CHS Faculty Unite In Support of Fallen Wilde Lake Teacher

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Wilde Lake High School is grieving after the death of loved social studies teacher Laura Wallen, and Centennial, along with other Howard County schools, has aligned in support of Wilde Lake during their time of need.

Centennial teachers and administrators have collected money to go toward a breakfast for the Wilde Lake staff. Carole Sormanti and Cheryll Beall are two staff members directly involved in assembling the money and purchasing the breakfast items to send to Wilde Lake.

Many teachers at Centennial have stepped up, offering to contribute toward the efforts to console Wilde Lake, both indirectly and directly.

“All that matters is that we do something, to show love and support,” stated ninth grade guidance counselor Irene Khaksari. “It’s a great school. Anything we can do to help one of our sister schools, we will.”

Khaksari knew Wallen, due to having worked beside her at Wilde Lake early in her teaching career. Wallen was a cheerleading coach at Wilde Lake and at one point, Centennial; many members of Centennial staff knew her personally, specifically how incredible of a woman and teacher she was.

Centennial athletics are showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when playing Wilde Lake. Girls soccer wore green ribbons in their hair on Tuesday’s game against Wilde Lake, and a moment of silence was taken during the boys soccer game. Long Reach High School had a moment of silence at their football game against Wilde Lake, as well as a donation from staff for a breakfast.

Wallen, only 31, was pregnant when her boyfriend Tyler Tessier allegedly killed her. He has been charged with her death.

Students and fellow staff at Wilde Lake loved Wallen intensely. She was voted teacher of the year in 2016, students competed to be her aide, and she made jewelry for anyone who asked. Wearing Wallen’s jewelry had become a trend around the school. Her funny, creative teaching style and effortless charm made her an incredible teacher and amazing person.

Ms. Laura Wallen will be missed by all, and each school is grieving for her loss in its own way.

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C# a Capella Group Holds Auditions

Words: Alexander Mauer

C# is Centennial’s only all-inclusive a capella choir group. The group meets every Friday after school in the choir room (703) for about an hour and learns songs for the upcoming concert choir performances.

Auditions are currently underway, with the final audition on Thursday, September 28, from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 703.

To sign up, visit the choir room and complete the form. Requirements for auditions include singing, a capella, 60-90 seconds of a pop song of your choice.

Unlike AccaFellas, males and females can join. Auditions are required, but anyone can audition, regardless of musical experience or background.

Centennial’s Awkward Improv Group

Words: Delanie Tucker

Awkward Improv Group is run by Kathryn Carlsen, Centennial’s theater teacher, and meets every Wednesday during Eagle Time. The club was first created in 2004, and has new auditions every October. Carlsen is a professional improviser herself, and believes improvised acting is fun because you get to interact with the audience. Eagle Time performances will begin sometime this year, and tickets will be available through Carlsen and Awkward members.

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The Soaring Steppers

Words: Jordyn Blanken

The Soaring Steppers is Centennial’s first step team.  The students work hard together on bettering each other while also performing at basketball games during halftime.  The students also provide a safe place for boys and girls to talk and to step.

Step is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms.

The Soaring Steppers meet during Eagle Time and after school on Tuesdays-Thursdays in Mrs. Moody’s room (906). The Soaring Steppers are looking for boys and girls that have, according to Moody, “…dedication, hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude.”

Tryouts to join the team will be held in October.  Come out and join the team!  The student president is Sarah Fakeye.

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Centennial’s Salvation Army Club

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The mission of the Centennial High School Salvation Army Club is to bring aid to the
local community as a team. The club focuses on services, both direct and indirect, that can be provided in our community.  Whether it be through volunteering at a local food pantry or a local soup kitchen, collecting canned food for the less privileged, or raising money to donate to local charities, the club aims to “do the most good.”

A future club event to look out for is the 5 for 5 Canned Food Drive from October 9 to October 13.  Students who donate five cans to the collection will receive $5 off their homecoming ticket price. The club’s first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, September 20, after school in the media center.


Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Wins Season Opener

Photos: Camryn Desai / Words: Kieran Senisi

On Tuesday September 12,  the Centennial Eagles Boys’ Varsity Soccer team hosted the Glenelg Gladiators for the 2017-2018 season opener.  Both teams were taking their chances to come out on top, which resulted in the game going into overtime. The Eagles were victorious with a goal coming from senior Captain Alex Keppler.

The Eagles are currently tied for first place in the county with Mount Hebron, River Hill and Wilde Lake. They look to gain another victory at Long Reach on Thursday, September 14.


Welcome Back Eagles!

Photos: Zach Grable / Words: Kieran Senisi

Parents briefly relived their high school glory days as they attended Centennial’s 40th annual back-to-school night on Wednesday, September 6. Students presented and advertised their extra-curricular activities.  Centennial Boosters provided this year’s spirit wear for everyone to view and purchase, encouraging students and parents to show their Eagle Pride.



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