black Writers Celebrated

N.H.S: A Cut Above the Rest

By:  Megan Wolter

National Honor Society has been a part of Centennial for many years. NHS is a student-lead group made up of high school juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 or higher grade point average and work to improve their community. Members in the club focus on scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. NHS is evolving and recently added a newspaper, photography, elections, public relations and web committees. The club also had its first induction ceremony this fall to welcome its new members into the club. The new members had to have the aforementioned minimum 3.5 GPA, two recommendation letters and a personal essay. Continue reading N.H.S: A Cut Above the Rest

Athlete of the Month: Archie Williams (Wrestling)

By:  Will James Staff Writer

Archie Williams is a senior on the Charger Wrestling Team. On February 11th Archie Williams gave himself the best birthday present he could have asked for and that was qualifying for state for the second consecutive year with a record of 37-2. February 18th Archie made history by getting 3rd and placing higher than anyone else in Centennial history. He also broke the record for most wins and most pins in a season and ended his senior year with a record of 42 -3.  Archie has not picked a college yet but he definitely plans on continuing his wrestling career after high school. Continue reading Athlete of the Month: Archie Williams (Wrestling)

Giants Super in Superbowl

By Will James – Staff Writer

The Patriots had a chance to prove that the 2007 Super bowl was a fluke, and they did not succeed. The Giants were able to defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots once again with a score of 21-17. Going into this game many people, including Bill Belichick and his team, believed that the Patriots would win. When asked about his mindset going into the game Zach McCoy, a senior at Centennial, said “This game was really just a competition between an elite quarterback and Payton Manning’s little brother”. The Patriots ended their regular season with a record of 13-3 and the Giants with a record of 9-7, clearly the Giants were the underdogs in this game. Continue reading Giants Super in Superbowl

Centennial Helps After Tragedy

By Jewel Goodly – Staff Writer

On Friday, January 27th, while many people in the community were enjoying the basketball game between cross town rivals Centennial and Urbana, three teenagers in the area were in a horrible car accident.  The driver was 16-year old Austin Dyson, who went to Mahomet- Seymour High School, and the two passengers were 15-year old Ryan Shaffer who attends Centennial High School and 16-year old Terrance Washington, also of Mahomet- Seymour High School.  On Golf Road, a little bit before nine o’clock p.m. the van sped around a sharp curve then veered off the road, hit a tree and caught on fire. Dyson died on scene. Shaffer and Washington were able to make it out of the van before it caught completely on fire. Continue reading Centennial Helps After Tragedy