Category: Announcements

REBEL Chamber Ensemble Performs at Centennial

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Friday, the REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music performed for Centennial orchestra students in the auditorium.

In addition to playing multiple pieces, the group also taught students about their unique instruments and playing style. Following their performance, REBEL held a clinic for one of Centennial’s orchestras during 6th period.

A professional chamber orchestra, REBEL formed in 1991 and specializes in music from the 17th and 18th centuries.Their use of period instruments- instruments from the time period the music was written- sets them apart from other ensembles. These instruments produce an authentic sound and allow the musicians to be more expressive.

REBEL is currently on tour and was in the area for a concert at Howard Community College on Saturday.  They will return to Maryland on March 29th for a concert at St. John’s College in Annapolis.

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Clue: A Review

Words: Casper Ambrose

Centennial High School’s production of Clue was a good one. Hopefully you were able to catch it, but if you weren’t, here is a review of the show.  It had many strong points and outstanding actors.

Senior Noah Katz, who played the butler, performed incredibly and was very clear in his speaking. He also did a great job of using the whole stage and had very big actions.

Myeves Lucien, who played Yvette the maid, did an amazing, and convincing, French accent, and put on a spectacular performance.

The comedy aspect of the show was executed extremely well by the actors, making it very natural.

Aside from the actors, the set design was also impressive, as it had many moving pieces and actually looked like a house.

Clue was a great choice for this year’s fall play. Taking into consideration the ease of the comedy and the talent of the actors, Centennial’s production of Clue was truly remarkable.

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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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