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30
Apr

Cardboard Boats Require a Study in Physics

Cardboard Boat Race Day is celebrated each year at the Centennial pool.  Physics students design a boat using only cardboard and tape.  Each team then tries to successfully row their boat across the pool.  The day is the talk of the school and an educational time is had by all. Read more »

30
Apr

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Wowed the Crowds

By: Tara Mobasseri and Drew Warner

This year Centennial High school put on their annual spring musical. According to CHS choir teacher, Mrs. Wyatt, “Centennial has been putting on musicals for well over 40 years.” This year the thespian troupe, Mrs. Aldridge and Mrs. Wyatt decided on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the spring musical. This musical is one that Centennial actually did a few years ago. “I think this production was very different from the last time Centennial did it,” said Michelle Caneva, who played a lead role as the narrator. “Our cast was much larger than I think they had previously, and I don’t think any cast had the heart and determination that we did!” Read more »

20
Apr

Spring Films Offer Something For Everyone

By: Will James and Omar Sharif – Staff Writers

Now that spring has officially begun more movies are starting to be released. Movies like 21 Jump Street have already gotten great reviews.  21 Jump Street is an action-comedy based on two guys’ undercover scheme. The film stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who are spectacular throughout the entire movie. They pretend to be undercover cops who try to go in and bust a drug ring. They end up trying to change everything they had done wrong during their high school years. Read more »

20
Apr

Game of Thrones: The Game Returns

By Lexi Zahrn – Staff Writer

On April 1, 2012 the world of television welcomed back a fantasy masterpiece. HBO’s series “Game of Thrones,” from producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and adapted from George R. R. Martin’s acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire swept the nation under fire last Spring. With ten heart-wrenching, hour-long installments “Game of Thrones’” first season established a cult following of the same sort of fanatics that loved the film adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Like the other literature to film adaptations “Game of Thrones” already had a fan base before the first season premiere. George R. R. Martin’s series currently spans five novels, and he is not finished yet. Readers are ecstatic to see his world come to life on screen. Read more »

17
Apr

Book Review: Impulse

By Megan Wolter – Opinions Eidtor

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

What does it take for someone to want to and follow through with committing suicide?  Being bullied in school, sexually abused as a child, striving for perfection and falling short?  In Ellen Hopkins’s book, Impulse, the sometimes taboo topic of teenagers committing suicide is talked about.  The novel follows the stories of Conner, Vanessa and Tony: three teens that tried to kill themselves, failed and ended up at Aspen Springs, a place where they are supposed to work through all of their problems.  The question now is: will they succeed in getting better or will they just fall back into their old ways? Read more »

16
Apr

Seniors Begin to Relfect on High School Experience

By Abrar Al-Heeti – Staff Writer

As graduation approaches, Centennial seniors are beginning to experience a mix of emotions. Feelings of excitement and anticipation for starting the next phase of life are accompanied by expected sentiments of nostalgia and recollections of happy memories. They are torn between holding on to all the good times in high school and preparing to take the next step towards their futures.

Reflecting upon her four years at Centennial, senior Esther Han says that her favorite memory was lunch, and that, “What I will miss most about high school are the friends.” When asked about what she looks forward to as she moves on from high school to college, she says, “Meeting new people in a new place while keeping in touch with my old friends.” Read more »

16
Apr

Party Night for Kentucky

By Alex Wallner – Sports Editor

            It was a season to remember in college basketball as teams battled out the entire year for the ultimate prize, the national championship.  A historic year it was in college basketball, in which we had fifteen seeds beating two seeds and one seeds on the brink of elimination in the first round by sixteen seeds, but all in all the team that began the year number one ended the year number one.  The Kentucky Wildcats had a marvelous season going 38-2 and completing an undefeated SEC slate at 16-0. The Wildcats only losses coming at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers on December 10th, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana, 73-72 off a Christian Watford buzzer-beater three to ‘ice’ the game and in the SEC tournament championship game to the Vanderbilt Commodores, 71-64, a game where the ‘Cats came out flat from the tip. Read more »

13
Apr

Centennial Takes a Stand for Those Who Can’t

By Jewel Goodly – Staff Writer

For months now, Centennial High School has been preparing for the Miracle Network Dance Marathon that will be held in the Centennial gym on April 20th from 6:00-10:00pm. Students have been selling candy bars and balloons to fundraise for this event and many organizations around Champaign have made donations. To promote this party around Centennial, students even performed flash mobs.  A dance marathon is a party to celebrate the funds Centennial High School has raised for the Children’s Miracle Network.  All proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals. Read more »

13
Apr

Athlete of the Month: Grey Schultz (Baseball)

By Chelsea Cross

Grey Schultz isn’t your typical teenager. He’s not only a leader on the outfield, but a leader in the classroom. Grey is a part of Centennial’s National Honor Society which only allows students with a 3.0 GPA to enter. Grey has a GPA of 3.75, not only has he been on the Honor Roll for all three years, but, he also received MVP his freshmen year of baseball. Some of Grey’s favorite things to do in his spare time are to go to church and intern at First Christian. Grey continues to strike up quite a reputation for himself as not only being a threat in the classroom, but also on the field. Read more »

13
Apr

Senioritis

By: Connor Metcalf

There has been a disease going around at Centennial lately. One that messes with a person’s mind so horribly, and is spreading around Centennial High School like a virus is a walking dead movie. Students become zombies, going through the motions of every day. Depressed looks and urge to escape like someone nearing the end of their stay in prison. Symptoms include; shortening of attention span, frequent pains causing you to groan really loudly, anger, and in some cases unintentionally becoming more introverted. This is called senioritis, and it is taking its toll on the class of 2012 this quarter as we come closer and closer to walking the stage and being done with high school. It seems that every week less and less students are motivated to do any work at all. Even writing this article is becoming a chore as I push back writing it every single night. It is a psychological disease that eventually everyone has to deal with and here are some ways to tell if senioritis has fully hit you or someone you care for. Read more »