Month: April 2017

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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Junior Interviews

Words: Lisa Kerr

Photos: Zach Grable

On April 4 and 5, juniors tied their ties, slipped on their heels, and got ready for Centennial’s Junior Interviews. In addition to being a graduation requirement, students also believed the interviews helped them in other ways.

Confident in her performance, Chelsea Ofori stated, “After preparing previously, I found the interview not too difficult. I felt as if I didn’t have to act like I knew what to say, it just flowed naturally.”

While Ofori and many juniors prepared far in advance, there were also some juniors who felt they could have done more.

Tamara Dowding said, “Although I wasn’t as prepared as I’d hoped, I still feel like the experience helped to get me ready for college interviews next year.”

At the end of it all, despite the lingering nervousness or strong fearlessness students may have held, each performed well in their interview.

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Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament Final

Words: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, March 29, the Championship game for the March Madness 3v3 Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament took place.

The two teams in the championship were Natural Lightning and Big III. The gym was filled with students as the two teams battled for the win. In the end, Natural Lightning came out with the “dub.” The team was composed of seniors Ryan Maher, Hudson Graves, and Alex Fant. The team received a Zaching Against Cancer t-shirt for winning the tournament.

The teams that participated in the event helped raise money for the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.

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Centennial’s Hello Dolly!

Words: Zach Grossman

Centennial’s production of Hello Dolly! began on Thursday, March 23, and continued until Sunday, March 26.

In this year’s play, many returning faces were seen on stage, as well as many new actors and actresses. Hello Dolly! is about a matchmaker named Dolly Levi, played by senior Minnie Gregorini, who enjoys meddling in other people’s lives, which results in three couples being matched together. Among the three couples matched was Dolly herself. Some of the other characters were Ambrose, Horace, Emergrade, Corenelius, Barnaby, and Minnie Day were played by seniors Jun Lee, Jack Goodman, Mevie Henderson, Miguel Fernandez, sophomore Noah Katz, and junior Carolina Requejo, respectively. Irene was played by senior Emily Erle on the Thursday and Saturday performances and senior Ally Wilson on the Friday and Sunday performances.

As always, the theatre department put on a spectacular and entertaining performance every night.

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