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UPCOMING CLASSES

SUCCESS OF SOCCER They made it to playoffs!

Our amazing baseball team

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See it on page 12

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End of Turcan’s time Raymond Partolan Staff Writer

assessed by graders in Moscow, Russia. Those with the highest-scored assessments pass to Round Three. Here, students must submit applications and partake in 20-minute interviews in both English and the student’s native language. In Turcan’s case, his native language is Romanian. Finally, candidates partake in a group activity either in Russian or the local language in groups of four to six. This assesses how candidates interact with their peers. Approximately 15% of all applicants make it to round three. Finally, after at least two evaluators review every FLEX application, about 1,200 finalists are ultimately selected to study in the United States for an entire school year. Turcan, a junior at Central High School, 17 years old, will be departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on May 26, 2010. As his time in the United States of America comes to a close, he reflects back on his experience. “I am so glad that I came to America. It’s been a great experience for me. My favorite part has been the mentality and attitude of the people.” Still, it has not been all great. “My least favorite part was the fact that I have a specified date of when I am leaving. It leaves me still feeling like a visitor.” When asked if he had a favorite moment that he would like to share, his response was,

“Some of my moments were extremely memorable, but I will try to remember my experience as a whole. Maybe it was my first date, or meeting Jimmy Carter, or my trip to the ocean.” Turcan is involved in Key Club, Model UN, and is a key starter for the school’s playoff-making soccer team. Turcan has evolved as a person and has grown from his experience as a foreign exchange student. “It’s a great opportunity to develop as a person and as an individual. It has been a learning experience. It helped me a lot and helped me to mature.” The FLEX experience really has been a learning experience for him. “I have learned that there are always people to help you and be you r friends, even hundreds of miles away. Besides the emotional part, I learned a lot about American History and politics and just how American society works.” Turcan has thoroughly enjoyed his experience here. He has desire to come back in the future, if it is possible. “I would definitely love to come back and visit my friends, family, and teachers. Central has become my second home. I love it.” When asked about what he would recommend to students interested in studying abroad, his response was, “…to be open minded and ready for new things. The United States is no better, no worse, just different.” Finally, Turcan would like to express his gratitude to the students, faculty, and staff at Central High School for making his experience one of the best that he has ever had in his lifetime. “I would like to thank everybody for my experiences. Central gave me the best moments in America. Teachers, coaches, classmates, and all my awesome friends will always be a part of my heart. I am going to miss you all. I am happy that I know that I will always be a proud Charger. Whose house?!” Turcan will surely be missed. Studying abroad in a foreign exchange student program is a constructive experience that one will remember for a lifetime. The Central Post wishes Turcan a safe trip home and a successful life ahead.

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Dinu Turcan, a foreign exchange student at Central High School from the eastern European country of Moldova, is nearing the date of his departure from this nation. Moldova, more formally known as the Republic of Moldova, is a former Soviet Republic that is sandwiched between the nations of Romania and the Ukraine. It is considered one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe. Turcan is a student of the Department of State-headed program, “Future Leaders Exchange,” affectionately known as FLEX. According to the Department of State website, the program “encourages long-lasting peace and mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries of Eurasia. FLEX provides opportunities for high school students (ages 15-17) to spend a year in the United States, living with a host family and attending an American high school. The FLEX Program was established in 1992, under the FREEDOM Support Act.” The program is funded by Congress and is administered by the US Department of State. The selection process for the program is very rigorous. According to the Department of State website, “Participants are chosen through a multi-layered, merit-based open recruitment and selection process. The selection is based upon English ability, personality, social skills, academic achievement, and leadership potential.” The selection process consists of three rounds: Pre-Test, PreTOEFL/SLEP and Essay Test, and Applications and Interviews. The Pre-Test consists of a 16 question multiple-choice test that is primarily used to test the English language abilities of the candidate. More than 50,000 students throughout Eurasia take the pretest. Only one-third of the candidates make it to Round 2. Round 2 consists of another test of English, either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency). Students must also write three in-class essays that test a candidate’s maturity and suitability for spending an entire year abroad. According to the website, “Essay questions focus on actual situations that students may KRYSTAL GONGORA/THE CENTRAL POST confront, rather than abstract situations that may be difficult to address.” This round is LOVED BY ALL: Turcan poses for picture with fellow soccer player and friend Tobi Olagunju

News.....................2 Features................4 Viewpoints..........6 E n te r t a i n m e n t . . . . 9 Sports.................10

International News Elections in Britain, oil prices, and mass murderings Page 2

End of School and Summer Read about the the plans of students after May 23 Page 3

K’naan Get ‘rapped up with this new artist. Page 6


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NEWS

A look at the world outside these halls Interesting news from around the world

Arjun Patel News Editor

DOMESTIC The Gulf states have declared a state of emergency caused by the the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has reached the shores of wildlife reserves in Louisiana as BP tries to contain the oil that is spewing from around 5,000 ft underneath the water’s surface. British Petroleum has stated that they will do whatever they can to contain it, as the oil well could leak as much as 5,000 barrels a day of oil into Gulf. Recently, BP is going to attempt to “cap” the leak by the use of a funnel that is 40 ft tall, then connect it with a pipe, thus feeding the oil to ships on the surface of the water. Information regarding to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and why it exploded has not been found or released. The situation has leaked more than four million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico and is slowly progressing to the status of the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill which spilled more than eleven million gallons.

