Month: February 2018

Centennial Jazz Band’s Spectacular Eagle Time Performance

Words: Natalie Knight Griffin

Photos: Sarah Kruhm

On Wednesday, February 21, Centennial’s Jazz Band gave a superb and exciting performance in the auditorium during Eagle Time. Free tickets were distributed to students that were interested in attending.

The concert consisted of three pieces titled “Just Plain Meyer,” “Sophisticated Lady,” and “Granada Smoothie.” Solos were performed by several students, each one standing up before the crowd and playing an individual, challenging run of notes.

Soloists during the first and second pieces included: Colin Eng playing the tenor saxophone, Swadhin Nalubola on the alto saxophone, Rainer Hlibok on bass trombone, Henry Bar-O on trombone, and Sean Li on alto saxophone. Colin Homassel, playing the flugelhorn, and Jack Keane on the trombone paired up for an unaccompanied performance during the third piece.

The band played the music from their recent Berklee Jazz Festival national competition, in which the group won fourth place. The impressive placement against hundreds of schools from around the country was no surprise when listening to the passionate and immaculate performances from students. In preparation for the competition, jazz students have been attending daily before school rehearsals since the beginning of the school year.

Although this was the group’s only Eagle Time performance, they encourage students to attend their future events.

 


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Centennial Speaks Up For Change

Words and Photos: Kieran Senisi

Today, February 21, Centennial students participated in a walkout to protest gun control policies.  Many students spoke their minds to the student body advocating for change.  Chants broke out as many people are very passionate about this subject.

The school was open to the students expressing their beliefs.  The walkout was done in an orderly way and all views were respected.

Some were not expecting a big turn out, but many joined in support of change.

“The event displayed a great sense of unity among Centennial students” says sophomore Lien Hoang.

The walkout falls on the one-week anniversary of the school shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida.

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Looking Towards Wrestling’s County Competition

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Centennial varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams are heading into their county competition on February 16 and 17 at Mount Hebron High School.  In previous years the competition has been held at River Hill, but this year it was decided to move the competition to Mt. Hebron.

The varsity competitors have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition whereas the junior varsity team cannot advance forward.

The wrestlers to keep an eye out for are junior Jason Kraisser (145), a two time county and state champion, who is looking to add to his victories, and senior Jacob Blyukher (138), who has finished top in the county tournament every year.

When asked about what he’s looking to accomplish in this year’s county competition Blyukher said, “My ultimate goal is to get a county title, but I also have to set myself small goals to get there like not getting taken down in any match or scoring certain points. I am going to take one match at a time and we’ll see where it goes.”

Newcomer Chris Lee (106) is expected to finish in a top spot in the county competition because of his impressive matches this season. Lee finished in 5th place at the Franklin Tournament. Centennial Wrestling hopes to continue to dominate both individually and as a team at counties.

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Sharbaugh Wins Teacher of the Year for First Time

Words: Meghan Moore

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On February 14, Centennial seniors showed their love for their 2018 teacher of the year: John Sharbaugh. Sharbaugh teaches ninth grade English, and he came to Centennial when this year’s seniors were freshmen.

Voting began in senior English classes during the last week of January. The award is very meaningful to teachers, as it’s proof that they’ve made an impact on the lives of their students. It symbolizes the relationship that a teacher has built with their students over the years.

Walking through the English hallway at Centennial, one can see how Sharbaugh interacts with the students. He can be seen joking with students, making people laugh no matter what.

When Sharbaugh was revealed to be the winner, a student government member read some of the things students said when voting for him. They mentioned how he changed the way students viewed English and that he made writing fun.

“His class was never boring, I never dreaded going to his class,” senior Saraiah Khaled shared.

As Teacher of the Year, Sharbaugh will be the keynote speaker at graduation in May. Congratulations to Sharbaugh from the Wingspan team.

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McCarthy Gets the Gold

Words and Photo: Delanie Tucker

On January 27, 2018 Centennial’s Mike McCarthy received his Gold Belt in karate. He was awarded this belt from the American Academy of Martial Arts after hard work in the academy. Along with the belt, Mike received a certificate outlining his accomplishments.

Mike was very excited to show off his belt along with his certificate. When asked about the accomplishment, he even commented, “[Getting the belt] was crazy hard and I am proud.”

Centennial vs. Reservoir Boys JV Basketball Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The Centennial Boys JV Basketball team will go on the road next Tuesday, February 13,  to play their last game of the season versus Reservoir. The game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. The JV team is riding a four-game winning streak going into this game. The team is having a phenomenal season this year, achieving an impressive 11-1 record in county play and 7-0 record in out of county play.

Earlier in the season on January 3, Centennial defeated Reservoir 67-47. The two teams have a prior history because of previous games. Last season, Reservoir was responsible for two out of the three losses that Centennial’s JV team suffered. In the last game of the 2016-2017 season, Reservoir defeated the JV team in buzzer-beater fashion to win the county championship. The JV team looks to close out the year strong with a win and only one loss the whole season.