Month: May 2019

BSAP Honors Their Seniors

Words: Madison Baltimore

On Friday, May 17, seniors of African American heritage were celebrated for their achievements. The evening started with welcoming announcements from Walter Pearson, president of the Parent Council for Black Students (PCBS), Sydney Butler, Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) liaison, and Centennial’s very own principal, Cynthia Dillon.

A potluck dinner began the night, consisting of a variety of finger-foods, drinks and desserts. As families were finishing up their meals, Hadeel Hamoud, Centennial Alum from the class of 2018, spoke to the attending seniors about her first year at college and how it was very different from what she had initially expected.

Butler proceeded Hamoud with a slideshow presentation of all the graduating seniors, including a senior portrait, what clubs or groups they were involved in and their plans for after graduation. Each senior was then invited to the front to receive their BSAP stole and students in Delta Scholars received their chords.

Mark Kabue, vice president of PCBS, presented the winners of the annual Book Scholarship Award. This year, two students tied for the scholarship money, Olumoroti Adewole and Nicole Attram.

Centennial guidance counselors Jennifer McKechnie and JaeHi Hebler also made an appearance at the event to congratulate the graduating seniors for their achievements and accomplishments.

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Cruising Through Senior Year!

Words and Photos: Madison Baltimore

On Sunday, May 19, the annual Senior Cruise took place on the Spirit of Inner Harbor. It was a night of board games, windy hair, and Instagram photoshoots; truly an event the class of 2019 will not forget.

After leaving Centennial, the senior class arrived in Baltimore and boarded the Spirit of Inner Harbor. The group came together for dinner early on and tables were called individually to help themselves to the buffet that had been prepared. After dinner, the seniors were invited to the top deck to enjoy games and warm weather.

The evening concluded with line dancing, dessert, and a half hour bus ride home to Centennial.

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One-on-One With Editor-in-Chief: Maddie Wirebach 2018-19

Words: Julia Stitely

In this video, Maddie Wirebach, Wingspan’s Editor-in-Chief for 2018-19, is interviewed by her successor, Piper Berry, about her passion for journalism and what it took to become Editor-in-Chief.

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Centennial Varsity Baseball Season Comes to a Close

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, May 14, the Centennial Varsity Baseball team lost in the 3A East regional semi-final to Atholton High School which would mark the end of the season and an impressive playoff run for the baseball team.

Centennial started the playoffs strong with a 7-1 first round victory over Long Reach High School on May 10. In the second round, Centennial shut-out top-seeded Reservoir High School 4-0 to advance to the regional semi-final game.

Junior Zack Steen was locked in versus Reservoir and led the team to victory with his strong pitching performance. Steen pitched six innings, allowing zero runs and had nine strikeouts.

After defeating Reservoir, the Eagles faced Atholton High School.

Senior Jake Ewart pitched a solid six innings only allowing two runs on six hits, but the Eagles struggled to find their rhythm offensively and lost 2-0 to Atholton.

Centennial Varsity Baseball finished with a final record of 11-10 on the season.

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Centennial Varsity Softball Suffers Season-Ending Loss

Words: Shawn Kruhm

After a challenging season, Centennial softball perfected their craft as they prepared to make a promising playoff run.

Despite an impressive win over Long Reach in extra innings earlier in the week, Centennial was defeated by Reservoir, ending their playoff run.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Centennial Varsity Softball team lost a heartbreaker against Reservoir by a final score of 3-2 in the 3A East section final.

The Eagles got out to a slow start, allowing three unanswered runs in the first three innings. Junior Jordan Hinz kept her team in the game, allowing no runs after the third inning, and assisting the field with a total of five strikeouts.

Tension grew as Centennial trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the seventh, and final inning.

With two outs, the Eagles loaded the bases. Junior Erin McGuire drew the walk which scored senior Grace Bennett to make the game 3-2.

Despite having the tying run on third base, Centennial was unable to force the runner home and tie the game. The emotional loss ends their successful season and advances Reservoir to the next round.

