Month: June 2015

2014-2015 Complete Archives

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Use the following links to see the 2014-2015 print publications.

2015 Takeover Issue


  • “A Year In Review”
  • “Offseason Training: Athletes Try Strive to Maintain Perfection”

2015 Senior Issue


  • “A Farewell Assignment”
  • “The Retirement of the Teacher Who has Taught Since Opening Day”

2015 April Issue


  • “Senior Superlatives”
  • “Setting Students Back”

2015 March Issue


  • “Zaching For Life: How One CHS Alum Continues to Inspire”
  • “Breaking News: The Impact of Sports Injuries”

2015 February Issue


  • “Unsung Heroes: The Hidden Champions of the Civil Rights Movement”
  • “Beneath the Centennial Mt. Hebron Rivalry”
  • “PARCC: New Year, New Test”

2014 December Issue


  • “Different Religions, Different Rules: Is removing holidays from the calendar a good idea?”
  • “Music Listeners are Turning to Vinyl”

2014 November Issue


  • “Generation Y”
  • “Taking Steps for Heart Research: Helping out is personal for one CHS student”
  • “The Uprising of Netflix”

2014 September Issue


  • “Wellness Woes”
  • “It’s a Whole New Game”

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Summer Concert Season Kicks Off

Words: Meghan Moore

As the weather heats up, so does the summer concert season. Sweetlife, a two day music festival held annually at Merriweather Post Pavilion acts as an unspoken kickoff for the Maryland concert season. Summer is packed with concerts and festivals from almost all genres of music. This summer, some of the music acts coming to the area are Mumford and Sons, Hozier, Darius Rucker, and Florence + The Machine.

When asked about Sweetlife, sophomore Jazmin Walle said, “It was awesome. I got to see some of my favorite bands, eat great food, and create new memories.”

Sweetlife might occur in May, but it is a sign that the summer music scene is up and coming. Not only are concerts for seeing one’s favorite music artist, but they provide a backdrop for new memories and friendships.

“Festivals in general bring people together to create a memorable experience,” concluded Walle.

Junior Kewa Gray shared the appeal of festivals, “getting to see some of my favorite artists and also having fun with friends and meeting new people is what summer concerts and festivals mean to me.”

Summer is not only a time for going to the beach and sleeping in. It’s a time to create new experiences. It’s an opportunity to strengthen relationships with the people around you.

Rising Seniors Prepare for Their Final Year

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

With every graduated senior class comes a grade of new seniors. These incoming seniors have a year full of new experiences and adjustments ahead of them. The seniors will celebrate their last Homecoming and Prom, as well as endure the long hours spent working on college applications. These incoming seniors are beginning to prepare themselves for the transition from junior year to senior year.

Rising senior Caitlin Crumley’s senior year will be a hectic one. Crumley will be balancing an internship at Mercy Hospital with being one of the trumpet section leaders for the Centennial Marching Band. Crumley says the hardest transition from junior to senior year will be “time management”.

Through the stress of senior year, rising senior Ian McQuaid plans to do well in school and have fun. McQuaid is looking forward his senior year and everything that comes with it, though he’ll have to “continue to work hard after Senioritis hits.”

Rising senior Jesse Dunagan is looking to end her high school career on a good note.

“I am looking forward to…being one of the leaders of the school,” said Dunagan.

The rising seniors are hoping to have a great last year at Centennial before they have to say goodbye to their friends and leave for college.

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Eighth Graders Visit to Centennial- Photos

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Wednesday, June 3, the 2015 incoming freshmen class had their first visit to Centennial. The eighth graders went on a guided tour through Centennial and learned about the many events that occur here each year. Their guides were current Centennial students who told them about what an average day is like at Centennial and answered any questions. In the media center, the eighth graders learned about the different clubs at Centennial and what they do. The eighth graders could meet and question Centennial students who were involved in a large amount of activities.  The visitors watched a variety of performances by Centennial’s Senior Dance Color GuardCompany, Acafellas, Awkward Improv Team, and the Color Guard.

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Same Family, Same Team

Words: Michael Moore

Playing on the same team with a sibling is something special that doesn’t happen often. Siblings have a special connection on the field that is not often replicated, and it can lead to great things on the field. Sophomore Caroline Strott has spent the past two seasons playing varsity softball with her older sister, Abbey. It has been a great help for Strott, who said it helped her adjust to not just softball, but to high school as a whole.

“By having an older sister I felt more accepted and welcomed on the team, simply because I already knew some of the other players because of [Abbey]. It made it an easier transition to varsity and high school in general,” Strott said.

Strott explained how her sister helped her build confidence on the field, and as an underclassman on varsity, confidence is very important. But, Strott also looks to her sister as a role model off the field too. Abbey’s support and encouragement has helped Caroline through a lot.

“Regardless of what’s going on [Abbey] always had my back. She’s been a great role model for me and helped me with a lot, especially in my freshman year,” Strott said.

Freshman Jeremy Wilson played varsity lacrosse with his brother, senior Kevin Wilson. According to J. Wilson, this past season was something special.

“It’s something everyone who has a brother looks forward to but not everyone gets to do. Coming in as a freshman it makes you so much more comfortable to know that [Kevin is] there to pick you up when you make a bad play,” Wilson said.

Having a brother with you can be very beneficial, especially for a freshman. It helps J. Wilson gain confidence and learn not to be afraid of anything. J. Wilson said his brother taught him that “being a freshman doesn’t matter, it’s all about heart and who wants it more.”

Wilson’s brother played an important role on the lacrosse team during his time at Centennial, and his impact is not lost on his younger brother.

“I think I’ll miss the passion he played with most…he just loves the game and leads by example and is a great leader to follow,” J. Wilson said.

With the graduation of seniors, their younger siblings will look to take the lessons that they have learned throughout the years, and use them on their own. With the summer fast approaching, these athletes will begin to find their own path, and with the tools that have been passed down from their siblings, the future looks nothing but bright for them.

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2015 Graduation Photos

Words and Photos: Izzie Chausse

On May 30, the Centennial Class of 2015 graduated at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The event included performances by Montria Walker, singing a Whitney Huston number, and the Madrigals, performing the National Anthem and “For Good” from the play Wicked.  Following the performances, there were speeches by Superintendent Dr. Foose and the teacher of the year, Ms. Chung.  Congratulations Class of 2015!

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