Boys’ Basketball Defeats Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, January 15, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team played rival Mount Hebron in the teams’ only meeting of the season. In front of a sold out crowd, the Eagles came away with a 49-41 win.

It was a strong performance from the Eagles who are looking to surge into the second half of their season.

The Eagles were led by seniors Tom Brown and Michael Merkey who each had 13 points in the game. Senior EJ Fowler finished with 7 points , sophomore Kaleb Addisu had 6, sophomore Jayden Williams and junior Elijah White both had 4, senior and Javon Smith finished with 2.

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Studying Tips

Words: Meghan Moore

With midterms just around the corner, here are some study tips that may make take some of the edge off theses exams.


Underlining/Highlighting- As simple as this sounds, underlining or highlighting the key ideas or vocabulary of what a person is studying will go a long way. Doing this will help make main ideas and words easier to understand.


Flashcards- Easy to access and to make, flashcards provide a simple and easy way to memorize concepts. Whether it is a foreign language, English vocabulary, math formulas, or important historic dates, flashcards make studying easy and stress free.


Color Coding- A more organizational approach, color coordinating gives way to a more structured approach to studying and categorizing in a way that can be adapted for each individual.


Practice on Old Tests/Quizzes- Looking back on how a person interpreted or worked on certain concepts a long time ago can refresh the brain. As well as being able to see what a person did right, and what they’ll know not to do again.


Take Regular Breaks- As overwhelming as huge exams seem, it is important not to drown in all of the information. Study for about thirty minutes and then break for fifteen minutes. Not only will this give a person time to relax and decompress, but it will also help the brain better process the information that it has just received.

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Girls’ Basketball Pulls Out Victory Over Wilde Lake

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Hunter Hall

Centennial’s Girls’ Basketball team won on Wednesday, January 13. The Eagles beat Wilde Lake 44-41 in a hard fought game.  

Sophomore Kelly Simmons and senior Kewa Gray led the team in points, scoring 16 and 12 respectively.  Senior Jesse Dunagan contributed to the win by increasing the energy. Dunagan challenged the Wilde Lake offense and defense with her unwavering hustle. This now puts the Lady Eagles record at 5-4.

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How Inclement Weather Affects Play Practice

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Although Winter is technically here, the weather outside is anything but frightful.  Temperatures have been in the 30s and 40s, and by this time last year, there were already several snow days.  However, there have been predictions of much worse weather to come.

From March 17 to 20, Centennial High School will be showing its play, The Drowsy Chaperone, for which rehearsals have already started.  The predictions of inclement weather will undoubtedly affect the rehearsal schedule.

According to junior Frances Kramer, the effect of snow days on play rehearsals depends on what stage in the rehearsal process they occur.

“If there’s a snow day during that time, it messes up the cast’s and crew’s preparation for the shows,” Kramer commented.

Closer to the actual shows are the worst times for inclement weather to strike, especially since the last week of rehearsals is the busiest week of practice, referred to as “tech week.”

Ms. Kathryn Carlsen, the director of the play, has scheduled one weekend day as a make-up for snow days.  With the bad weather coming, Kramer stated that everyone will try their best to rehearse as much as possible.

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That Was So 2015

Words: Ashley Berry

The year 2015 was a long, crazy year filled with social media madness, terrible clothing trends, and much, much more. Despite this, there were also many great achievements that defined 2015: the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won the World Cup, and the first woman of color won an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress (Viola Davis). Hopefully, 2016 will be full of similar achievements, and we can leave the following behind:

  • The Dress

Was it black and blue or gold and white? This silly dress caused as much controversy as that Christmas-less red Starbucks’ cup. The dress actually tore friendships apart because people were so determined they knew which color it really was. Now that it’s 2016, does anyone really care? Probably not, so let’s leave it behind.

