Month: January 2017

Centennial Students Qualify for FIRST Tech Challenge States

Words: Caroline Chu

Centennial students Mathew Zhang, Andrew Zhao, Mathew Zou, and Keertik Bacon won the county level qualification round for the FIRST Tech Challenge on January 29.

The competition requires competitors to build and program their own robots and battle other teams. Zhang, Zhao, Zou, and Bacon, along with Burleigh Manor Middle School student, Philip Wang, will move onto states after their win.

The state-level competition will be held at Mount Saint Mary’s University on February 12.

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Chinese New Year Festival

Words and Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Friday, January 27, 2016, students came together at Centennial High School to celebrate Chinese New Year and honor the Year of the Rooster. The National Chinese Honor Societies from Centennial High School and River Hill High School and the Chinese Club from Marriotts Ridge High School all worked together to help organize the event.

There were many stations for students and families that included fun games and activities like dumpling making, Chinese yoyo, chopstick challenges, and more to give the opportunity for a hands on experience to enhance knowledge of Chinese.

“It’s fun and it exposes a lot of different people to a new culture. When I look around I can see many faces not from this school which is very cool,” said sophomore Joseph Wang.

Students from Centennial helped cook foods such as noodles, rice, chicken, and dumplings for the buffet. Music and dance performances were shown at the festival as well.

“It’s amazing, we had almost a hundred people come to enjoy the show, eat the food we made, and enrich themselves in our traditional culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year Eve together,” said Ms. Liang, a Chinese teacher at Centennial.

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Girls’ Basketball Defeats Oakland Mills

Words: Kieran Senisi

Photos: Laila Abughaida

On Friday, January 20, the Centennial Eagles Girls’ Varsity Basketball team took on the Oakland Mills Scorpions at home.  

The Eagles pulled off a great win with a score of 41-23. This was the Eagles third win in county but their seventh win overall.

Their next game is on January 27 against the Hammond Golden Bears at home.  

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Indoor Track and Field County Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, January 17, Centennial High School took part in the Howard County Indoor Track and Field County Championship.

Centennial had many athletes who finished top eight in their event. In the boys’ 3200, Ethan Carpenter came in 5th (10:19) and Greg Costello came in 6th (10:21). Ryan Patterson came in 7th for the men’s shot put (39 ft 7 in). Centennial’s boys also came in 3rd in the 4×800 with a time of 8:37.

For the girls’ 3200, Alison Betler came in 3rd (11:54), Kara Taylor came in 4th (12:16), and Cora Blount came in 5th (12:16). Lauren Brown came in 4th for the shot put (30 ft 9 in). The Eagles did an outstanding job for the girls’ 4×800, coming in first place with a time of 10:16. This is also a Centennial indoor school record.

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National Honor Society Induction

Words: Caroline Chu

On Thursday, January 12, Centennial’s National Honor Society inducted their new members.

The event began with a president’s welcome from senior Brittney Murugesan, included a performance from the Centennial Orchestra Quartet, and ended with a speech from Principal Claire Hafets.

The inducted students received certificates, roses, and applause from the audience.

Kristin Shipp, one of the two society advisors and an English teacher at Centennial, stated that the ceremony was focused on “celebrating the accomplishments of these students in serving their community and in embodying strong moral character in all that they do.”

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats Howard

Words: Kieran Senisi

On Friday, January 6 the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball team faced off against the Howard Lions at home.  

The Eagles had an overall record of 7-2 while the Lions had an overall record of 3-8.  Centennial came out on top at the end, beating Howard 43-39. The Eagles were down at the end of the first half but came back in the second half to pull out an impressive win. The team will play against the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs on Wednesday, January 11.

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