All posts by Samantha Hayek

Samantha is a junior at Centennial High School. This is her first year as a journalist for the Centinal. Live simply, laugh often, love deeply.

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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Perfect Activities To Do in Fall

Now with the heat gone, we can start our favorite fall activities! If you live in Champaign, you know how good this season is.

One of the town’s favorites is our own Curtis Apple Orchard. It is a family owned business that started in the summer of 1977. You can do many things, like picking apples and pumpkins, feeding the goats, riding the horses, and playing in the barn. They are known for their mostly organic apple cider and produce, and not mention their delicious cinnamon-sugar or glazed donuts, apple cinnamon fritters, apple, cherry, and peach pies, and blackberry cobbler. Brent Bagniefski, a Centennial math teacher, said “I’ve never been there, but I want to because I’ve only heard good things.” Continue reading Perfect Activities To Do in Fall