WILD- Troye Sivan

Words: Meghan Moore

Australia’s own Troye Sivan brings a fresh new sound to his sophomore electropop album, WILD. Sivan announced the release of the EP to fans in late July 2015. The album was available for pre-order as of August 20, 2015 where it has reached number one on iTunes in 41 different countries and has remained in the Top 10 since then.

The album was heavily anticipated after the miraculous success of his previous album TRXYE. WILD, named after the lead song “Wild,” provides a euphoric sound with soft yet hard hitting lyrics behind a powerful beat.

Sivan collaborated with New Zealand pop group Broods and Australian singer and rapper Tkay Maidza. The album has been released for download as of September 4, 2015.

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Schedule Changes

Words: Jacob Mauer

Schedule change requests are currently available to all Centennial students. The orange forms can be found on the student aid desk at Student Services.

The form requires students to fill in the class they want to switch, the class they want to be switched into, a valid reason to switch, contact options, and both the student’s and parent’s signature.

Valid reasons to switch a class include, but are not limited to: needing a credit for graduation, repetition of a previously completed course, or switching to a course of a different level. Students are not guaranteed to be put into the class they request because some classes are already full and there can be scheduling conflicts.

Schedule changes are not available past Friday, September 4, so forms should be filled out as soon as possible and returned to the student’s counselor.

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Girls’ Soccer Beats Catonsville in Historic Win on New Turf

Photos: Hunter Hall and Shalini Malhotra

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, September 1, the new turf field and Centennial saw its first game action as the Centennial Girls’ Soccer team scrimmaged visiting Catonsville High School, coming out on top. This was the first game held on Centennial’s new turf field. The team christened the field with a shout-out win setting the standards high for the upcoming fall season.


The Eagles came out firing early, creating numerous scoring chances in the first ten minutes. Along with getting the goal opportunities, the Eagles also dominated the possession battle. Senior Reese Western made the offense work, beating her defender to the ball countless times and generating opportunities for herself as well as her teammates. Fellow senior Jesse Dunagan was also an offensive threat, letting multiple shots fly in the first half.


With 7:38 left in the first half, freshman Mckenna Griffin found herself on a breakaway and buried the ball in the opposite corner for the first goal not only of the season, but also of her high school career.


The Eagles entered the second half with a 1-0 lead.


The second half was almost a mirror image of the first. The Eagles were a threat and created many opportunities. The defense however was a big part of the possession advantage. Junior Cristina Narron and senior goalie Allie Durkee, anchored a defense that was very effective.


Western generated offense in the second half, and with the help of junior Jasmine McCree and sophomore Kirsten Wikner, the Catonsville team had their hands full trying to stop the dynamic Centennial offense.


The night however, would not be over for Griffin. With just over 9:30 to play, she was forced to the ground in the penalty box, and was awarded and penalty kick. As she placed the ball on the new turf, she collected herself and stuck the shot right under the crossbar for her second goal of the game.


With a great mix of young talent and veteran experience, the Eagles will look to build off this scrimmage and take what they learned into the regular season.

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One Last “Chance”

Words: Meghan Moore

As summer winds down, students everywhere trade their beach bags for book bags and get back into the daily grind of school.

 Along with saying farewell to the beach, students all around must part ways and say a bitter goodbye to the 2015 summer concert-festival season. However, not without one final rally.

 On August 29, 2015, Merriweather Post Pavilion opened its doors to a throng of music lovers for Trillectro. Trillectro was a one-day only hip-hop and electronic music festival with Chance the Rapper and RL Grime headlining the event.

 Festivals thrive off the energy of the crowd, and junior Jackie Lee said, “you could sense the feeling of euphoria everywhere you went.”

 Not only does the vibe of a festival feed off the energy of the crowd, the performing artists do as well. While working the event, senior Jaylen DeCarlo observed that the artists “played songs that not only excited the audience but electrified the atmosphere in the venue.”

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The Curious Case of High School Friendships

Words: Maryam Elhabashy

As another year comes to an end, another class of seniors are off to college and another class of freshmen wait in the wings to make their Eagle debut. What an eventful year it’s been! The Home of the Eagles is now the proud nest of the reigning State Basketball Champions, for the first time ever! And the tennis team won back the County Cup, after a fourteen-year dry spell! There’s not enough room to try to list all of the Eagles’ academic accolades! These achievements will not soon be forgotten. There is one thing, however, that counter intuitively tends to fall victim to abandonment when high school ends- friendships.

