Marching Band Season Concludes with Awards

Words: Thomas Hitt

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

The Centennial Marching Band concluded their season on October 29, by having an awards ceremony and potluck dinner.

While everyone finished eating, each section was called up one at a time to receive superlatives made by the section leaders of each section. From funny, to caring and most improved, all the superlatives were a great way to thank each student for their participation in a great marching band season.

After spending time eating, talking and receiving awards, the students moved to the auditorium where the seniors gave small, moving speeches about their experiences throughout their years of marching band.

After every senior had a chance to speak, all parents were invited into the auditorium to watch a slideshow of the marching band season with the students.

The slideshow included a collection of the highlights and best moments of marching band camp and memories throughout the season.

As it was an emotional time for seniors, it was also a joyous time for everyone as the marching band celebrated the season with a potluck dinner and fun awards.

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High School Band Day at The University of Maryland

Words & Photos: Thomas Hitt

On Saturday, October 27, the University of Maryland marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland, hosted a high school band day.

High school band day allowed high school band students to spend the day with the Maryland band and perform with them during halftime at the football game. Students from around the state participated in this event, including marching bands from Howard, Centennial and Long Reach High Schools.

These students shadowed the Maryland marching band for the whole day. They started out the day by participating in the game day rehearsal, where they followed behind the band. The high school musicians marched with the Mighty Sound of Maryland to the field. They also were able to play with the Maryland marching band during halftime, including the customary “5th quarter.”

Afterwards, the high school band students sat with the Maryland marching band and joined in for cheering and playing of pep tunes.

This event allowed high school band students to experience what it is like to be in the Mighty Sound of Maryland.

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Centennial Varsity Football Falls to Hammond on Senior Night

Words & Photos: Delanie Tucker

Last night, October 26, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Football team played Hammond High School for their senior night game.

Prior to kick-off, both the seniors on the football team and the senior cheerleaders walked onto the field with their loved ones to be honored by their teams.

Despite all of the energy the team showed during warm-ups and the opening minutes of the game, Hammond quickly took control of the game and was able to pull off a 46-0 win.

Regardless of the score, the Eagles played hard throughout the game and never gave up.

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Centennial Showcases Talent in Annual Dancing With the Staff

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On October 25, 2018, Centennial’s Senior Dance Company teamed up with a few lucky teachers to perform their annual Dancing With the Staff show.

There were four groups of dancer-teacher performances. In between each group was a video slideshow displaying the partners practicing their moves, most often with the teachers struggling to follow along, but nonetheless having a good time. Dancers interviewed their teachers of choice, asking questions along the lines of their previous dance experience and dance style of choice.

Tensions ran high as the judges debated results and audience members cast their vote. After fifteen minutes of intense discussion and audience voting, the dancers gathered on stage for results. The judges’ choice was Ms. Rebecca Vanover and Divya Proper, and Mr. David Riddler and Jen Solan received Honorable Mention. In fourth was Mr. Kevin Mccoy and Alison Betler, followed by Ms. Tori Hammers and Arya Bhargav. In second was Mr. Edward Fowler and Katie Pistner. Mrs. Erin Parisi and Eshna Ghosh received first for the night.

From rap to Irish dance, to throwback song choices such as “Call Me Maybe,” Dancing with the Staff was a success.

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Centennial Celebrates National Writing Day

Words: Serena Paul

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz & Maddie Wirebach

On Friday, October 25, 2018, Centennial’s advanced composition class hosted National Writing Day. The different activities that took place ranged from contests to cafeteria games. Students were able to participate in contests like the haiku contest, guess the teacher haiku contest, and caption the meme. Upon entering the building, students were greeted by quotes about writing written on the sidewalk by the advanced composition students who stayed after school on Thursday. During lunch, advanced composition students walked around the cafeteria engaging students in writing activities, in their black shirts decorated with their responses to the question, “Why write?” The contests were just one part of the day, as many advanced composition students taught classes with prepared activities involving writing. Both students and staff came together to celebrate writing.

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Centennial Varsity Field Hockey Takes Down Long Reach in First Playoff Game

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Thursday, October 25, the Centennial Girl’s Varsity Field Hockey team defeated Long Reach by a final score of 5-2.

The Eagles struggled moving the ball down the field early on. Neither team was able to make anything happen on offense, until junior forward Eliza Andrew scored Centennial’s first goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Despite several Long Reach fast breaks, sophomore Jane Hudson was able to clear the ball out in two 1v3 instances.