President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court justice to fill the upcoming vacancy of John Paul Stevens. If she is confirmed than this will be Obama’s second Supreme Court justice to be elected under his presidency, first being Sonia Sotomayor. Even though her credentials are outstanding, being the dean of Harvard law school, some are questioning her ability to handle court decisions, due to the lack of her experience in judicial cases. Proponents argue that she indeed has experience in that she has served Justice Thurgood Marshall as a clerk. President Obama nonetheless supports her quest in becoming the new Supreme Court Justice. If elected, she would become the fourth female to serve the Supreme Court. Kagan still has to win the approval of the Senate in order to serve on the Supreme Court. ASIA The trial involving the tragic deaths of over 166 people in Mumbai has come to a close, taking almost eighteen months to find the final verdict-guilty. A Pakistani national, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman was captured during the November 2008 terrorist attacks that rocked the city. He has been charged on accounts of murder, waging war against a country, and numerous others. The guilty verdict handed down included the death penalty by the method of hanging against Kasab. India blames the L-e-T, a banned terrorist organization that has a foundation in Pakistan, for halting peace talks between herself and Pakistan. Pakistan has arrested 7 members connected with the terrorist attacks, however, India states that is not sufficient. EUROPE The elections in England that started on May 6th have come to an end with no party in the clear majority. Dur-

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TOP: New prime minister of Britain, David Cameron. BOTTOM LEFT: Vice President Joe Biden, Justice Elena Kagan, and President Obama

ing the elections, the conservatives led by David Cameron obtained the most seats, however, missing the majority by a mere 19 seats. The total number of seats are 649, with the conservatives talking 307, by the Labor Party led by Gordon Brown winning 258. The Liberal-Democrats won the remaining 84 seats. These seats are vital to the conservatives as they need a clear majority to have dominant power and is demonstrated by calling forth a powersharing deal between Cameron’s party and Nick Clegg, the leader of the liberal-democrats. Both parties are trying to form a coalition with the Liberal-Democrats and the conservatives have won over the liberal-democrats. The new coalition is between Cameron and Clegg that has ended the hung parliament. On May 11th, Cameron became the Prime Minister of United Kingdom and Clegg became the Deputy Prime Minister.

Lady Chargers’ success now exposed

Awards have been coming to them from all around the country

Sulaiman Somani

Editor-in-Chief

Congressional Academy for American History and Civics. Wellesley Book Award. Paging at the Georgia Senate. Impressive achievements all awarded to three young ladies at Central. “I feel like this would be a great experience, because I like history and studying government, and the program is a mix of both,” commented junior Caroline Sapp, one of the two Georgia students selected to attend the Congressional Academy for American History and Civics. A two week program for the 100 people selected to go to D.C. for it, the program is sponsored by the US Department of Education and is completely free to the applicant. “I’ll be going to places, attending seminars, analyze the Gettysburg Address, the Declaration of Independence, and other works in great detail, and take a final exam for college credit,” remarked the enthusiastic Sapp. Finding out

about the program from Social Studies department head Stanford Brown, who also wrote her the letter of recommendation, Sapp gives most of the credit to Brown, as he was the one who informed her and her classmates about the program. Sapp leaves June 27 for D.C. Another female Charger to be recognized for her talents was Khajada Neal. On March 19, she attended the Georgia Assembly to serve as a page for the Senators. A page is sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor, and for their job, the page is rewarded with a $10 honorarium. Neal’s job included handing out important letters to the fellow politicians at work there. Owing her position to social studies department teacher Dayna Daniely, who nominated her for the position, gave her opinion on the program, remarking that “overall it was great; I met some new people.” The final acknowledgement is to a hard working sophomore

who has won the Wellesley Book Award, which is given in recognition to “outstanding young women for exceptional scholarship and distinction in other fields, qualified because of their intelligence, determination, motivation, and achievement,” commented the Wellesley website. Chalynn Hicks. “I found out about this award from my counselor, Mrs. Krakow; all I had to do was basically write an essay about my community service and extracurriculars in school. My mom also helped me through it,” commented Hicks. Hicks was rewarded with a wonderful book about the propagation of women and their individualities. These young women are just simple representations of the great Central student body and all the achievemnts everyone has received. On behalf of the Central Post, congratulations ladies. PAGING FOR NEAL: Neal at the Georgia Assembly Courtesy of Neal


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Summer Plans for CHS Students

