Category: Announcements

PSAT Day at Centennial

Words: Sarah Paz

On Wednesday, October 10, Centennial freshmen, sophomores and juniors took the PSAT, or the Preliminary Scholarship Aptitude Test, which is known better as the practice SAT. Testing started at 7:25 am and finished between 11 and 11:30 am.  

1225 students took the PSAT this year. Freshmen took the 8/9 test, while sophomores and juniors took the NMSQT version of the test. NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

For freshmen and sophomores, this PSAT was practice for future PSAT or SAT tests. For juniors, this PSAT score is sent to colleges and the National Merit Scholarship Program to qualify for scholarship money. Last year, 33 Centennial students were eligible for scholarship money from different colleges.

While the other grades were testing, seniors sat in the cafeteria, editing their college essays and getting feedback from teachers.

The PSAT was a success, and hopes to improve the number of Centennial National Merit scholars for next year are high.

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Centennial Wind Ensemble Opens The Year With A Fall Concert

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On the night of October 8, the Centennial band program performed an hour long concert showcasing their fall music selections. The jazz band opened the concert with a seasonally appropriate piece, a jazz rendition of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s September. The bands then played in order of advancement, with Symphonic Band first, followed by Symphonics Winds, and finally Wind Ensemble.

Wind Ensemble had the longest program, playing three pieces ranging from a militant march to a faster paced work. Compositions included Fanfare for Justice, Speedway, and Pas Redoublé. The audience gave a standing ovation succeeding Wind Ensemble’s performance. Despite only four weeks of rehearsal, the band program put on a fantastic show.

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Varsity Boys Soccer Loses to Reservoir

Words & Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Tuesday, October 2, the Centennial Boys Varsity Soccer team took a devastating loss to Reservoir High School.

After a long, hard fought game, the boys had to settle on a 2-0 score-line.

Though the outcome was not as anticipated, the team fought hard to keep it at two, and tried to get one on the board for themselves. Reservoirs defense held strong, but Centennial put up quite a fight.

The game was very aggressive, and Reservoir received four yellow cards for their physicality, while Centennial only received one.

River Hill High School will host the Eagles in their next game on Thursday, October 4.

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Through a Tiebreaker, Centennial Cross Country Captures the Howard County Invitational Title

Words: Celina Wong

On September 8, 2018, the Centennial Girls Cross Country team scored big by beating Howard High School in a tiebreaker, securing the Howard County Invitational title.

In cross country, the top five runners are considered to be ‘scoring runners.’ Whatever place each runner earns tallies up into a total point value. During this race, the top five runners from both Centennial and Howard had the same total score.

Centennial’s sixth runner, junior, Apoorva Ajith, broke the tie score of 65 points, beating Howard’s sixth runner by a mere six seconds.

“I was elated,” said Ajith about the win. “I was proud of my team and myself and just happy I made a difference to help the team win.”

Ajith explained how this title sets the tone for the rest of the season.

“I think this [win] shows how serious we are about the state title and it really boosted morale for us to just keep pushing.”

Senior captain, Cora Blount, commented on how the underclassmen will perform next year without the support of the seniors.

“I think it will be hard for the underclassmen because they’ve had us on the team since freshman year, but the juniors will be able to fulfill the role.”

The girls also competed on the iconic Bull Rull course on September 22. Blount and Alison Betler placed 12th and 19th, respectively. Overall, the girls scored 217 points and placed 8th. Centennial High School will continue to fight for their spot in the county at a tri-meet on Wednesday, October 17, at River Hill High School.

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Centennial Students’ Homecoming Rituals

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

As homecoming nears, Centennial students prepare for the exciting night in various ways. In the days approaching homecoming, students showcase their school pride with a range of spirit days including pajama day, tropical day, USA day, decades day, and color day.
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Outside of school traditions, students prepare for the dance with their own traditions. Many who plan on attending the dance spend the day getting ready, ordering pizza, listening to music, and even practicing dance moves.

“I typically go and get my nails done a few days beforehand,” says junior Sara Ferrara. “My friends and I also love doing facemasks the night before for our skin.”

Preparing for homecoming can be a long and extensive process. Everyone has special routines to ensure the night is a success. But really, homecoming is what you make of it.

“I look forward to getting ready with a group of friends,” says freshman Ella Boodin. “It’ll be fun to listen to music and pump each other up!”

From freshmen to seniors, students preparing for homecoming spend hours, and for some, even days to make sure they look their best. With the perfect dress or suit, hair and nails, or whatever you please, homecoming brings a feeling of confidence and excitement to students.

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Centennial’s 2018-2019 Pancake Breakfast

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Saturday, September 29, Centennial’s annual Pancake Breakfast was held in the cafeteria.

This fundraising event helps Centennial PTA and Boosters.

There were many students and parents in attendance, as well as the Oriole Bird.

 

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