Month: October 2017

Centennial Girls’ Varsity Soccer Defeats Long Reach

Words: Delanie Tucker

On Wednesday October 26, Centennial’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer team took an unexpected win over Long Reach High School. For a majority of the game, possession went back and forth. Though Centennial played well, 2 goals were conceded in the first half. For most of the second half, both teams played their defense to make sure the score stayed, but in the last 7 minutes, Centennial broke down Long Reach’s back line.

After playing most of the game at defense, senior Kelli Dunnagan, was moved up top, quickly scoring Centennials first goal. Shortly after, Dunnagan scored another, putting Centennial back in the game. With their confidence restored, Centennial pushed forward to get a last minute goal from junior Ashley Moltz.

With the excitement of Centennial winning their first round playoff game, the students in the crowd rushed the field, applauding the players in a frenzy. Centennial will play against the Atholton Raiders, on October 31 at Atholton High School.

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Centennial’s Varsity Volleyball Senior Night

Words: Maggie Ju

Marking the end of volleyball season, Centennial’s Varsity Volleyball team played against the Glenelg Gladiators on Thursday, October 26. It was the last game for seniors Emily Przybyla and Alexandra Stanislavsky, for the class of 2018. They were acknowledged before the game, to the enthusiastic cheers of the spectators. Two gold balloons, in the shape of an “A” and an “E”, were placed on the side of the gym in their honor.

The Eagles played hard, winning the first set, and each point was met with raucous cheering. There were outstanding hits and near-impossible saves, particularly from juniors Jackie Sterenberg and Nicole Attram. Though Centennial fell to Glenelg, 1-3, the team finished the season strong and in high spirits, looking forward to another great year.

Congratulations to Emily Przybyla and Alex Stanislavsky on a wonderful high school volleyball career! We wish you all the best.

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Centennial’s Ultimate Frisbee Club

Words: Josh Horen

The Ultimate Frisbee Club at Centennial High School is now in full swing. Meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday in Mr. Panzarella’s room. (915). Club Co-President Jim Townsend is still actively looking for more players to join the team. The date for the first tournament is to be determined. Students from all grades are encouraged to join the club.

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Centennial’s Aquila Literary Magazine Club

Words: Natalie Keane

Aquila is Centennial’s literary magazine, that highlights art, photography and writing from Centennial’s student body. In the magazine, students are able to showcase their own creative expression to the Centennial community.

To submit your own artwork to the magazine, you can access the submission page through centennial Literary pieces submitted must be less than 2,000 words. Aquila will be accepting submissions until February 9, 2018. If your submission is accepted, you will be provided with a free copy of the magazine.

On Friday, October 27, from 2:30 to 4:30pm, Aquila is holding a coffeehouse in the cafeteria, featuring performances by students. The cost is $5 at the door. All money goes towards the magazine, and coffee and food will be served.

In addition, Aquila is holding a book sale on November 10. On November 3, book drop-offs will be set up around the school. You will be able to donate new and gently used books at these locations. For any questions, please contact Ms. Mancini in Room 203.

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Centennial’s Girl Up School Supplies Collection

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial Girl Up is currently collecting school supply donations for a school in India. They are mainly looking for pens, non-mechanical pencils, and erasers, but they will gladly accept notebooks and paper as well. These supplies should be new or gently used, and they can be dropped off at the box labeled “School Supplies” outside the cafeteria. The drive will run until the end of October, and then the supplies will be sent to India.

The project was started last year by Samyukta Rao, Girl Up’s public relations manager, for her Independent Research class. She, along with an advertising professional, created “advertisements” to advocate for girls’ education. She continued this project by turning to a school in India with which she is personally connected. According to Rao, about 350 underprivileged children are enrolled there. Tuition is free, as many of the students’ families cannot afford to pay for uniforms, let alone school fees.

India is a focus country for Girl Up — many girls in its rural areas are not allowed to go to school, and the organization is working to provide more Indian girls with an education. Rao recalled that one woman attended this school as a child, and continued her education at a local college, where she received a basic master’s degree. “She returned to the school and is now working as a teacher there with a sustainable salary,” Rao said.

Donations to the school support the students, which promotes a pro-education mindset. Emphasizing the importance of schooling impacts future generations, and increases the chance that more girls will be allowed to get an education.

I’ve heard many stories of women, including some of my great-aunts and such,” Rao said, “who were not educated, but could have made a big difference somewhere if they had been educated.”

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Centennial’s Speech and Debate Club

Words: Reem Hashmi

The Centennial Speech and Debate Club is the place to be if you enjoy participating in group discussions, love an argument, thrive on controversy, or just need a place to voice your opinion. This club splits into two separate groups: speech and debate. The creatively driven speech group focuses more on humorous interpretations, poetry and prose, and original oratory, whereas the debate group is research-centered and analytical. Meetings are held every Wednesday in Room 412 sponsored by Ms. Flynn. The club’s team will be participating at local speech and debate tournaments at the following locations/times:

  Tournament 1 – 10/21 at Marriotts Ridge High School

  Tournament 2 – 11/11 at Loyola-Blakefield School

  Tournament 3 – 11/18 at Arundel High School

The public forum debate-style competition, is known for analyzing resolutions that are “ripped from the headlines.” Their current debatable topic is centered on whether the deployment of anti-missile systems is beneficial for South Korea. Co-President Katie Gao said, “We started the team as sophomores, so it’s been going three years strong… Being good at public speaking is not required, after all; that’s what we’re here for.  We’re also hoping to host our own tournament at Centennial this January, which would be a great experience.”

The Speech and Debate Club Co-Presidents are Katie Gao and Polly Moser, Vice President is Amber Fang, and Secretary is Kristen Lee.

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Centennial’s Habitat for Humanity Club

Words: Lawren Mickenberg

Centennial’s Habitat for Humanity club helps to fundraise for affordable housing to help low-income families. This club is led by senior co-presidents Supraja Kanipakam and Alice Xu, and sponsored by Mrs. Jacobsen. The club meets every other Wednesday after school in Room 305, at 2:15 pm.

Focused on raising funds to help rebuild homes, they work with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to eliminate substandard housing, worldwide and locally. They have a number of events such as doing arts and crafts during the carnival, volunteering at centers, or holding bake sales to raise funds.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for new members to join their club; anyone is welcome to join. If you want to know more about the club or want to attend events, you are welcome to email them at, or visit their Facebook page “Centennial Habitat For Humanity”.

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