Amber Lamaar Staff Writer

Spring Break has come and gone, now it’s time for the big break we’ve all been waiting for. We have less than a month to be in school; for some it’s the ending of high school and the start of a new beginning. For others, it’s their last year to get ready for college. This summer is a break for some and a job for others. “We really needed that break during the spring,” said Brittany Jackson. “But the summer break is much needed.” Over Spring Break some students went away but others just simply stayed right here at home. “I went to Myrtle Beach because we wanted to go to a beach, it had been a while,” said Lauren Wright. “We went to Daytona Beach to get away, out of Georgia,” said Christyn Hicks. This summer alot of students will be participating in the Workforce Development Program. Where the

students are assigned to work sites and earn some extra money in the summer time. “I’ve been apart of the program before and it helps out alot, especially with the new school year that is ahead,” said Shaprye Jolly. “It’s a great oppurtunity to earn some extra money.” The summer is full of a lot of activities and opportunities. One of Central’s own French studnet is taking a trip to Paris. “I’m so excited,” said Caroline Sapp, a french student. Along with Sapp will be some of Central teachers, they will visit the Cote D’Azur. The Cote D’Azur includes Nice, Eze, and Monaco some of the cities there. She’ll get to see some of the worlds most famous art, and architecture. As well as the Palace of Versailles. Also, they’ll visit museums and get to expirence the cultural life in Paris. Students Christine Okaro, and Janhvi Patel will be going back to visit their family in their home countries this summer. Christine Okaro will be going to Nigeria with her mother. Janhvi Patel will be going to Canada

to visit family, and then flying to India also. Band teaher Mr. Herron will be flying with his wife to Cape Sandblast, to spend a relaxing summer vacation away from Central students after an exhausting band camp in the last week of May. Some of Centrals band students such as Tylar Coley will be getting away also, to Orlando Florida. Susie Hedley will be going to Maryland to visit her family. During the summer the fall sports begin to practice for a productive season. “This summer we’re going to get alot accomplished,” said Brittany Davis, one of the Varsity Cheerleaders. “It’s going to be a great year to look forward to.” Even though soccer season is over, players will be preparing themselves for their next season. “In order to stay in shape, we(the soccer team) must stay active,” said Stacy Thompson, one of the Varsity Soccer players. The Macon Soccer Club host a summer soccer leauge called 6V6. Teams of six members play against each other to become champions of the league.

boldly, “if you think this class will be an easy grade, I have two letters: AP.” Harris is not sure yet if he wishes to incorporate his infamous portfolios with this new course, but he does make the disclaimer “there will be much more discussion than my other classes.” Harris stresses the fact that this is “a collective course” and “students who have taken AP statistics will have a smaller upper hand in this class because a large portion of the class involves statistics,” but he believes that if students in the class remain focused, “people will leave the course with a better understanding of themselves and other students.” This course is on a request basis and is only offered to Juniors and Seniors. In the science department, Scientific Research is also on a request basis, it is a guaranteed course next school year if it receives 15 students. Scientific research is completely a new course to Central, and science head Tina Perkins will teach it. This hopeful third block honors class will meet the states new request for four science electives. According to Perkins, this is a student-based class, mean-

ing “it will require a lot of individual research, limited lectures, and it will require students to develop their own projects.” Perkins promotes the class by exclaiming “If there is an area of Science that you are strongly interested in, then Scientific Research may offer you a way to explore sciences that are not offered at Central.” Perkins also feels that the increase in science classes required to graduate, she should add an additional science from the new course being offered, Astronomy. Central had this course a few years back, and Perkins has personally taught Astronomy for four years. She elaborates on how this class will be full of projects by naming a few. The Jet Propulsion Lab is one of her favorite labs done during this course along with a project in which students will have to design their own habitat and make it support life (this project has been dubbed the name “Mission to Mars.”) “This class can only come if there is a demand for it,” Perkins says, “If you’re interested in our solar systems farthest recesses of the galaxy, then astronomy will give you the opportunity to study the stars.”

New building first, now new classes

Milton Dean Staff Writer

Have an extra class next year? Need a social study graduation point or even a science? Luckily, Central is receiving two new classes, AP psychology and Scientific Research. AP psychology is being taught my Social Studies teacher Marquis Harris. After taking many psychology classes in high school and college, this will be Harris’ first year teaching it. “I was ready to teach something different,” exclaims Harris, “[AP psychology] will provide more social studies electives.” Since Harris will be a first year psychology teacher, one would inquire over the requirements it takes to teach such a class. “The county has its own requirements, you must be gifted certified. Since this is an AP class, I will need to attend an AP training camp.” The College Board sponsors these training camps. After receiving feedback from former students of the classes Harris has taught, the workload became a concern for most students interested in the class. “This will not be a fluff course,” Harris explains

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IEWPOINTS Brown and Proud Sulaiman Somani