The Eagles were tied 1-1 going into the second half.

Only five minutes into the second half, sophomore Lily Sullivan assisted junior Sara Ferrara on her first goal of the game. Sullivan later scored a goal of her own and recorded her second assist; a strategic pass to senior Annabel Baldy with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Andrew sealed the game off with her second goal of the night with under 30 seconds remaining.

Defensively, the Eagles played very well. Along with great help from the defenders, junior goalie Casey Stratton allowed Long Reach to score just two goals.

Centennial’s victory against Long Reach advances them to the next round. They will play their next game on Monday, October 29, at Mount Hebron High School.

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Three Halloween Movies Through the Decades

Words: Emily Hollwedel

The room is dark, the only light a dimly lit screen. No one dares to move, or speak, or even breathe. Hearts pound, and breaths hitch. Suddenly with a flash of an image and a shriek of noise, the people on the edges of their seats lurch backwards in a rush of fear. This is exactly how horror movies are supposed to make people feel- thrilled, anxious, and terrified all at once.

For decades, a wide variety of horror movies have been created to frighten people all across the world. Here are three iconic films from the horror screen just in time for Halloween.

Halloween – 1978

During a time when horror movies were considerably haunting, Halloween, directed by John Carpenter, tells the tale of Michael Myers, an escaped killer, and his attempts to attack a high school student named Laurie Strode on the chilling night of October 31. This film keeps the audience holding their breath throughout incredibly tense, dark scenes that follow. Viewers will find themselves wondering if they, too, are being followed, and if the monsters they’ve read about are truly fiction or not.

Scream – 1996

Wes Craven’s Scream was a breath of fresh air to horror in a time of sequels and repetitive nature. It follows a masked killer’s string of murders in a middle-class town usually resembling paradise. Sidney Prescott, a girl attending the local high school, is attacked multiple times by the killer, while coping with the one-year anniversary of her mother’s death, and during a party finds herself trying figure out who is behind the rising body count. The quick wit and charm of this movie comes into play through its self-awareness and sarcasm. Though somewhat cliché, it’s still amusing, and every moment is thrilling.

It– 2017

Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel provides a recounting of seven outcast kids in the town of Derry, Maine, as they search for the interdimensional alien creature named Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the horrific summer of 1989. The film deeply contrasts the previously made mini-series by splitting the movies between youth and adulthood, as well as keeping up with the increasing quality of CGI that was not available in the 90s. With every element of a twisted coming of age story, the changes in the kids who are forced to face their fears head-on are shocking, but prominent by the end of the film. The truly frightful jumpscares and psychological pressure, speckled in the popular 80s nostalgia is high throughout each scene, making it both fun and petrifying for viewers.

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Boys and Girls Cross Country Perform Exceptionally at County Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Wednesday afternoon, October 24, cross country runners throughout the county were ready to take on the hilly, three-mile course at Centennial High School for the Howard County Cross Country Championships.

The Centennial boys team ended up taking third place with a score of 86 points, and the Centennial girls team scored 61 points, earning them second place.

For the girls, seniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler and sophomore Katerina Talanova represented Centennial well in the Girls Varsity A Race, all finishing in the top ten. Blount finished fifth with a time of 19:32.23, while Betler placed sixth with a time of 19:36.79. Talanova came in ninth at 20:06.95.

The boys team had two finishers in the top ten of the Boys Varsity A Race.  Sophomore Jacob Cole placed eighth after finishing at 16:29.14, and senior Justin Ziegler finished ninth with a time of 16:33.88.

Both the boys and girls cross country team look to carry the momentum of their excellent performance at the counties to the 3A Regional Meet on November 1.

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Centennial Golf Wraps Up State Tournament

Words: Emily Hollwedel

On the morning of Tuesday, October 25, the Centennial Golf team arrived at University of Maryland College Park to begin states.  The results were unexpected.

Ty Sams, who did not place in the qualifiers, placed twelfth in the Boy’s 3A/4A Division Tournament.  He advanced on to the playoff round and tied for seventeenth.

Sams shot 162 strokes over the two days of the tournament.

Kenny Chaplain placed fifth in boys districts, and Morgan Taylor placed third in the girls districts to qualify for the state tournament.  Both ended up below the cut line in both divisions.  Chaplain shot 87, while Taylor shot a 94.

The Centennial team as a whole placed twelfth in states with a score of 359.

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