  • Netflix and Chill

Thank God for Netflix! Not only does it give us an excuse to procrastinate, but it also gives us a sense of accomplishment when we finish four seasons of a show in one sitting. But now, thanks to 2015 pop culture, there is a stigma associated with the statement, “Let’s watch Netflix,” so can we please leave this concept behind and just get our Netflix binge on?

  • Complicated Bathing Suits

If you try on a bathing suit and can’t figure out where to put your arms, there’s a serious problem. Is it a one-piece or a two-piece? What are all those extra straps for? They may look great on a model in a photo shoot, but who actually wants to spend ten minutes getting into that contraption, and who wants those tan lines?

  • Zayn Leaving One Direction

OMG NO WAY! It happened. One Direction went two different directions and your favorite foreign boy band is forever broken. The four remaining members are on a break, presumably looking for a “new” direction. So, sit back, relax, and take bets on which direction the boys will go. If they return, let’s appreciate that the boys are back and get over it.

  • Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge

Have you seen the pictures? That’s all that needs to be said.

  • Man Buns

Pick up a pair of scissors, cut that mess off of your head, and walk proudly into 2016. You can thank me later!

  • Crocs

I was convinced these were left behind years ago, but somehow Crocs made a surprising comeback in 2015. It’s time we all agree to make 2015’s Crocs comeback a onetime thing, and leave them behind forever. Plastic shoes are bad for our environment and just plain ugly.

  • The Whip and Nae Nae

With every New Year comes a new dance craze that is more ridiculous than the one before and 2015 was no different. The Whip and the Nae Nae took 2015 by storm and its corresponding song “Watch Me” was as annoying as, “What does the Fox Say.” Who would have thought that one song could make pretending to drive a car with one hand and waving like the uptight Queen of England so popular. Inevitably, 2016 will bring with it a new dance craze, so it’s time to stop “hitting the whip”.

  • Hoverboards

Where is the Consumer Product Safety Commission when you need them? Americans want to “hover” like Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future” so bad that they are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for what is essentially a segway without the handlebars. It doesn’t even hover; it rolls on two wheels. Some models unexpectedly burst into flames. I don’t know about you, but last time I checked, you couldn’t pay me to stand on top of a burning log, so why on earth would anyone pay to do that? Next time you think about riding a hoverboard, ride it straight back to 2015.

  • “Goals”

You have your own life, so please live it and stop focusing on all the unrealistic photos of couples on the Internet. Like most media, the Internet paints an unrealistic picture of life, so the next time you see a photo of the life you think you want, remember it’s probably not realistic and cut yourself some slack.

  • Selfie Stick

How bad is your double chin that you need to mount your $300 phone on a $20 stick just so you can take a post-worthy selfie? Have we become so vain that we insist on using these devices, which are banned in many amusement parks and other populated areas because of the accidents they cause? To be fair, it’s not the selfie stick’s fault, but instead poor choices made by users, like riding a motorcycle or roller coaster and losing your grip. While the concept was unique, user error abounds and we clearly are not intelligent enough to use selfie stick technology.

  • Dying Armpit Hair and Glitter Beards

Were these seriously things? I still can’t wrap my head around it. No, just NO!

  • Eyebrow Game

Stop drawing on your eyebrows and obsessing over whose eyebrows are most “on fleek.” If you are following the trend, the more “on fleek” you think your eyebrows are, the more likely they are not! Eyebrows exist for the sole purpose of keeping sweat from dripping in your eyes. Don’t shave them off, color them in, or use them to make yourself look like a clown. From those of us who have tried not to stare at your crazy, uneven eyebrows, thank you for leaving them behind.

  • Birkenstock Sandals

I get it, you have wide feet and very little fashion sense, but why wear the same shoes as Fred Flintstone? Even Velma and Betty wore something more stylish. So, send those shoes back to Bedrock and find the nearest DSW. They’re all over the place in 2016.

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NHS Induction

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 93 juniors and seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society.  Students who have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 3.4 could apply to the association.  In addition, the applicants should have voluntarily participated in multiple community service events, and should be dependable and resourceful.

