Champaign Central Chronicle

Issue # 4 - December 15, 2021

Holiday Special!

In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, here's a collection of holiday centered articles for your enjoyment!

Recap of Marvel 2021

If you’re a fan of Marvel and have been closely following the MCU, then you must be aware of how much of a treat this year has been. During the first half of the year, there were series that followed the stories of characters we were filled with curiosity for after the events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). While beginning mid-year were much-anticipated movie releases as well as more series to relish. This article will celebrate the incredible entertainment released by Marvel in 2021, but also will share my (and our peers’) opinions regarding each of the eight thus far. And don’t worry: there are NO (major) 2021 spoilers ahead!

Student Experience of Lockdown

Talk to four different students and you’ll get four different stories of what it felt like to be at Champaign Central High School on the 3rd of December, 2021.

Here are the facts that we know: the threat of a gun appeared (during one of the numerous fights that day) in Seely Hall after 5th hour on Friday, December 3rd. Students at the scene fled the building while 911 was called as a lockdown came into session. Two emails were sent from Unit 4 and Principal Williams as police officers checked the building. The lockdown was then lifted around 1:40 later that afternoon.

Yet this is simply the bird’s eye view, and it is important to hear of students’ personal experiences of the events that took place that day.

Homecoming

Typically Central’s homecoming happens in September, with a week of spirit days leading up to a homecoming football game and dance. However this year the homecoming dance was moved to December 11th, with Central’s Football team’s season being long over, the boys varsity basketball team held a homecoming game at 7:30 December 10th in Combes gym.

Chapter 5 of Julia Hopkins’s Serialized Novel:

Lady in Waiting

The Chronicle is proud to present the third chapter of sophomore Julia Hopkins’s serial novel, Lady in Waiting.

A serial novel is a work of fiction that is published in sequential pieces called “installments”. This is how Charles Dickens (Great Expectations), Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes stories), and Willa Cather (The Woman in White), published some of their most famous works.

If you’ve been reading along with us, jump back into Chapter 5! If you are new to this world, you can check out previous chapters in the Features Section.

No Safe Place

Friday, December 3, 2021, a day like any other quickly turned sinister, and while all of my white friends quickly found solitude in police presence, I dealt with immense fear and anxiety. During the height of the Black Lives Matter Movement, I saw men and women being beaten and murdered constantly as those videos were posted and reshared by people it didn’t directly affect. Those people's well-intentioned posts caused me extreme anxiety and stress so much that I had to take a break from social media as a whole.