Month: December 2018

Centennial Hosts Wrestling Tri-Match with Long Reach and Glenelg

Words: Minah Mubasher

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On December 18, Centennial High School hosted its second tri-match of the season, featuring Long Reach High School and Glenelg High School.

Centennial and Glenelg took the mat first. Unfortunately, Centennial fell early in the match and finished with a final score of 17-50.

Varsity player, Sam Bussink, held the attention of the crowd with his match that lasted two rounds.

Charlie Schmidt managed to score the first few points for Centennial.

Although their match with Glenelg was a loss, Centennial bounced back when they wrestled Long Reach.

The Eagles ended the night with a winning score of 45-15.

Varsity player, Chris Lee, defeated his opponent by tech fall, earning the team 5 points.

Nick Shapiro also won his match, along with Matthew Harris, and state champion, Jason Kraisser.

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Sports for Life Class Gives Shoes to Students for Christmas

Words & Photos: Zach Grable

The 5th period Sports For Life class very generously bought Tomas Velazquez and Oshwald Srisailam new sneakers as a part of their Christmas gift.

 

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Students Dress Up as their Favorite Holiday Characters

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Centennial students dressed up as their favorite holiday personalities for Holiday Character Day on Friday. Students dressed up as characters like Santa Claus and even Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation.

The fun theme helped cap off Spirit Week and put students in the holiday spirit before winter break.

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Centennial Varsity Boys’ Basketball Falls Short of Completing Comeback Against Broadneck

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Wednesday evening, December 19, the Centennial Varsity boys’ basketball team lost their second game to Broadneck High School, putting them at 3-2 overall for the season. This was the first out-of-county opponent that the Varsity boys’ team has faced all year.  

In the first quarter, Broadneck jumped out early with a 19-7 lead. The Eagles struggled to score the ball and get stops on the defensive end.

In the second quarter, Centennial picked up the defensive pressure and only allowed six points. Despite the improved effort on defense, the Eagles were down 25-16 at halftime.

After halftime, Centennial started to find their rhythm on offense and cut the Broadneck lead down to one point in the first three minutes of the third quarter, forcing the Broadneck coach to take a timeout. Despite outscoring their opponent 15-10 in the third quarter, the Eagles were down four points going into the last quarter of the game.

In the fourth, Centennial could not complete the comeback and Broadneck won the game, with a score of 52-42.

The Varsity Boys’ basketball team plays next on December 27 in an out-of-county holiday tournament.

 

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Looking Cute On Ugly Sweater Day

Words: Sarah Paz

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Thursday, December 20, students participated in Centennial’s fourth day of Spirit Week: Ugly Sweater Day. Students donned their ugliest holiday sweaters to celebrate the impending break.

Friday is Character Day, where students dress as their favorite holiday characters, officially ending Spirit Week and sending the school on Winter Break.

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Centennial Students Dress for Snow Day During Winter Spirit Week

Words: Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Jenna Torres

On Wednesday, December 19, students dressed up for Snow Day, where students and staff wore blue and white to celebrate the upcoming winter break.

Some students wore coordinating shirts and pants, were draped in blankets, or sported ski goggles.

Thursday’s spirit day is Ugly Sweater Day, where participating students are encouraged to wear the ugliest sweaters they own.

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A Day in the Life of Mr. Anderson

Words: Celina Wong

Captions & Photos: Jordyn Blanken, Liam Lovering, and Keith Hitzelberger

The Story Behind the Story: Photojournalists Reflect

Three photojournalists, Jordyn Blanken, Liam Lovering, and Keith Hitzelberger have recently conducted a photo essay that detailed the daily work of Centennial High School’s head custodian, Allen Anderson. Following the publication of this piece, these photojournalists detail the motivation and background behind this essay, as well as what they hope the school can learn from it.

“We [needed] someone to photograph and follow, and we chose Mr. Anderson,” Blanken explains. “We followed him for the full day and recorded everything he did and everyone he had contact with.”

Lovering also addresses the inspiration behind choosing Anderson as the topic of their piece.

“His job is fairly unique because he interacts with teachers, the faculty, and students, but at the same time, he helps maintain the school, and acts as a security officer,” Lovering explains. “He’s kind of like a Renaissance man at the school.”

Hitzelberger adds what challenges they faced as they were conducting this day in the life.

“We had to figure out who could miss what classes— and of course— who could show up at six in the morning,” Hitzelberger mentioned. “After that, we had to figure out how to capture his main job, which is keeping the school running.”

The team also documented the aftermath of vandallism within the school.

“We saw vandallism in the bathroom and someone might not have thought about it, but [Anderson] has to take time out of his day to clean the bathroom,” Lovering said. “He wanted to go home early to Christmas shop for his kids, but instead he had to clean up after [some student].”

After publishing this essay, Blanken explains what she hopes the school will learn from this.

“I want people to realize that the school is not a trash can,” Blanken said. “We have to take care of the school that we walk into every day. I want people to have respect for the building and for Mr. Anderson.”

Arriving at 6:12 in the morning, Mr. Anderson is one of the first people to enter the building.  During this time, before many people enter the building, he completes his morning routine of the school security check and ensures that the temperature of the school is acceptable.  He also spends time unlocking all of the classrooms of the teachers that are absent.

As students begin to arrive at 7:10 AM, and the day begins to unfold, Mr. Anderson uses this time to fix any minor issues that arise, such as checking the temperature and replacing a chair. He also checks his schedule for the day, signs off for packages in the front office, and returns a student’s pass for absence that was found in the hallway.

At 9:25 AM, Mr. Anderson prepares the cafeteria for lunch, ensuring that all tables are in place and that facilities are working properly.  During lunch, he stays in the cafeteria and monitors all students, while also performing any and all tasks that are needed.

After lunch until about 12:45 PM, Mr. Anderson is in the cafeteria cleaning the tables and floors. At 12:49 PM, he goes to student services and the culinary arts rooms to be sure that nobody needs any assistance.

While Mr. Anderson is monitoring the hallway, he receives a call informing him that he will be getting a dog. He quickly shares the good news with Principal Dillon and Resource Officer Carneal along with showing them a picture of the dog.

Mr. Anderson heads back to the cafeteria to finish cleaning. At 1:03 PM, he receives a call telling him that there was an act of vandalism in a bathroom. He goes to see the damage and finds that someone has draped paper towels around the bathroom and has partially torn out a metal plate from the wall that protects high voltage wires.

Mr. Anderson spends the end of his day sweeping the floor, wiping down the tables and taking out the trash. He then waits for his night staff to arrive for their daily briefing regarding after-school activities and what needs to be completed that night.

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Summer in December During Season Switch Day

Words: Madison Baltimore

Photos: Noelle Deal

On Tuesday, day two of Holiday Spirit Week, students dressed in their most spring and summer-like attire for Season Switch Day.

Wednesday’s spirit day will be Snow Day, where students will dress in blue and white to represent snow.

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