Month: April 2018

Ready Player One Puts Spielberg Back in the Game

Words: Julia Stitly

The film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling novel, Ready Player One, has finally hit the big screen. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, brings the future of virtual reality. The movie follows Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, who like the rest of the world, is on a treasure hunt to find the golden egg of James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. With the help of his friends, Wade tries to stop the evil corporation, IOI, from finding the prize before they do.

Visually pleasing, the film has beautiful visuals, and the world of the OASIS is breathtaking. But making the virtual world entertaining can cause the audience to loss interest in the real world, which is impoverished and struggling, so people escape to the OASIS.  Even though the cast give all around solid performances, the characters, for Spielberg, are kind of bland and not as memorable. The most notable is Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, Nolan Sorrento, who tries with what he has, but doesn’t command fear. His sidekick, played by Hannah John-Kamen, gives a comedic performance even though she is supposed to be feared.

Overall, Ready Player One has flaws, but makes up for it with a fun adventure. If you can, snag a ticket for a screening of Ready Player One on the biggest screen possible.

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Centennial’s Allied Softball Team Takes on Hebron

Words: Shawn Kruhm

On Thursday, April 19, Centennial’s allied softball team traveled to Mount Hebron for an exciting game.

It turned out to be a hard fought game in which both teams played exceptionally well. Centennial’s Mike McCarthy lead the team as the starting pitcher. He received support from junior Ian Winters at first base and senior Dominic Roybal at second. Winters recorded six outs to help the defense.

Junior Hassan Hamound and senior Jonathan Hanks also came out to play. They both proved to be power hitters at the plate, combining for three singles and two doubles.

The allied softball team’s next game is at Centennial on April 24. Make sure to go support them and show your school spirit.

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You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me: Dr. Michael Fowlin Speaks to Students

Words: Hibah Khan

On the morning of April 20, the students at Centennial listened to Dr. Michael Fowlin, who went by Dr. Mykee, a psychologist and speaker. He gave a speech that emphasized the fact that everyone wears masks to hide their true selves in an effort to evade pain.

The event, organized and paid for by the Centennial PTSA, was offered in two assemblies to the entire school.

Dr. Fowlin incorporated five characters in his talk based off of true events he witnessed or experienced in his lifetime. These stories were used to convey different messages to the audience about important issues like gender equality, racial injustice, and mental illnesses.

Many of the students were deeply moved by this emotional talk because it exposed them  to truths about themselves that they may not have seen before. Dr. Fowlin explained that people are more than their handles: what they wear, the color of their skin, and the grades they get are not what defines a person. He emphasized that pain is not a bad thing; pain is the thing that empowers a person to create something magnificent in the world. His mission was to explain to the student body that they are not alone, and they have a purpose in this life.

“I think it was really eye opening to me and some parts of it I’d never thought of before. I hope everyone takes it with them and learns from it!” said sophomore Regina Wang.

Dr. Fowlin received a standing ovation after he spoke, indicating that he was able to connect with the audience in a way that the students hadn’t experienced before. He voiced the concerns the students have beyond their “handles.”

In the end it was an impressive event that allowed the students to view their struggles in a new light.

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Love, Simon Brings Representation to Hollywood

Words: Lien Hoang

After months of anticipation, the movie Love, Simon, based off the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, finally released in March with a 92% approval rate from Rotten Tomatoes.

What makes this comedic teen story such a hit?

Love, Simon follows a confused and closeted gay teenager named Simon Spier, played by Nick Robinson, who appears to have a normal life in the eyes of others, but on the inside, he is struggling to find himself. With no one to talk to about his internal conflict, Simon exchanges emails with an anonymous character named “Blue,” who understands exactly what he is going through. As time passes, Simon falls in love with this mysterious individual, wanting to meet him.

The relatable movie focuses on the topics of identity, friends, and family. Love, Simon presents a rare subject that is almost never seen in Hollywood: homosexuality. Simon’s heartwarming coming-of-age journey is inspirational and appropriate for teens and their parents. It highlights the ideas of acceptance and being comfortable with who you are. Love, Simon is the first major studio film featuring the main character as being gay and the whole movie revolves around him and his coming out story. Being the first of its kind, Love, Simon gives representation to the LGBTQ+ community, a group that is almost never mentioned in the mainstream movie industry.

