Centennial Students’ Homecoming Rituals

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

As homecoming nears, Centennial students prepare for the exciting night in various ways. In the days approaching homecoming, students showcase their school pride with a range of spirit days including pajama day, tropical day, USA day, decades day, and color day.
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Outside of school traditions, students prepare for the dance with their own traditions. Many who plan on attending the dance spend the day getting ready, ordering pizza, listening to music, and even practicing dance moves.

“I typically go and get my nails done a few days beforehand,” says junior Sara Ferrara. “My friends and I also love doing facemasks the night before for our skin.”

Preparing for homecoming can be a long and extensive process. Everyone has special routines to ensure the night is a success. But really, homecoming is what you make of it.

“I look forward to getting ready with a group of friends,” says freshman Ella Boodin. “It’ll be fun to listen to music and pump each other up!”

From freshmen to seniors, students preparing for homecoming spend hours, and for some, even days to make sure they look their best. With the perfect dress or suit, hair and nails, or whatever you please, homecoming brings a feeling of confidence and excitement to students.

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Centennial’s 2018-2019 Pancake Breakfast

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Saturday, September 29, Centennial’s annual Pancake Breakfast was held in the cafeteria.

This fundraising event helps Centennial PTA and Boosters.

There were many students and parents in attendance, as well as the Oriole Bird.

 

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Centennial Varsity Football Loses Homecoming Game Versus Mount Hebron

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew

​On Friday night, fans packed the stands to watch the Centennial Varsity football team compete against their rival Mount Hebron High School.


​Centennial struggled to contain the Mount Hebron running game, and the Eagles’ costly turnovers on the offensive side caused them to lose by a score of 47-0.


​Both teams had trouble jump-starting their offense, but Mount Hebron ended up scoring first with a rushing touchdown and five minutes remaining in the first quarter.


Centennial found success in junior running backs Justice Murrell and AJ Awosika, who were getting good yardage and helping the offense drive down the field. However, a fumble by Centennial recovered by Mount Hebron took away the Eagles’ momentum.


At the end of the first half, Centennial was able to keep the score close and Mount Hebron was only up 13-0.

Centennial fought hard, but the players looked to have run out of energy.

The Mount Hebron offense took control of the game and the Vikings ended up taking down Centennial on Homecoming night 47-0.


The football team will take on River Hill next Friday at 7pm.

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The Eagles Flock to the Carnival

Words: Kieran Senisi

On Friday, September 28, Centennial held the annual Homecoming Carnival. All different grades came together to enjoy the festivities, including middle school students, teachers and parents.

Most of Centennial’s clubs had their own booths, some selling cultural cuisine and others having carnival games. It was a fantastic sight seeing all different groups of people coming together to show their support for their peers and for the school.

The carnival had a great turnout and students are already looking forward to next year’s event.

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Centennial Students Participate in Pep Rally

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew and Delanie Tucker

Centennial students gathered in the stadium Friday afternoon for the annual pep rally. It was an energetic end to Spirit Week and kicked off this weekend’s Homecoming festivities.

The Marching Eagles and Color Guard started off the rally with a preview of their halftime show. The cheerleading squad followed with one of their routines and then cheered on as each of the fall sports teams ran across the field.

Each class had a team of 8 people who participated in a Tug-of-War tournament near the end of the rally. After beating the freshman team in the first round, the juniors defeated the seniors in the finals.

The junior and senior dance companies capped off the event with performances of their own.

Keeping Centennial tradition, each grade showed their class pride and wore a designated color throughout the day.

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Centennial Shows its Class Pride During Color Day

Words: Liam Lovering

Photos: Eliza Andrew

As spirit week comes to a close today, Centennial students showed their school spirit and class pride by participating in color day.

Color day is a lasting tradition at Centennial where students dress in their grade’s assigned color. Freshmen wear black, sophomores wear blue, juniors wear white, and seniors wear red.

As color day is the final day of homecoming spirit week, it is fitting that most students participate and join in on the fun, uniting them in their school pride.

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Centennial Celebrates Decades Day

Words: Natalie Keane

Photos: Zach Grable

On Thursday, September 27, students went back to the past for Decades Day, the fourth day of Spirit Week at Centennial.

Spirit Week is coming to a close and Homecoming is almost here, but all throughout the school students showed their spirit with bright colors, patterns, leather jackets, and tie dye t-shirts.

Tomorrow marks the final day of 2018 Spirit Week, Color Day. To show your spirit for Centennial, wear your class color: freshmen wear black, sophomores wear blue, juniors wear white, and seniors wear red.

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Spirit Week: Seniors vs. Freshmen Perspective

Words: Celina Wong

From Monday, September 24, to Friday, September 28, Centennial High School students show their school pride by participating in spirit week. The week is designated for students to celebrate homecoming by dressing up in different themes on each day. The freshmen and the seniors lend their perspectives on how spirit week is for them.

Spirit week is always a highly anticipated week because it offers a break from the regular routine.

“Without spirit week and extracurriculars, school just feels like education. Spirit week makes high school three dimensional,” said senior Alana Germroth.

Seniors set the tone for the school and an example for the underclassmen. Germroth feels that seniors have a significant impact during this iconic week.

“As seniors, I feel like we have to be role models and encourage other people in all grades to do it,” Germroth noted.

For the freshmen, spirit week is a whole new world that they did not experience in middle school.

“We didn’t have spirit week days that were planned out by the school, but now that we’re in high school, we have that opportunity and we want to take it,” stated freshman Michelle Hershfeld and Sarah Arcuri.

This year, a group of freshmen have decided to participate in an alternative spirit week. Student Government Association (SGA) President, Stacy Lee, commented on the most controversial day, gender switch day.

“I definitely don’t think it’s a great idea, but it comes down to you do what you want to do. [SGA] just wants to emphasize that we want people to be respectful to certain groups.”

Seniors are examples for the rest of the school, while freshmen are experiencing a whole new world. Around the school, it is easy to see people, from freshmen to seniors, dressed up in pajamas, or Hawaiian shirts, and especially in their class colors in order to show their school pride.

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