Month: October 2016

National Writing Day

Words: Lien Hoang

Every year on October 20, the National Writing Day is celebrated across the country. The day promotes writing in which educators acknowledge the importance and evolution of writing.

Many students in Advanced Composition volunteered to help out with the events going on around the school.

Centennial High School honored this day by hosting a haiku competition and speaking to many classes about this subject. The winner of the competition will receive a prize filled basket. Those who spoke to the different classes incorporated poetry with the topic the class is learning.

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Allied Soccer Falls to Glenelg

Words: Meghan Moore

On Monday, October 17, 2016 the Centennial Allied Soccer team stepped on the field against the Glenelg Gladiators for their final home game.

In their final home game, senior players Dominic Roybal, Mike McCarthy, and Jonathan Hanks took charge of the field on both offense and defense. On the defensive end, Roybal and McCarthy were a dynamic duo. Roybal as the main defender, along with help from sophomore Ian Winters, and McCarthy as the goalie, stonewalling Glenelg’s goal attempts.

On offense, Hanks and junior Yousef Tuni were catalysts for moving the ball up the field and getting the ball into position for Hanks to score. Roybal and Tuni also had a successful offensive strike, scoring 2 goals each.

A well-fought game, the Eagles lost to Glenelg 7-6. It was a hard played and successful season for the Allied Soccer team.

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Volleyball Wins Dig Pink Game

Words: Zach Grable

The Centennial Eagles Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team dominated the 10-1 Reservoir Gators on Thursday, October 20, as Centennial celebrated their “Dig Pink” theme.

The game started off very even with both teams scoring back and forth. Centennial took the lead after the first set, winning 25-19. They increased their lead by winning the second set, 25-20.
Come out on Tuesday, October 25 at Centennial to support the Eagles on their Senior Night against the Long Reach Lightning.

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Ellicott City Recovery

Words: Natalie Costa

On August 30, historic Old Ellicott City faced destruction after a very heavy rainfall.

“The first few days were devastating”, said Barrington Sweeney, resident of the township.

The streets were closed down, and many stores had to close due to the erosion of the sidewalks and buildings. Through of all of this, however, Facebook users created the “#ECStrong” to promote information to the public and open up donations to the residents. The community has become closer as a whole.

When asked about the closeness of the community Sweeney said, “We’re having dinners once a week… we have each other’s phone numbers, Facebook pages, everything all connected now”.

On October 7, community members were able to drive through Main Street for the first time. In two weeks, stores will slowly start to open their doors back to the public.

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Centennial Student Runs for Haiti

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

Neil Rabb, a senior at Centennial, participated in the annual Baltimore Marathon this past Saturday, October 15. Rabb ran to raise money for Haiti after it was hit by the devastating Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. The 26.2 mile marathon started at 8 AM and lasted till the last runner crossed the finish line in the afternoon.

Running a marathon is no easy feat, so Rabb trained by participating on Centennial’s cross-country team and trained on his own.

Rabb raised over $2500 from the support of his family and friends.

Rabb said, “Running the marathon was a fantastic experience. I hope that my run made a difference and helped people dealing with the recent hurricane in Haiti and am happy that I put as much effort into it as I did.”

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Favorite Fall Foods

Words: Abby Vall

The leaves are changing colors, the temperature has gone down, pumpkin patches have opened up, all signs of the beginnings of fall.

Along with the season change comes favorite fall foods. A variety of foods and favorites come into play whether it’s roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, roasted marshmallows, or the traditional Thanksgiving dinner food items.

Sophomore Elyse Edward’s favorite food is sweet potatoes because “they tastes yummy!” Edwards also has an unhealthy fall food obsession: candy corn.

On the other hand, senior Paulina Balderas doesn’t have a favorite fall food but prefers the occasional Pumpkin Spice Latte or hot apple cider. Balderas enjoys having these savory drinks on her kitchen table decorated with a fall themed tablecloth.
Balderas said this tablecloth keeps her falls spirits going because it “has that fall vibe.”

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PSATs

Words: Laila Abu-Ghaida

According to College Board, every year approximately 3.5 million students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT is mainly targeted for sophomores and juniors due to the fact most students begin to prepare for and take the actual SATs in these years of high school. However, recently at Centennial, freshmen have been added to the list of students required to take the exam.
Many students believe that these tests do not matter, since the scores will not be on their college applications nor will they be reflected on their report cards; while it is true that preparation for PSATs is not as stressed as SATs, doing well does have its benefits.
When juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT, they are automatically screened for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Out of the many juniors who take the PSATs about 16,000 receive scores that qualify them as semifinalists. After being narrowed down, about 8,000 are awarded scholarships.

It is encouraged for students to do their best on these exams and take full advantage of them since they will be getting a preview of skills that are necessary on the SAT. This year, the exam falls on Wednesday, October 19.

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