Centennial Girls Lacrosse Succumbs to Glenelg

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

The Centennial Lady Eagles lacrosse team played the Glenelg Gladiators Thursday, April 30. The Eagles lost 12-5 in a game cut short because of inclement weather. Centennial’s five goals were scored by sophomore Laurie Bracey (3), senior Olivia Canby (1), and senior Martha Hutzell (1).

The Eagles honored their seniors at Senior Night. They recognized their senior players: captain Olivia Canby, Anna Consentino, Martha Hutzell, and Emila Uribe, as well as their managers Dani Wilson and Ashley Oliver.

The Eagles will move on to the MPSSAA playoffs.

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23rd Annual Student Learning Conference

Words: Chy Murali

On April 20, Howard County Public School System’s G/T Education Program and High School G/T Resource Teachers sponsored the 23rd Annual Student Learning Conference (SLC) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
The event began with keynote speaker, Terry Eberhardt, the Instructional Facilitator for Music with the Howard County Public School System. Students then attended four 25-minute sessions to hear about the research Howard County high schoolers did on various topics. Following lunch, a fine arts performance showcased many talents of several individuals. Among those from Centennial were Amanda Krew, Stephanie Crispell and Lekha Tantry. 
Junior Hali Kim, a member of the Student Executive Committee, helped in decorating the event. In addition, she also was a MC for the fine arts performance along with Centennial junior Barry Plunkett. Kim has been a part of the GT Intern/Mentor Program for two years and will be interning at the Howard County General Hospital during her senior year. Kim says that the program can be one of the best experiences of high school. “The GT program allows students to pursue or discover what they are truly passionate about.”
Michelle Bagley, the Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher at Centennial, has been a part of the SLC for the past 18 years. Bagley is in charge of the performing arts session and has to help organize the student presenters. Though hectic, she reflects positively upon it. Bagley said, “I enjoy the student comments on their experiences that day.”
Kim says that she is proud that the event was run smoothly, “I did enjoy my day at the conference- mainly because I was proud to see the results of the hours of effort that the SEC and I put in to plan the conference.”
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Centennial Boys’ Lacrosse Falls to Hebron

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

The Centennial Eagles Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team faced their rivals, the Hebron Vikings, on Friday, April 24. The Eagles came up short and lost the game 9-3.

Freshman Jeremy Wilson scored the first two goals, while senior Justin Rottman scored the final goal for Centennial. Junior goalie Jason Simpson, had four great saves within a minute and Corey Grable, a senior, showed his stick skills by beating the Hebron midfield multiple times throughout the game.

At half time, six Centennial alumni were honored for their athletic achievements. One of the six honored was Centennial’s hero Zach Lederer. After all six were announced and celebrated, the alumni and the fans honored Zach by “Zaching”.

The Boys’ next game is Tuesday, April 28, at home against Hammond.

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Music Arts Take a Trip to Virginia Beach

Words: Nicholas Klein

During the weekend of April 10 through April 12, the orchestra, band and choral groups at Centennial High School took a weekend trip to Virginia Beach to participate in a spring music festival. Almost every student in an orchestra, band or choir took the long coach bus journey to the beach.

Jessica Cummings, the choral director, Allen Leung, the orchestral director, and David Matchim, the band director, all supervised the trip to Virginia. All music groups from Centennial High School competed and performed at the spring festival. For the duration of the trip, the students and staff stayed in a hotel.

The various music groups from CHS won first place Orchestra, first place Concert Band, first place Concert Choir, overall concert band, and overall orchestra. In addition to these prestigious awards, Jesse Kinstler won the award of best vocal soloist.

“Camaraderie was very high on the trip,” said Allen Leung. “The trip wasn’t about the things we do or the awards we win, but about the friends that we are with. The students had a lot of fun on the bus rides because they were with their friends playing games and talking with each other.”

Congratulations to all members of the Orchestra, Band, and Choir!

It’s Academic

Words: Madhu Lal

The sophomore and freshman group within the It’s Academic team, team A, participated in the Johns Hopkins NAQT Tournament on Sunday, April 19. Team A consisted of sophomores, Rohan Laljani (captain), Sahil Saini, Steen Alme, and Jakob Boeye. In a 16 team tournament, team A came in 2nd place, losing to Richard Montgomery, a team composed of upperclassmen. Team A, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, is now the third team to qualify for the NAQT Nationals, held in Chicago. Team A also defeated the Varsity teams of River Hill, George Mason, Annapolis, Walt Whitman, and Easton high school.

In addition to Team A’s victories, Centennial’s B team, consisting of sophomore, Aidan Newell, William He (captain), Bryce Plunkett and Fayyaz Zaidi. Team B came in 4th in the tournament, behind George Mason. Both the A and B teams qualified for the PACE National Tournament held in Reston, Virginia in June. Centennial’s academic team has qualified 4 teams for PACE National tournament. Individual accolades are not yet available.

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Hafets Receives Education Award

Words: Miranda Mason

Centennial Principal Claire Hafets received The Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award during a surprise ceremony on Thursday, April 9. Hafets was greeted with applause as she walked into the Media Center for what she expected to be a Student of the Month event; instead, students and staff gathered to cheer on their principal as she was awarded with gifts, accolades and opportunities.

In addition to the award itself, Hafets received a signed letter from the Superintendent of Schools and the portfolio the Centennial community put together for her nomination. Hafets will also have the opportunity to join a cohort group of distinguished leaders throughout Maryland and Virginia, and as a recognition of Centennial’s success under Hafets’ leadership, the school will receive new technology within the year.

“I feel very fortunate to be part of this community,” said Hafets to the audience of students and staff that came to cheer her on as she was given the award. “None of this would have been possible without you.”

According to the nomination form, recipients of the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award must be principals who are committed to their schools and their students, both in fostering creativity and working to help them succeed. The form also lists several traits the award committee looks for in a recipient, and members of the Howard County community mentioned many of those traits when they were asked about Hafets’ work as Centennial’s principal.

“She is the biggest advocate I’ve ever seen for Centennial High School,” said David Bruzga, the director of high schools for Howard County. “She’s brought outstanding energy to the school, and she’s helping continue its commitment to excellence.”

“I have known Mrs. Hafets of a number of years, and I have always been impressed with the passion she brings to the position,” said Howard County Public School System Chief of Staff Sue Mascaro, who was part of the team that presented Hafets with the award. “She does an excellent job inspiring students to achieve. It’s no surprise that under her leadership in 2014 Centennial High was recognized as the top high school in the state.”

Hafets will be featured as a recipient of the award in The Washington Post, and she will also be honored at a formal award ceremony in May.

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Ally Week

Words: Shalini Malhotra

From April 7 to April 10, Centennial celebrated Ally Week as a way to encourage students to join together against the harassment and bullying of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the LGBT community as well as to create an environment that which promotes acceptance schoolwide. The week is associated with The Day Of Silence, which was organized by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that aims to influence a positive change in schools regarding queer students. Centennial High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) has adopted the week as a tradition for several years.

Throughout the week, students and staff members at the school were encouraged to participate in different activities. On April 7, there was a “Why I’m an Ally” banner displayed in the cafeteria. The following days held events such as Rainbow Day, where people wore rainbow colors to exhibit the pride the queer community had in their movement, and a day encouraging teachers to involve LGBT topics into their lessons.

Each event led up to the final and most significant event at the end of the week, the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a form of non-violent protesting to illustrate the silencing done to members of the LGBT community. Students participating vow to silence themselves to foster classmates and schools to address the problem of harassment and bullying.

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