Month: October 2018

Centennial Immigrants Share Their Stories

Words: Javiera Diaz-Ortiz

Photos: Zach Grable

Imagine being raised in a certain culture, speaking a familiar language, feeling tied to a community and knowing no other way of life. For many students, immigration turns their entire lives upside down. Positive and negative experiences alike, immigrants experience major changes throughout the transition process.

Senior Anne Vicari was born in Brazil and immigrated to the United States in 2010, at the age of nine. Her native language is Portuguese, so the first task she had once moving to Maryland was becoming fluent in English.

However, Vicari claimed that learning to speak the language was not the most difficult part because English “is not as complex as Latin rooted languages.” Rather, the most challenging part for Vicari was leaving her family behind.

Vicari immigrated with only her mother, which meant saying goodbye to the rest of her family.

“The most difficult part of adapting was learning to be away from family,” she stated.

On a more positive note, Vicari feels grateful for having been given the opportunity to gain a new perspective.

“The [best] part of immigrating, other than being able to experience a different culture, was going back to Brazil and telling all my friends and family about my new life,” added Vicari.

Another senior at Centennial, Helen Huang, immigrated from China a few days before her sixteenth birthday.

Like Vicari, Huang’s first language was not English, but her English class in China facilitated this part of the process for her. However, conversational parts of the English language were a factor she had to spend more time learning.

“I [didn’t] know how to respond to ‘what’s up’ or ‘how are you doing’,” she remarked.

One major difference that Huang noticed between China and Maryland is the structure of classes in high school. She noted that in China, she had only one assigned classroom, not several destinations to go to each day.

“I think it’s harder to make friends [since] we usually have only one period together,” Huang added. Even though it was difficult at first, Huang has met many new people at Centennial and maintained several friendships.

“The best part is I [am able to] experience a totally different culture,” claimed Huang, “Immigrating actually [broadened] how I view the world.”

Similar to Huang’s view of immigration, senior Sera Lim, who immigrated from South Korea at the age of seven, stated that she is more “aware of the different foods, activities, traditions, and even historical values not represented in Korean culture.”

Lim’s first language was Korean, and it became difficult for her to communicate with others once first arriving.

Lim has since made an interesting observation between her “old” life and her “new” life. She noted that the sense of community is different.

“In Korea, transportation was very easy and children could walk to a supermarket by him/herself; unlike the United States, where the car is the main source of transportation,” noted Lim.

Vicari, Huang, and Lim all showcase the rush of positive and negative aspects which immigrants are met with. The immigration process shapes an individual and transforms their view of the world.

“Getting to learn and experience a new culture was one of the most interesting parts about immigrating,” Lim expressed, “From immigrating, I am more open and aware of the different foods, activities, traditions, and even historical values not represented in Korean culture.”

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Centennial Travels to Hammond for a Marching Band Showcase

Words: Thomas Hitt

On the night of Tuesday, October 23, Hammond High School hosted a marching band showcase featuring Wilde Lake, Howard, Hammond, Long Reach, Reservoir, and Centennial.

In past years, Centennial has hosted the marching band showcase. However, this year it took place at Hammond High School.

The marching bands performed according to size, the smallest playing first and the largest playing last. Centennial was the last band to perform for the night, due to the quantity of band members.

The performance started at around 7:00, however Centennial didn’t perform until 8:15.

The performances were extraordinary, showing a great array of talent among members of the marching bands.

After Centennial performed, a fun tradition continued as the drumline from Centennial, Long Reach, and Howard played several different chants and beats as band members gathered around to cheer and clap.

The showcase event was a great opportunity for several marching bands to come out and be supportive of the other groups. This event was also a good opportunity for the marching bands to see what others are performing at halftime shows for home football games.

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Atholton Defeats Centennial Varsity Volleyball

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

On Tuesday night, Centennial Varsity Volleyball lost to Atholton High School in straight sets – 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 – marking only their second in-county loss (8-2, 8-5 overall). This was a tough match-up for Centennial as they were going up against an undefeated Atholton team (10-0 in county, 13-0 overall).

In the first set, Atholton jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, forcing coach Michael Bossom to call a timeout and regroup with his team. However, Atholton continued to have control over the game, and they extended their lead to 14-7.

