Month: January 2014

Schedule for Jan. 14 (Period 1 Exam)

Period 1               7:25 – 9:05 (100 minutes)  Period 1 Exam
Period 2               9:10 – 9:50 (40 minutes)
Period 3               9:55 – 10:35  (40 minutes)
Period 4               10:40 – 12:40
A:  10:40 – 11:10
B:  11:10 – 11:40
C:  11:40 – 12:10
D:  12:10 – 12:40
Period 5               12:45 – 1:25 (40 minutes)
Period 6               1:30 – 2:10 (40 minutes)

Boys’ Basketball Wins Game Against Hammond

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday, Jan. 10, the Centennial boys’ basketball team hosted Hammond High School. The Eagles stayed hot in the first quarter, jumping out to an early lead, led by senior Chase Conley. They continued the intensity all the way through the first quarter to take the lead going into the second.

Hammond, however, came out firing in the second quarter, and surged past the Eagles. Centennial was able to cut the lead down at halftime, seemingly regaining some of their earlier momentum.

The third quarter was back and forth, both teams were continuing to play physical, and every basket had to be earned. The Eagles, however, found their stride and got their momentum back. Conley, sophomore Tom Brown, and junior Isaiah While were all major contributors.

The fourth was all Centennial. Two back-to-back dunks by White sent the crowd, players and coaches into a frenzy. It was clear that all the momentum was with the Eagles. Conley took over the game and looked like he could not be stopped. The Eagles won 70-62. Conley finished with 20 points, White had 12, junior Chad Strothers had 10, and Brown had 9.


Burst Pipe at Centennial

Words: Emma Harring

Contributors: Carolyn Eichhorn and Giana Han

Around 7 this evening, the fire alarm went off at Centennial High School and people started to evacuate from the gym and auditorium. The alarm turned off shortly after, and people made their way back to their seats.

A few minutes after, administrators went into the gymnasium and auditorium, instructing everybody to evacuate the building. People were informed that there was a burst pipe in the boiler room and the water was to be turned off, and therefore, no one was allowed to remain in the building.

According to Assistant Principal, Joelle Miller, it appeared to be a burst sprinkler head. Night chief for Centennial, Ian Johnson, responded quickly, according to Miller. A crew from Howard County Public School System arrived very soon after and began work to fix the issue, and Miller believes the situation will be resolved in time for school tomorrow.

At the time of the incident, there was a girls’ basketball game being held in the gymnasium against Long Reach High School, and a freshman midterm review session being held in the auditorium. At this time, there is no word on whether the game will be resumed. Sources close to Wingspan state that the midterm review session will not be made up, due to schedule conflicts the rest of the week.

Vintage Voices

Words: Amanda Ali

Vintage Voices is a club at Centennial High School that performs nostalgic songs for housebound seniors that live at nursing homes and assisted living communities. They also sing and dance to Swing Era music, mostly from the 1930s to the 1950s. This group started as a Girl Scout Gold Award project last year for senior Vintage Voices president and founder Becky Goodridge. It continues strong this year with double the size of members from the first year.

At their performances, they socialize with the housebound seniors after every show while handing out small mementos that match their show’s theme. The senior residents love to chat with the members and love their repertoire of songs, which proves that these shows are very therapeutic for the seniors.

“It allows them to forget about their troubles while also encouraging them to socialize with us and other residents,” said Goodridge, “as they reminisce about that era.”

Although the group has only existed for one year, they have already performed a total of 10 times. Their most recent performance was at Ft. Meade’s Officers’ Club for a Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon, which had a crowd of approximately 200 veterans and guests. It was an honor and a thrill for the group to be invited there. They sang and danced to three Irving Berlin military show tunes, as well as an Andrews Sisters song from WWII.

Vintage Voices does not normally perform for audiences that are mobile and still able to go places, but all of their audiences enjoy nostalgic music from their youth. The group as already received three additional requests to perform again from their Ft. Meade performance.

“I’m thrilled with our group’s leadership in our community and our membership’s enthusiasm to help others,” said Goodridge. “[I] feel privileged to be associated with such a great group of Centennial students.”

Although they have many performances, they had two specific holiday performances in the month of December. On Dec. 21 they performed for Winter Growth Inc., a senior center, and they also performed on Dec. 22 for a cold weather shelter for Grassroots. Both of those performances were sing-alongs with a mix of holiday and winter music.