Hunger for The Hunger Games

By Andrew A. Lee & Faith A. Middleton – Staff Writers

Adapting a well known book into a movie is no simple task. The screenwriters, director and producers making the movie have the very difficult task of making sure the film stays true to the novel. This is important because if the movie strays too far from the plot, it may upset the entire franchise. Some book to movie adaptations are successful, such as the Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings series while some adaptations rate negatively among fans like Atlas Shrugged, or The Golden Compass. These unsuccessful adaptations embarrass not only the filmmakers but the franchise itself. So how does The Hunger Games fare as an adaption of the well loved young adult novel? Should it be revered as a well made film that stays true to the source material or be tossed aside into the cesspool of forgotten book adaptations? Continue reading Hunger for The Hunger Games

Champaign School District Gets New Superintendent

By: Hannah Ritchey and Tara Mobasseri

Though students might not have felt it, a big change took place in the Unit 4 school district. Dr. Judy Wiegand became the new superintendent. She did not land the job by chance. She has been with the school district for twenty-five years. Twenty of these years she spent at Centennial. Wiegand started as a teacher, then became a department head, got promoted to dean, on to vice principal, and eventually principal where she stayed for five and a half years. Continue reading Champaign School District Gets New Superintendent

Coaches Vs Cancer

By Chantal Meacham

Across the nation, Coaches vs. Cancer has partnered with the American Cancer Society to help raise money and promote awareness for cancer.  It started when Jim Valvano, a former men’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University, was diagnosed with cancer.  Many college teams began raising money to support this fund and over the years, high schools began to do the same.  Teams pick out a game during their season and donate most or all of their profits to finding a cure for cancer.  “Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $50 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease. Additionally, more than 100 high school coaches also participate in the program” ( ). Continue reading Coaches Vs Cancer

Movie Review: Project X

By: Connor Metcalf

On Friday, March 2nd, came the release of the highly anticipated movie Project X. For weeks people at Centennial have been talking about seeing this movie with high hopes that it would be as awesome as Superbad. After only seeing clips from the trailer, students like senior Gabe Omo-Osagie had this to say, “That is how I want to end high school.” Upon seeing this film however, one can not help but notice that the pros about the movie are tremendously outweighed by the cons. Continue reading Movie Review: Project X

The Eric Show

By: Melanie Mesker

This is the 3rd annual Eric Show; The Eric Show is an exhibit of Champaign County high school student’s art. Urbana residents Dale and Peg Steffensen created the show in memory of their son Eric (1951-1970) who was killed by a drunk driver. Eric was very involved with art during high school and the Steffensens wanted to honor his memory by encouraging young artists of the community. Continue reading The Eric Show

Rafael Nadal – End of an Era?

By Lexi Zahrn – Staff Writer

With a swing that can leave any opponent wondering where the ball has gone, and a game so aggressive that it can drain every ounce of energy from the court, Rafael Nadal is one of tennis’s most physical players. He is ranked at number two worldwide, and he not only plays the beautiful game of tennis, he puts his entire body into it.

Senior Varsity Boys Tennis player Akshay Krishnamani agrees that, “Rafael Nadal, well, he’s a very good player. He has an extremely physical game so sometimes you wonder how long he can stay at it.” Many of Nadal’s fans share Krishnamani’s concerns about the future of the tennis star’s career. Continue reading Rafael Nadal – End of an Era?

Middle Eastern Club Labels World Flags

By Abrar Al-Heeti – Staff Writer

Members of Centennial’s Middle Eastern Cultural Club have been keeping busy lately – their latest project involves labeling the world flags that line the Social Studies hallway. The project was proposed by group sponsor Jeff Hasenstab and has received much enthusiasm from fellow Centennial teachers and staff, who feel that it is something that has needed to be done for years.

History teacher Greg Stock says of the flag labeling, “It’s nice because people are always looking and trying to identify the flags,” and this will help eliminate the uncertainty. Associate Principle Ken Klebber agrees with Stock when he says, “I like the flag labeling.” Stock adds, “It might inspire someone to look up the countries of the world.” Continue reading Middle Eastern Club Labels World Flags

“Linsanity” In the NBA

By Faith Middleton – Staff Writer

As NBA players go, Jeremy Lin is starkly average. With  weight of 200 pounds and standing at six feet, three inches Lin falls in the middle of the range for the size of a point guard. One thing that is not average about the New York Knicks point guard is his outstanding recent winning streak. Couple that with an uncommon heritage and he is a phenomenon who lives up to his nickname, “Lin-sanity”.

Although he was the captain of his 32-1 high school team, Jeremy Lin graduated from Palo Alto High School without any basketball scholarship offers. So instead of moping around town, he set his sights higher and was recruited for Harvard University by then assistant coach Bill Holden. Lin played at Harvard all 4 years of his university career and was All-Ivy League first team twice, in 2009 and 2010. Continue reading “Linsanity” In the NBA