Month: May 2012

HSAs (Meghan Coble)

Centennial underclassmen are taking High School Assessments throughout the week of May 29, 2012. HSA’s are a requirement in the state of Maryland and passing grades are necessary to graduate from high school. Generally taken by sophomores, the exams are given in the subjects of Algebra, American Government, Biology, and English 10.

The media center and other classrooms with computers are closed to non-testing students. Additionally, periods one through three are extended by 10 minutes, and periods five and six are shortened.

Senior Picnic (Paul Didwall)

On Monday, May 21, 2012, The Class of 2012 partook in the annual Centennial Senior Picnic. Despite the rainy weather conditions of Monday, the picnic took place at Centennial Park East, Pavilion H. The Picnic started at 9:30 AM, and concluded  around 2:15 PM. Seniors were able to head over to the picnic after they took their finals for periods one and two. Food was served at 11 AM.

 

News magazine ranks Centennial High School as a Gold Medal School (Amy Myers)

Centennial students have yet another reason to be proud of their school! Yesterday, the U.S. News & World Report released their fourth edition of its national “Best High Schools” rankings, with Centennial High School making #360 out of 22,000 high schools in the nation. Statewide, Centennial made 19th place out of Maryland’s 232 schools. According to the news magazine, placing this high in the survey qualifies Centennial as a Gold Medal School.

Congratulations to all staff and students! We’ve shown how far our Eagle Pride can take us.

To check out where other local schools ranked, go to: http://ow.ly/aNDwk

Shooting at St. Peter’s Church (Amy Myers)

Choppers and sirens were heard all around Ellicott City on May 3rd after a shooting at St. Peter’s Episcopal church. For hours bystanders and local residents stayed glued to their television screens to see what danger hit our quiet city.

According to the Baltimore Sun, police discovered that two members of the church were involved in a murder-suicide. Brenda Brewington and Rev. Marguerite Mary Kohn suffered gunshot wounds to the head. Brewington was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kohn was rushed to shock trauma and put on life support.

Meanwhile, dozens of police cars and helicopters searched the area for the suspected killer. Later that evening, police found a man’s body lying with a gun.  He was identified to be Douglas Franklin Jones, and suspected to be the shooter. Workers confirmed that Jones would often come to the church for food, and perhaps, that this time he arrived with anger instead of hunger.

Loved ones of Rev. Kohn gathered at her bedside, as she was pronounced dead yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Friends and neighbors of both women remain in shock that such an event has occurred at St. Peter’s. Funerals for both women will be held later this week.

The Wingspan sends its sincere condolences for the loss of the victims. We keep the families and loved ones of the victims in our thoughts.

Centennial Eagles Baseball Update April 24- April 30, 2012 (Salman Hashmi)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cetennial Eagles 1 @ Howard Lions 3

Starting pitcher Ben Goldsmith pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs. First basemen Garrett Kurtz went 2-4, with two doubles, outfielder Brandon Feurman went 2-4, with two doubles, and Derek Nadeau went 1-3, with a single and an RBI.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Long Reach Lightnings 0 @ Centennial Eagles 6

Starting pitcher Aerian Vedadi went seven innings, no earned runs, and almost threw a no hitter. Pitcher Aerian Vedadi also got three walks in the game and outfielder Jerry Burgow went 2-4, with two doubles.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Centennial Eagles 3 @ Reservoir Gators 5

Playing on back to back days, the Centennial Eagles struggled to put runs on the board. The Gators were looking to seek revenge from the Eagles after an opening day loss. Starting pitcher Garrett Kurtz struggled in five innings, giving up five earned runs. Pitcher Peter Baum came in for an inning of work giving up no earned runs. Seniors Aerian Vedadi went 2-3 with a double, a single, and a walk, and Garrett Kurtz and Jared Lacey went 1-4 with a double.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mount Hebron Vikings 1 @ Centennial Eagles 6

Starting pitcher Ben Goldsmith pitched seven innings and gave up one earned run. Goldsmith showed the reason why he is the ace of the pitching staff. The Centennial hitters provided enough runs to give Goldsmith another quality start.

Chemathon Competition (Meghan Coble)

The Centennial Chemathon team competed in Chemathon on April 28, 2012 at the University of Maryland. The team placed 4th out of 28 teams. Additionally, they scored 2nd place in the Avogadro’s Tiebreaker Challenge and 5th place in the Chemisterie Challenge.

The team was comprised of sophomores Lucas Cheng, Ilana Harris, Sciam Salelm, Jason (QiCong) He, Vikas Kante, Ta-Chung (Morris) Mou, and Joo Hee Ryu and juniors Minjie Wei, Sulin Wu. Congratulations to the entire team!

End of the Year Exams

Tuesday, June 5: Period 1 Exam, followed by school-based adjusted bell schedule

Wednesday, June 6: Period 2 Exam 7:25-9:05 am

Break 9:05-9:25 am

 Period 3 Exam 9:30-11:10 am

Thursday, June 7: Period 5 Exam 7:25-9:05 am

Break 9:05-9:25 am

Period 6 Exam 9:30-11:10 am

Friday, June 8: Period 4A Exam 7:25-9:05 am

Break 9:05-9:25 am

Period 4B Exam 9:30-11:10 am

SGA General Assembly Meeting (Amy Myers)

The SGA general assembly meeting was held this past Friday, April 27th during sixth period. There was much to discuss, and the president, Nihal Singh, began the meeting quickly.

First was the Question and Answer session with an administrator, Kevin Dorsey. The questions mainly focused on the upcoming dances and school activities of the 2012-2013 year, starting with Homecoming and Spirit Week. Dorsey stated that Homecoming this year would be in September, so planning for the events would have to begin quickly with the new school year.

Then the question was asked about another dance, separate from Prom and Homecoming. Attenders of the meeting were crossing their fingers to hear the answer. Dorsey reported that administration has attempted to organize another school dance, but it became difficult to plan around the senior activities. Dorsey commented that it would take a lot more preparation and participation to add another dance to the school year.

With this in mind, the meeting continued on to nominations of next year’s SGA members. The nominees read out their slogans and promoting blurbs, while members of the audience read questions that would exemplify how they would contribute to the club.

Much was accomplished at the last SGA meeting, but participation remained very low. In order to gain more participation for dances and school activities, SGA needs the attendance of representatives of every Centennial club. In order to spread the word to the student body, SGA has designed a news letter that will come out this May.