Month: February 2016

Wrestling Regionals

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27, the Regional Wrestling matches took place to determine the matchups for the State Final.

Centennial senior Austin Kraisser won his fourth straight Regional Title. Kraisser will be going for his third consecutive State Championship.

A. Kraisser’s younger brother, freshman Jason Kraisser, won his first Regional Title, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

Junior Ammar Narmouq was runner up in his weight class and will advance to the State Finals. Sophomore Jacob Blyukher also finished as a runner up and will move on to the state tournament.

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Leaping Into 16- A Leap Year Birthday

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Leap Year birthdays are extremely rare, considering that the date February 29 only comes around every four years. The chances for someone to be born on Leap Day would only be 1 out of 1,461,according to the law of averages, meaning that there are only 200,000 people in the United States who share this birthday, according to the Huffington Post. Extraordinarily, one of these 200,000 people in the nation attends Centennial High School. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu is celebrating his “fourth” birthday today.

Addisu explained, “I usually celebrate my birthday on March 1st if the year isn’t a leap year because March 1st would be the day that falls right after the 28th of February.”

Addisu added, “ I really don’t plan on doing much [tonight]. I mean I went out for dinner with my mom the other night, but I have a [basketball] game today so I can’t really celebrate unless we win. If we do win though, then that would be enough of a celebration for me.”

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Girls’ Basketball Defeats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, February 26, the Centennial Girls’ Basketball team defeated the Reservoir Gators in the first round of the 3A playoffs, 49-35.

Sophomore Kelly Simmons had an outstanding game, registering a game high 19 points. Senior duo Ally Driscoll and Kewa Gray each had 11 points, junior Jasmine McCree had 6, and freshman Ashley Molz had 2.

The team will take on Long Reach on March 1.

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Artist of the Week

Words and Photos: Jeremy Hall

Every week one student will be nominated to be Artist of the Week. Many art students at Centennial display their work around the school. Each week, one piece will be chosen, and the artist credited with the work will be nominated for Artist of the Week. Students are chosen by displaying their work around the school and one piece will be nominated to be the artist to be Artist of the Week. The student is then interviewed and their work is photographed.

Junior Sean Choe, enrolled in New Forms of Art, shows his skills in spray painting and 3-D sculpting techniques. Choe arranged and glued toothpicks together and spray painted over top of them to create his final product. Choe is proud of this piece because he says it shows that he knows how to use spray paint as a medium.

He has been making art since elementary school, “I like making art because I can escape from life for a moment.”

Although Choe has been creating art for years, he does not think he will pursue art as a major or career in the future.

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It’s Academic

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Sunday, February 14, tryouts for the Maryland Quiz Bowl All-Stars were held in preparation for the National All-Star Academic Tournament, which will take place at the University of Kentucky in mid-June.

Two Centennial students, juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li, were selected to be part of the five-member team that will be competing in the tournament. The team will also consist of junior Logan Feingold from Quince Orchard High School, senior Alex Echikson from Richard Montgomery High School, and senior Ho-Jung Yang from Walter Johnson High School.

On Saturday, February 20, twelve of the best Quiz Bowl teams in the United States were invited to the Battle for Mid-Atlantic Dominance, held in the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware. Centennial’s It’s Academic sent a team led by seniors Gary Tse and Aniruddha Rao and three sophomores: Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, and William He.

Centennial’s team participated in 14 matches over 12 hours, and tied for fifth place, defeating teams from Detroit Catholic, Wilmington Charter, Richard Montgomery, Hunter College, and Quince Orchard High Schools. Centennial’s It’s Academic will play against these teams again at the National Championship competition in Dallas, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend.

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Centennial Model Congress

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

From February 17 to 21, Centennial’s Model Congress, comprised of 16 members, participated in a conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference invited about 1,500 students from all over the country to debate key public policy issues and simulate the legislative process. The conference also presented students with the opportunity to visit Harvard University’s campus.

In Boston, the delegates played the roles of actual members of Congress, debating issues within committees, drafting and proposing legislation, and voting on legislation in mock House of Representatives and Senate sessions. Some delegates participated in programs such as the IMF, or International Monetary Fund, and the Presidential Cabinet.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats River Hill

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Izzie Chausse

The Centennials Boys’ Basketball team finished out their regular season on February 22, with a strong victory against River Hill, ending at 53-25.

The game started off slowly, with the Eagles and Hawks tied the first few minutes of the game. Great shooting from senior Tom Brown helped the Eagles take the lead during the first quarter, after a Centennial time out.  

While the Eagles held their lead throughout the game, they pulled away early in the third quarter.

This ended the season with the Eagles at 13-6, and third overall in county. The boys’ playoff schedule will be released during the week.

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