Illegal Immigration

Who would you rather put in jail or deport from the United States? A heroin drug dealer who fled from across the border and now leads a rich life based upon the murders of innocent victims, competition from business, and friends, with a social security number that was acquired from illegal methods? Or rather a harmless student who migrated from his or her home country to escape unfortuity there, and in turn, is attaining a world class education from the United States and hoping to give back to the country what it gave him or her? The latter, or so I hope. Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, on the other hand, doesn’t think so . The red state of Arizona went a step towards further prejudice, the first of its magnitude for this year, by enacting an immigration law that allows the police to pull over any drivers who, for a lack of better words, look like immigrants, ask them for their immigration documentation, and detain the victim if those items are not present. Even President Obama, in a naturalization ceremony, condoned this legislation. Not only does this greater power increase the risk of further racism, but also deporting another category, if you will, of illegal immigrants who aren’t, in a sense, really illegal: those who overstayed their visas. Here, this is another issue that must be addressed. Sure, I’ll support the conservative stance that immigrants who have migrated to the country in an illegal manner do not deserve the amnesty of the US government; but there are those who came here legally, blending into American culture, making sacrifices on all ends of the spectrum so they could be Americans, and bringing diversity and aid to the American society and government. Yet, these people, who are not citizens but are definitely more patriotic than many residents of this country who waste their lives with crime and idleness, are forced to bear the label of illegal immigrants for one simple reason: because the USCIS, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, has not finished the petitions (i.e. application) for attaining a greencard. In fact, the wait on getting a greencard right now is 10-15 years, a notable factor being that last year it was 9-14, and the year before 8-13. What this alludes to is the highest level of government inefficiency: as the number of petitions increase, the USCIS fails to issue petitions to those who deserve the greencards. What I’m trying to really do here is bring to public attention an issue that our President promised to tackle right into his term in office, but has not addressed it, an issue that can cause major conflicts between the immigrant community and the conservative Americans.

Sulaiman Somani is the Editor of the Post

Congratulations to the Seniors of 2010! Mr. Logan

Sulaiman Somani, Editor-in-Chief John Bodo, Adviser Recognized as one of “The Best of the High School Press” by the NSPA Two-time Georgia Scholastic Press Association state champions Recipient of the Newspaper Association of America’s high school grant Recognized for Best Editorial Page in the state.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor,

make Central an even better place? I suggest a more active system of student government that organizes a variety of activities for the student body. High school is supposed to be a time of friendship and camaraderie. If the student council was to host student events for the entire student body, or even specific classes, people would, surely grow closer together. It is simply a suggestion. Still, Central High School is a great place and I enjoy going to school.

I applaud the success that the Central Post has had as a premier high school newspaper over the years. Furthermore, I applaud the success of Central’s award-winning mock trial team, Model UN delegation, playoff-making soccer teams, baseball team, academic team and other clubs, organizations, and teams that make Central the role-model high school that it serves as in Bibb County, as well as the region, state, and nation. Still, what can be done to

Sincerely, Raymond Partolan

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America: really about US?

Copy Editor

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VIEWPOINTS

History Channel has an attempt to teach all Americans the

true story of how their country came to be in the brand new series ‘America:

The Story Of Us’. This program has been highly advertised since early April with commercials filled of awe-striking graphics and powerful lines. One of these commercials described the show as an “epic six night event”. These teaser trailers suggested that possibly the History Channel would finally have a program about something of historical value. From the look of the trailers, the program seemed to have been intended for the stereotypical nuclear family of the 1950’s, when parents and children sat down together to watch television and later had discussions at the dinner table over what they had seen. Perhaps it was designed to ease the troubled minds of some Americans about the state of our country today by showing how our country, throughout its history, has overcome many hurdles. Regardless of the intentions of the producers behind

this series, the hype that many people had for the show quickly disappeared before the premier episode ended. Some historians and other scholars were quick to argue the validity of the information presented in the episode as well as the way it was presented. Perhaps the biggest mistake that History made was in its selection of guests that appeared throughout episodes to give their input, or point of view, on the topic being discussed. These so-called ‘experts’ included businessman Donald Trump, singer Sheryl Crow, and rapper P-Diddy. The show has also been ridiculed for skipping over many key events in United States History such as the French and Indian War and the War of 1812. It provides information on things that most of us learned in middle school, and doesn’t delve very deep into anything, largely due to the fact that it tries to cram four hundred years

of information into twelve hours of film. While this program is widely considered a heavy disappointment to the History Channel, it does present United States history in an entertaining way. It may be beneficial for children in elementary or middle school to watch this program in order to gain a rough understanding of their nation’s history, but it does not show enough scholarship to be used as a resource at the high school level or beyond. If you want to know the true history of the United States, books and television programs covering specific topics are the way to go. It is nothing more than what it claims to be, a story.

