Tag: Julia Stitely

INTERVIEW: One-on-One with Editor in Chief Meghan Moore

Words: Julia Stitely

As the school year comes to a close, the Journalism team says goodbye to many faces including the Editor-In-Chief, Meghan Moore. The torch is being passed to junior Maddie Wirebach. In this video, Wirebach asks Moore about her experiences in Journalism and her hopes when she leaves.

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Avengers: Infinity War Rises

Words: Julia Stitely

After going strong for ten years, Marvel has released their most anticipated movie yet. Avengers: Infinity War broke the record as the highest box office opening in movie history. The film brings at least 80 characters together to beat the optimum villain. Now, do they make it work?

The story of Infinity War gives us the ultimate battle of heroes coming together. What the movie strives is bringing characters that haven’t been together and pairs them up. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) are the leaders of one group, where their egos make for great dialogue and chemistry. Another group is the Guardians with Thor, which also creates great scenes. The ending of the film will leave you breathless.

The movie has a star studded cast and shows the best of their abilities. The most notable is Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, who usually is comedic, but in this film, is given even more emotional scenes. One emotional scene even displays the young talent of Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Josh Brolin as Thanos, is the best villain in Marvel history. Not only is he the most powerful, but he has emotions. His facial expressions show that even though he might be a Titan, he has human emotions.

Besides the characters, the action scenes in this movie are absolutely amazing. Infinity War uses the camera to their advantage and provide us a full view of the climactic battles.

Infinity War won’t be the last of the Marvel films, but it will be one of the best. With the new added emotion and the same Marvel flair, it will keep the audience on the edge of their seats even after the credits and after walking out of the theater. So, bring your tissues and grab a seat at the next screening of Avengers: Infinity War.

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Ready Player One Puts Spielberg Back in the Game

Words: Julia Stitly

The film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling novel, Ready Player One, has finally hit the big screen. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, brings the future of virtual reality. The movie follows Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, who like the rest of the world, is on a treasure hunt to find the golden egg of James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. With the help of his friends, Wade tries to stop the evil corporation, IOI, from finding the prize before they do.

Visually pleasing, the film has beautiful visuals, and the world of the OASIS is breathtaking. But making the virtual world entertaining can cause the audience to loss interest in the real world, which is impoverished and struggling, so people escape to the OASIS.  Even though the cast give all around solid performances, the characters, for Spielberg, are kind of bland and not as memorable. The most notable is Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, Nolan Sorrento, who tries with what he has, but doesn’t command fear. His sidekick, played by Hannah John-Kamen, gives a comedic performance even though she is supposed to be feared.

Overall, Ready Player One has flaws, but makes up for it with a fun adventure. If you can, snag a ticket for a screening of Ready Player One on the biggest screen possible.

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Centennial Brightens Up Hallways with Inspire Murals [VIDEO]

Words: Maggie Ju/ Photos: Zach Grable/ Video: Julia Stitely

In the few days preceding spring break, clusters of New Forms art students could be seen painting colorful murals on the walls. Bearing inspiring messages, their work brightens the high-stress environment Centennial students are accustomed to.

The project had been scheduled to begin on March 22, but due to school cancellations, it was postponed until March 27.

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Centennial Students Participate in Nationwide Walkout

Words: Maddie Wirebach / Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

This morning at 10:00 am, Centennial students participated in the nationwide walkout for gun reform.

Braving the bitter temperatures, students held up homemade signs with cries for policy change for seventeen minutes, one minute for each victim in the shooting in Parkland, FL. Sophomore Julia Stitely displayed her support for gun reform with her sign, reading “How many lives have to be lost for you to listen?”

Another sign read, “Fear has no place in our schools.”

Senior Sophie Lovering, who helped make the walkout possible for Centennial students, was very pleased with how things worked out.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. All of the students who decided to participate were respectful, understood the purpose of the walkout, and returned to class in a timely manner,” said Lovering.

Lovering encouraged the students participating to utilize the power of social media to show their support.

“I know that the pictures/videos taken and conversations started will effectively communicate our pro gun-control message to the local, and hopefully national, community.”

Harshitha Sayini, a junior, admired the power in each poster.

“It was nice to see all the posters made by students encouraging gun reform.”

Sophomore Yousif Omer led a powerful chant, reassuring students that they matter, and so do their opinions.

Flyers were handed out detailing the student-organized trip to the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, in Washington D.C.

 

For more information about the planning of the event, read here: https://chswingspan.com/2018/03/12/lovering-plans-chs-backed-walkout/

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Blockbuster Black Panther Crushes Box Office Records

Words: Julia Stitely and Lien Hoang

        Before Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther is one of the Marvel movies premiering this year. Already gaining praise from its stunning visuals and the wonderful energy, Black Panther is already top of the box office. The movie showcases a rare representation for African Americans in the entertainment business with the majority of its cast being black.      

        Black Panther is easy to follow due to it being an origin story. With his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, we barely knew anything about the Panther himself, T’Challa, and where he came from. The story of Black Panther is set in the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. In this hidden society, the future king, T’Challa, faces several challenges including a rising competitor for the throne. The strength backing up the community derives from an extraordinary metal called Vibranium, the material of Captain America’s shield.

        Now, what really makes Black Panther is the African-American cast and production team. The team includes director of Creed, Ryan Coogler, head of the beautiful costume design, Ruth E. Carter, and many others. Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa, giving him more background and passion. Although the villain usually acts as an evil character for the hero to defeat, the audience can sympathize with Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, and the reasons behind his actions. The idea behind his cause is sensible, but his way of carrying out his plans is questionable. The new additions of Letitia Wright as his sister, Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as the caring Nakia, and Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, are fresh displays of female empowerment. It is seen through amazing fight scenes and women holding high positions of power. In fact, the king’s right hand man, in this case woman, is the head general Okoye.

        Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a force to be reckoned with. The different outfits the people wear are so colorful and great to look at. In addition to that, the landscape is beautiful to view in the background. Black Panther depicts unimaginable technology and it stands out from other movies, hopefully inspiring many others to come.

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Lady Bird Flies

Words: Julia Stitely

When Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was released last year, it captured the hearts of many. For a while, it was the best reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes ever. Why the positive feedback?

Lady Bird’s uniqueness comes from the essence of the real life in it. Young and old relate to the film’s characters and story, which makes it unique with other Best Motion Picture contenders. Even if the story focuses on a young female with the name of Lady Bird, growing up in the year of 2002, it makes many see themselves in the character.

Lady Bird, portrayed well by Saoirse Ronan, is going through the same issues many teens are going through today. She deals with college, friends, family, first love, and her acceptance in the world. These issues also remind many adults of what they dealt with during their teenage adolescence.

The mother character, played beautifully by Laurie Metcalf, also can relate to the parents and relate with the challenges of being an adult, including the challenges of finance and parenting.

Teen movies have been around since their popularity sprouted with John Hughes’s movies back in the 1980’s. What makes this film so special above the rest? With teen films, all they focus on is on the teens. They just focus on high school and focus on being young. Lady Bird focuses not just on her, but also how she may feel about adult problems. It isn’t a love story between her and a boy; it is a love story between a mother and daughter.

Teenagers and adults can relate to Lady Bird because it tells the meaningful and true story of life and growing up. With brilliant performances by the entire cast and dialogue that is both real and sobering, the movie stands on its own.

You can see Lady Bird at AMC, but if you’re under the age of 18, you will have to see it with an adult due to its R Rating.

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