Wrestling Regionals

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27, the Regional Wrestling matches took place to determine the matchups for the State Final.

Centennial senior Austin Kraisser won his fourth straight Regional Title. Kraisser will be going for his third consecutive State Championship.

A. Kraisser’s younger brother, freshman Jason Kraisser, won his first Regional Title, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

Junior Ammar Narmouq was runner up in his weight class and will advance to the State Finals. Sophomore Jacob Blyukher also finished as a runner up and will move on to the state tournament.

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Leaping Into 16- A Leap Year Birthday

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Leap Year birthdays are extremely rare, considering that the date February 29 only comes around every four years. The chances for someone to be born on Leap Day would only be 1 out of 1,461,according to the law of averages, meaning that there are only 200,000 people in the United States who share this birthday, according to the Huffington Post. Extraordinarily, one of these 200,000 people in the nation attends Centennial High School. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu is celebrating his “fourth” birthday today.

Addisu explained, “I usually celebrate my birthday on March 1st if the year isn’t a leap year because March 1st would be the day that falls right after the 28th of February.”

Addisu added, “ I really don’t plan on doing much [tonight]. I mean I went out for dinner with my mom the other night, but I have a [basketball] game today so I can’t really celebrate unless we win. If we do win though, then that would be enough of a celebration for me.”

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Girls’ Basketball Defeats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, February 26, the Centennial Girls’ Basketball team defeated the Reservoir Gators in the first round of the 3A playoffs, 49-35.

Sophomore Kelly Simmons had an outstanding game, registering a game high 19 points. Senior duo Ally Driscoll and Kewa Gray each had 11 points, junior Jasmine McCree had 6, and freshman Ashley Molz had 2.

The team will take on Long Reach on March 1.

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Artist of the Week

Words and Photos: Jeremy Hall

Every week one student will be nominated to be Artist of the Week. Many art students at Centennial display their work around the school. Each week, one piece will be chosen, and the artist credited with the work will be nominated for Artist of the Week. Students are chosen by displaying their work around the school and one piece will be nominated to be the artist to be Artist of the Week. The student is then interviewed and their work is photographed.

Junior Sean Choe, enrolled in New Forms of Art, shows his skills in spray painting and 3-D sculpting techniques. Choe arranged and glued toothpicks together and spray painted over top of them to create his final product. Choe is proud of this piece because he says it shows that he knows how to use spray paint as a medium.

He has been making art since elementary school, “I like making art because I can escape from life for a moment.”

Although Choe has been creating art for years, he does not think he will pursue art as a major or career in the future.

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It’s Academic

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Sunday, February 14, tryouts for the Maryland Quiz Bowl All-Stars were held in preparation for the National All-Star Academic Tournament, which will take place at the University of Kentucky in mid-June.

Two Centennial students, juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li, were selected to be part of the five-member team that will be competing in the tournament. The team will also consist of junior Logan Feingold from Quince Orchard High School, senior Alex Echikson from Richard Montgomery High School, and senior Ho-Jung Yang from Walter Johnson High School.

On Saturday, February 20, twelve of the best Quiz Bowl teams in the United States were invited to the Battle for Mid-Atlantic Dominance, held in the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware. Centennial’s It’s Academic sent a team led by seniors Gary Tse and Aniruddha Rao and three sophomores: Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, and William He.

Centennial’s team participated in 14 matches over 12 hours, and tied for fifth place, defeating teams from Detroit Catholic, Wilmington Charter, Richard Montgomery, Hunter College, and Quince Orchard High Schools. Centennial’s It’s Academic will play against these teams again at the National Championship competition in Dallas, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend.

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Centennial Model Congress

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

From February 17 to 21, Centennial’s Model Congress, comprised of 16 members, participated in a conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference invited about 1,500 students from all over the country to debate key public policy issues and simulate the legislative process. The conference also presented students with the opportunity to visit Harvard University’s campus.

In Boston, the delegates played the roles of actual members of Congress, debating issues within committees, drafting and proposing legislation, and voting on legislation in mock House of Representatives and Senate sessions. Some delegates participated in programs such as the IMF, or International Monetary Fund, and the Presidential Cabinet.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats River Hill

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Izzie Chausse

The Centennials Boys’ Basketball team finished out their regular season on February 22, with a strong victory against River Hill, ending at 53-25.

The game started off slowly, with the Eagles and Hawks tied the first few minutes of the game. Great shooting from senior Tom Brown helped the Eagles take the lead during the first quarter, after a Centennial time out.  

While the Eagles held their lead throughout the game, they pulled away early in the third quarter.

This ended the season with the Eagles at 13-6, and third overall in county. The boys’ playoff schedule will be released during the week.

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Centennial’s Teacher of the Year

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Thursday, February 11, one of Centennial’s biology teachers, Jason Piluk, was awarded the Centennial Teacher of the Year award.  During Piluk’s fifth period class, some staff members entered his room with flowers, balloons, and cake.

When asked what steps he has taken to achieve this award, Piluk stated, “I believe every step I’ve ever taken in life, academia, and profession has moved me towards this point.”  

His parents tirelessly supported his learning as a child, and he learned how to “accept, own up to, and/or overcome” his mistakes in high school.

 Piluk commented that his art teacher, Mr. Hamilton, “opened [his] eyes to the inherent beauty in everything,” and “filled [his] head with ideas grander than [his] own.”  Piluk also recalls his years in college and research, thanking his friends, mentors, and students who shared their insights and understandings.

“I believe this achievement, this honor, was hinged on my ability to share with my students my knowledge and life’s experiences in a direct albeit refreshing manner, my empathy for them – constantly reminding myself what it must be like ‘behind that desk,’ and, perhaps most importantly, being a wee silly (sometimes really silly!) when the moment calls for it,” concluded Piluk.  

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Food for the Soul

Words: Ashley Berry

On Friday, February 19, the Delta Scholars held their annual event, Food for the Soul, in celebration of Black History Month from 6 – 8pm. Students and families from around the county came to Centennial to enjoy a diner comprised of various “soul foods.” Along with a dinner, 15 students performed various poems, songs, and dances. Some of the performers were a part of the Delta Scholars, but some were students at Centennial who wanted to take part in the event.

Last year, the Delta Scholars asked students from Mr. O’Brien’s English classes to perform at the event as well. Unfortunately, because of all the snow and canceled school days, his students could not help this year. This gave more students in Delta Scholars, who would not have considered it otherwise, a chance to perform. According to Shalonda Holt, a advisor of the Delta Scholars, approximately 120 people came to Food for the Soul and the Delta Scholars raised around $700.

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Girls’ Basketball Big Win on Senior Night

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday February 19, the Centennial Girls’ Basketball team took on the Atholton Raiders in the annual senior night basketball game. Honored that night were seniors Ally Driscoll, Jesse Dunagan, Izzie Chausse , Peyton Conley, and Kewa Gray.

The Eagles pulled out an upset, winning 52-43, spoiling the Raiders’ chances of sharing the county title.

The Eagles were led by Driscoll and Gray with 13 points a piece. Sophomore Kelly Simmons followed with 12 points, junior Jasmine McCree and freshman Ashley Molz each scored 7 points and Chausse scored 2 points.

The team will start their playoff run on Friday, February 22.

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