Category: Announcements

Welcoming Mrs. Khaksari to Centennial

Words: Minah Mubasher

Irene Khaksari is a new guidance counselor this year at Centennial High School. She has been counseling for 13 years, and was inspired to get into counseling from personal experiences she had with educators when she was a student.

Prior to CHS, Khaksari worked for a school in New York City and then at Wilde Lake. She is an Alumna of Loyola College. Although it can be hard to adjust to a new environment,Khaksari is handling it well, finding it “Challenging but fun”.

Khaksari has many goals for Centennial such as meeting the needs of all of the students, no matter what classes or sports they are involved in. She would love for every student to be part of some extracurricular activity and invested in this school and education.

The custodial staff, Carole Sormanti, the leadership from the front office and the counseling team are among Khaksari’s favorite things about CHS.

“Centennial is a great place to be,” said Khaksari,“and I am excited for this opportunity to work with the CHS family.”

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Centennial’s 2017-2018 SGA

Words: Eliza Andrew

At the end of last year, current rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors voted for who the SGA members would be for the 2017- 2018 school year. The candidates informed the school about their intentions for the position they were running for.  Now it’s time to get to know our elected members. We congratulate all of our SGA members and we look forward to the 2017-2018 school year.

Swadhin Nalubola: Senior SGA President

What are your SGA duties?

Serve as the closest link between the student body and the administration, run SGA meetings, represent the student voice as a whole.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I am confident, passionate, and well-liked.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My biggest goal is to increase overall school spirit, especially at pep rallies. I’d also like to make sure that we have a great homecoming, especially since this is the 40th anniversary. Finally, I’d like to make SGA a more prominent organization in the school.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

Most likely no, but I definitely would like to take a leadership role in whatever career I choose.

Greg Costello: Senior SGA Vice President

What are your SGA duties?

As Vice President I help organize events such as Homecoming and the Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament. I lead meetings and fill in for the President when needed. I represent the school at HCASC, MASC, and the Board of Education as well.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I bring communication skills, charisma, and a genuine sense of pride for Centennial to SGA.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

This year, my goal for SGA is to have a bigger role in the students getting more out of school than just an education. Things like a teach-in, game nights for Battle of the Classes, and bringing back Mr. CHS are things we are looking to get done and have at Centennial for years to come.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

SGA has given me first-hand experience in seeing what it takes to be leader and represent a large number of people. My hope one day is to be in the US Coast Guard and I feel as if SGA has shown me I have what it takes in the leadership aspect of the military.

Summer Shen: Sophomore SGA Corresponding Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

I am the corresponding secretary for SGA, which means I am in charge of marketing and relaying information to the school.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

One unique trait that I bring to SGA is my video editing/filming skills. I love producing videos, and I have made SGA videos for the morning TV announcements.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My goal this year is to increase school spirit at Centennial and strive towards building a stronger community.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future, I hope to work in sports business as a leader. I am interested in marketing, digital media/broadcasting, and public relations, and I hope to become a Senior Vice President for an NFL team one day.

Stacy Lee: Junior Recording Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

In SGA I am the recording secretary and I basically write all the notes during meetings and assist in anything the SGA needs help in overall.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

Some unique traits I bring to SGA are that I am responsible and I am pretty outgoing when it comes to talking to others about events and meetings.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

Some goals I have for Centennial is to have more school spirit overall and fundraise money for associations like Zaching for Cancer.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future I actually do not have any interest in a leadership or political career but I hope to use the skills learned in SGA for my desired career!

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Centennial’s Final Day of Spirit Week

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial held its traditional pep rally on Friday, October 13, along with Color Day.  Students dressed in their class colors of black, blue, white, and red. They filled the bleachers in a sea of color.  With banners, each sports team ran across the field towards the cheering spectators. Performers included the Star Wars-themed marching band, cheerleaders, and two dance companies. Representatives from each grade participated in tug-of-war, the seniors emerging victorious over all classes.  The pep rally, which preceded the homecoming carnival, marked the start of the Homecoming festivities over the weekend.

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Centennial Celebrates USA Day

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida / Words: Jack McGowan

On Thursday, October 12, Spirit Week continued with USA Day.  Students dressed in patriotic red, white, and blue. Many students chose to wear school apparel as matches the colors of the flag.  Other students chose to bring in their own flags to wear as capes and other accessories.  Students seemed excited to show their patriotism and love for their country.  Many teachers joined in on the fun by dressing for the occasion.  Students look forward to Friday and the school favorite Color Day.

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Centennial Announces “Red, White, and Blue Musical Revue”

Words: Maggie Ju

On Saturday, October 14, Centennial’s Theatre alumni and current students will present the “Red, White, and Blue Musical Revue” at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Under the direction of Kurt Boehm, Berta Sabrio, Kathryn Carlsen, and Holly Pasciullo, the cast will be performing musical numbers from past shows to celebrate 40 years of Centennial’s theatrical excellence.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Staff members can receive two complimentary tickets at the door.

Carlsen stated that some alumni have performed on Broadway and appeared in major motion pictures. The alumni featured in the revue are Melissa Corona (Class of 1997), Anne Marie Demme (2015), Jeremy Goldman (1996), Danielle Kalivretenos (2016), Eddie Lovern (2004), Jeff Miller (2011), Nina Parekh (2015), Katharine Pembroke (2004), Alex Porter (1980), Allie Press (2011), Melanie (2001) and Whitney (2004) St. Ours, Danny Townsend (2006), Anna Turpin (2003), and Melinda Wise (2003). Mo Dutterer, Centennial’s first theatre teacher, will also make an appearance.

The current student ensemble will perform in “Magic to Do” from Pippin, “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” from Seussical, and “Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street. The students featured are Ifechukwu Alachebe, Allison Brown, Kai Daley, Sydney Grossman, Noah Katz, Ethan Kinstler, Cole Lashley, Ilana Mongilio, Kieran Newell, Sabrina Ochoa, Caroline Pekrul, Akhil Pramanik, Julia Stitely, Lauren Wei, William Qu, and Abby Zoller-Griz.

This is the first musical revue in Carlsen’s 14 years at this school. She said, “We have such an incredible theatre program here that I jumped at the chance to honor it and its many illustrious alumni who have gone on to perform on stage or in front of the camera. We are incredibly lucky to have the amazing talent and hard working students that we do.”

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Pajama Day at Centennial

Photos: Zach Grable / Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Pajama day at Centennial took place in the midst of the dreary and exhausting standardized assessment schedule. Students were able to dress as comfortably and casually as they pleased while taking the PSAT. While the stress and exhaustion of testing wore out students, many were comforted by the soft hug of their pajamas. The spirit day trends seen around the school included boxers, onesies, plaid pajama pants, and sweatshirts. Spirit week is an exciting time for students to jump out of their comfort zones and dress in the craziest way possible.  However, looking around Centennial today, it seemed students embraced getting back into their normal routines.


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Twin Day for the Eagles

Photos: Zach Grable / Words: Maggie Ju

On Tuesday, October 10, students dressed alike to show their school spirit for Twin Day. Some outfits were simple, like one that consisted of a Centennial Eagles shirt and shorts. Others had elaborate costumes — enthusiastic “twins” donned dresses, custom T-shirts, and accessories for this spirit day.

Teachers even joined in the fun within their departments. “I am silently correcting your grammar!” proclaimed the shirts of English teachers, while math teachers’ shirts featured a graph. Many people wore red shirts to correspond with teammates and colleagues. Though most pairs of “twins” were not seen together throughout the day, they were excited to participate nevertheless.


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