The Pacific: the othert side of the War Robert Wallen Staff Writer

World War II is considered to be the most influential war of the 20th century. Because of this, there have been numerous movies, television series, books, documentaries, and even video games. However most of these things only cover the European Theatre of war and few cover the Pacific Theatre. This is the goal of HBO’s newest miniseries “The Pacific.” “The Pacific” is directed and produced by the same team (Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks) that produced “Saving Private Ryan” and another previous HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” In contrast to “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific” follows marines instead of paratroopers and only three marines at that, unlike in “Band of Brothers” which followed a whole paratrooper company. As I said, the story revolves around three marines:

John Basilone, Bob Leckie, and Eugene Sledge. The first few episodes introduced the audience to these characters in pieces but mainly focused on the battle of Guadalcanal, where Basilone received the Medal of Honor for his actions there. The next couple of episodes dealt with Leckie and how he reacted to what he saw and did on the canal. After this, Sledge finally joins the picture as a mortar man in a misfit squad. The last few episodes have been shown to deal with the finals months of the war and all of the preparation that went into some of the later invasions such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa. This show was different that I expected because in the last two Spielberg/Hanks productions were about the camaraderie of a small squad and how they would do anything for each other. Although “The Pacific” follows three marines from the 1st Marine Division of the Marine Corps, neither of them were in the

same squad and only passed each other at distances, and that’s the way Spielberg and Hanks wanted it to be because that was how it was for the marines in the war. This is backed up because the information that Spielberg and Hanks used came from two books that Sledge wrote and the numerous letter to his girlfriend that Leckie wrote as well as accounts and records of Basilone’s actions. I have always been a fan of anything dealing with World War II because I’m a history fanatic, always have been, and anything that I can watch

about the war gets major brownie point any-

way. This series being produced all that great but everything by the same team behind “Sav- after that has been top-notch ing Private Ryan” and “Band material and I can’t wait unof Brothers,” both of which til HBO puts it on DVD.v are favorites of mine v(I have watched “Saving Private Ryan” Below: James Badge Dale as at least 5 times and all 10 hours Bob Leckie of “Band of Brothers” 6 times, yeas I like it that much) means that this miniseries gets even more brownie points. In short, I love this show and I would recommend it to anyone with an HBO subscription. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this show a 9.5. The only thing keeping this from a 10 is that the first two episodes weren’t

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If FIFA approved it, then so will you

Juston Williams Staff Writer

So last summer, I decide that my everyday rap was getting tiring. I decided to hop on Youtube and see what I can find. I started by typing in random letters in the search box looking for something new. I came across an artist named K’Naan, a rapper/ poet from Somalia. I really didn’t take interest at first, while his song “Struggla” (now my favorite song by him) was loading, I decided to do a little research on Somalia because I knew it was in Africa, I just didn’t know the exact location. As I’m listening to him talk about how not just he, but his entire country has nothing, I discover that the United States government does not recognize Somalia as a country because they do not have an official government. I was extremely upset with this discovery because I’ve personally worked with projects of aiding countries with a contested government. So as a way of doing my part (for the time being), I decide to listen to more of his music. I decided to download his mixtape “The Messengers,” a story-based mixtape showing his personal evolution from African to American music. He talks about how in his village; they primarily listened to a Nigerian artist named Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. When he came to America, he fully indulged himself in Bob Marley and a new artist (to him at the time) named Bob Dylan. This mixtape made me feel like I personally knew him, a feeling most listeners don’t get when dealing with musicians and artists. So I decide to purchase his album “Troubadour.” (I didn’t purchase “The Dusty Foot Philosopher” because I’ve listened to all of the songs online.) After submerging myself in the album, “If Rap Gets

Jealous” is the song that stood out the most. K’Naan talks about how he learned English just to relate on the same level as America. He talks about how he was just writing and how he succeeded on his own, without the help of sampled beats. He mentions this when he says “I coulda blew up if I gave Kanye half

my check...” This song portrays how K’Naan understands how far he has made it, and this is due to his hard work in the music industry. This is a song that will ring in your head for days on. My favorite song from the album is “Take a Minute” though. This song begins with a soft piano intro and the bridge to the song basically saying any person with knowledge knows that they know nothing about this world. When the first verse begins, K’Naan decides to ask for the reasoning behind most of the politi-

cal activists that had a tremedous impact on African culture. He mentions Nelson Mandela and asks how did Ghandi withstand the hunger strikes without seeking any power or money. Such questions allow the listener to take a few seconds and examine oneself about the reacts of the situations he is mentioning. K’Naan mentions how there reasoning was to give, something his mother taught, demonstrated, and drilled into his mind when he was younger. He subliminally references an influential American rap artist named Tupac when he starts one of his lines with “Dear Mama.” He mentions how being successful coming out of Somalia, he never could just do things for himself, he had to set an example for the people still in the war torn land. Listening to the tone in his voice, the listener would feel the power of the song and the emotional input he has laid into it. Just about all of K’Naan’s songs talk about his homeland. One that became a single in America is his song “ABC’s,” referencing the special war driven education children are taught in Somalia. K’Naan has worked with many famous artists since he has received his moments of fame in America, some including Keane, Nelly Furtado, and Mos Def. Normally I review a select number of songs and explain my version of the message the artist is setting forth, but K’Naan has such a strong message, and is such an influential rapper, I feel I cannot capture everything he is trying to bring to the table. I strongly suggest that you decide to indulge yourself in his music, and find out his real struggles (not the ones rapped about in American culture) and try to make a difference in Somalia so future generations of children do not have to witness the same things.

