Eagle Day Photos

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Sandy Eichhorn

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On May 29, 2015, Centennial students came into school for an Eagle Day. Because of graduation, the school day was shortened, and fun activities were planned. Eagle Day was split into three sessions so students could participate in a variety of activities. Outside, students played kickball, frisbee, and soccer. Inside, there was volleyball, basketball, and badminton. If you weren’t interested in sports you could play computer games in the Tech room or have quiet time in the library. If you were interested in something artistic you had the option of getting your face painted in the art room or drawing with sidewalk chalk. If you felt like relaxing on a Friday, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was playing in the auditorium. If you had a sweet tooth, the Foods class made chocolate chip cookies.

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2015 Graduates’ Advice to Rising Seniors

Words: Ashley Berry

For most people, senior year is a last “hoorah;” a year to celebrate your time at Centennial. It is also a time to plan for the future: sending in college applications, applying for jobs, enlisting in the military, etc. Although it is an important year, many seniors develop a condition know as “Senioritis.” The graduated class of 2015 has been through it all. Together, they walked the halls of Centennial through freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year. To the class of 2016 from the class of 2015, here is some wise advice:


“In general, just treasure your time with everyone around you. I know I said I couldn’t wait until senior year ended, but honestly, when it ends you will wish everything got to stay the same.”

-Amanda Ali


“For senior year, just enjoy being a kid one last [time]. Nail whatever you put your mind to, try new things, and if you’re given an opportunity, take it! Live it up!”

-Daniel Giangrandi


“The best advice I could offer is to never lose focus on your priorities, even though [during] senior year it becomes easy to. Try to maintain good habits because the year flies by, and the next thing you know you’ll be preparing to be a freshman in college. Also make the most of senior year and take advantage of the time you have with your friends because you’ll blink and it’ll be over with.”

-Anna Mitchell


“The start of senior year is rough, and you can’t go into it slacking off immediately because you still have to get into college.”

-Jordan Burk


“My advice is to have fun and remember these last few months of high school. I wish I knew how fast the year flew by.”

-Corey Grable


“My advice would be to get your college applications done early and to cherish the fun moments because the school year goes by so fast!”

-Kimmy Eads


“Start working on college applications in the summer. There’s a lot of tedious work that you can get out of the way beforehand because those deadlines come up fast. Also, enjoy every moment of senior year. Don’t skip the activities because you think you’re too cool or that no one’s going – these are moments you will never be able to get back. I wish I would have known how quickly the year goes by.”
-Giana Han


“I would say to keep an open mind and try as many new things as you can before you graduate. I’ve had some great experiences this year and they wouldn’t have been possible without an open minded attitude and my closest friends near by.”

-Meghan Kelley


“Don’t get caught up in any unnecessary drama. Just enjoy your last year at home and make the most of it.”

-Monika Buczak

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Food and Nutrition Survey

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Howard County has sent out a survey to all of its high schools. The survey asks questions based on students’ experiences with their school meals. It asks their favorite and least favorite foods as well as foods they would like added to the menu. The Food and Nutrition Survey wants to improve students’ lunches while still making sure they eat healthy school meals.

Click here to take the survey and share your thoughts on your school meals, use your school login to access the survey: http://hcpssne.ws/hsfoodnutrition

The deadline for taking the survey is June 12.

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Congratulations to Our Scouts

Words: Kelly Simmons

When most of us join various scouting groups, we can barely imagine reaching the highest level. To most of us, it seems light years away. For many, scouts used to be one of the first things dropped due to various commitments we deemed “more important”. Those who are dedicated and make the ultimate commitment are rewarded.

Centennial would like to congratulate four seniors and one junior, who were awarded the highest achievements in scouting.

Dean Fochios and Jesse Kinstler both received the Eagle Scout Award, the top award for Boy Scouts. Ashi Agrawal and Alicia Townsend received the Gold award, the top award for Girl Scouts, and Tessa Hawkins received the Gold and Silver Award for Venturing Scouts.

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A Final Farewell

Words: Giana Han

Photos: Contributions from The Wingspan team

On May 21, 2015, the Class of 2015 will leave the building for the last time as students.

It is also the day that I, Giana Han, will be officially handing over the role of Online Editor-in-Chief to Sandy Eichhorn for good. Luckily, I’m leaving it in capable hands.

This year has been an incredibly amazing year for the school, and thus for The Wingspan.  With the job of running the daily online website, the crazy schedule of school activities kept me busy, but I would say that I, and my team, profited from the experience.

From covering It’s Academic to theater productions to the State Championship, the team of Wingspan reporters have been there to connect the different parts of the community together. With all the online articles and photos passing through me, I have gotten to know the school pretty well, and I have to say, it is a school to take pride in.

So, thank you, Centennial, for putting up with typos where an “e” slipped out of Ms. Hafets’ name, for coming to us for breaking news, and for supporting us all.  I have put together photos that celebrate our final year at Centennial, and now I am signing off as caretaker of the website for the last time.

