Senior Takeover Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, March 24, Centennial’s seniors were able to “takeover” for their favorite teachers. Along with taking over classes, the seniors were able to eat with the teachers during their potluck breakfast. These seniors taught classes and planned fun activities for the juniors and underclassmen to do during the regular class periods. The activities ranged from Jeopardy games and Seven-Up to kazoo solos and performances.

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Zaching Against Cancer 3v3 Tournament

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Tuesday, March 9, the Zaching Against Cancer 3v3 Basketball Tournament was held during Eagle Time. The tournament was held in honor of former Centennial student, Zach Lederer.

The tournament consisted of teams of three. During Eagle Time, the games were played on the side baskets with students around watching. The tournament was arranged by Health teacher Robert Slopek, and science teacher Chad Hollwedel.

The tournament was held every Eagle Time for three weeks. Each game lasted eight minutes, with teams rotating each day. The finals, held on March 24, were played between the final four teams. Seniors Dougie Barnes, Tom Brown, and Michael Merkey won the tournament.

Spring Break Plans

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

As Spring Break quickly approaches, Centennial High School students and staff are reminded that this school year is sadly coming to an end. However, most, if not all of them are looking forward to a much needed vacation.

Freshman Anong Teke cannot wait to finally get some much needed sleep, “I’m excited to get some sleep, it feels like we haven’t been on break in forever.”

Agreeably, Ms. Dodds, said, “ I can’t wait to just stay home and hang out with friends over the break.”

Some students and teacher, on the other hand, won’t be seeing this break as a relaxation time, senior Samantha Courtemanche said, “ I’ve picked up some extra shifts over break.”

Regardless of whether or not you have plans for vacation, the break still marks the middle of the third quarter and the beginning of some of the most exciting senior events. So, stay safe and make sure to enjoy the break while it lasts.

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Junior Interviews

Words: Madhu Lal

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Hunter Hall

Centennial hosted its annual junior interviews on March 22 and 23. Juniors created resumés and prepared for their interviews in their English classes. These interviews were a way for students to gain an understanding of what it takes to apply for a job in the real world. Students not only created resumés in their English classes, but also participated in activities which taught them what employers look for in an employee.

Each student was assigned a volunteer who asked them questions similar to those addressed in a real interview. After the interview students received an evaluation of their interview skills.

Junior Daniela Thomas said, “I think this [junior interview] was very helpful because students are starting to apply for internships, jobs and are doing interviews for college. It helps people understand what is okay and what isn’t okay for an interview.”

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Words: Madhue Lal

Photos: Michael Merkey

Centennial hosted WorldFest on, March 22 from 6-9pm. The event hosted an array of different cultures and ethnic cuisine.

The cafeteria was lined with foods ranging from German apple desserts to Indian samosas. Student produced projects, each displaying a different culture, were set up in the hallway outside the cafeteria. Guests were given the opportunity to learn from students about the different customs, traditions, and foods that are specific to different regions.

Bushra Lohrasbi, a senior with a strong Persian background, explained how in school she tends to be more reserved about her cultural heritage.

Lohrasbi feels that, “…this a good opportunity for me to share the culture that has been so deeply ingrained in my family’s tradition.”

Workshops and classes such as Chinese yo-yo and Greek masks were held in various classrooms. These workshops gave guests the chance to interact and experience different ethnic arts and culture.

Shanna Grimes, a language teacher, stated that, “It is important to learn about cultures other than our own.”

The night ended with a talent and fashion show where students sang songs, danced, and showcased different traditional clothing. The night was filled good food and plenty of cultural information.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Defeats Hammond in Season Opener

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Tuesday, March 22, Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse defeated Hammond 17-1 in their opening game.

Led by the offense, Centennial showed their stick skills and maneuvered around the Hammond defense. Seniors Devin McIntyre and Samantha Courtemanche were involved in multiple offensive plays and McIntyre led the team in goals.

Junior Madi Griffin played excellent defense on Hammond’s star player and kept her away from the goal, leading to Hammond’s single goal.

Centennial’s 17 goals were scored by nine different players. McIntyre had four goals, Courtemanche had three, junior Laurie Bracey and sophomore Kirsten Wikner had two each, and seniors Allie Durkee, Peyton Conley, Megan Oliver, junior Griffin, and sophomore Claudia Piltcher had one each.

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A Freshman’s Experience in Choir

Words: Diana Cagas

Centennial High School’s choral department consists of three different choir classes: Chamber Choir, formerly known as the Madrigals, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir. Auditions are only held for the Chamber and Women’s Choir, having the expectations set very high for those interested in auditioning.

