Month: May 2013

Outdoor Track and Field’s Successful Trip to the State Championship

Words: Michael Moore

On Saturday May 25, the Centennial outdoor track and field team traveled to Morgan State University to compete in the state championships. The boys’ team had a lot of success, with graduated senior Josh Poole taking third in the 200m, and first in the 400m. The relay team of Poole and also graduated seniors Eddie Krahe, Andrew Kutt, and Jordan Roberts took home a state title in the 4x400m relay. The girls’ team also enjoyed success with freshman Ally Driscoll earning second place in the 1600m, and graduated senior Catie Bernhardt taking third place the 800m. The girls also had success with a relay team. The 4x800m relay team of Driscoll, Bernhardt, junior Ilana Harris, and junior Alyssa Taylor took home fourth place.

Poole had an exceptional performance Saturday, winning a state title in the 400m and in the 4x400m relay. For Poole, the win in the 400m was very special, “I promised Coach Pauller that I was going to win the 400 after my freshman year, so to finally achieve that felt awesome, especially to know that my hard work paid off.” He is also very proud of his relay team for their performance in the meet. “The relay championship was a surprise, and I’m really proud of the team stepping up to run that. They did the work, and by the time I had gotten the handoff we were first in the heat and ready to win it,” said Poole. “I’m happy that I got to be able to run with them and that we were able to accomplish what we did.”

The season was very successful for the Eagles. With a ninth place finish in the state, Poole gives a lot of credit to his teammates. “I think that that we had people step up and perform when we needed them, and as a whole I think our ninth place in the state meet is evidence that we had a great season.” For Poole, this was the perfect end to his high school career, saying, “I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my high school track career.”

Caitlin Martin, Former Wingspan Photographer, Wins Awards at Both State and National Levels

Words: Corey Grable

Caitlin Martin, class of 2013 graduate, has always loved photography, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she really got into it. “I got my first camera, a DSLR, in 2011. I have always liked taking pictures, and I love to focus on equestrian sports, sports in general, and all kinds of animals as well.” She joined the Wingspan photography team last year, and her impact was immediate. Instantly, Martin was taking extremely high quality photographs at some of the most prestigious events such as the Friday night football games, the Volleyball State finals, and the winter musical.  Besides Martin’s supreme picture-taking abilities, she helped out the Wingspan in another key way.

Due to her seemingly limitless knowledge about photography, Martin presented her fellow classmates with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from a photographer of her caliber.  A photographer for the Wingspan this year, sophomore Montana Lowe, credits a lot of her success to Martin’s teachings. “Martin’s photos were super helpful, and changed the way I take pictures, and she has changed how the Wingspan photographers takes pictures,” said Lowe. “She was incredibly helpful with teaching me a lot of key points that I didn’t know before this year.”

However, Martin’s success was not only limited to the Wingspan. Martin, along with balancing school and the newspaper, also is a proficient personal photographer. She has been recognized at both the State and National level for pictures she has taken. A picture taken last February of 4-time state champion and Centennial graduate Nathan Kraisser won a state award from Towson University. This picture depicts Kraisser’s arm being raised by the referee after his fourth and final state championship victory.

Another one of Martin’s numerous out-of-school successes is one of the most well recognized photos of the year. In a PTA “Magic of the Moment” photo competition, Martin’s photograph, detailing a child tenderly touching a horse, won 1st place on the State level, after placing high in the county level.

At the national level of the competition, Martin’s picture won an outstanding 3rd place in her category, receiving an Award of Merit. This award is one of the highest honors a photographer can receive. Martin’s friends, family, and fellow Wingspan members are incredibly supportive of Martin and her impressive achievements.

Junior Kris Berry, a member of the Wingspan, said, “It’s awesome that someone from our paper made such an impact on a national level. I think Martin really deserves this award. She is always working hard, and looking for ways to improve herself and the others around her.” He added, “I know for a fact that the photography branch of the Wingspan has definitely improved with her on the staff.”

Martin is not staying for a second year with the Wingspan, as she has graduated a year early. She will attend Howard Community College in the fall, and then transfer to Johnson & Wales University.

Martin also runs her own website that showcases many more of her spectacular photos. Click Here to view some sports, theater, and other great shots, or Click Here to view her video production business website.




Class of 2013 Graduation

Photo: Paul Didwall

As the Class of 2013 walked across the stage this morning during their high school graduation, they began a new chapter in their lives – a chapter that will surely be filled with new memories, friends, and life-changing experiences.

Congratulations seniors on graduating from high school, you will be missed, but never forgotten, and we wish you the best luck in the future.