Month: April 2017

Jersey Day

Words: Zach Grable

On Friday, April 28, Centennial students showed off their team spirit for the last day of Prom Spirit Week, Jersey Day.

Students wore their favorite sports teams jerseys to school. Whether it be football, soccer, basketball, or any sport you could think of, everyone wore something to show their spirit.

As Spirit Week comes to a close, students look forward to a fun and safe Prom.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Mt. Hebron

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Thursday, April 27, the Centennial Eagles Girls’ Lacrosse team took on the Mount Hebron Vikings.

The Eagles trailed by four early in the game until senior Madi Griffin started a scoring spree. The Vikings answered back with two goals of their own, but the Eagles kept up the pressure. With seven seconds left in the half, sophomore Marissa Lagera scored and brought the Eagles within a goal of the Vikings. At the end of the half the score was 6-5.

In the second half, freshman goalkeeper Sarah Thorman made multiple saves that impressed the crowd and kept the Vikings lead to two. Though the Eagles scored two more times in the second half, the Vikings ultimately came out on top 9-7.

The Eagles will play on Tuesday, May 2, against Howard High School.

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Color Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Jeremy Hall and Shalini Malhotra

On Thursday, April 27, Centennial students and staff participated in Color Day.

Seniors were decked out in red, juniors dressed in white, sophomores represented in blue, and freshmen showed out in black. Color Day is a highly anticipated spirit day as students can wear tutus, tights, glitter, and bandanas.

The pre-Prom spirit will continue on Friday, April 28, with Jersey Day.

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Pajama Day

Words and Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

 

On Wednesday, April 26,  students and teachers at Centennial showed full spirit for Pajama Day. Students and teachers wore onesies and robes and brought pillows and blankets to school to stay relaxed and feel at home all day. Many students consider Pajama Day their favorite day out of Spirit Week since it is the most comfortable.

Spirit Week will continue on Thursday, April 27, with Color Day on Thursday.

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Tourist Day

Words: Meghan Moore

Photos: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, April 25, Centennial students dusted off their dad’s Tommy Bahama shirts and broke out their bucket hats for Tourist Day.

Two days into Prom Spirit Week, students sported Hawaiian shirts, high-waisted shorts, socks and sandals, visors, fanny packs.

While the majority of the school participated in Tourist Day, Centennial seniors decided to wear red, white, and blue for an America themed spirit day.

 Spirit Week will continue on Wednesday, April 26, with Pajama Day.

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“Groutfit” Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn and Abby Vall

Monday, April 24, marked the first day of Prom Spirit Week. The students kicked off the week by dressing up in groutfits (gray outfits).

Groutfit’s have become more popular recently, and so students excitedly showed their spirit dressed in comfortable gray outfits. These outfits usually involve students wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts, but students and teachers took their own twist on the day.

Some teachers were seen with a gray cardigan or shirt as their groutfit, while some students went all out and encompassed the “sweats look.”

In addition to Groutfit Day, Monday was also Grim Reaper Day, which was organized by Eagle Ambassadors. The Grim Reaper and school officer came into the classes of the students who volunteered and told the class that that student had died in a car accident. The officer, Grim reaper, and student would then go outside of the classroom and the student’s face would be painted to resemble a ghost. These students then came back to class and represented victims of car accidents. They were given t-shirts that said how they died, varying between texting or drinking and driving. Once they became victims, the students were not allowed to speak for the rest of the day. The point of Grim Reaper Day is to spread awareness about the consequences of distracted driving and driving under the influence.
Spirit Week will continue on Tuesday, April 25, with Tourist Day.

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Tennis Defeats Atholton

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Wednesday, April 19, the Centennial Eagles Tennis team hosted the Atholton Raiders. It was a good day for the Eagles, as the boys won 4-1, and the girls won 5-0.

As of now, the boys are in third place, with an undefeated in-county record of 8-0, and the girls are ranked fifth with an in-county record of 6-2.

The Eagles’ next match is Friday, April 21, against the Oakland Mills Scorpions.  

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Earth Day Opportunities

Words: Caroline Chu

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Here are a few events you may want to attend.

Plant a tree!

The Howard County Conservancy, a local non-profit educational center and land trust, will be holding a tree planting event in Mount Pleasant from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Service hour certification is available upon request.

Attend SpringFest!

An annual event in Old Ellicott City, this festival includes live music, crafts, and shopping. Attend from 12:00-7:30 p.m.

Run a 5K!

The Run For Nature Earth Day 5K will take place in Annapolis at the Quiet Waters Park. The event starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $20, and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of Quiet Waters Park Nature Center campaign.

Visit the zoo!

Earth Optimism Day is an event organized by the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help decorate bee hotels, learn about coral reef conservation, or participate in a conservation-focused scavenger hunt.

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Life After Injury: Mia Smith

Words: Caroline Chu

On January 5, Centennial junior Mia Smith suffered a harrowing injury, a torn ACL. A member of Centennial High School’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, as well as Centennial’s Senior Dance Company, she worried that her injury would impact her ability to participate in the activities she loved.

Though she was not able to stand or walk by herself, Smith first believed she had just twisted her knee, and that she would be cleared to play basketball in a week or so. Sadly, she found out that she had torn her ACL a week after the accident, around the time she thought she would be back to dribbling and pirouetting.

Despite her season ending injury, Smith remained a team player and supported her teammates, showing up to nearly every practice and game.

For the two months before her surgery, she went to physical therapy led by Centennial High School’s trainer Amanda Ward.

The first five days after surgery were long as Smith was on bed rest. She needed to wear a brace for two weeks and use crutches for three, and was certainly happy once the equipment phase was over.

Attending physical therapy two times a week has aided in allowing Smith to become as flexible and as strong as she was before her injury. Though she described the early stages of recovery as “painful and exhausting,” she now looks forward to “recovering quickly and easily.”

In the future, Smith will need to wear a knee brace when playing sports, but she hopes that her injury will otherwise not continue to impact her life a year from now.

Smith learned a lot throughout the difficult process, “if I was in shape, ate healthy, and was prepared for the basketball season, my injury might not have been as terrible. Next year when basketball season comes around I’ll definitely be sure to fuel my body correctly and make sure I can endure all the physical aspects of practice and games.”

A strong support system composed of her parents, sister, teammates, and friends helped Smith push forward in her recovery. Smith will continue to work hard so she can return to both the stage and the court for her last year at Centennial.

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Senior Takeover Day

Words and Photos: Zach Grable

On Friday, April 7, seniors stepped into their teacher’s shoes for Senior Takeover Day. The new “teachers” provided fun activities for students on the half day before Spring Break.

Some seniors were nervous at first, but most said it was fun to get in front of a class and be in charge. It was up to the seniors what the lesson for their classes would be. They chose fun activities such as Mario Kart, Capture the Flag, and Kahoot quizzes.

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