Centennial rallied from the deficit and tied the game at 19-19, due to seniors Jackie Sterenberg and Nicole Attram’s several kills.

The Eagles did everything they could to win the set, but Atholton managed to take the first set, finishing with a score of 25-23.

Atholton carried their momentum from the first set into the second. Atholton propelled themselves to a 25-13 victory after quickly gaining a 10-2 lead over the Eagles early in the set.

Keeping their composure, Centennial bounced back and played a back and forth game with Atholton all the way until the end of the third set.

Both teams were unable to gain a decent-sized lead over the other, until Atholton scored three straight points, making the score 20-17. Centennial responded to this well, and the Eagles answered with their own 3-0 run to tie the game 20-20. However, Atholton was able to win the last five points and defeat Centennial 25-20.

The Varsity Volleyball team looks to end the regular season with a road win versus Glenelg on Thursday, October 25, at 5:30pm.

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It’s Academic Wins Gold at WJZ TV Studio

Words: Madison Baltimore

On Saturday, October 13, Centennial’s It’s Academic team made its way to the WJZ TV studios to compete against the teams from Sparrows Point and Oakland Mills. The team, composed of junior captain Adam Knox, junior Tobias Moser, sophomore Anthony Duan, and alternates Peter Wilschke and Carter Matties, won with 625 points, while 380 points went to Sparrows Point and 320 points to Oakland Mills. This win makes it Centennial’s first to be aired on TV.

“Thank you to the Drill Team and coach Tori Hammers for cheering us on,” said It’s Academic assistant coaches John Heslin and Eric and Sara Seifter. “We also thank our other high school club members for attending.”

Principal Cynthia Dillon, as well as It’s Academic students from Centennial’s feeder schools, Burleigh Manor Middle and Centennial Lane Elementary, traveled to the studio to show support for the team. Centennial’s team also mentors the younger players.

The taping premieres on TV on Saturday, November 24 at 10 a.m. on WJZ TV CBS, as well as online the day afterwards.

The It’s Academic team has two more tournaments next week: Georgetown University on Saturday October 20, and Blake High School the following Sunday.

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Fishing Club Success

Words: Casper Ambrose

This past Saturday, the Centennial Fishing Club took their second fishing trip this year to Wilde Lake. The club was successful in catching three large carp and one catfish in the two hours that they were there. After they caught the fish, they released them back into the lake.

Robert Yore, the Fishing Club’s sponsor, attributes the success of the trip to club president William Qu. “[He] does a great job of organizing everything” Yore stated.

Yore also said that Qu knows a lot about fishing and tries to pick places where he knows they will catch fish. Yore and Qu also plan to do hiking trips and community service activities with the club during the winter.

The club got started this year and plan to take fishing trips once a month. They are already planning their next outing to the Magothy river in Anne Arundel County to do perch fishing.

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The Teachers’ Perspective on the Lack of Resources

Words: Celina Wong

Throughout Howard County, there has been a spike in overcrowdedness of high schools. At Centennial High School, there is an evident change in the student population. Hallways are filled, the cafeteria is packed, and many new portables are acting as additional classrooms. Teachers are now starting to notice this overpopulation because of their lack of resources.

“I’ve been pretty lucky this year with books for my classes this year, but I know the numbers at Centennial are going up, so it is a concern,” said Jeremy Whitaker, current World History AP and honors teacher.

Whitaker notes that this has had a major impact throughout the social studies department at the school. Recently, teachers have resorted to photocopying sections of their books and uploading them online.

“I know photocopying doesn’t really seem to be very efficient or very cost effective. It’s very expensive to photocopy a textbook,” explained Whitaker.

Staff members have also begun utilizing previous editions of the textbook in order to account for the large influx of students.

“[Teachers] have also resorted to using old, outdated books. I’ve seen teachers pulling books that haven’t been in circulation for 15 years, so that the kids have enough resources to roughly follow along,” stated Whitaker.

One successful solution that the social studies department has adapted is borrowing books from other schools.

“I’ve reached out to other schools in the past and some of the World History books are from Atholton or Wilde Lake,” said Whitaker.

Lauren Mancini, a freshman and senior English teacher, has experienced this deficit in another way: supplies in the classroom. This ranges from the posters on the walls to the pens on the desks. Although this differs between each classroom, teachers are now in a compromising position to pick and choose what they truly are in need of.