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SGA Elections Results are Announced

Words: Sarah Paz

The students of Centennial voted for their local student government association (SGA) and Student Member of the Board on Wednesday, April 24. The voting window ended Friday, April 26 in which 75 percent of students from grades 9 to 11 voted.

On Thursday, April 25, the Howard County Association of Student Councils announced that Reservoir junior Allison Alston won the position of Student Member of the Board for the 2019-20 school year.

On Friday, April 26, the Centennial Student Community page released an announcement stating for each position where there are two candidates, the candidates would share the positions.

Students raised concerns about the results of the election to media specialist Michelle Van Gieson, saying that they couldn’t vote or complete their ballot due to technology issues.

“Some students alerted the folks in charge of the SGA of this issue, so we knew these missing votes were not all intentional,” said principal Cynthia Dillon.

During the voting window, the internet network faced issues, resulting in 85 students not fully completing their ballot. Some students were unable to vote for certain positions which led administrators such as Van Gieson and Dillon to believe the technology issues affected the credibility of the election.

“At that time, out of the 926 ballots cast (including 85 incomplete ballots), one race had a single vote difference, one race had a 5-vote difference and one race had a less than 30-vote difference,” Van Gieson remarked in an email interview. “When Mrs. Dillon and I looked at the incomplete ballots Friday after school, just completing those ballots could change the outcome of the election of all 3 races in either direction.”

Knowing that those few ballots could change the course of the election, the administration considered a new plan of action.

“Some of the options [Dillon] suggested were to re-open the voting window and to ask the 85 students with incomplete ballots if they wanted to complete their ballot,” Van Gieson explained.

In response, she reopened the ballots temporarily, extending the voting window from Monday, April 29, to Wednesday, May 1 at 12:16pm. Twelve additional students voted.

“By Wednesday, 5/1, when the ballot closed again, the margins for the two very close races had widened by a few votes and the third race’s margin had gotten smaller,” said Van Gieson.

The 85 students who left an option blank were contacted by Mrs. Van Gieson to determine whether they left the option blank due to technology problems or they intentionally didn’t cast a vote. The administration allowed the students to cast a vote on a paper ballot.

To determine the winners of this election, the school decided to follow the guidelines issued in the Maryland Association of Student Councils, which states that the candidate has to win by 50 percent and an additional vote.

On the afternoon of May 1, after a week of waiting, the final results of the Centennial SGA Election were revealed. Christopher Lidard was elected to the position of president, Anika Huang was elected as vice president, Ally Paik was elected as corresponding secretary and Cissy Wang was elected as recording secretary.

These results remain uncontested. Some results of the election such as vote counts aren’t typically released as public knowledge.

“Unlike what happens in the ‘real world,’ we don’t typically announce the tally of school elections such as this one. The reasons for this have to do with the social [or] emotional impact these results could have on our young people… You are putting yourself out there and essentially asking your peers to tell you how they feel about your abilities or you as a person,” Dillon said.

“The SGA is vital for fostering student participation and student voice within the school experience,” she concluded. “As we look forward to next year and years to come, it’s important we work to ensure all student groups are represented and that our SGA is a vibrant and integral part of the fabric of our school culture.”

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Centennial Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Defeats Howard on Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Friday, May 3, the Centennial Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team finished the regular season strong with a victory on their senior night, defeating Howard High School 7-2.

Seniors Noah Bussink, Matt Demme, David Gostomski, Charlie Hockersmith, Andrew Kauffman, Gavin Kemp, Peter Krawczyk, Thomas Martin, and Stafford Smith were recognized on Friday night.

The game started off slowly for both teams, and at the end of the first half, the score was tied 1-1. Senior attackman Peter Krawczyk had the lone goal for the Eagles.

It was a game focused on defense, but the Eagles were able score two goals in the third quarter to go up 3-2.  It was not until the fourth quarter that Centennial started to pull away.

Centennial scored four unanswered goals to secure the 7-2 victory. Krawczyk finished with a team high three goals. Juniors Connor Carpenter and Ty Sams led the team in assists, each with one apiece.

The Eagles will play at home for their first playoff game on May 10. The start time and the opponent is yet to be determined.

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