Month: December 2016

Holiday Character Day

Words: Mevie Henderson

To conclude Winter Spirit Week, students at Centennial High School dressed up as their favorite winter characters. Centennial students and staff enjoyed getting in the holiday spirit, and were more than happy to end this exciting week off by going all out to ring in holiday cheer.

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Snow Gear Day

Words: Caroline Chu

On Thursday, December 22, students and staff demonstrated their school spirit by dressing up in snow gear. Ski goggles, vests, warm hats, and snow pants were worn, transforming Centennial into what seemed to be a ski lodge.

The winter solstice occurred on December 21, marking the official start of winter and upcoming snowstorms. Friday marks the last day of Winter Spirit Week and students get the opportunity to dress as their favorite holiday characters.

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Ugly Sweater Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Wednesday, December 19, Centennial students broke out their ugliest sweaters for Ugly Sweater Day. Many wore Christmas or Hanukah themed sweaters with reindeer, menorahs, Santa, or trees in a tacky fashion. Students felt the holiday cheer throughout the day and laughed about their friend’s sweaters, comparing them to see who had the ugliest of them all.

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A Little Taste of Summer- Season Switch Day

Words: Abby Vall

Photos: Meghan Hudson

Season Switch day followed PJ Day in Centennial’s Winter Spirit Week. Even in 30 degree weather many students wore their hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts, rompers, and sunglasses during this spirit day.

Senior Charlotte DeCarlo was strutting through the hallways in her colorful hawaiian shirt, enjoying the day, and junior Claire Priestley was ready for the beach with her sunglasses and towel draped on her shoulders.

The Winter Spirit Week will continue with Ugly Sweater Day on Wednesday, December 21.

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Holiday Pajama Day

Words and Photos: Laila Abughaida

Students at Centennial got comfy and cozy in class on Monday, December 19, for Holiday Pajama Day, the first day of this year’s Winter Spirit Week. Hallways were filled with students that wore onesies or had warm blankets draped over their backs like capes. Even the staff participated, showing their spirit through their Christmas themed sleepwear.

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Students’ Hopes for 2017

Words: Abby Vall

As Centennial students prepare  for the winter season and the end of 2016, many are thinking about their hopes for 2017.

Junior Sarah Kruhm hopes to get her driver’s license next year and to stop relying on the bus and her parents for rides. Kruhm also wants to take the next step as an Eagle and be more involved in school events, clubs, and honor societies.

Junior Tim Russell believes we should try to better ourselves no matter the occasion or time of year, but if that’s what it takes for someone to do so, then good for them. Some students like senior Maddie Caldis believe in New Year’s resolutions and hopes to live each day of 2017 to its fullest potential.

As well as living each day to its fullest, Caldis hopes to graduate from Centennial and succeed in her first semester of college.

New beginnings bring time for change as these students venture to new stages in life, whether they are preparing to depart from the eagle’s nest or further their adventures at Centennial in 2017.  

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Unique Holiday Traditions

Words: Lien Hoang

This year’s Winter Break gives students nine days of free time to spend with family and friends.

Winter Break allows everyone to relax away from school and celebrate the holidays with close ones. No matter what holiday, each family has their own unique traditions to celebrate.

Leah Alkire, a freshman in Centennial, said that she goes to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina every year with her family, “We always get a house by the beach and we have a lot of fun!”

When senior Daniela Thomas’s family is visiting, their tradition involves an empty suitcase at 12:00 am on New Years. “If you want to go on a trip the upcoming year, you have to take an empty [suitcase] and run around the block,” said Thomas.

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Orchestra Concert

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

On Tuesday, December 13, the Centennial High School Music Department held their Orchestra Concert. Many parents and students came out to show their support and dedication for the musicians.

The showed started out with the String Ensemble playing “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and featured many soloists from Amanda Wang, Thomas Luo, Amilee Huang, Shun Shueh, Dylan Chao, Paulina Balderas, Lori Zhao, Anjali Gajendiran, Eric Novey, and Andy Lee. This performance was followed by “Fugue in G Minor”, “Fantasia on Greensleever”, “Heart of Fire”,  conducted by student intern Ms. Konopka from the Peabody Institute, and ended with “Christmas Waltz”.

There was a quick intermission after the “Christmas Waltz” in order for the String Orchestra to take their places on stage.

The String Orchestra featured many seniors playing a short version of their last winter Orchestra Concert. The performance started out with “Serenade for Strings” conducted by Mr. Leung and featured soloists from Mary Monroe and Peter Ho. It ended with the popular song “Sleigh Ride” conducted by Ms. Konopka. At the end of the show Mr. Leung took the time to give recognition to Daniel Wu, Suzi Byun, Siri Neerchal, Sahil Saini, Sean Cooley, and Ethan Lin, the seniors who made All State.

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Holiday DIY Ideas

Words: Laila Abughaida

Ornament Wreath:

Start off with a foam or straw wreath and an assortment of decorative glass ornaments in various sizes. To attach the ornaments, remove any hanging hooks and hot glue them to the wreath, starting with the largest ornaments then filling in any gaps with the smallest.

Mini Snow Globe Ornament:

Add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a small toy plastic tree. Fit the tree into a large plastic clear ornament and push it in using a skewer. Next, use a funnel to add white glitter. Add more hot glue to the lid of the ornament to seal the lid tightly. Then tie with a bow using ribbon or twine on the top.

Wreath Snowman:

Wire three wreaths together, the smallest wreath on the top and the largest on the bottom, using two pieces of wire to connect each wreath. Add a hat at an angle on top of the smallest wreath. Wrap a scarf around where the small sized and medium sized wreath meet. Place boots on floor below wreath to look like feet. The wreath can be hung outside or inside.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

Take two cups of white granulated sugar and mix in a ⅓ cup of coconut oil. Add the oil slowly until you have a nice soft consistency that is not too heavy. Then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Once mixed together, divide the scrub into two equal parts in separate containers. Keep one part white and turn the other red by adding some raspberry juice. Pour the scrub into a jar, alternating between the red and white mixes. Decorate the jar as desired.

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