What is a BFF? In 1997, millions of people learned what it meant, when on an episode of the TV show “Friends,” Phoebe explained that BFF means “best friends forever.” High school provides the most opportune environment for the establishment of these BFFs. Really. It’s a scientific fact.

In a 2003 research article entitled “Best friends forever? High school best friendships and the transition to college,” Deborah L. Oswald and Eddie M. Clark give the reasons for such strong high school bonds, and the benefits that these bonds provide.

High school is what they call the “focus activity,” that gives the context for these relationships. Though the high school workload can be heavy, there are a multitude of sports programs, clubs, and extracurricular events through which solid, meaningful connections are made. It is during the high school years that kids really start to forge their own paths, spending more time with their peers than their parents. They start experimenting with who they are, and develop social skills. Friendships provide “social support, give a sense of belonging, and shape beliefs.”

A high school friend understands the pressure you feel about your grades, can empathize when your parents take your phone away, and are more willing to share their clothes with you than most siblings are. In some cases, their shoulders are better to cry on than a member of the family. A BFF can become family.

In fact, Oswald cites another study that concludes that adolescents “need the special support offered by a best friend.” It states that the best friendships provide “acceptance, respect, trust, intimacy, enjoyment, spontaneity, stability, and self-disclosure and opportunities.”

That’s A LOT of important “stuff” one gains from a best friend. So how and why does the “Best” and “Forever” fall off so easily when kids go off to college?

Well, in many cases the social context changes. The school as “focus activity” is in a new state, or consists of thousands of people instead of hundreds. College is also like the second step of experimentation in becoming an adult. Some kids just add new layers to who they are, while others want to change entirely- shed who they were in high school and be someone new. That means new social settings, new activities, and new friends.

I think we students all kind of understand this part. It’s what makes college so exciting. It’s not just the academic opportunities, but the social opportunities. The research article states that 97% of college students say they find a new “closest” friend within the first month of college. However, the majority of these friendships do not last for the full first year.

In fact, the article reports that students who are “preoccupied with the potential loss of pre-college friends report emotional distress, decreased satisfaction with college friends, loneliness, and college maladjustment.” So that first year of new friends can be extremely hard, but it’s almost inevitable (I’ll explain in a minute).

Though the science may lead us to the conclusion that most high school friendships are non-existent by the time college is over, I would hope that some of us can be the anomaly. I mean, the science is also telling us that the first year of college would be a lot easier on you if you can hold on to some of those meaningful high school relationships, that provide stability and security.

Oswald and Clark identified four types of behaviors that maintained friendships: interaction, positivity, supportiveness, and self-disclosure. In detail, these are: doing things together, being positive and making the friendship enjoyable, supporting the friend and the friendship with emotional support, and having meaningful communication, such as sharing private thoughts.

I know that it’s perfectly acceptable to think that teenagers can’t have meaningful relationships or don’t really know how to do so. That perhaps they are too immature to commit to such serious ideas. It’s the “that’s SO high school” comment. But I disagree. If we can roll through AP classes, or lead teams to victories, or create fantastic art projects, or devote time to community service- we can have long-lasting, mature friendships. Keep the BFFs to our own benefit. Of course, the friendships will change over time. Instead of borrowing a pair of sweatpants, maybe it’ll be a blender you’ll be borrowing (and hopefully, returning). Or the selfie of you and your friends at some concert will become you and your friends sharing a job promotion celebration.

I guess the bottom line is that wanting to experiment and have new social experiences are a great thing, and something to be excited about. But I hate to think that we can’t have or benefit from these new experiences without ditching the friendships we’ve built over time. In fact, I’d argue that these new experiences would be more valuable with our BFFs by our sides. I’ve still got a couple of years before I test the science out for myself, but I’d like to think that I’m creating lifelong friends.

Best friendships are a personal investment. Best friends know things about you that maybe your parents don’t even know. And they are still your best friends through it all. The personal connections we make are arguably as valuable as the high school diploma that we receive. The diploma signifies our ability to work hard and excel in academics. The friendships are intangible, irreplaceable pools of memories and experiences that not only mold who you are, but can continue to mold the shape of who you will become.

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Unfinished Paintings

Words: Chy Murali

Many have seen the painted murals across the walls of Centennial High School. The masks near the auditorium and the piano surrounded by instruments in the hallway next to the orchestra room are some of the many projects the National Art Honors Society (NAHS) has undertaken since the past school year.

