Maryland Welcomes the Lanternfly

Words: Eliza Andrew

This spring, Marylanders have a new bug they expect to take over their state. Every year, as temperatures rise and winter comes to a close, the outbreak of the brown, odorous stink bug, which has occurred since 2006, hits Maryland at enormous levels. The harmless bug is nothing compared to the tree-eating gypsy moth that hit the state in the 1980s, yet the new alien to hit Maryland is expected to be even worse than the previous two. The spotted lanternfly, a four-winged bright bug, originated from parts of Asia including China, Vietnam, and several areas of India. It’s expected to travel down from southeast Pennsylvania this spring.

The bug was first introduced to America when a shipment of stone was brought to Berks County, PA, where the lanternfly eggs attached to the crates. Although these bugs aren’t directly harmful to people, they have infested the area and have left dozens of hardwood decks, furniture, and many fruit gardens covered in the lanternfly’s goo. The goo, otherwise known as honeydoo, can be left by the bug either while on the ground or flying above the item, dropping the honeydoo from above. Since this fly is not native to the area, and has a quick reproduction time, there are no known predators or remedies to regulate the population.

This brainy bug has tendency to latch onto different modes of transportation, including cars, trucks, and trains, making the lanternfly’s location spread even wider to unknown parts of the country. Although the bug has four, strong wings, the lanternfly is known to travel by hopping more than flying. Starting from a young age, the baby lanternfly or nymph has to learn to move around until it finally grows its wings later on in its development. Which means lots of bugs on the ground as well as in the air. They make their way inside of homes and buildings, similar to the stink bug.

There is no exact date on which we are to expect the spotted lanternfly, but since its first appearance in 2014 in Pennsylvania, the bug has turned up in parts of Delaware. Therefore, the bug is expected to make its timely appearance in Maryland this spring into summer. Residents of Maryland are cautioned to be on the lookout for the lanternfly’s egg sacks, which could be mistaken for unusual colored fungus on tree bark. If any sacks are found, the resident who spotted them is highly urged to alert Maryland wildlife control immediately to limit and prevent the infestation of the environmentally-harmful spotted lanternfly.

Centennial Takes on Homewood at Annual Face-off

Photos and Words: Sydney Beck

On March 16, 2018, Centennial High School hosted the annual Homewood basketball game. The game, which took place during fourth period, was watched by students and faculty. The friendly, yet competitive game was played by students who qualified for the game after winning the tournament in the Sports for Life class.

The not-so-serious commentators of the game included Seniors Meg Thompson, Dylan Toth, and Chris Hopkins. The score was accurately kept by the Centennial boys Varsity basketball manager, Terry Kim.

The Eagles were coached by members of both the girls and boys basketball teams. The starting lineup consisted of Seniors Jake Horen, Josh Horen, Michael Pellegrini, Alex Keppler, and Andy Lee. The Eagles constantly rotated players throughout the game, due to complaints from the bench and student section.

The Eagles came out strong against the opposing team, ending the first half with a convincing lead of 36-16.

Centennial’s Dance III performed an upbeat routine at halftime. The group of 18, danced in unison to “You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones featuring RAYE.

The Centennial Eagles wrapped up the game with a final score of 78-30

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.

Week Two of Zaching Against Cancer March Madness Basketball Tournament

Words and photos: Zach Grable

The second week of Centennial’s ZAC Basketball Tournament took place on Wednesday, March 14, during Eagle Time.

Steezmen took on Vytautus, beating them 5-4, Now Up defeated Vanilla Wafers 6-4, and the Sleepers got redemption from last week, overcoming Bucket Squad 5-4.

Consolation games included Bucket Squad beating Heart Over Height 5-4, and Vytautus winning against the Vanilla Wafers 10-7.

Semi-finals will take place next Wednesday, March 21, during Eagle Time. Make sure to get a pass for the games by signing up for the gym here.

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.

CHS Theatre Proudly Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial Theatre Department students will be performing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the auditorium at its spring musical. Showtimes are 7 p.m. from March 22 to 24, and 2 p.m. on March 25.

Tickets are $8 online until March 15, but will increase to $12 after. They can also be purchased for $10 during all lunch shifts from March 19 to 23. Tickets will be $12 at the door.

The musical centers on six spellers competing in a prestigious bee; their backstories are revealed through songs as the competition progresses. Complete with audience participation, CHS Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee promises spectacular entertainment.

The cast includes Matt Sorak, Sabrina Ochoa, Avery Beck, Kieran Newell, Noah Katz, Zoha Faraz, Caroline Pekrul, Carolina Requejo, Nicole Ouellette, Sydney Grossman, Antariksh Tulshyan, Allison Brown, Kai Daley, Grace Rout, Kayleigh Hasson, Sarah Kruhm, Casey Stratton, Myeves Lucien, Akhil Pramantre, Gillian Rossbach, Colton Smith, Ifechekwu Alachebe, and Abby Zoller-Gritz.

