Month: October 2018

Marching Band Season Concludes with Awards

Words: Thomas Hitt

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

The Centennial Marching Band concluded their season on October 29, by having an awards ceremony and potluck dinner.

While everyone finished eating, each section was called up one at a time to receive superlatives made by the section leaders of each section. From funny, to caring and most improved, all the superlatives were a great way to thank each student for their participation in a great marching band season.

After spending time eating, talking and receiving awards, the students moved to the auditorium where the seniors gave small, moving speeches about their experiences throughout their years of marching band.

After every senior had a chance to speak, all parents were invited into the auditorium to watch a slideshow of the marching band season with the students.

The slideshow included a collection of the highlights and best moments of marching band camp and memories throughout the season.

As it was an emotional time for seniors, it was also a joyous time for everyone as the marching band celebrated the season with a potluck dinner and fun awards.

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High School Band Day at The University of Maryland

Words & Photos: Thomas Hitt

On Saturday, October 27, the University of Maryland marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland, hosted a high school band day.

High school band day allowed high school band students to spend the day with the Maryland band and perform with them during halftime at the football game. Students from around the state participated in this event, including marching bands from Howard, Centennial and Long Reach High Schools.

These students shadowed the Maryland marching band for the whole day. They started out the day by participating in the game day rehearsal, where they followed behind the band. The high school musicians marched with the Mighty Sound of Maryland to the field. They also were able to play with the Maryland marching band during halftime, including the customary “5th quarter.”

Afterwards, the high school band students sat with the Maryland marching band and joined in for cheering and playing of pep tunes.

This event allowed high school band students to experience what it is like to be in the Mighty Sound of Maryland.

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Centennial Varsity Football Falls to Hammond on Senior Night

Words & Photos: Delanie Tucker

Last night, October 26, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Football team played Hammond High School for their senior night game.

Prior to kick-off, both the seniors on the football team and the senior cheerleaders walked onto the field with their loved ones to be honored by their teams.

Despite all of the energy the team showed during warm-ups and the opening minutes of the game, Hammond quickly took control of the game and was able to pull off a 46-0 win.

Regardless of the score, the Eagles played hard throughout the game and never gave up.

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Centennial Showcases Talent in Annual Dancing With the Staff

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On October 25, 2018, Centennial’s Senior Dance Company teamed up with a few lucky teachers to perform their annual Dancing With the Staff show.

There were four groups of dancer-teacher performances. In between each group was a video slideshow displaying the partners practicing their moves, most often with the teachers struggling to follow along, but nonetheless having a good time. Dancers interviewed their teachers of choice, asking questions along the lines of their previous dance experience and dance style of choice.

Tensions ran high as the judges debated results and audience members cast their vote. After fifteen minutes of intense discussion and audience voting, the dancers gathered on stage for results. The judges’ choice was Ms. Rebecca Vanover and Divya Proper, and Mr. David Riddler and Jen Solan received Honorable Mention. In fourth was Mr. Kevin Mccoy and Alison Betler, followed by Ms. Tori Hammers and Arya Bhargav. In second was Mr. Edward Fowler and Katie Pistner. Mrs. Erin Parisi and Eshna Ghosh received first for the night.

From rap to Irish dance, to throwback song choices such as “Call Me Maybe,” Dancing with the Staff was a success.

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Centennial Celebrates National Writing Day

Words: Serena Paul

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz & Maddie Wirebach

On Friday, October 25, 2018, Centennial’s advanced composition class hosted National Writing Day. The different activities that took place ranged from contests to cafeteria games. Students were able to participate in contests like the haiku contest, guess the teacher haiku contest, and caption the meme. Upon entering the building, students were greeted by quotes about writing written on the sidewalk by the advanced composition students who stayed after school on Thursday. During lunch, advanced composition students walked around the cafeteria engaging students in writing activities, in their black shirts decorated with their responses to the question, “Why write?” The contests were just one part of the day, as many advanced composition students taught classes with prepared activities involving writing. Both students and staff came together to celebrate writing.

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Centennial Varsity Field Hockey Takes Down Long Reach in First Playoff Game

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Thursday, October 25, the Centennial Girl’s Varsity Field Hockey team defeated Long Reach by a final score of 5-2.

The Eagles struggled moving the ball down the field early on. Neither team was able to make anything happen on offense, until junior forward Eliza Andrew scored Centennial’s first goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Despite several Long Reach fast breaks, sophomore Jane Hudson was able to clear the ball out in two 1v3 instances.

The Eagles were tied 1-1 going into the second half.

Only five minutes into the second half, sophomore Lily Sullivan assisted junior Sara Ferrara on her first goal of the game. Sullivan later scored a goal of her own and recorded her second assist; a strategic pass to senior Annabel Baldy with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Andrew sealed the game off with her second goal of the night with under 30 seconds remaining.

Defensively, the Eagles played very well. Along with great help from the defenders, junior goalie Casey Stratton allowed Long Reach to score just two goals.

Centennial’s victory against Long Reach advances them to the next round. They will play their next game on Monday, October 29, at Mount Hebron High School.

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