Movie review: May’s most ‘mazing movie

Zachary Ennis Staff Writer

I’ll probably get some grief for writing this review rather than one on the immense blockbuster franchise known as “Iron Man 2.” This is partially because I’m reviewing a movie entitled “How to Train Your Dragon” in addition to the fact that “Iron Man 2” is viewed as a much more masculine piece of cinema. Seeing as this is the last review of my high school career, however, I figured I should pay homage to the childhood idea that (excuse me, Dreamworks, for quoting competition) as Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” is a heartening animated tale of a boy named Hiccup. As his name implies, Hiccup is the misfit son of village leader Stoik. Living in the Viking town of Berk where dragons are commonplace creatures, Hiccup wants nothing more than to be recognized. Berk is a town where dragons run (or fly) rampant; although ordinary, the dragons are seen as vile animals that relentlessly attack the village, stealing the Vikings’ food. The brawny character of Stoik (voiced by Gerard Butler) kills numerous dragons to defend the town. However, Hiccup has fallen far from the tree. He is skinny and has an

aptitude for invention rather than brute strength. Seeking acknowledgment after being trapped in his father’s shadow, Hiccup knocks the infamous “night fury” dragon out of the sky and into the forest with a net shot from a cannon. While none of the Vikings believe him, Hiccup finds the night fury caught in the net the next day. Unable to slay it as legend says he should, he releases the night fury, which flees. Just as Hiccup realizes he doesn’t have the heart to be killing dragons, Stoik announces that he has registered Hiccup for dragon training: learning how to fight and kill dragons. Hiccup returns to the forest seeking the night fury, finding it unable to escape a steep valley due to its lack of a tail fin. After gradually earning the night fury’s trust, he fastens a prosthetic tail fin for the night fury (which he names Toothless because it has retractable teeth) that is controlled by a saddle for the rider. The plot extends from this scene. The movie’s title comes from Hiccup learning how to befriend the dragons in his training sessions rather than fight them; this knowledge is gained from Hiccup’s encounters with Toothless. The animation is top-quality. With the release of “Shrek”, Dreamworks created their own style of CG animation and this film is distinctly their product (just as Disney has done with its films such as “Chicken Little”

and “Meet the Robinsons”). This distinct style contributes to the night fury’s design. The night fury is portrayed with a cat-like nature, curious and intriguing, which makes it familiar and inviting as a character. Also contributing to the amiable quality of the night fury (and the movie as a whole) is an imaginative score by John Powell. The action scenes are riveting and serve to progress the plot as they should. Moreover, the film is laced with witty dialogue, thanks in part to the character of Gobber, village blacksmith (voiced by Craig Ferguson). What is perhaps the most refreshing element of the movie is that it does not contain any nod towards popular, present-day culture (maybe viewers have had enough of this from Dreamworks’ “Shrek” franchise) while remaining comedic and sentimental at the same time. No juvenile humor or musical numbers can be found in “How to Train Your Dragon.” Simply put, it is easy to fall in love with these characters. The film sends an encouraging message to all against prejudice and violence and reinforces the importance of being your own person. It will put a smile on your face at least once, guaranteed. As the song at the end credits says, “Open your eyes and see.”


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trey-ning camp Trey Camps

Money Can’t Buy You Everything

The 2010 Major League Baseball season has been under way for a little over a month now and has produced many headlines. One of the more intriguing of these story lines has been the Tampa Bay Rays fastest start in franchise history and currently holding the best record in the league (27-11). Even more intriguing is that the Rays play in the AL east arguably the toughest division in baseball, including the likes of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Both of these teams have a substantially higher total team payroll when compared to that of the Rays. The Yankees are the defending World Series Champions and have the highest payroll in all of baseball with a $206,738,389 payroll just for the employed players on the team. The old adage “Money can’t buy everything” obviously doesn’t seem to apply to the Bronx Bombers. This, to me, is the saddest part about Major League Baseball. The league has no salary cap and if you are not a large market team from a big city, it’s hard to stay competitive every year. These small-market teams like the Rays draft young guys who turn out to be superstars, like Carl Crawford, but only have them for a few years before these guy leave for more money in places like Boston and New York (Crawford is facing this dilemma at the end of this year as his contract is expiring). So without the salary cap limited, teams like the Yankees can basically buy their way to a championship. This is why you either love the Yankees or why you hate them. The Rays, despite all these odds, have managed to stay competitive for the last three years with a young nucleus of talent and currently lead their division by two games over the Yankees and making it to the World Series in 2008. However, this opportunity for success may be closing after this season, as the Rays have many of their key players’ contracts expiring at the end of the season and are unsure yet if they will be able to resign them. Even worse, some of these players may elect to play for more money in New York next season, which has to be a sickening thought for die-hard Rays fans. In comparison, the Rays and Yankees are very similar, except for the tremendous spike in payroll. Both have All-Star caliber hitters, great starting rotations, and improved bullpens. The Rays, however, seemed to have figured out something the Yankees have not; how to win at a reasonable price. Take for example probably the most high-profile players on each respective team. Evan Longoria of the Rays and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees are both third basemen and 2009 All-Stars. Rodriguez has been in the league substantially longer, but Longoria has arguably been the more productive of the two over the last three seasons. The biggest difference between the two is not their respective batting averages or home run totals, but their individual salaries. Rodriguez is the highest paid player in baseball making a ridiculous $33 million this year, compare that to Longoria’s $950,000 and we see the vital difference between the two teams. Rodriguez’s salary equals almost half the Rays’ entire team payroll. Underdog in this case is an understatement, the Rays are completely overwhelmed by the money of New York. So come October when the playoffs begin and the Rays and Yankees finally meet in the for a chance to go to the World Series,the entire world will hopefully see what money can’t buy.

