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Posts by Mariah Schaefer


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. Read more »


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.  Read more »


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. Read more »


There is Still Time to Sign Up for AP Tests

The registration for Advanced Placement tests opened on Wednesday, March 5 and will be available until this Wednesday, March 19. Students can sign up for exams in the Freshman/Sophomore Center before and after school. Read more »


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.”  Read more »


Snow Days Affect Centennial Students

This video article was written, produced, and edited with Fernanda Schaefer.

Centennial High School has had four snow days so far, and students have been wondering how they will be affected by them at the end of the school year. Below is a video that explains how the situation will be handled. Read more »


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.   Read more »


National Honor Society Reflects on 2013 Toys for Tots

Recently, Centennial High School’s National Honor Society hosted its second annual Toys for Tots. The donations were collected during a span of twelve days, from November 18 to December 6, before and after school in the Main Lobby.  Read more »


Featured Film: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, or simply Amélie, is a 2001 French film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Nominated for five Academy Awards, the movie uniquely follows Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou), a character with a bright personality and a touching outlook on life.  Read more »


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.  Read more »