Month: May 2016

Eagle Day

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Tuesday, May 31, Centennial students came to school and participated in Eagle Day. Eagle Day is a day full of activities like basketball, kickball, volleyball, video games, chess, movies, and baking cookies. The day was split into three sections so students could participate in multiple events.

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She’s the First Zumbathon

Words: Madhu Lal

Photos Provided by: Rachel Baeq

She’s the First held its first Zumbathon on Wednesday, May 18. The club, created in order to help raise money towards educating girls, held the fundraiser in the main gym at Centennial. Juniors Rachel Baeq and Suqi Wu planned the event and Anthony Edgehill was the instructor. Students paid one dollar for a ticket and shirts cost $7. The event included dancing and the opportunity to use a photo booth.

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Artist of the Week

Words and Photo: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Senior Mary Yu has been taking art at Centennial since freshman year, but she has been drawing since before elementary school.

A piece that she is proud of is on display in the hallway, an oil painting displaying a girl holding her hands up to shield her face. Yu worked on the piece at the beginning of the school year.

Yu decided to draw this piece in order to practice portraying body language and the expression of figures. In illustrating it, she portrayed shyness through the positioning of the subject’s body. “I think what [the painting] was trying to show was… being really shy and hiding from the world,” Yu stated.

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Softball Loses to Reservoir on Senior Night

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Thursday, May 12, Centennial Varsity Softball played against the Reservoir Gators for Senior Night and the first round of playoffs.

Seniors Emily Allen, Jordan Ciraolo, Emily Davis, Tori Montanez, and Sam Sterenberg were honored with speeches and a cookout after the game.

Ciraolo and sophomore Gracie Rockefeller scored two runs and juniors Camryn Allen, Celina Jensen, and Caroline Strott each scored one run.

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Preparing for Prom

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Prom can be seen as one of the most memorable events most high school students attend. It’s a time that not only allows upperclassman to come together and celebrate, but permits students to go out and make memories that can last a lifetime. Some Centennial students take several months to prepare for this impressionable event, carefully picking out dresses, tuxedos, and party buses.

The process of preparing for Prom may just be as exciting as the event itself. Tori Montanez, a senior at Centennial High School gushed over how she daringly asked out her prom date, “At first I wanted to kind of do it in an extravagant way or gesture but the guy I asked to Prom is one of my super close friends. We basically grew up together so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on him. So, instead I decided to just pull him off to the side one day and just have a mature conversation regarding the event.”

Montanez then went on to share how her preparations for this year’s prom stating, “ I actually found my prom dress a few months ago while I was thrift shopping! I know a lot of girls don’t usually do that but I saw potential in it and instantly fell in love with the dress!”

Senior, Sabrina Wang, also shared the hassle of finding the perfect dress, “I finally found my dress a few weeks ago and I’m absolutely in love. I’m just so excited because dress shopping was both a pain and complete bliss. But, I’m reminded whenever I try on the dress, how worth it will all be!”

Wang said, “I’m definitely glad I went to my junior prom because now I kind of know what to expect when it comes to the basic preparations and arrangements my friends, date, and I have to make. I mean I’m not saying you need to go to both proms but it definitely gives you a slight upper hand if you attend your junior prom.”

On the other hand senior, Xander Castle-Smith, suggests that people, especially seniors, over complicate the event stating, “After the promposal most things are pretty simple. I feel like we put too much pressure on this, when in all honesty the night’s outcome really just depends on what you make out of it. It really isn’t necessary to stress out over prom but you just kind of live in the moment.”

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America Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Tuesday, May 10, Centennial students wore red, white, and blue, to show their patriotic pride for Centennial’s second spirit day, America Day. Students wore metallic leggings, American flag shirts, and held American flags.

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Spring Signing Day

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Monday, May 9, some of Centennial’s future collegiate athletes signed their Letters of Intent.

Joey Sopchick signed to play baseball at Elizabethtown College, Jake Vanko will play baseball at Stevenson University, Jason Simpson signed to play lacrosse at Shenandoah University, Ally Driscoll will play basketball at Oberlin College, and Tom Brown will play basketball at Le Moyne.

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Safe-Driving Awareness Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Michael Merkey

On Monday, May 9, Centennial began its Prom Spirit Week by spreading awareness about distracted driving. Students volunteered to be “victims” of car accidents caused by driving while texting and driving under the influence. These students were taken out of class, given t-shirts that said how they died, and had their faces painted white and black.

Once they were taken out of class, the students could not speak for the rest of the day to represent the lives lost due to distracted driving.

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Choir Flashbacks

Words: Diana Cagas

On Wednesday, April 27, Centennial’s choir department performed its last concert for the 2015-2016 school year.

Madrigals, Bella Voce, and Concert Choir performed four concerts throughout the school year.

In October, they performed the annual Pop Concert, where each choir group performed modern-day songs.

At their Winter Concert in December, they entertained an audience full of family members and friends with festive and holiday-themed music.

In March, all the choir students traveled to Howard High School for their adjudication. With all their hard work and effort in preparing their music pieces, all three of Centennial’s choir groups received an overall score of 1.

At their last concert, the choir groups came together to perform three songs, all which were in a different genre of music.

As the school year comes to an end, choir members take a look back at the school year and share their favorite memory from choir class and the concerts.

Junior Tori Green has been in Centennial’s women choir, Bella Voce, for three years.

When asked what her favorite memory from choir class was, Green said, “My favorite memory would be when Mrs. Cummings had a substitute one day, and [we spent the whole class jamming out] to Hannah Montana and High School Musical [songs].”

Green also enjoyed singing a mashup of “I Will Survive” and “Survivor” during Pop Concert, because it allowed the choir to bond for the first time.

As a current member of Madrigals and the student aid for Bella Voce, senior Grace Nardei said one of her favorite memories was during the week of the spring music trip. Although Nardei did not go, she enjoyed staying back with the rest of the students who did not go. “There was this one time where we built a pirate ship out of the chairs and music stands that were in the choir room,” she said. “[We] had a lot of free time to be creative.”

Freshman Maria Tambourakis and sophomore Zoe Schoenfeldt’s favorite memory of choir was saying goodbye to the seniors at the last concert. As the night closed out, junior Miguel Fernandez announced the last “TWO-CLAP” for the end of the year. “[Another favorite] memory is being in choir overall, and the trip was amazing,” said Schoenfeldt.

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