Ms. Elizabeth Chung, co-advisor to the National Honor Society, stated that the application process is complicated, as the National Honor Society “[looks] for academic commitment, community service involvement, and school involvement.”

Those who were accepted and inducted have the honor of being members of a respectable and prestigious organization.

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JV Girls’ Basketball Continues Their Winning Streak

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

The Centennial’s Girls’ Junior Varsity Basketball team has had a stellar 9-0 start to the 2015-2016 season. On Friday, January 8, 2016, the Eagles defeated the previously undefeated Atholton Raiders by nine points. The team as a whole has impressed the fans with their ability to play so well together. Following the Eagles’ impressive win, they continued to practice hard, and on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 they won against Wilde Lake 54-26   

Sophomore Mary Grace Lambert said, “We click much better [than we did last year], and play together as one. I think that’s what brought us our success.”

Lambert played on the JV team last year, which struggled to win games. The team has put in a lot of hard work and frequently holds shooting practices which have helped the players get confidence in their shots, which translates to points on the scoreboard.

Lambert also attributes their success to the close knit group the team has become.

“What really helps is that [the team is] really good friends outside of basketball, which is why we gel so well on the court,” said Lambert.

The Eagles hope to extend their undefeated streak as they take on the Mount Hebron Vikings on Friday, January 15, 2016.

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Wrestling’s Tri-Match

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, December 12, the Centennial Wrestling Team participated in a tri-match at home between Long Reach and Glenelg.

Centennial went 1-1 on the day, falling to Glenelg by 12 points, and beating Long Reach 72-6.

Senior Austin Kraisser went 2-0 on the day, registering two pins. Senior Cameron Neilon, junior Ammar Narmouq,  sophomores Jacob Blyukher, and Luke Shapiro all registered wins against Glenelg, an undefeated team. Freshman Jason Kraisser also pinned his opponent.

Against Long Reach, Blyukher, Ammar and Amr Narmouq all came away with victories. Senior Savya Konkalmatt got his first win in his only match of the day, and Hussain Naveed and Peter Gruys also helped give the Eagles a convincing win.

Centennial Hockey Defeats the WHO in Senior Night Game

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Centennial Hockey Club

Centennial’s Hockey Club faced-off against The WHO on Friday, January 8, 2016 for their senior night. The WHO is a combo team with players from Wilde Lake, Hammond, and Oakland Mills.

The three seniors honored were; Hunter Hall (captain), Ben Colby (assistant captain), and Scott Yablon (assistant captain). The seniors and their parents walked out on the red carpet while the announcer read a summary of the players’ high school hockey careers and their plans for the future.

Sophomore Michael Hughes scored one goal for the Eagles in the first period, which ended with the Eagles trailing the WHO 1-2.

The Eagles scored four goals in the second period, two from Hughes, one from sophomore Nicholas Priester, and the other from sophomore Franklin Yang. Though the team was able to score four goals, the WHO still dominated the game 5-6.

The Eagles came out hard in the third period and quickly took the lead after Priester scored a goal. Hughes was able to score two additional goals, putting the Eagles ahead of the WHO. The Eagles won the game 8-7. The hockey team will be playing at the Laurel Garden’s Ice House against Glenelg on Tuesday, January 12.

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Allied Bowling Loses to Glenelg

Words: Meghan Moore

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, our own Centennial Allied Bowling team went up against one of their rivals, Glenelg High School.

 Senior bowler Michael Havlik had the team high of 113 points, while juniors Jonathan Hanks, Dominic Roybal, and freshman Quinn Henderson all finished with a 7-10 split. Fellow freshman Hassan Hamoud was Centennial’s most improved player, scoring far more higher than usual.

 The Eagles had 16 spares and nine strikes total, with fellow teammates Ian Winters (F), Orkun Unal (Sen.), Matthew Na (Soph.), and Michael McCarthy (Jun.) all playing pivotal roles during the match.

 Unfortunately Centennial did not leave victorious, but the season is not over yet.

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