Month: April 2019

Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse Week in Review

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Centennial Girls’ lacrosse team closed out a tough week with two, great in-county wins. The Eagles defeated River Hill on Tuesday, April 23, and rival Mount Hebron on Thursday, April 26.

The two crucial wins last week allowed Centennial to continue their perfect record in county play. Tuesday’s matchup against River Hill challenged the girls to come back from behind and persevere through tough obstacles thrown their way.

After just the first seven minutes of play, Centennial had taken a 3-0 lead. Struggling to regain possession, the Eagles scored just one goal in the following fifteen minutes as River Hill took a 7-4 lead.

They cut the lead to two points at halftime, but found themselves battling from behind for the majority of the second half.

With under three minutes remaining in the second half, junior Rasa Welsh scored her fifth goal of the evening to tie the game at 15, followed by a goal from sophomore Louisa Lagera to put the Eagles ahead.

Both Welsh and Louisa Lagera scored five goals in their 16-15 win over River Hill, along with three goals from senior Marissa Lagera.

With just one day to prepare for possibly their biggest game of the season, Centennial had no time to celebrate their victory over River Hill.

On Thursday, April 26, the girls traveled to Mount Hebron High School to take on their biggest rival.

Centennial got out to a quick start on offense, scoring a total of ten goals in the first half alone.

Welsh would finish the game with six goals, but it was junior Carolina Pelligrini that the girls had to thank for ultimately winning the game.

After a back-and-forth battle, the game was all tied up at the end of regulation. Just minutes into overtime, Pelligrini scored the golden goal to put the Eagles ahead and secure the 16-15 victory over Mount Hebron.

A tough loss to Marriotts Ridge on Monday has Centennial rethinking their game plan for Wednesday’s matchup against Glenelg. The girls will host Glenelg for their senior night on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30pm.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Wins Overtime Thriller Versus Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, April 26, the Centennial Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team defeated their rival Mount Hebron High School 6-5 in overtime.

The game-winning goal came from senior midfielder Andrew Kauffman who scored with 3:40 left in overtime. Junior attackman Connor Carpenter assisted Kauffman, who was cutting down the middle for the goal which would secure the Eagles the victory.

Early in the first quarter, the Eagles found themselves down 2-0, but were able to regain their momentum on defense to allow no more goals in the second half, leading at halftime 3-2.

It was a back-and-forth game in the second half. Late in the fourth quarter, junior midfielder Ty Sams scored an unassisted goal to tie the game 5-5.

In overtime, sophomore midfielder Ryan Firebaugh won the opening faceoff which gave the Eagles the first opportunity to score which the Eagles converted on.

The boys’ lacrosse team’s next game will be against Glenelg High School on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30pm.

 

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Students Show Their School Pride in Last Days of Spirit Week

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photos: Delanie Tucker

As spirit week came to a close last week, students showed their spirit on Thursday by dressing up for Decades Day. Seniors dressed in 70s attire, juniors in 80s, sophomores in 90s, and freshmen in 00s.

On Friday, Centennial students wore their class color. The freshmen dressed in black, the sophomores in blue, the juniors in white, and the seniors in red.

The conclusion to spirit week gave students an opportunity to show their school spirit before attending prom on Saturday.

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Jocelyn Mathew Wins Grand Prize at the Baltimore Science Fair

Words: Thomas Hitt

On March 23 and 24, Centennial senior Jocelyn Mathew competed in the Baltimore Science Fair and won the grand prize, meaning she will be traveling to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona from May 12 to the 17.

Mathew’s project was on helper T cells and how they can be used in fighting pancreatic cancer. She conducts her research at Johns Hopkins and has been researching for the past two years now. Mathew collects data on mice and cell assays, testing whether certain proteins are activated by immune cells in a vaccine.

In regards to the event in Phoenix, Mathew continues to collect data hoping to conduct a study testing the impact vaccines have on tumor growth. The event hosts about 1800 kids from 75 countries, and doctoral leveled scientists judge the work provided by the students. Mathews will be competing for awards ranging from internships to even scholarships up to $50,000. Mathews will be competing in a category of Cellular Biology, in the subgroup of Cellular Immunology.

Mathew was surprised she won when she received the news from her dad.

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning, I kind of just went [to the fair] because I wanted to discuss my research with people who might be interested,” said Mathew.

Mathew, excited that she won, is thrilled for the competition in Phoenix.

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Centennial Students Show Off Their Team Spirit on Jersey Day

Words: Sarah Paz

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Wednesday, April 24, Centennial students demonstrated their team spirit by wearing their favorite sports team jersey. Many proud students wore their Ravens jerseys or their Centennial sports team apparel.

Students can look forward to celebrating Decades Day tomorrow. Seniors will wear 70’s clothing, juniors will don 80’s clothing, sophomores will dress up in 90’s clothing and freshmen will go back to the fashions of the early 2000’s.

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Centennial Students Show Their Maryland Pride

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Tuesday, April 23, Centennial kicked off Prom Spirit week as students and teachers dressed up in their Maryland gear.

Many showed their school spirit, wearing Maryland flag socks and shorts, sweatshirts, and t-shirts.

Students and teachers can look forward to wearing their favorite jerseys for jersey day on tomorrow.

 

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Centennial Celebrates Culture

Words: Madison Baltimore

Photos: Eliza Andrew & Natalie Knight-Griffin

On April 11, 2019, Centennial’s annual WorldFEST took place; a celebration of the many cultures that make up Centennial’s student body.

The event started with food served from 5 to 7 pm, followed by rotations of activities, including a trivia game put on by It’s Academic. After the rotations of activities, a talent show, fashion show and taekwondo demonstration concluded the evening in the auditorium from 8 to 9 pm.

