Month: September 2015

The Front Bottoms are “Back on Top”

Words: Meghan Moore

The wait is over; The Front Bottoms are back with a renewed but comforting sound. Back on Top is the New Jersey based band’s first album since signing with record label Fueled By Ramen. The new album was released on September 18, 2015.

With songs from the album such as “West Virginia” and “Cough It Out” being released as its own EP, it was no secret to fans that a new album was in the works. Finally, the time has come to hear the highly anticipated track.

The Front Bottoms have managed to improve upon their sound, while keeping in touch with the root of their original, acoustic sound. Tracks like “Laugh Till I Cry” or “ HELP” are a perfect homage to what The Front Bottoms are all about: unshakable choruses and upbeat tempos.

However, it wouldn’t be a true album of theirs without a handful of songs with touching lyrics accompanied by an upbeat tempo. Songs like “Historical Cemetery” or “Plastic Flowers,” emulate the darker yet more sensitive side of the band.

The album has been well received by both fans and critics, and gives a promising future to a new era of The Front Bottoms.

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Recommended Books

Words: Nicholas Klein

Ask any teacher, and they will confidently say that reading is fundamental. Reading teaches grammar, vocabulary, and helps people become better writers. There are some books, however, that accomplish this better than others. Boards and newsletters across the nation have produced hundreds of recommended reading lists that give students hints about what books to read.

These lists typically include books that would help the student develop essential reading and writing skills, to further them in their education and help them in their future. These books are usually aimed towards young adults or adult readers, which means that they are ideal for high school students.

Reading lists published by the Board or other sources are not the only places that recommend good novels. English teachers at Centennial have their own favorite books, as well as authors that they would recommend for Centennial students.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a wonderful coming of age book,” said Mr. Sharbaugh, an English 9 teacher at Centennial High School. “It’s beautifully written, like a fusion of poem and prose. It’s an unconventional novella; snapshots of characters and events that the reader pieces together like a puzzle,” said Sharbaugh.

In addition to The House on Mango Street, Sharbaugh adds that he would recommend, “Anything by William Faulkner, but I would warn students not to read The Sound and the Fury first. He plays with point of view a lot.”

Ms. Cleveland, an English 10 and 11 teacher at Centennial, says that, “One of my favorites is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.” She also recommends, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

In addition to those recommendations, Mrs. McDonough says that, “My personal favorite is A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I think it is a book that’s applicable to life. It’s about jealousy between two best friends, and what happens when jealousy takes over. I think it’s relatable to a lot of teenagers.” McDonough also states that, “If students are really into science fiction, then Bradbury is a really good author.”

There are a lot of good books for students to read, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, sci-fi or historical. Just reading will help students learn and grow, and enjoy the experience of the telling of a story. If a student wants to figure out another book to read, they should ask their teachers – all teachers have suggestions about books, not just English teachers. There are also plenty of helpful lists in almost any media center or library that can give recommendations for all genres of literature.

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Allied Soccer Faces Tough Defeat Against Reservoir

Words: Meghan Moore

On September 16, 2015, Centennial’s Allied Soccer team took the field in their home opener against the Reservoir Gators.

The first quarter started quickly with Reservoir asserting their offensive presence and scoring within the first two minutes. However, the Eagles retaliated with a determined defense manned by junior Dominic Roybal, freshman Ian Winters, and junior goalie Mike McCarthy. By the end of the first half, the Gators went into halftime with a 0-7 lead.

Having only a few short minutes to recharge, the players took the field and the Eagles looked like a new team. Shots were flying every which way, and senior Michael Havlik scored the first goal, setting the tone for the final half. Sophomore Mariam Kazmi made her home opener debut with a goal in the second half along with junior Jonathan Hanks.

After a long and hard fight, our Eagles closed the gap, but lost 7-5. Although this was a tough defeat, the Eagles fought to the finish, and have set the tone for the season ahead.

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Words: Diana Cagas

With Pop Concert coming early this year on October 14, 2015, Centennial’s choir groups are preparing for the big show. Centennial’s all-male A cappella group, the Acafellas, are tuning up for the quickly approaching concert.

On September 1, the Acafellas held their first meeting for the 2015-2016 school year. Senior Daniel Kelly started it off by giving a short introduction and a meet-and-greet with the returning and new members followed shortly after.

Just two months away from the show, choir director Mrs. Jessica Cummings presented a possible song choice to the group, titled “Sound Off” by Paul Rardin. Listening to the song had the guys singing and laughing because of the funny tune.

As a returning member of the club, sophomore Steven Mitchell said, “Joining Acafellas helped me get to know more people and meet with upperclassmen.”

For more information on Acafellas, see Mrs. Cummings in room 703 or visit Centennial’s music website-

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Centennial Hosts Howard County Invitational

Words and Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Saturday, September 12, Centennial Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams hosted the Howard County Invitational, featuring 19 cross country teams from around the region.  Centennial girls placed 1st overall,  with boys coming in 7th.   Senior Devin McIntyre placed 8th amongst the girls, with junior Kara Taylor trailing close behind and finishing 9th, both broke 20 minutes.

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Centennial Football Plays Rival Mount Hebron

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday, September 11, the Centennial football team traveled north of Rt. 40 to take on rival Mount Hebron in one of the most anticipated games of the year.

The first quarter was tied at zero until an interception deep in Mount Hebron territory gave the Eagles great field position. A few plays later, junior quarterback Matt Shoenberger found senior Kyle Taylor for the first touchdown of the game. The Eagles’ sideline blew up and the crowd was given new life.

In the second quarter, the Eagles held onto their lead as long as they could, but Mount Hebron found the end zone with a little under eight minutes left in the half.

The game was tied until the Eagles defense made a great play deep in their own territory and pinned Hebron back near their goal line. On the ensuing punt, the Eagles blocked the ball, and recovered it in the end zone for the leading touchdown.

The extra point snap was too high for the holder and the Eagles walked into halftime leading 13-7.

The second half started with Hebron receiving the ball. The Eagles made a defensive stand but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone during their next possession. Hebron ended up finding the end zone and they took a one point lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles suffered a major loss. Shoenberger was leaving the pocket when he was tackled hard from behind. He was taken to the sideline, and left the game with a broken collarbone.

So, it was left to quarterbacks Cameron Neilon, a senior, and Michael Klein, a junior. Klein came in late to the game and tried to get the offense to generate plays. However, the Vikings made a stand and escaped with a one point win.

Seniors David Phelps, Miguel Almeida, Austin Kraisser, and Brian Johnson all played very well and gave it their all. Junior Mason Smith also played a nice game for the Eagles. Their next game is against Oakland Mills on September 18 at home.


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Centennial’s Online Store

Words: Jacob Mauer

To remove the many hassles of having to deliver payments to Centennial, the school has implemented an online payment option available directly from the school’s website under the “Essential Applications” section.

Information given along with item names are teachers and sponsors, grade level, course/class, activity date, and price of the given item or activity. Select courses offer additional instruction and details along with the previously mentioned information. Some of the available purchases include school activities and events, field trips, fundraisers, spirit wear, and more.

To begin a purchase, an account for the parent or student must be created on the website. Options for payment include credit card and debit card, like Visa and MasterCard. To manage site maintenance and pay for credit card company fees, there is a non-refundable 4.0% handling fee with every transaction.

As the year continues more options will be available for sale and improvements will be made as necessary.

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