This article was written with Faith A. Middleton.
Centennial High School students have been accustomed to the regular letter grading system for years, so when Standards Based Grading was put into practice, the idea seemed strange to many. The introduction of the grading system raised a few questions that are now, a few months after its introduction, being answered. Adjustment to this new policy takes time, but hopes that the policy will help students strive fuel Centennial to continue investing in it. Read more
The University of Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team are the 2012 Maui Invitational champions. The Maui Invite is a short, three day tournament of the early college basketball season. The schools that participated in this year’s tournament were the #9 North Carolina Tar Heels, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, Marquette Golden Eagles, Butler Bulldogs, Southern California Trojans, Illinois Fighting Illini and the host school, Chaminade Silver Swords, who is a Division II school. The first game for the Illini was against the Trojans where they beat them 94-64. The second game was against the Silver Swords where they won again 84-61. In the finals, they faced Butler winning 78-61 to win their first ever Maui Invite. Point guard, Brandon Paul, was MVP of the tournament. Read more
Michael Finke is the next big thing in D1 basketball. He represents Centennial proud with his hard work and focus on the court and in the classroom. He has learned how to fully commit himself to school and athletics and shine in both, which is why he was chosen as student of the week. He is on the school’s varsity basketball team and also participates in club basketball for the Peoria Irish during the spring and summer. When he’s not on the court or at school, you are most likely to find him at First Christian Church. There he is involved in small groups, and also finds time in his busy schedule to intern. He makes time for the things important to him and knows what it takes to make it big. With his dedication and the help of his supportive family, Michael will be one of the biggest stars Centennial has ever had. Read more