Claire Hafets, the principal, asked NAHS to beautify the school. After the designs had been approved by the administration, each mural was assigned a group to work on it. Around 30 artists began the project first by sanding the walls to insure that the pant would stick.
Nan Collins, one of the sponsors of NAHS, said the project was doing well.
“I think they’re excellent,” Collins said, “I think we have great artists.”
Collins is more concerned about the effort than the amount of time spent on working on the paintings. “I would rather take the time to do it well than do it fast and poorly.”
Christina Paul, a 2015 graduate of Centennial, has been working on the murals since last year, but only began painting this year. She finds the experience as something to be proud of.
“I personally have been working on them because it’s fun to work on something with my friends and to add something to my community that I’m proud of,” Paul said, “especially since I still feel very connected to National Art Honors Society.”
Students work on the murals once or twice a week, typically on Thursdays. The murals are expected to be completed next year.
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Centennial’s New Teachers Reflect on Their First Year

Words: Meghan Moore

Freshmen students are not the only ones who have to become accustomed to the ways of high school during their first year. Teachers new to high schools spend their first year learning how to adjust to the education standards that Howard County has set in place.


This year, Centennial had eight new teachers join the Centennial family.


John Sharbaugh, a first year ninth grade English teacher at the school shared his first impression as being, “a school where the majority of students are well-behaved, focused and ready to learn,” to which he added, “its a teacher’s dream.”


Some teachers never expect to leave their jobs teaching in middle school, while others have always known where they wanted to teach.


Justin Thomas, a first year math teacher here at Centennial stated, “I’ve always known I wanted to teach high school, but I thought it would be later in life.”


No matter where a teacher goes, there will always be that one validating moment during their first year at a school.


For Jessica Pan, a U.S. History and U.S. Government teacher, that moment was “the day after the AP US History test, a lot of students emailed me to tell me how well they think they had done.”


An educator’s first year at a new school gives a lot of insight on how a teacher wants to run their classroom.


“Some things have gone right,” shared Thomas, “plenty of things have gone wrong, but you learn from your mistakes and next year I will minimize the mistakes.”


For some it is about improving upon things that they thought they understood well enough.


“I have a much better idea about classroom management, and what students are like at different times of the year,” established Pan.


Sharbaugh concluded: “I couldn’t be happier at Centennial, and I hope to remain here until I retire.”


“It creates a wonderful educational environment, and I hope that the students who attend this school realize how fortunate they are to go here” said Sharbaugh.

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A Student’s Perspective on Finals Week

Words: Maryam Elhabashy

For as long as many of us can remember, the last week of school has been either the most or least demanding weeks of the year. In elementary school we strip our cute name tags off of our desks, a far cry from studying for a final exam that holds the promise of success or failure of the entire year’s grade. In years past, students have been lucky enough to have a full week of half days, allowing for a little calm after every final exam’s storm, also offering optimum time for studying. This year we’re not so lucky.

Mother Nature went particularly heavy on the winter weather this year, leaving us with only two half days during exam week.

USA Today reported that according to the “National Survey of Student Engagement’s” findings, students spend an average of 17 hours a week preparing for classes, about 3.4 hours a day. Finals are notorious for requiring more work, more attention, and more time. With the elimination of three half days, students are going to need to re-assess how they apportion their study time. It’s like adding insult to injury, really. Not only are we ending a week later than originally scheduled, we also have to tighten our grips on final exam studying (and sleeping, when possible!).

But do we have the right to complain?

There’s no time like the present. It’s a fitting proverb to describe the highs and lows of the snow day. Ah! The joy of snow days. Every student knows the rush of relief and glee when their parent creeps quietly into their room, still dark as the night at 6 am on a winter morning, and says that school has been cancelled. The glee quickly melts into more z’s on the pillow. That’s the high.

What goes up must come down. It’s the middle of June (after June 10, the originally scheduled last day of school), and I think we’re there. But after eight snow days (glee!) and eight delayed start days this year (a little bit of glee), we knew we were in for some kind of last day adjustment.

That adjustment is actually a lot more complicated than one might think. The Maryland State Department of Education mandates that high schools complete a total of 180 instructional days, that involve 1,170 instructional hours per year. The hours requirement is what changed the originally scheduled half day on Wednesday, June 17, to a full day, and added an hour of instruction on Thursday, June 18.  With five snow days built into the original calendar, and eight days taken, we had three days to make up. Howard County applied for and received a waiver for one of those days, meaning we needed to add two days to the school year somehow.

