Month: February 2013

CHS Eagles Varsity Basketball Defeats Stephen Decatur High School

Words: Anna Mitchell

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – On Tuesday, February 26, the 14-8 Eagles boys’ basketball team began their journey in the playoffs.  They faced off against the 13-0 Stephen Decatur High School Seahawks. Stephen Decatur, a 3A school, is located in between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay in Berlin, Maryland. Though it is unusual for a team to travel two and a half hours and over the Bay Bridge to play a match, the Seahawks made the lengthy trip to Centennial for the first round of playoffs.

With tip-off at 5:30 PM, there was a lot of positive energy in the gym. The student section was packed with almost every student wearing red. The fans began with a lot of intensity and loud cheers, as the Eagles snatched offensive rebounds and converted layups. They went on an early run, holding the Seahawks to single digits for almost all of the first quarter. The score at the half was 23-17, Eagles.

The power in the gym decreased as the game progressed. The Eagles extended their lead to fluctuating around twenty points at some moments in the match. The Seahawks could not keep up with the Eagles’ strong crashing of the boards that allowed them multiple offensive rebounds. The Eagles also intercepted many of the Seahawks’ passes to get wide-open layups or another scoring possession.

Although the Seahawks cut the Eagles’ lead to 5 points with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Eagles weren’t going home after their defeat that began from the match’s tip-off. The final score was 53-37, Eagles.

The Stephen Decatur Seahawks headed home on their long bus ride after a tough loss. Though the end of their season, the Eagles will progress to the second round. On Thursday, February 28, the Eagles will travel to River Hill High School to face off with their boys’ team at 5:30 PM.

Jacoby Jones to be on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Words: Kyle Simpson, Ravens Corespondent

Jacoby Jones is a self-named “dancing fool.” And he was known this season for his crazy touchdown celebration dances, including his jazzed up rendition of Ray Lewis’ “Squirrel” during the Super Bowl.

Looks like Jacoby Jones will be able to take his dancing abilities to the big stage on the small screen this year on ABC’s widely successful reality show “Dancing with the Stars”.

He was asked the week after the Super Bowl on Jimmy Kimmel’s Late Night Show and he said “I’d love to. It’d be fun.”

Come out and support Jacoby on March 18th when the show starts up. Other NFL players that have appeared on the show in the past include Pittsburghs Hiens Ward and Green Bay’s Donald Driver. Both of whom won the year they appeared on the show.

In other news, contract negotiations are continuing with Joe Litna and Pat Moriarty on the terms of Joe Falcco’s new contract. They have until next Monday to bang out a deal before they have to use the $20 million franchise tag. All of that $20 million would count against the Ravens $17.5 million cap space. Now with some simple math, it is apparent that the Ravens cannot afford the exclusive rights tag and they MUST make a deal with the Super Bowl XLVII MVP.

Knowing these kinds of deals, expect it to be made in the eleventh hour on March 3rd  or 4th. The Ravens will still manage to stress me out in the off season, in true Ravens form.

Valentunes for Valentines

Words: Meghan Coble

Ellicott City, MD – Thursday, February 14, 2013 was a half-day overflowing with love and festive fundraising. Centennial was littered with tokens of affection from Red Cross carnations, a Valentine’s Day staple, to Spanish pick-up lines, but the choir department’s Valentunes fundraiser undoubtedly topped the charts. For $1 students could buy their boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, or teachers a serenade performed by choir students.

The fundraiser was headed by the Madrigals but included members of the Women’s and Concert Choirs as the result of the overwhelmingly positive response from the Centennial community. On Valentine’s Day, singers, in every configuration from trios to ensembles accompanied by the ukulele, went from class to class singing their hearts out. The song of the day was “All My Loving” by the Beatles as arranged by senior Miriam Hanks.

The student body was pleasantly surprised by the 1963 tune as the Madrigals generally preform Renaissance pieces while in period dress.

“We figured that a more modern song would be better received than a love song in Latin,” senior Gabe Fernandez explained.

The group’s expectations were confirmed as the contemporary song selection appealed to recipients and bystanders alike.

“The reactions tended to revolve around embarrassment. Most of it was a happy embarrassment though as the people who got them usually got the Valentunes from someone special. Teachers tended to be just as entertained as the students were,” Fernandez said.

