All posts by Mariah Schaefer

Mariah Schaefer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Centinal (along with Faith Middleton and Hana Hong). This is her second year on the staff, and she has previously occupied the position of Entertainment Editor. Mariah is a senior at Centennial High School.

Teachers Reflect on Having to Say Goodbye to Seniors

The end of the school year is approaching for the seniors, as their last day of class is Wednesday, May 21. That day, they will be leaving behind not only their classmates, friends, and an accumulation of four years of memories and knowledge but also the teachers who played a big part in their learning. Every year, teachers see their senior students move on from high school to another part of their journey, and saying goodbye evokes many different emotions. Continue reading Teachers Reflect on Having to Say Goodbye to Seniors

16th Annual Ebertfest: Actor Patton Oswalt Presents 2011 Movie Young Adult

The 16th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (also known as Ebertfest) took place at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign from April 23 to April 27, 2014. On Thursday, April 24, Young Adult was shown at 9 pm, and actor Patton Oswalt was there to introduce the movie and answer questions after the showing.  Continue reading 16th Annual Ebertfest: Actor Patton Oswalt Presents 2011 Movie Young Adult

The Eric Show Features Centennial Artwork

The fifth annual Eric Show held its opening ceremony on Friday, March 14 at the Illini Union. Twenty-two Centennial students had artwork featured in the show. Senior Rachel Chung received an honorable mention for her drawing. Below is a list of all the students who participated and a slideshow of their artwork.  The show will be open to the public through March 28th. Continue reading The Eric Show Features Centennial Artwork

Crowd Shows Up at University of Illinois’s Quad in Anticipation for Ellen DeGeneres’s Big Surprise

This article was written with Fernanda Schaefer.

On Sunday, February 23, Ellen DeGeneres, the host of The Ellen Show, tweeted, “Tomorrow, I have a big surprise for the University of Illinois. Be on the quad at 3PM CST. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.”  Continue reading Crowd Shows Up at University of Illinois’s Quad in Anticipation for Ellen DeGeneres’s Big Surprise

The Bewitching Power of Television: TV Shows Can Entertain, Inspire, and Bring People Together

For most people, it is hard to imagine life without a certain beloved television show. From hilarious, smart comedies like Community to heart-warming, underrated dramas like Parenthood, viewers have an infinite number of options to choose from when looking for the perfect show to binge watch on a Friday night. One watches two or three episodes, and then the inevitable happens: He or she gets attached.   Continue reading The Bewitching Power of Television: TV Shows Can Entertain, Inspire, and Bring People Together

Centennial Senior Launches #30DaysofThankfulness on Twitter

Thanksgiving is undoubtedly a time to give thanks for all of the things one has. For many, it is the one day of the year that they stop to think about and say what they appreciate in their lives. Destiny Norris, a senior at Centennial High School, challenged this concept by developing an initiative to post to Twitter one thing she is thankful for with the hashtag #30daysofthankfulness each day of the month of November.  Continue reading Centennial Senior Launches #30DaysofThankfulness on Twitter