Trey Camps is the Sports Editor

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The ICC World Cup is to be played soon amongst cricket-playing nations. This world cup is unique in that it plays a different format than the standard one that has been played over 100 years ago. This format, dubbed Twenty20, is far shorter and lasts between 2-3 hours one game opposed to the days it takes for test cricket. As the twelve nations meet in the Caribbean, they are grouped into four categories. The International Cricket Council designates two nations that are not apart of the original ten playing nations to be apart of the tournament. The tournament’s ceremonies start on the 28th of April in the West Indies and the games start on the 30th. The two spots were contested between 8 nations on February 9th-13th that include Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland, UAE and the US. The US ended up losing to Afghanistan in a thrilling game, which the latter country became the first seed, and the second spot was taken by Ireland. As the original 10 cricket playing nations play against each other, Afghanistan’s side was thought to be a wild card, however, they have been defeated by India and South Africa. Although the new side lost, this format of the game is better suited towards up-

coming nations as it is easier to play, hence, more nations trying to qualify in this format than the already well established older versions of the game. Eight teams have now qualified for the next round of the cricket world cup. These teams are rounded up into two categories apiece and face off within each other before advancing. The groups are as follows: Group E that includes South Africa, New Zealand, England, and Pakistan. The other group, Group F, includes Australia, India, Sri Lanka, and the host team, West Indies. As the favorites to win the cup, India, have lost to Australia, other teams look at it as an inspiration that they can cause an upset to other teams. If India and West Indies want to continue, they have to win all up coming games, so does New Zealand and Pakistan. Even though most matches so far have been rained out, due to the weather in the Caribbean, the competition is getting fierce as each nation looks to win the cup for their respected nation. The two teams that have made the finals are England and Australia. Australia were the favorites to win,being that England has not won a world cup for over fifty years. England went in the finals as the underdog, but prevailed and won the Twenty20 World Cup on May 16.

Update on MLB

Ben Weintraut Copy Editor

The 2010 Major League Baseball season is well underway. Preseason predictions became void as teams had to prove what they could do by winning. Many preseason favorites, such as the Boston Red Sox, have struggled in the first month of the season. Other teams who did not get respect before the season have risen up and to battle for the top slot in their division, like the San Diego Padres. This year has been full of milestones and excitement for many players. Alex Rodriguez passed Frank Robinson to become the player with the seventh most home runs in MLB history. Ubaldo Jimenez, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, threw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the 19th perfect game in MLB history. Though the Braves were considered to have perhaps the best starting pitching rotation in the National League, as well as a solid lineup, the Braves have struggled to find ways to win. They are one of three teams in the MLB that have yet to throw a shutout game. Also, as a team, they have the fifth lowest number of home runs in the majors. Many people who watch the Braves in the middle Georgia area, however, focus more on the performance of rook-

ie Jason Heyward than on the Braves as a whole. Heyward played for Henry County High School just three years ago, and earned his spot on the Braves’ starting roster this year. As a rookie, he’s done well. In his first major league swing he hit a 414 ft. threerun home run off of the Chicago Cub’s ace Carlos Zambrano. He currently has a .276 batting average, has the ninth best on-base percentage and slugging percentage in the National League, and is tied for the seventh most RBI’s in the National League. Speaking of dominating rookies, it’s almost time for the 2010 MLB Draft. The number one pick will almost surely be 17-year-old Bryce Harper, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated last year as ‘The Chosen One’. He has been called the Lebron James of baseball, the next A-Rod. Scouts love the power that Harper puts behind the ball, whether he’s blasting a 507 ft. home run at Tropicana Field or knocking a line drive into a gap for a standup double. He says he wants to play catcher, but many scouts say that he could also be used as a third baseman for some teams. Locally, people are anxious to see whether Tattnall baseball star DeAndre Smelter will be selected, or which team will select him. Some scouts think that he may even be picked in the first round. Smelter could be the first Bibb County player to ever be drafted in the first round.

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Did you know? The Central Baseball team made it to the Sweet 16 in state playoffs!