The performances were also a memorable event for the performers.

Senior Aisa Aliyeva commented, “I personally thought we did fantastic! I loved doing it! and even though I’m a senior this year, I would come back next year just to do this again.”

Luckily for those not graduating this year, Valentunes will be returning in the years to come. Overall the fundraising campaign was a success, being both profitable and entertaining.

Centennial Boosters Gala & Silent Auction

Booster Supporters!

Join other Centennial Parents for the most fun you’ll have in
High School without your kids!

Come party with the Boosters at the annual

Gala & Silent Auction to be held on

Saturday, March 16, 2013
7:00 pm – 11:00 p.m
at the Lodge in Catonsville

Invite your friends and family for appetizers, dinner,
dessert plus a DJ, dancing, games,
and Live and Silent Auctions.

We already have some amazing items including
Ravens AND Orioles tickets, sports camps, front row
reserved seats to the Friday and Saturday night
performances of The Wizard of Oz.

For parents of CHS seniors, we have
15 reserved seats plus VIP parking for GRADUATION
and free ads for this year’s yearbook!

Let’s get together for a stress free night of fundraising!

To get your Luck O’ Eagles tickets
($50 per person or $450 for a table of ten):

Click on www.centennialboostersonline.com/gala.html
to order tickets ONLINE. Paypal, Debit and Credit Cards Accepted

or

Download the Gala Invitation and Ticket Form and mail in with your payment.

IN ADDITION, we could really use your help to make our annual Gala and Silent Auction a huge success.

We are looking for the following:

Volunteers to help email donation requests and pick up donated items
Donations for the Silent Auction. Examples of items include but are not limited to:

A basket (of cheer, gourmet/specialty foods, etc)
Tickets to a sporting event (Ravens, Redskins, Orioles, Nationals, Navy, Maryland, etc.)
Sports memorabilia
Spa or Golf gift certificates
Lessons (golf, tennis, etc.)
Restaurant gift certificates
A weekend at your vacation house/condo
A fishing trip on your boat
Design services (interior/landscape)
Gift cards or certificates to local businesses


If you, your employer, or someone you know can make a donation please contact John Schveibinz at john.schveibinz@verizon.net. All proceeds will be used by the CHS Boosters to enhance CHS extra-curricular activities.

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THANK YOU for supporting the CHS Boosters!

GO EAGLES!

CHS’ Model UN Team Goes to Hopkins

Words: Miranda Mason

From February 7 to February 10, Centennial’s Model UN Club competed in the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference, with sophomores Emily Abdow and Daniel Park receiving an honorable mention.

At the event there were around 1,800 student competitors, with four countries and 26 states represented. The purpose of the conference was to simulate the environment of the United Nations with various debates, the attending students acting as delegates from countries all across the world.

Park received his honorable mention for working as a delegate of Guatemala, and Abdow won her mention for her representation in the Women’s Rights Commission for Syria.

“The conference was great especially because we could meet all the people from around the world. It was a great experience and a lot of fun,” said Park.

Fances Galante, a CHS government teacher and the Model UN advisor, said, “They were a great team this year. I’m really proud of all of them.”

Print Edition Archives

So far this school year, every print edition of The Wingspan has been available online, under the publications tab. In addition to having PDFs of this years newsmagazines, previous editions of The Wingspan are now also available on chswingspan.wordpress.com. They are available under the “Print Edition Archives” link on the sidebar, or by clicking here.

Centennial PAWS Club Takes Steps to Help Out

Words: Miranda Mason

Photos Provided By: Katie Hogan

Centennial’s PAWS club recently began organizing trips to a local privately owned shelter, Animal Welfare Society. Members of the PAWS club are continually making trips to the shelter to help take care of the dogs there.

Originally, the members donated to the county-owned Howard County Humane Society, giving toys. However, due to age restrictions the members were unable to volunteer at the Howard County Shelter. Instead, they started volunteering at Animal Welfare Society.

“Howard County Humane Society took donated toys, but we weren’t able to participate because of age limits,” said junior Katie Hogan, president of the PAWS club.

In addition to volunteering at the shelter, the PAWS club is organizing a dog walk in the spring that will showcase dogs that still need homes to the public, in order to help them get adopted.