The production is directed by Ms. Kathryn Carlsen. Vocal direction is by Ms. Rebecca Vanover, music direction by Mr. David Matchim, and choreography by Mr. Kurt Boehm.

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.

Centennial Students Participate in Nationwide Walkout

Words: Maddie Wirebach / Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

This morning at 10:00 am, Centennial students participated in the nationwide walkout for gun reform.

Braving the bitter temperatures, students held up homemade signs with cries for policy change for seventeen minutes, one minute for each victim in the shooting in Parkland, FL. Sophomore Julia Stitely displayed her support for gun reform with her sign, reading “How many lives have to be lost for you to listen?”

Another sign read, “Fear has no place in our schools.”

Senior Sophie Lovering, who helped make the walkout possible for Centennial students, was very pleased with how things worked out.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. All of the students who decided to participate were respectful, understood the purpose of the walkout, and returned to class in a timely manner,” said Lovering.

Lovering encouraged the students participating to utilize the power of social media to show their support.

“I know that the pictures/videos taken and conversations started will effectively communicate our pro gun-control message to the local, and hopefully national, community.”

Harshitha Sayini, a junior, admired the power in each poster.

“It was nice to see all the posters made by students encouraging gun reform.”

Sophomore Yousif Omer led a powerful chant, reassuring students that they matter, and so do their opinions.

Flyers were handed out detailing the student-organized trip to the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, in Washington D.C.


For more information about the planning of the event, read here:

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.

Eagles Celebrate Women’s History Month

Words: Maggie Ju

At Centennial, many students advocate for women’s rights, adding their own impact to women’s history. The month of March was designated by Congress as Women’s History Month in 1987, giving these students a special platform for voicing their ideas.

Centennial has three clubs dedicated to the promotion of women in society: Girl for Girl, Girl Up, and She’s the First. The three clubs combined have around 100 members. They regularly host events to support women and girls in need, both in the community and around the world.

Girl Up board member Emily Addalia said, “For Women’s History Month, our club members wrote morning announcements about different women in history, and what they have accomplished.”

It is widely acknowledged that historical women often faced difficult times simply for being women. Suffragists, scientists, and athletes are rightfully celebrated for their hard-earned achievements, but the everyday lives and decisions of women often go unnoticed.

Ms. Parker, who teaches history at Centennial, said, “When I did have the chance to teach Women’s History, I focused on the unique experience that women have had throughout history and the unique contribution they have made. For instance, birth control does not often come up as an important issue in US history but in a study of women in the 1920s and 1930s, it is a central issue. The choice not to have children for a Depression-era mother was a very serious one.”

In the wake of recent female-empowerment movements, the spotlight of Women’s History Month has shifted to include those who were often excluded by early women’s rights activists: minority and marginalized women.

Freshman Aria Ma, who identifies as bisexual, felt that the month was significant for LGBT women. “People think that all girls have a little gay in them and therefore don’t treat us like we’re real,” she explained. “Having a women’s history month would better give representation, not just for women in general but [also] for bi and gay women.”

Despite the struggles that the month highlights, Addalia was hopeful. “Women’s History Month is an opportunity to celebrate women from our history and our present,” she said, “and to inspire young girls to dream big and accomplish their goals.”

For more information about Girl Up, visit Girl for Girl meets during Eagle Time in Portable 1, and She’s the First meets Mondays after school in Room 904.

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.

Centennial’s National German Exam Results

Words: Maddie Wirebach

On February 1, over 20,000 students nationwide took the National German Exam, including Centennial’s second, third, and fourth level German students.

Written entirely in German, the electronic exam tests students’ comprehension of the German language through an audio/video section as well as a reading section. Both sections feature multiple choice questions regarding the selected text, audio, or video sample.

In Maryland, students won a total of 143 medals. In true eagle fashion, many Centennial students demonstrated outstanding work, winning a collective 35 medals. Congratulations to these students and to everyone who participated!

Gold Medalists: Naige Correal-Winters, Anjali Gajendiran, Madeline Harris, Adam Hawtof, Lucas Jones, Thomas Luo, Jessica McCarthy, Emily Przybyla, Carolyn Reynolds, Lucrezia Righi, Malika Shah, Maximilian Shen, Madison Wirebach, and Matthew Zhang.

Silver Medalists: Elif Akbas, Joshua Tylor Braun, James Daly, Lauren Herr, Saraf Islam, Jason Kraisser, Nadine Meister, Erebus Oh, Ethan Steuernagle, Jerry Sun, Brian Tran, and Binderiya Undrakhbold.

Bronze Medalists: Chris Agnew, Dominic Cangialosi, Diana Dinh, Alexandra Fang, Noah Hanssen, Abigail Hill, Hannah Murphy, Simone Sabnis, and Meg Thompson.

For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.