Girls’ Lacrosse Trumps Hebron in First Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Zach Grossman

On Wednesday, May 10, the Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse team defeated rival Mount Hebron in the first round of 3A Playoffs.

Though the Vikings quickly took the lead by a goal, the Eagles fought back and senior Laurie Bracey scored, tying the game at one. Bracey scored again, followed by a goal from junior Claudia Pilcher, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead. The game remained close in the first half and Pilcher scored two more goals, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead going into the second half.

In the second half, Hebron came out firing and scored tying the game at 5. However, Bracey and Pilcher both put balls in the net which gave the Eagles a two goal cushion. Freshman goalie Sarah Thorman made some impressive saves which kept the Eagles in the lead for the majority of the game. The teams fought hard and ended up tied at 7, making the game go into overtime.

The Eagles started overtime with a drive down the field, but were unable to score. The Vikings quickly got their own opportunity, but the Eagles’ defense, led by seniors Ryleigh Ahearn and Gabby Fairley were able to stop them from scoring.

The Eagles once again drove down the field. The game took a turn when sophomore Marissa Lagera was fouled and got a penalty shot. As soon as the whistle blew, Lagera nailed the ball past the Hebron keeper, winning the game.

The Eagles will move on to the second round of the 3A Playoffs. The next game is on Friday, May 12, against the Glenelg Gladiators.


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Mr. Whitaker Wins Teacher of the Year!

Words: Abby Vall

Photos: Jeremy Hall

The senior votes for Teacher of the Year were finalized and the administration, SGA, and student reporters gathered to congratulate Mr. Whitaker for receiving the Teacher of The Year Award on January 8, 2017.

Ms. Hafets led the entourage to Whitaker’s room as students followed with a sign, balloons, flowers, and a cookie cake congratulating him on his hard work and dedication to Centennial High School.

Whitaker humbly accepted his gifts and said, “You’re only as good as the people and students you work with.”

Congratulations to Mr. Whitaker for being voted Teacher of the Year!

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Girls’ Soccer Wins Regional Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Monday, November 7, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Soccer team beat the Westminster Owls for the 3A Regional Finals.

Centennial started off the half with a huge desire to crush the Owls. They quickly put three goals in the net. Junior Kelli Dunagan passed the ball to senior Jasmine McCree for the first goal of the game that gave the Eagles a boost of morale. Shortly after, sophomore Mckenna Griffin received a ball from McCree and flew by multiple defenders to give Centennial a 2-0 lead. However, the Eagles were not done yet. They kept up their intensity and scored yet another goal by McCree. Although no goals were scored for the rest of the half, the Eagles did not let up their offensive attacks.

In the second half, the Eagles suffered a devestating injury. McCree injured her hamstring, and Coach Baxter put in freshman Sarah Sophchick. Sopchick had a stellar game, and scored a unassisted goal to give the Eagles their fourth and final goal.

Centennial will move onto the State Semi-Finals on Saturday, November 12, against Urbana High School.

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Class of 2017 Crab Feast

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

Photos: Shalini Malhotra

Centennial High School held its annual Senior Crab Feast on Wednesday, November 2, from 5pm-8pm. For many this marked the first official senior event of the year. Several groups of students continued the tradition of making Crab Feast t-shirts. Some included quotes like “Santa Claws,” “Take a Crack at it,” and “What’s Crabalackin?”

Ashley Waller, a senior, said, “I don’t really like crabs, but I thought there was good vibe, it reminded me of Homecoming.”

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Homecoming Football Game

Words: Parker Subasic

On Friday, September 23, the Centennial Football team faced off with the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs for the Homecoming Game.
The Eagles, now 1-2, were looking for a victory for the Homecoming Game. Sadly, on a last second touchdown the Mustangs scored, putting the Eagles behind 21-20 to end the game.
 Senior quarterback Matt Shoenberger had two passing touchdowns and one rushing. Senior wide receiver Elijah White had two deep touchdowns in the first half giving the Eagles a 14-7 lead going into the second half. White also had a key play by swatting a pass in the end zone to stop a game winning touchdown. Unfortunately, in the next play, the Mustangs scored and took the lead with the clock dwindling down.
The next game is on Friday, September 30, at Long Reach.