COURTESY OF EMILIE CLARKE

A tribute to the Central baseball team Trey Camps Sports Editor

The 2010 Chargers baseball team has had nothing short of a spectacular season. Finishing the regular season with a 21-2 record, with a 13-1 region record, the Chargers managed to ride a nine game winning streak to conclude the regular seas o n and finished second in the region. This outstanding finish gave the team a birth in the state playoffs and first round series in which they would host at Charger Field. The final days of the regular season came to a close and it became apparent that the Chargers would host the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes in the first round. Set to play a double-header, Fitzgerald rolled in from Tifton about an hour before game time. Senior Kelcey Butts got the call for the Chargers as the starting pitcher for Game 1 and pitched one his best games of the year striking out twelve Fitzgerald batters on the way to securing a Game 1 win for Central. Butts was not the only star of the first game as every starter had at least one

hit as the Chargers’ offense lit fire and produced fourteen runs in the 14-4 rout of Fitzgerald. Game 2 was a complete turn of fortunes for both teams, Fitzgerald sparked hit after hit, while the Chargers did not help their own cause with several errors in the early innings of the game. Emmanuel Carter led off the top

o f the first inning with a two-run homerun, but that was about the only offense the Chargers were able to rally for Game 2. “We were just not putting the ball in play as well as we did in the first (game) and when we did t h e y just weren’t falling in for hits” commented Tim Scott on the frustrations of the sec-

ond game. With the loss the series was tied and everything was on the line for Game 3. Because of scheduling conflicts Game 3 was played Saturday, May 8th, two days after the Thursday double-header. After throwing 65 pitches in the Game 1 win Butts again took the mound in a gutsy call by Coach Wayne Holleman. “I just told him to go out there and go as long as he could” said Holleman on his decision. Butts gave another solid performance lasting six innings and giving up five runs, only four of which were earned. The Chargers’ bats took a little while to get going trailing 1-0 through three innings, but managed to find a groove and tie the score. The game went back and forth until the bottom of the fifth inning, with the scored two, the tied at ploded Chargers extook the for four runs and 6-2 lead. In the top of the

next inwas ina

ning, the game momentarily terrupted, as Fitzgerald player was ejected for

slidi n g needlessly hard into Butts on a play at the plate. T h e Fitzgera l d crowd w a s irate, as the Head Coach trotted on to the field to get the reason why his player had been ejected. Amidst the commotion,

the Fitzgerald Head Coach was also ejected for arguing the call. Order was finally restored about twenty minutes later and play resumed. Fitzgerald seemed to thrive off the controversy as they responded with three runs of there own, bring the score to 6-5. After not scoring in the bottom of the inning, the Chargers took the field with Scott on the mound looking to secure the victory. After walking the first batter and giving up a hit, Scott managed to get a strikeout and two ground balls to get the save and more importantly to vault the Central Chargers into the Sweet Sixteen of the 2010 State Playoffs. The Chargers recently traveled to Appling County to face the Pirates, who were ranked 4th in the state, in the second round of the state playoffs. The Chargers lost the series and ended the season 23-5. “It was still a great season and I am so proud of our team, no one thought we could do what we did, but we stayed together and played great” said Coach Holleman on the very successful season. MIDDLE: Catcher Trey Camps takes a cut against Fitzgerald RIGHT: David Moses sprints to third base

TheCentral play-off making soccer team, CFC Futbol Club finishes off with a great season overall Casey Baker

Staff Writer

Both of Central’s soccer teams made it to playoffs, which is quite an accomplishment for Central. “Captain Burgess Brown did great this year, bringing us closer together as a team is what we really needed,” says Whaj Khan, Junior. “I was extremely pleased with this years results, and I feel we could have beat the state playoff team.” Brown always told the team “not to accept their victory, and reflect on the game, and how to improve as a team, and individually.” This statement made the team work even harder, and fight for their wins this season. “With such an interesting, diverse, group of people, we are a hard group

to handle, says Tobi Olagunju, Junior. “I applaud Coach Jones for his patience and hard work. He will be missed, and we look forward to welcoming the new coach that will be replacing him.” “This is a great program, led by great people,” said junior Juston Wlliams. “It is definitely a weight loss program, and is a team building, communication building, leadership building sport.” Willaims encourages any players to come tryout this coming year, and to ask about the summer programs. “This years captains were so nice, and very helpful,” says freshman Seir Fuller. “I look up to all the upperclassmen for help, and ways to improve as a soccer player. “I am very proud of

this years season, and I am looking forward to the progression we make next year as a team,” says freshman Dylan Floyd. “I think the team did exceptionally well this year, and I think with the strength of the underclassmen that the team will be very successful next year,” says Senior Katy Newcomer. “I enjoy being a leader, and enjoyed helping bring this team this far. I also enjoy working with coach Jackson, because he is such an amazing coach, friend, and leader.” Centrals Soccer banquet will be held on Monday May 17th, at the Cox Capitol Theatre located in downtown Macon.

SMILE!: Junior Tobi Olagunju chases a ball in a game against RutALL PHOTOS BY KRYSTAL GONGORA/THE CENTRAL POST

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