Month: March 2016

Senior Takeover Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, March 24, Centennial’s seniors were able to “takeover” for their favorite teachers. Along with taking over classes, the seniors were able to eat with the teachers during their potluck breakfast. These seniors taught classes and planned fun activities for the juniors and underclassmen to do during the regular class periods. The activities ranged from Jeopardy games and Seven-Up to kazoo solos and performances.

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Zaching Against Cancer 3v3 Tournament

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Tuesday, March 9, the Zaching Against Cancer 3v3 Basketball Tournament was held during Eagle Time. The tournament was held in honor of former Centennial student, Zach Lederer.

The tournament consisted of teams of three. During Eagle Time, the games were played on the side baskets with students around watching. The tournament was arranged by Health teacher Robert Slopek, and science teacher Chad Hollwedel.

The tournament was held every Eagle Time for three weeks. Each game lasted eight minutes, with teams rotating each day. The finals, held on March 24, were played between the final four teams. Seniors Dougie Barnes, Tom Brown, and Michael Merkey won the tournament.

Spring Break Plans

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

As Spring Break quickly approaches, Centennial High School students and staff are reminded that this school year is sadly coming to an end. However, most, if not all of them are looking forward to a much needed vacation.

Freshman Anong Teke cannot wait to finally get some much needed sleep, “I’m excited to get some sleep, it feels like we haven’t been on break in forever.”

Agreeably, Ms. Dodds, said, “ I can’t wait to just stay home and hang out with friends over the break.”

Some students and teacher, on the other hand, won’t be seeing this break as a relaxation time, senior Samantha Courtemanche said, “ I’ve picked up some extra shifts over break.”

Regardless of whether or not you have plans for vacation, the break still marks the middle of the third quarter and the beginning of some of the most exciting senior events. So, stay safe and make sure to enjoy the break while it lasts.

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Junior Interviews

Words: Madhu Lal

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Hunter Hall

Centennial hosted its annual junior interviews on March 22 and 23. Juniors created resumés and prepared for their interviews in their English classes. These interviews were a way for students to gain an understanding of what it takes to apply for a job in the real world. Students not only created resumés in their English classes, but also participated in activities which taught them what employers look for in an employee.

Each student was assigned a volunteer who asked them questions similar to those addressed in a real interview. After the interview students received an evaluation of their interview skills.

Junior Daniela Thomas said, “I think this [junior interview] was very helpful because students are starting to apply for internships, jobs and are doing interviews for college. It helps people understand what is okay and what isn’t okay for an interview.”

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Words: Madhue Lal

Photos: Michael Merkey

Centennial hosted WorldFest on, March 22 from 6-9pm. The event hosted an array of different cultures and ethnic cuisine.

The cafeteria was lined with foods ranging from German apple desserts to Indian samosas. Student produced projects, each displaying a different culture, were set up in the hallway outside the cafeteria. Guests were given the opportunity to learn from students about the different customs, traditions, and foods that are specific to different regions.

Bushra Lohrasbi, a senior with a strong Persian background, explained how in school she tends to be more reserved about her cultural heritage.

Lohrasbi feels that, “…this a good opportunity for me to share the culture that has been so deeply ingrained in my family’s tradition.”

Workshops and classes such as Chinese yo-yo and Greek masks were held in various classrooms. These workshops gave guests the chance to interact and experience different ethnic arts and culture.

Shanna Grimes, a language teacher, stated that, “It is important to learn about cultures other than our own.”

The night ended with a talent and fashion show where students sang songs, danced, and showcased different traditional clothing. The night was filled good food and plenty of cultural information.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Defeats Hammond in Season Opener

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Tuesday, March 22, Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse defeated Hammond 17-1 in their opening game.

Led by the offense, Centennial showed their stick skills and maneuvered around the Hammond defense. Seniors Devin McIntyre and Samantha Courtemanche were involved in multiple offensive plays and McIntyre led the team in goals.

Junior Madi Griffin played excellent defense on Hammond’s star player and kept her away from the goal, leading to Hammond’s single goal.

Centennial’s 17 goals were scored by nine different players. McIntyre had four goals, Courtemanche had three, junior Laurie Bracey and sophomore Kirsten Wikner had two each, and seniors Allie Durkee, Peyton Conley, Megan Oliver, junior Griffin, and sophomore Claudia Piltcher had one each.

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A Freshman’s Experience in Choir

Words: Diana Cagas

Centennial High School’s choral department consists of three different choir classes: Chamber Choir, formerly known as the Madrigals, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir. Auditions are only held for the Chamber and Women’s Choir, having the expectations set very high for those interested in auditioning.

According to choir director Jessica Cummings, 85 students auditioned for the 2016-2017 choirs, although only a total of 49 students made it. Freshman Courtney McVicker is one of the many students who auditioned, and is currently a member of Centennial’s Concert Choir.

McVicker has had a lot of experience in the music field, stating that she has, “been in a vocal group since elementary school.”

As a former student of Burleigh Manor Middle School, she feels fortunate to have been involved in choir prior to being part of Centennial’s Concert Choir program. At Burleigh, McVicker was able to attend the American Choral Directors Association, multiple adjudications, choral competitions, and Solo & Ensemble.

“These experiences have given me the opportunity to build my voice and learn what I am capable of as a singer,” McVicker said. “It also allowed me to set standards for myself, which makes me want to improve and continue to raise those standards.”

When asked about the differences between the middle school and high school choirs, McVicker stated that the schools certainly have their differences. According to McVicker, her choir class at Burleigh read music at the fifth level. Comparing middle to high school, she believes that high school choir is more relaxed. Regardless, McVicker still enjoys being a part of the Concert Choir.

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