Besides having a unique concept, the movie also includes an amazing cast and a spectacular plot.

Simon’s story is exhilarating and the movie takes you on a ferris wheel of emotions. Hopefully, Love, Simon can start a new trend that sheds light on the LGBTQ+ group.

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Seniors Sign Off

Words: Delanie Tucker/ Photos: Rasa Welsh

On April 12, Centennial High School held the final signing day of this year, where the last group of seniors involved will sign off on the college where they will play sports. Four seniors signed off on a school and verified what sports they will be playing there.

Greg Costello was the first to sign, deciding to go to Coast Guard Academy to run cross country and track and field.

Juan Para, another runner for Centennial, will go to Division II Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for track and field.

The next to sign was Meg Thompson, going to Shippensburg University for field hockey.

The last to sign was Isabel Trojillo, a member of Centennial’s golf team. She will be going to Marymount University.

After her signing, Trojillo commented, “When choosing a college I think academics is the most important thing and athletics is second, especially for an athlete like me.”

Despite her being a serious athlete, Trojillo seemed very focused on academics, “I know Marymount is a really good school. They are academically rigorous and they have a great nursing program, which is what I want to go into, so that’s the first thing I looked at. I visited the college and I just pictured myself there, so I think Marymount is going to be a great fit for me.”

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Centennial Varsity Softball Takes Down Atholton

Words: Josh Horen

The Centennial Eagles defeated the Atholton Raiders by a score of 14-4 on Wednesday, April 18.

In what was a very complete performance on both sides of the ball for the Eagles, pitcher Jordan Hinz controlled the game, throwing a complete game and only allowing four runs.

Centennial tacked on four runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. The Raiders didn’t respond until the fifth inning, allowing Centennial to add another five unanswered runs, and extend their lead to 9-0 after four innings.

However, the Raiders fought back and scored four runs in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 9-4.

It was too little too late for the Raiders, as the Eagles didn’t allow any more runs after that and added five more runs of their own, finishing the game with a score of 14-4.

Centennial’s Olivia Reese and Lauren Marcotte combined to go 6-8 as they continue their success at the plate.

The Eagles now pushed themselves to a game over .500 in-county (5-4) but still remain two games under .500 overall (5-7).

As for the Raiders, they continue to fall in-county, dropping to 2-7.

The Eagles will be back in action on Thursday, April 19, against Marriotts Ridge, who is currently 7-1 in the county and on a five game in-county win streak.

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Centennial’s Mock Trial Team To State Semifinals

Words: Natalie Keane

From Thursday, April 19, to Friday, April 20, Centennial High’s very own Mock Trial team will be attending the Mock Trial State Semifinals in Annapolis, Maryland. They are this year’s county champions, and have previously won both rounds of Circuit Championships against Rockbridge Academy and Marriotts Ridge High School. As circuit champions two years in a row, they now continue their undefeated season this week against teams from across the state.

Centennial’s team is the first Howard County team to advance to the state semifinals in history, which is significant for its members. “Because we’re the first Howard County team to ever advance to [this level], we’re all being exposed to a different environment,” says junior Anjali Gajendiran, who acts as one of the team’s defense attorneys. “It’s definitely daunting; I’m so grateful we have this opportunity.”

“One of the best parts about Centennial moving onto state semifinals is the opportunity to compete against high-level teams, which will be a great experience for us,” says senior Kayleigh Hasson, who is the captain and a defense attorney of the team. “I’m proud to say [that] we’ve had an undefeated season so far, and the experience of winning the state title would be incredible.”

Advancing even further would be an ideal result of the semifinals, but there’s more to the competition than just winning a prize or title. Reaching this far in the competition involves building strengths and learning to work closely together as a team. “I am so proud that our team is one of the top four teams in Maryland,” says Hasson. “We’ve made Howard County history by making it this far!”

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