Remembering Kristopher Heleine

Centennial has been saddened with the news of former student Kristopher Heleine’s death. Kristopher, age 20, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Heleine battled with a morpheme syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that tears apart the connective tissue around bones. This caused Heleine a great deal of pain. Senior Alex Pryde-Wait said “There wasn’t a day that Kris didn’t feel pain, but everytime you saw him, he had a smile from ear to ear”. This kind of optimistic attitude Heleine showed was inspiring. Many students who knew Heleine, also agreed that Heleine was very optimistic, living each day to the fullest.

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Centennial Budgeting: How does the school spend our money?

Co-authored by Austin Westray

In the midst of seasons changing and the extreme sporadic weather of Champaign, it has made Centennial either the Sahara desert, or the Antarctic, with not much in between. Even in the first month of school, students have went from feeling like they were going to pass out from a combination of humidity, hotness, and general body odor lurking in the hallways, to feeling like walking ice cubes – possibly catching hypothermia or mild frostbite. This has everything to do with Centennial’s inefficient air conditioning system and it has left students irritated, uncomfortable, and very, very chilly.

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Student of the Week: Michael Braverman

Chargers senior, Michael Braverman,  finished in the top six as Centennial won the Champaign County Invitational last Tuesday and also won medalist honors at the Danville Viking Invitational in a second-place team finish for the Chargers last Friday. Braverman shot a 1-under-par 71 for the win. Not only is Braverman this week Student of the Week for The Centinal but he was also the Athlete of the Week last week for the News-Gazette.

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Football: Centennial vs Central


This past Friday Tommy Stewart Field hosted a clash of the top two teams in the Big 12 Conference. In a weird game when the home team was actually away and the away team was home the visiting Centennial came out on top 40-14. “I’m happy for our community that both teams are 3-0. It’s good for football in Champaign. It should be a great atmosphere”, said Nate Albaugh the coach for Central in a pre-game interview. As I interviewed both coaches it was pretty clear that Albaugh and Coach Mike McDonnell looked at this game in two totally different perspectives.

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Volleyball Digs Deep

“With an all new coaching staff and a new style of play, we are looking forward to a successful volleyball season,” says head coach Alan Newman.  Volleyball had tryouts this summer in late August.  From tryouts until the first day of school volleyball participated in 3 practices a day.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually game days for the Chargers with Freshman at 5, JV at 6, and Varsity closing out the night at 7.

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Charger Spotlight: Student Council

Do you want to be involved and a part of school activities? Participate and exchanging ideas to help improve our school? Do you like to lead others? Most importantly, do you like free donuts every week? Well then you should definitely consider joining student council! It’s a great way communicating with fellow students and socializing. Junior student Nick Finke says, “The best part of being a part of student council is that you get to coordinate school activities with your peers making it surprisingly really fun.”

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Do you buy a yearbook every year? If you do, this article pertains to you. If you don’t, maybe you might want to after you read this article.

First off, yearbook is a class. Not a club, not an activity, but a class. It’s too late to sign up for this year but hey, never too early for next year. That is unless you’re a senior. In order to sign up, you have to put it on your schedule, talk to Lindsay Green, the teacher for the class, and your counselor. Then just fill out an application form.

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Charger Spotlight: C-U Scholars

“The best part of being a CU Scholar is meeting new people while volunteering for my community”,  says Sophomore Conner Hemming. Champaign-Urbana scholars is a great opportunity for high school students to get out and be involved in their communities. Students can get involved with the C-U scholar’s organization by signing up at registration before every new school year.

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