Thank you Centennial.

Pop Concert and Photos

Words: Ashley Berry

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Wednesday, May 20, Centennial High School held their annual choir Pop Concert. Students from every Centennial choir group performed various popular songs from different genres such as: Stay by Rihanna, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

Solos, duets, A Capella, small groups, and large groups made the show a night to remember. The Acafellas and C#, Centennials two A Cappella groups, sang to 21 Guns, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Geronimo; Concert Choir started the night with Bohemian Rhapsody. Madrigals ended the first act with Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Women’s Choir started the second act with My Boyfriends Back by Angels. An all freshman group, Aparajita Kazi, Moitri Kazi, Max Shen, Basilica Arockiaraj, and Minu Mandal, performed Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Soloist Stephanie Boisvert took the show in a different direction when she sang to Life of the Party, while Cece Denby danced contemporary on the stage. Montria Walker, a powerhouse singer, took on the classic I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston and earned much praise. Other soloists, Eddy Choe, Mackenzie Brandon, Cecilia Hsu, Jayla Waters, Juhl Dwivedi, Sky Betz, Jun Lee, and Jesse Kinstler sang It’s A Beautiful Day, 1901, Simple as This, Stay, Skinny Love, Warrior, Lay me Down, and Hallelujah, respectively.

The only duet of the night was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown sang by John Hunter and Montria Walker. All Centennial Choirs sang the Skyrim Theme, ending the night, along with a big ‘thank you’ to their beloved teacher, Jessica Cummings.

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It’s Academic Wins TV Super Bowl

Words: Chy Murali

On May 16, Centennial’s It’s Academic team came in first place in the It’s Academic TV Super Bowl in Washington, DC. It will air on June 27 at 7 pm on WJZTV Channel 13 and WRCTV Channel 4. The team consisted of seniors Ryan Heslin, Anant Mishra, and junior Gary Tse. Alternates included seniors Weijia Cheng and Mohammed Khader. Centennial competed against Blake High School of Montgomery County and Rappahannock High School of Virginia. Centennial has won the Baltimore Metro Championship in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2015.

This is the second time Centennial has beat the Washington D.C. Metro Area and Central Virginia Champions, the first being in 2009. Captain Ryan Heslin, who made his second appearance at the competition, was glad that the team won a stressful game and came back successfully from their 2013 loss to Blake High School. “I’m very glad that my third and final season on the show has been so successful,” he said, “It would have been very disappointing if we had never won a Super Bowl.”

At the end of the show, Centennial was tied with Blake High School 450 to 450. Ryan Heslin correctly answered the tiebreaker question thus winning the competition. “I felt relieved more than anything else,” he said, “I had made several mistakes during the game, and I would have been upset if we had lost.”

Anant Mishra felt the accomplishment was a team win. “I am extremely happy with how we played as a team and worked together,” he said, “It was truly a team win.” Weijia Cheng was also happy for his teammates’ victory. “I think they definitely deserved to win, having the right combination of real knowledge and instinct to outsmart the TV show questions,” he said.

The team has amassed a total of $6500 dollars in total scholarships for the contestants. Centennial will be attending several national competitions as the NAQT HSNCT in Chicago, Illinois, from May 29-31, and the PACE NSC in Reston, Virginia, on June 6.

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Centennial Tennis Teams Win 2015 County Tournament

Words: Ashley Berry

The Centennial boys and girls tennis team won the Howard County Tennis Tournament this year for the first time since 2001. The tournament was held at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center from Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to Saturday, May 9.

Overall, Ram Kotnana placed 2nd in the Boys Singles, Lexi Hackerman and Gaby Schito placed 2nd in Girls Doubles, and Jazmin Walle and Andrew Tsai won 1st place in Mixed Doubles.

While only 20 of the 27 students on the team participated in the tournament, those who did not play came to support and congratulate their teammates. All players who participated made it through the first round, and many of them made it to the quarterfinals. The girls team is: Sarah Ho, Maryam Elhabashy, Lexi Hackerman, Gaby Schito, Angela Kou, Shiori Mori, Jazmin Walle, Lina Choi, Alice Xue, Lia LasCasas, Tina Ye, Ipse Sokvary, Nikki Nacion, and Sanjara Neerumalla; the boys team is: Ram Kotnana, Arthur Tsend Anant Mishra, Peter Ho, Vincent Liu, Andrew Deng, Andrew Tsai, Andy Tseng, Phillip Balakirsky, William Liu, Thomas Regnante, Nadrew Zhou, Nick Zou.

Erin Fisher led the teams through the season as their coach. Fisher said, “It [the tournament] was a complete team effort and would not have been possible without the contributions of all those involved.”

The boys’ team has also won the county title and the girls are in second place. Both teams will continue to represent Centennial this Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, in the Regional tournament.

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