Winter Writing Contest

Centennial’s Creative Writing Club is having a winter writing contest. In your submission, you have to include one or more of the following phrases: “Now is the winter of our discontent”, “Winter dawn is the color of metal”, “From caves of ice and fields of snow the breath of night like death did flow”, and “In winter, fire is beautiful”. Three prizes will be awarded with the first place winner receiving ten dollars. They will be giving prizes for best poem, best short story or novel excerpt, and best use of all four phrases. To be entered into this contest submit your writing by Wednesday, December 12 to If you have any questions or comments, please see Ms. Green in room 226. Good luck! Continue reading Winter Writing Contest

NFL Recap: Week 12

The twelfth week of the NFL season started on Thursday, November 22nd, which was also Thanksgiving. Since 1933, it has been a tradition for NFL football to be played on Thanksgiving, which was started by the Detroit Lions (formerly the Portsmouth Spartans). Every year the Lions and the Dallas Cowboys play on Thanksgiving, although they do not play against each other. There is also one other game played, but this varies by year. This year’s games were the Houston Texans @ the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins @ the Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots @ the New York Jets. Continue reading NFL Recap: Week 12

African American Culture Club Update

If you want to show off your talents and what you’ve got, then try out for the African American Culture Club talent show at Centennial High School this year.  Tryouts will be held December 12th in the IMC.  The theme is Hollywood, so come dressed to impress!  Please contact Ms. Almeda Wright, Mervelline Aflata, Brianna McCoy, or Reo Williams with any other questions and concerns.

NHS: Toys for Tots

Centennial’s National Honor Society is collecting new toys from Centennial students for children for the holidays. Toys are being collected in the main lobby both before and after school. Toys are being collected until December 7th. If you are interested in bringing in toys, please make sure they are new. It is a great cause, and you can help bring a smile to a child’s face over the holidays!

Student Author Enters the Literary World

Lauren Burnham started writing what would eventually become Looks of an Angel during eighth grade.  She left it behind when she went to Centennial, but came back to work on the book during her sophomore year.  Burnham finished the novel during her junior year.  She was able to do this by having a creative writing  independent study course with  Lindsay Green for one period every day.  It allowed her to have a bit of time set apart to just write and later, edit until she finally was happy with the end result.  As a senior, she book was officially published on October 31, but did not become available until a bit later at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  Next year, Burnham will attend Bradley University and continue her writing as a hobby.  When she is not writing or hanging out with friends and family, she can be found with her two cats or here. Continue reading Student Author Enters the Literary World

Centennial Basketball: Get’cha Head in the Game

Both the boys and girls basketball teams have a lot of potential this year, especially because they both have six returning seniors. The girls started off the year in the Blue Star Country Classic where they tied for first with a record of 4-1. The boys started their season off with a 3-2 record. The Lady Chargers have their first home game and first conference game tonight against the Normal Community Ironmen. The junior varsity game starts at 6:00 P.M., and the varsity game will start around 7:30 P.M. The boys also play Normal Community on Friday night. The junior varsity is at 6:00 P.M., and the varsity is at 7:30 P.M. Come out and support the Chargers!

Staff Member of the Month: Mr. Hooper

Jay Hooper has been an excellent math teacher for seven years. He teaches AP statistics, AP calculus AB, algebra 2, and regular dual credit statistics.  He knows exactly what he’s talking about and is very helpful in the classroom. He keeps the classroom environment fun yet productive.   Hooper excels at providing students with lots of work to keep busy with, but adds fun projects and activities to the classroom to keep his classes excited about math.  Hooper’s willingness to help each and every student is the reason why he is The Centinal’s staff member of the month. Continue reading Staff Member of the Month: Mr. Hooper