Though there is little that can be done beyond the waiver to alter the number of hours or school days that students attend in a year (though I’m slightly baffled by Fairfax County’s THIRTEEN snow days!), there are different ways to determine when those hours and days are made up.

Some Maryland counties actually cut days out of Spring Break (personally not a fan of this one!), acknowledging that they might have a lot of absent kids on those days. Most counties also applied for and received waivers just as Howard County did. In other states that are used to harsh and prolonged winter weather, there are numerous options to make up snow days. In Iowa, the Board of Education allows for holding classes on previously designated holidays, professional days, or half day schedules; or increasing instructional time by adding minutes to each school day, holding classes on Saturdays, or adding days to the end of the year (the option Howard County took).

I want to take a closer look at option number one: holding classes on previously scheduled holidays, professional days, or half days. When I took a look back at the calendar, I realized that there were a few opportunities to knock out some snow day make-ups: two days in February for parent-teacher conferences, a half day before Spring Break began, and a professional day in May. This option might have preserved our half-day exam week, as well as cut fewer days from summer break. It’s not uncommon for parents to receive letters from school administrations, explaining calendar alterations due to snow days. I doubt that parents would have been up in arms about having their students stay for full days on parent-teacher conference days. In fact, I’d argue that if there are issues with a student, parents and/or teachers need not wait for the conference days to discuss them. And if there aren’t any complaints or issues, do parents (or teachers) really need to speak for 15 minutes about how awesome a student is? I’d much rather have spent the rest of the day in class in February (typical school year), than add a day of school in the middle of June (summer break!). The same goes for that “bonus” three hours we got on the Friday before Spring Break. I would have much rather kept a full day of summer break!

The bottom line is this: I guess we don’t have any real right to complain. In actuality, with the approved waiver, we only had 179 days of school instead of the originally mandated 180 days. So we can’t crash in bed at 11:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 17; we’ll deal with it.

Admittedly, I’m looking at the situation purely as a high school student. Summer break is hallowed ground, and the bliss of sleeping in on that winter morning is long forgotten. This high school student, with limited knowledge of how complicated snow day make-ups can be, would like to see more thought given to making up snow days on springtime professional days, half-days, and holidays, instead of cracking into summer break and jostling around final exam week.

But then again, if I had it my way, I’d still be pulling my laminated name tag off of a desk, instead of studying all night for a final exam.

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2015 Final Exam Schedule

Tuesday, June 16

Period 1 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Period 2: 9:10 am – 9:40 am

Period 3: 9:45 am – 10:15 am

Period 4A: 10:20 am – 12:20 pm

Period 5: 12:25 pm – 1:10 pm

Period 3 Locker Cleanout: 1:15 pm – 1:25 pm

Period 6: 1:30 pm – 2:10 pm


Wednesday, June 17

Period 2 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:20 am

Period 3 Exam: 9:25 am – 11:05 am

Period 4B: 11:10 am – 1:10 pm

Period 5: 1:15 pm – 1:40 pm

Period 6: 1:45 pm – 2:10 pm


Thursday, June 18

Period 5 Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:20 am

Period 6 Exam: 9:25 am – 11:10 am

Period 4A: 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

A Lunch: 11:10 am- 11:30 am

B Lunch: 11:30 am – 11:50 am

C Lunch: 11:50 am – 12:10 pm

Dismissal: 12:10 pm


Friday, June 19

Period 4A Exam: 7:25 am – 9:05 am

Break: 9:10 am – 9:25 am

Period 4B: 9:30 am – 11:10 am

Dismissal: 11:10 am

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Foundations of Technology Classes Set Off Rockets- Photos

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Sandy Eichhorn and Shalini Malhotra

The Foundations of Technology class spent both Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, outside shooting off their rockets. Ms. Smith and Mr. Sendin’s classes have been designing their rockets for almost two weeks. The rockets are the students’ final projects, and the most popular. F.O.T. students built their personal rockets from the ground up and they each put their own personal spin on their designs.

Sophomore Michael Hegarty said, “It’s a fun project that was hands on and exciting. It’s interesting to see something you didn’t think could be done be accomplished.”

The classes gathered outside on Centennial’s field and counted down enthusiastically each time a rocket was set off.

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