Junior Daria Cara expressed how much she enjoys the fashion show aspect of WorldFEST and its impact on the school and the community.

“I absolutely adored the fashion show! It was absolutely wonderful seeing so many different cultures, and seeing everyone so confident and having so much fun on stage,” stated Cara.

Different clubs each served food at WorldFEST, ranging from sushi, to pizza, to funnel cake. The different activities that took place from 7:10 to 7:55 pm were Hair Braiding, Anti-Human Trafficking, Diversity in the Media, Latin Dancing, Taekwondo, Irish Dancing and It’s Academic Trivia.

Students from National Honor Society and the National Dance Honor Society, Delta Eta Pi, participated in the fashion and talent show, as well as students not in either honor society.

WorldFEST continues to celebrate Centennial’s unique diversity.

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Banerjee Recognized by County Executive for Poetry Achievements

Words & Photos: Natalie Knight-Griffin

On Friday, April 5, Howard County officials and County Executive Calvin Ball recognized three Howard County students for placing in the top three of the regional Poetry Out Loud competition.

Centennial senior Poushali Banerjee recited her winning poem during the event. Due to her achievements in poetry, County Executive Ball dedicated April 5 as “Poushali Banerjee Day” in Howard County.

Across all of Maryland, 5,400 students participated in Poetry Out Loud. Out of those thousands, only a few hundred advanced to the regional level. It was Howard County students Banerjee, Hannah Alkowsi, and Jaylen Barrett who placed in the top three winning spots.

County Executive Ball made it a point to stress his appreciation for the arts in our schools, urging the need for a public event in recognition of the competition’s winners.

“Tapping into the arts helps make our quality of life the best it can be,” said County Executive Ball. “I would love to see more participation in the arts.”

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Dangers of the School Parking Lot

Words: Julia Stitely

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

From the dawn of the school day to the afternoon, students and parents of Centennial are affected by the hardships of the school parking lot. In recent years, the parking lot has been known for being the site of several collisions. Between students running in between cars, ignorance to road signs and the layout of the parking lot, it’s no easy task for even the more experienced drivers.

The accidents, in part, could be caused by the overcrowding in Centennial.

Michael Guizzotti, Centennial’s security guard, expressed his concerns of the parking lot by saying, “We are overpopulated, so it’s not just the hallways that are crowded, it’s the parking lot too.”

“In the morning, it’s not that bad because I get there pretty early so I can get a good spot,” junior Casey Duhon said. “Sometimes I’ll be a little bit late and it could take me five minutes to get to a parking spot because the layout of the lot makes it so difficult.”

Michele Aylaian, mother of two Centennial students, expressed concern for students walking in from the parking lot in the morning.

“When they are late and running between cars, they are at risk of being hit by a driver who doesn’t see them,” she commented. “It’s stressful as a driver because you don’t know when a student is going to suddenly run in front of you.”

Afternoon Bottleneck

Things get hectic for Centennial students who drive to school when the clock hits 2:10. The sudden rush of students makes it easy to lose control in the crowded parking lot, giving the driver only a second to gain control before hitting something in their surroundings.

“Getting out of the parking lot after school is rather scary because everyone is rushing to get home and will cut people off when turning or switching lanes,” said Duhon.

Centennial principal, Cynthia Dillon, stated the design of the lot was not intended for the mass population.

“The lot wasn’t designed for the flow of traffic that comes through in the morning and in the afternoon,” said Dillon. “The way that the lot is marked, the road markings and the signage are not adequate.”

Dillon also believes that another problem that arises in the morning comes from parents letting their kids out in the closed second lane for drop off and in the parking rows themselves.

“People don’t honor the directions from the procedure of dropping kids off,” Dillon shared. “What they will do is pull into the second lane, but also the actual parking row.”

“They will drop their kids off one or two rows away,” Dillon added. “So the kids are walking through cars to get through the door.”

One solution that Dillon and the administrators are looking into is putting new signs up in the parking lot and painting on the roads.

“We have a stop sign on the Centennial side but they don’t have one on the Burleigh side, and they don’t have one on the main way,” Dillon said. “There should be a stop.”

Dillon and the administrators requested the Grounds Department in the Building Services Division of the Howard County system for another stop sign, and the lot is slated to be repainted in the summer.

Parking Permit Problems

In the past week, over 130 cars were found in the parking lot without a parking pass. The owners of these cars were warned that if they are found without a pass, parked on the lot, there would be disciplinary consequences.

Dillion stated the reason they did it in the end of the year rather than the beginning of the year was because of the increase of cars due to juniors starting to get their licenses.

She suggested that, “Families should take note of Safe Driver presentations and plan to attend one proactively. Students and a guardian must attend the presentation annually in order to be eligible for a parking permit.”

Some of the students that are affected are outraged by the situation. Junior Amelia Oliver lives in Old Ellicott City, and it takes her about 30 minutes to go to school.

“I think the passes should be based off where you live,” she said, “because some kids, it is much easier for them to drive. Others can walk.”

The Centennial Film Club found the humor in the parking lot situation by creating a mockumentary called Parking Purgatory and entered it into the Howard County Film Festival.

Senior, Carolin Harvey, with other members, filmed and edited the entry.

“Although our video is mostly comical, it does highlight how crazy our parking lot actually is,” Carolin answered. “The footage we captured of the morning and afternoon definitely captures some of that madness.”

The dangers of the Centennial parking lot continue to be a problem for the staff and students with the overcrowding population and the design of the parking lot. The solutions to these factors are soon to be solved; until then, students and parents are advised to stay alert and focus on the road.

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