“Sometimes, it comes down to a choice between supplies and books,” stated Mancini.

The school has recently received new computers to use in classes. These have replaced some outdated and faulty laptops.

“We just got Chromebooks, so there obviously is a lag between when we need something and when we get it,” Mancini explained.

Despite these setbacks, both teachers feel as though their responsibilities lie with making sure they are doing their best to help their students, as well as respecting the county.

“My responsibility is to be the best advocate I can for the kids,” Whitaker said, “I think it’s my job to provide for my students, as well as properly represent the county.”

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Girls Varsity Soccer Defeated By Atholton

Words: Delanie Tucker

On October 18, Centennial’s Girls Varsity Soccer team hosted Atholton High School for our senior night game.

Seven seniors were honored last night: Ashley Molz, Ashley Deng, Courtney McVicker, McKenna Griffin, Casey Clark, Peyton Wilkerson and Fjordia Akhtalr.

All seven girls were starters for the game.

Sadly, the final score was 2-1, with Atholton taking the win.

The game was very aggressive, which resulted in both teams earning several fouls.

Centennial’s goal was scored by Molz off of a free kick in the second half.

A win last night would have secured the Eagles a second seed spot in playoffs. Because of the loss, they will have to play this coming week and will be forced to play Reservoir High School, the top team, in their first playoff game.

Despite the loss, the girls are looking forward to playoffs, and will learn from their mistakes made in earlier games.

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Centennial Golf Team Places and Moves On to States

Words: Emily Hollwedel

On October 8, Centennial Golf had an incredibly successful day at the District Golf Championship.

Kenny Chaplain and Morgan Taylor placed in the recent tournament. Taylor placed third in the girl’s division, while Chaplain placed fifth in boys. The entire golf team also claimed the fourth place in the tournament, and is now qualified for states in Maryland.

Chaplain and Taylor provided insight on how they felt about the tournament, and how they plan to prepare for states.

“I don’t really know what to feel yet,” Chaplain admitted. “The whole round was so strange… I could have done so much better, but I’m content with how I did.”

“This was my first time playing in Districts. I knew that I did all I could to use what I have learned and integrate it into every shot,” Taylor said. “I felt proud of myself, but I knew I still had more work to do [for states].”

Chaplain also talked about their preparation for states.

“For starters, I always play a practice round or two at the course to really get a feel for what type of shots I have to hit and where misses are penalizing or not,” commented Chaplain. “This is my third time going to states, and being a senior this time, there’s almost a sense of urgency to do well. I have to figure out how to quell this anxiety that could ultimately push me to force myself into hitting bad shots and overthinking everything.”

Taylor is also practicing in a similar fashion.

“I’m excited to play in states because it will be my first time… I think I am prepared enough mentally and physically to put up a good score,” she said.

The State Golf Tournament in Maryland is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 22, and end on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Photo Contributed By Stephen Lee

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Centennial’s Dance Company Returns With Dancing With the Staff

Words: Sasha Allen & Natalie Keane

Centennial’s annual Dancing With the Staff competition is coming up on Thursday, October 25, at 7pm. This competition will feature 23 daring teachers and staff who are all competing for the title of Centennial Dance Champion. These dedicated competitors are being trained by our talented Dance Company students here at Centennial, and since the beginning of the school year, they have been working hard to blow the audience and judges away with their skillful acts.

Dancing With the Staff began ten years ago as a final project for the Dance Company students, until the fall of 2013, when it turned into a fundraising event to be performed in front of a live audience. Since then, it has been a great way for the Centennial community to come together and support their friends and teachers.

It provides the opportunity for students and staff to switch roles as learners and leaders, and put together a show that’s fun for the whole family,” said Rebecca Clark, dance instructor at Centennial. “The support that the Centennial staff has given to the dancers is heartwarming, and the relationships that have been built through this event are priceless.”

You can come out to support your favorite teachers for only $5 per ticket. Each ticket gives you the ability to cast two votes for the staff member of your choice, and an additional 2 votes can be purchased for just $1.

Make sure to come help your favorite staff members gain the title of Centennial Dance Champion or just to enjoy a fun night full of entertaining acts. Remember, your teachers are working hard to prepare, so be sure to cheer them on!

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