The Hunger Games: A Worthy Sequel that Improves on the Original

This article was written with Ruth Chung.

1Suzanne Collins’s renowned book trilogy, The Hunger Games, has gained a cult-like following throughout the years. After The Hunger Games movie was released and received such positive reviews, news of Catching Fire coming out this month sparked excitement in fans worldwide. Highly anticipated from both book and movie lovers, Catching Fire opened November 22 and quickly ranked third highest box-office title of all time. The estimated 161.1 million dollars brought in from just this first weekend shows the burgeoning anticipation since news of the movie first caught the public eye.

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Lorde’s Pure Heroine Album Review

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, also known as Lorde, is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She first signed to Universal Music at the age of 12 and began writing around age 13 or 14. She put out her first album, Pure Heroine, on September 27, 2013 in New Zealand and September 30 in the United States. Lorde is the primary writer for all her songs, along with her producer Joel Little.  Lorde says the album was “inspired by her youth and critiques of mainstream culture.”  The indie-pop album reached No. 1 in New Zealand, No. 2 in Australia, and No. 3 in the United States. Lorde has been compared to the famous artist Lana Del Rey as well as the bands Massive Attack and the XX.

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SJO Spartans Battle for State Football Championship

This upcoming Saturday, East-Central Illinois has a local team playing for the 3A state football championship. The Saint Joseph-Ogden Spartans (11-2) go to battle with the Stillman Valley Cardinals (11-2) at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium in Dekalb. Led by senior quarterback Dalton Walsh, the Spartans have steamrolled through the IHSA state playoffs thus far, beating the likes of Ashland-Chanderville Central, Monticello, Williamsville, and Greenville quite easily along the way. Continue reading SJO Spartans Battle for State Football Championship

The FTA Looks Toward the Future

The FTA is a club at Centennial High School. Also known as the Future Teachers of America, the club is run by Mr. Garcia and students interested in teaching in the future. They have only had two meetings so far, so it’s not too late to join. Everyone is welcome; the only requirement is monthly tutoring hours. At the last meeting, nominations were made for the executive board; positions include president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Continue reading The FTA Looks Toward the Future

Student of the Week: Grant Baker

Grant Baker is a senior at Centennial, and he loves to represent the school in whatever ways he can. He represents clubs, such as Student Council and Interact, where he participates in organizing activities like Homecoming and Haunted High. He has enjoyed being a leader in the student section at sporting events and is looking forward to basketball season. Recently, The Centinal was able to catch up with Baker and ask him a few questions.

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