Category: Announcements

Boosters Announces Gala 2019 Valentine’s Day Ticket Special

 

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GALA 2019 VALENTINE’S DAY TICKET SPECIAL –
Expires at midnight on February 14th
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Grab your significant other or a friend and make plans to attend the March 9th Centennial Boosters Gala at the Ten Oaks Ballroom.  The Centennial Boosters are running a Valentine’s Day Special and reducing the ticket price to $70 through midnight on February 14th.

 

Tickets may be purchased online or by check – details can be found at: https://www.centennialboostersonline.com/gala.

 

Don’t miss out on this wonderful event featuring a 3-course meal catered by Putting on the Ritz, open bar (upgraded beer, wine and soft drinks) and DJ plus our Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle and Wine Pull. The Centennial Jazz band will be featured during the dinner hour.  Please consider joining us, as well as members of the administration, coaches, and other staff members, at this adult only event catered by Putting on the Ritz. It’s a night to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Environment Finds Unsafe Lead Levels in Centennial High School’s Water

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Zach Grable

In the past two months at Centennial High School, students and faculty have been very cautious with their water consumption due to lead reports released in early November by the Howard County School Board.

The reports, which consisted of the results of the lead tests from several Howard County schools, show that 10 of 58 samples taken at Centennial on November 3, 2018 came back positive for levels of lead above the Action Level of 20 parts per billion (ppb).

Tests were taken from all spigots that provide water for consumption; these spigots include water fountains and kitchen sinks.

Other sources of water, such as showers or bathroom sinks, were not tested, as they are not intended to provide drinking water.

Although these lead levels are dangerous when consumed, it is not a current issue, as all affected pipes were shut off within 24 hours of testing, according to a Centennial High School Notice released by Centennial principal, Cynthia Dillon, on November 12.

“The ten impacted water outlets have been shut off, so they cannot be accessed,” Dillon said in the notice. “Currently, no harm is being done because people are not drinking from those outlets.”

Of the original samples taken, 11 came back positive, one of which was voided due to the sampled faucet not being a drinking source.

Of the other ten, four contained under 25 ppb, one between 25 and 30 ppb, two between 30 and 35 ppb, and three above 35 ppb.

The three above 35 ppb were from a sink in the indoor concession stand, a sink in the Family and Consumer Science classroom, and a planning area sink for teachers.

Several steps need to be taken before the county even considers turning the water back on in these areas. They include evaluating the cause of the lead build up, replacing specific fixtures as necessary, or bypassing sources of lead in the plumbing.

If nothing works, the impacted fixture will be permanently shut down.

“The pipes won’t be turned back on until these things are done,” Dillon stated. “They’re going to evaluate whether or not it’s the fixture or something else that’s causing lead in the water. There may be some that they determine they can’t fix and they may permanently turn it off.”

The Howard County School Board Office of the Environment is working to the best of its abilities to fix the problem.

“It’s a big problem and we need to ensure the central office remediates the issues because we want our school to be safe.”

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Annual National Honors Society Inductions

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Zach Grable

On Thursday, January 11, Centennial’s National Honor Society (NHS) inducted it’s 66 new members. The junior inductees listened to advice from the senior members of the chapter. An emphasis was placed on the four pillars of the society: leadership, character, scholarship, and service.

Special guest speaker Steven Peth, a former Army pilot who fought during the Vietnam War and current Red Cross Volunteer, spoke on the importance of service. Steven shared his personal war story in which he was shot during battle, inspiring his urge to serve the community. After each new member was individually inducted, the group pledged their allegiance to the society.

As the ceremony came to an end, the NHS members and their families joined for cake and refreshments in the cafeteria.

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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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