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Pep Rally and Color Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos:Sandy Eichhorn, Jeremy Hall, Shalini Malhotra

On Friday, September 23, Centennial students and staff wore black, blue, white, and red for Color Day. Freshmen represented their grade by wearing all black, sophomores wore blue, juniors wore white, and seniors wore red.

The hallways were covered in glitter and feathers left over from the face paint and boas.

At the end of the day, all students flocked to the field for the Pep Rally. The athletes walked the field, students participated in a multitude of events like tug-of-war, and the Drill Team performed.

Color Day and the Pep Rally mark the end of the Spirit Week events before Homecoming on Saturday, September 24.

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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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Centennial Artists Recognized by U.S. Congress

Words: Kieran Senisi

Photos Contributed by: Nan Collins

The Congressional Art Awards Ceremony occurred on June 3, and Centennial did not fail to impress.  Five Centennial artists, including Maria Rodriguez Cardona, Abbigail Hong, Rachel Scheetz, Tricia Park, and Ye Sun Park, entered the competition under the district of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.  According to Rep. Cummings, over 650,000 high school students have contributed artwork in this nationwide competition in the past ten years; this year, three of the five Centennial students won top prizes.  

Senior Ye Sun Park took home first place with her painting “Woman in Blue Dress,” and her painting will be hung in the Congressional galleries for a year.  Senior Maria Rodriguez Cardona’s painting “Paper Doll” won a curator award from the Maryland Institute of Art.  Junior Tricia Park’s self-portrait also won a curator award from the Walter’s Art Museum.  Judges were not allowed to know anything about the participants, which allowed for an even playing field for the competition. These artists represented Centennial with pride, and those who did not graduate hope to do the same in future competitions.

*This article was updated on 9 June 2017 to reflect the number of years students have been submitting artwork in this competition.

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Centennial Says Goodbye: Whalen and Spaide Retire

Words: Lisa Kerr Photos: Zach Grable

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Centennial will be losing two memorable staff members due to their retirement: Mrs. Spaide and Ms. Whalen. Although Centennial will miss them, we are thankful for all that they did in fueling students’ education.

 “I will miss the students and teachers the most,” said Whalen. One particular experience that she loved was watching her students start out in Algebra 1 in freshman year and graduate with a 5 on their Calculus AP exam in their senior year; seeing them excel made her experience as a teacher worthwhile.

When asked if there was any lasting lessons that she believed her students had taught her, she thought for a moment before saying, “Life isn’t as serious as you take it; be flexible.”

These two teachers have contributed to Centennial’s success by helping students learn and grow while developing their intellect and character. Centennial will miss them, and they will always be eagles!


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Centennial Underclassmen Review Their 2016-2017 School Year

Words: Lien Hoang

For Centennial’s underclassmen, the 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close as summer break approaches. Seniors graduated a few weeks ago, so it is now time for the remaining students to leave high school and start their well-anticipated summer break.

Though many students have enjoyed the school year in general, most students are very glad to get out of school. Sophomore Stafford Smith says, “sophomore year was pretty easy for me. I loved my teachers and my classes, I will miss it.” On the other hand, freshman Kyria Windsor says, “I’m glad school is almost over because I’m tired of waking up early, but my year overall was fun because I got to hang out with my friends during school.”

Some students like Michelle Lin and Brook Anderson are already anticipating the 2017-2018 school year because of try-outs and team sports. “I’m so happy that the school year is almost over but I can’t wait for volleyball next year,” Lin said. Anderson is also very glad that school is coming to an end, saying, “It’s been a long year but playing basketball for the Varsity team made it better and more interesting.”


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