Welcoming Mrs. Khaksari to Centennial

Words: Minah Mubasher

Irene Khaksari is a new guidance counselor this year at Centennial High School. She has been counseling for 13 years, and was inspired to get into counseling from personal experiences she had with educators when she was a student.

Prior to CHS, Khaksari worked for a school in New York City and then at Wilde Lake. She is an Alumna of Loyola College. Although it can be hard to adjust to a new environment,Khaksari is handling it well, finding it “Challenging but fun”.

Khaksari has many goals for Centennial such as meeting the needs of all of the students, no matter what classes or sports they are involved in. She would love for every student to be part of some extracurricular activity and invested in this school and education.

The custodial staff, Carole Sormanti, the leadership from the front office and the counseling team are among Khaksari’s favorite things about CHS.

“Centennial is a great place to be,” said Khaksari,“and I am excited for this opportunity to work with the CHS family.”

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Centennial Field Hockey Shuts Out Wilde Lake

Photos and Words: Sarah Kruhm

CHS Field Hockey triumphs over Wilde Lake with a resounding 5-0 shutout! With 17 shots on goal, the Eagles brought their A-game as each goal scored was by a different player. The highlight of the game was when senior Samantha Dippel sunk a shot as she went up against Wilde Lake’s goalie in a successful penalty stroke. As the playoffs approach next week, the Eagles are prepared to bring the heat!

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Centennial’s 2017-2018 SGA

Words: Eliza Andrew

At the end of last year, current rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors voted for who the SGA members would be for the 2017- 2018 school year. The candidates informed the school about their intentions for the position they were running for.  Now it’s time to get to know our elected members. We congratulate all of our SGA members and we look forward to the 2017-2018 school year.

Swadhin Nalubola: Senior SGA President

What are your SGA duties?

Serve as the closest link between the student body and the administration, run SGA meetings, represent the student voice as a whole.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I am confident, passionate, and well-liked.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My biggest goal is to increase overall school spirit, especially at pep rallies. I’d also like to make sure that we have a great homecoming, especially since this is the 40th anniversary. Finally, I’d like to make SGA a more prominent organization in the school.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

Most likely no, but I definitely would like to take a leadership role in whatever career I choose.

Greg Costello: Senior SGA Vice President

What are your SGA duties?

As Vice President I help organize events such as Homecoming and the Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament. I lead meetings and fill in for the President when needed. I represent the school at HCASC, MASC, and the Board of Education as well.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I bring communication skills, charisma, and a genuine sense of pride for Centennial to SGA.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

This year, my goal for SGA is to have a bigger role in the students getting more out of school than just an education. Things like a teach-in, game nights for Battle of the Classes, and bringing back Mr. CHS are things we are looking to get done and have at Centennial for years to come.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

SGA has given me first-hand experience in seeing what it takes to be leader and represent a large number of people. My hope one day is to be in the US Coast Guard and I feel as if SGA has shown me I have what it takes in the leadership aspect of the military.

Summer Shen: Sophomore SGA Corresponding Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

I am the corresponding secretary for SGA, which means I am in charge of marketing and relaying information to the school.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

One unique trait that I bring to SGA is my video editing/filming skills. I love producing videos, and I have made SGA videos for the morning TV announcements.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My goal this year is to increase school spirit at Centennial and strive towards building a stronger community.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future, I hope to work in sports business as a leader. I am interested in marketing, digital media/broadcasting, and public relations, and I hope to become a Senior Vice President for an NFL team one day.

Stacy Lee: Junior Recording Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

In SGA I am the recording secretary and I basically write all the notes during meetings and assist in anything the SGA needs help in overall.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

Some unique traits I bring to SGA are that I am responsible and I am pretty outgoing when it comes to talking to others about events and meetings.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

Some goals I have for Centennial is to have more school spirit overall and fundraise money for associations like Zaching for Cancer.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future I actually do not have any interest in a leadership or political career but I hope to use the skills learned in SGA for my desired career!

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Allied Soccer Ends Season Undefeated

Photos and Words: Meghan Moore

On Monday, October 16, the Centennial allied soccer team made the journey to Columbia to face off against the Oakland Mills Scorpions for their final regular season match.

Both teams had a strong offense, but the ball primarily stayed in Centennial’s possession. The offense was led by the sister power duo Julia and Evie Howser-Doty. Each of them putting up one of the Eagle’s two goals during the game. Senior Matthew Na also had an impressive game, assisting J. Howser-Doty with her goal.

Our Eagle’s defense was as strong as ever, with senior goalie Mike McCarthy shutting down all but one of Scorpions’ goals the whole game. McCarthy had help from his fierce line of defense: junior Ian Winters and senior Dominic Roybal. Seniors Johnathon Hanks and Yousef Tuni also played a great defensive game, deflecting and intercepting several of the Scorpions’ attempts to take the ball downfield. 

The two teams both gave a valiant effort, and Centennial fought hard for their victory. As the whistle blew at the end of the fourth quarter, the Eagles walked off with the final score being 2-1 Centennial.

While allied soccer’s regular season has come to an end, all Howard County allied soccer teams will be traveling to Howard High School on Wednesday, October 18 for the annual Pumpkin Bowl at 3 PM.

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Juniors Beat Seniors in the Powderpuff Game

Photos: Zach Grable/ Words: Eliza Andrew

After a long and boring, yet chaotic day working hard on PSATs and correcting college essays for the longevity of the morning, there was something exciting for the juniors and seniors to look forward to at the end of the day.  Starting at 6pm Wednesday night, the junior and senior girls were placed head to head in the ultimate battle to compete for the reign of Powderpuff champions.  As the game begun, both teams were getting acclimated to the wet turf and slippery ball because of the damp, drizzling weather.  After this adaption, the juniors took the lead quick, keeping the game at a quick pace, while the seniors were struggling to keep up.  The score was 13 to 6 in the juniors favor at the end of the first half.

The second half was starting out with both teams hungry for victory.  Many intercepted and uncaught balls later, the score was now 19 for the juniors and 18 for the seniors.  It was a devastating loss for the seniors as they were only 1 point away.  For the first time in a long time, the juniors reign over the seniors, becoming the 2017 Centennial Powderpuff Champions.

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Centennial Football is Defeated by Howard Before Homecoming

Photos and Words: Hibah Khan

The 2017 Homecoming Football Game was on Friday, October 13 at Centennial High School against Howard High School. Although the final score of the game was 26-14 with Howard on top, the bleachers were filled with students from Centennial who came to the game to support the JV Football team. Junior Siheir Coleman scored two touchdowns for a total of twelve points. After the first touchdown, Centennial coaches decided to go for a two point conversion, sophomore Justice Murrell ran the ball into the end zone adding two points to the score board. In honor of Homecoming, the marching band dressed up as Star Wars characters for the Halftime Show. Win or lose, it was a fantastic Friday night for the Centennial Eagles, full of spirit, laughs, and a good time.

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