According to choir director Jessica Cummings, 85 students auditioned for the 2016-2017 choirs, although only a total of 49 students made it. Freshman Courtney McVicker is one of the many students who auditioned, and is currently a member of Centennial’s Concert Choir.

McVicker has had a lot of experience in the music field, stating that she has, “been in a vocal group since elementary school.”

As a former student of Burleigh Manor Middle School, she feels fortunate to have been involved in choir prior to being part of Centennial’s Concert Choir program. At Burleigh, McVicker was able to attend the American Choral Directors Association, multiple adjudications, choral competitions, and Solo & Ensemble.

“These experiences have given me the opportunity to build my voice and learn what I am capable of as a singer,” McVicker said. “It also allowed me to set standards for myself, which makes me want to improve and continue to raise those standards.”

When asked about the differences between the middle school and high school choirs, McVicker stated that the schools certainly have their differences. According to McVicker, her choir class at Burleigh read music at the fifth level. Comparing middle to high school, she believes that high school choir is more relaxed. Regardless, McVicker still enjoys being a part of the Concert Choir.

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Sanya Ahmed: Stem Cell Researcher

Words: Caroline Chu

Sanya Ahmed, a Centennial High School junior, will be participating in the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) regional science fair at George Washington University. The event will take place April 1-3. MIST is an organization geared towards bringing Muslim high school students around the country together through various tournaments of both the athletic and academic nature.

Ahmed’s project will focus on using online databases and bioinformatics to determine the ideal microenvironment to transform stem cells into functional kidney cells. She has been working with her sister, senior Hira Ahmed, on the project. Both students are involved in Howard County’s MIST group.

“The lack of functional organs in the medical market is a constant struggle in the industrial world and, as a result, many people are limited in their daily lives or confined to hospitals,” said S. Ahmed.

S. Ahmed explains that, “developing more efficient ways to culture tissues allows not only individuals, but our human species as a whole, to live longer, populate, and make our mark in history. By helping to prevent disease and essentially prolonging lives, we have entered a fight against time, crucial for protecting those we care for most.”

The Drowsy Chaperone

Words: Diana Cagas

This weekend was a big moment for Centennial’s theatre program. On March 17-20, the school’s auditorium was illuminated with colorful beams of light and the stage was decorated with amazing set designs as the theatre department performed The Drowsy Chaperone.

Centennial theatre does an excellent job when it comes to engaging an audience with its best quality of work, especially when the cast and crew put in an endless amount of effort to rehearsals.

Not only did the show include live music from some of Centennial’s best musicians, but the musical also featured jaw-dropping choreography.

In the third musical number titled “Cold Feets”, Robert Martin, the male lead played by sophomore Steven Mitchell, sang about having the jitters on his wedding night. Moments later, Mitchell was joined onstage by senior Eddy Choe, who played George, Robert’s best man. Both actors sang and tap danced, but that was not the best part. What seemed to impress the audience was when both Mitchell and Choe started on the left side of the stage and took turns carrying each other in flips until they ended up on the other side. After this moment happened, the auditorium was filled with parents and children saying “Wow!”

It is always a great thing to see the actors having a grand time on stage. Throughout the show, the audience was in awe at how amazing the roles fit each actor.

The Drowsy Chaperone could not have portrayed itself as “a pu-pu platter of tunes” if it weren’t for senior Kevin Costello and junior Jack Goodman’s pastry puns, senior Grace Nardei’s hysterical spit-takes on freshman Colton Smith, junior Minnie Gregorini and sophomore Sydney Grossman’s vexing yet hilarious role as Kitty, junior Maddie Caldis’ fitting personality for playing the drowsy chaperone, sophomore Ethan Kinstler and senior Nina Parekh’s outstanding narration as the Man in Chair, the 50+ background singers as the staff and guests of the wedding, the pit band, the background producers, and of course Kathryn Carlsen, the show’s director.

The musical also featured some first time leads, including Mitchell playing the fiancé of senior Stephanie Crispell’s character, Janet Van De Graaff, and junior Jun Lee portraying his role as Feldzieg.

The show had a total of four productions, and a long-lasting applause was held at opening night on Thursday, March 17. It truly was a wonderful performance by all who contributed in Centennial’s spring musical.

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Artist of the Week

Words and Photo: Jeremy Hall

Centennial senior, Nicole Nirschl is enrolled in New Forms in Art and has been making art her whole life. Nirschl loves art because, “It’s a way for me to express my thoughts in a way words sometimes can’t”.

To create this piece, Nirschl used toothpicks and Elmer’s glue. Nirschl said that at first it was challenging and frustrating to make the piece. However, at the end she said she surprised herself and created something that she was proud of.


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