Category: A&E

Centennial Artists Recognized by U.S. Congress

Words: Kieran Senisi

Photos Contributed by: Nan Collins

The Congressional Art Awards Ceremony occurred on June 3, and Centennial did not fail to impress.  Five Centennial artists, including Maria Rodriguez Cardona, Abbigail Hong, Rachel Scheetz, Tricia Park, and Ye Sun Park, entered the competition under the district of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.  According to Rep. Cummings, over 650,000 high school students have contributed artwork in this nationwide competition in the past ten years; this year, three of the five Centennial students won top prizes.  

Senior Ye Sun Park took home first place with her painting “Woman in Blue Dress,” and her painting will be hung in the Congressional galleries for a year.  Senior Maria Rodriguez Cardona’s painting “Paper Doll” won a curator award from the Maryland Institute of Art.  Junior Tricia Park’s self-portrait also won a curator award from the Walter’s Art Museum.  Judges were not allowed to know anything about the participants, which allowed for an even playing field for the competition. These artists represented Centennial with pride, and those who did not graduate hope to do the same in future competitions.

*This article was updated on 9 June 2017 to reflect the number of years students have been submitting artwork in this competition.


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Centennial’s Hello Dolly!

Words: Zach Grossman

Centennial’s production of Hello Dolly! began on Thursday, March 23, and continued until Sunday, March 26.

In this year’s play, many returning faces were seen on stage, as well as many new actors and actresses. Hello Dolly! is about a matchmaker named Dolly Levi, played by senior Minnie Gregorini, who enjoys meddling in other people’s lives, which results in three couples being matched together. Among the three couples matched was Dolly herself. Some of the other characters were Ambrose, Horace, Emergrade, Corenelius, Barnaby, and Minnie Day were played by seniors Jun Lee, Jack Goodman, Mevie Henderson, Miguel Fernandez, sophomore Noah Katz, and junior Carolina Requejo, respectively. Irene was played by senior Emily Erle on the Thursday and Saturday performances and senior Ally Wilson on the Friday and Sunday performances.

As always, the theatre department put on a spectacular and entertaining performance every night.

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Third Annual Strutting with the Staff

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Kieran Senisi

On Wednesday, March 22, the Third Annual Strutting With the Staff dance competition took place at Wilde Lake High School. This event was hosted by the Bright Minds Foundation.

Applications and Research Lab, Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Homewood Center, Long Reach, Oakland Mills, Reservoir, River Hill, and Wilde Lake High Schools all participated in the competition.

Homewood won the event and every school performed very well. All donations were given to the Bright Minds Foundation, an organization that helps students obtain sufficient education and succeed within HCPSS.

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Orchestra Concert

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

On Tuesday, December 13, the Centennial High School Music Department held their Orchestra Concert. Many parents and students came out to show their support and dedication for the musicians.

The showed started out with the String Ensemble playing “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and featured many soloists from Amanda Wang, Thomas Luo, Amilee Huang, Shun Shueh, Dylan Chao, Paulina Balderas, Lori Zhao, Anjali Gajendiran, Eric Novey, and Andy Lee. This performance was followed by “Fugue in G Minor”, “Fantasia on Greensleever”, “Heart of Fire”,  conducted by student intern Ms. Konopka from the Peabody Institute, and ended with “Christmas Waltz”.

There was a quick intermission after the “Christmas Waltz” in order for the String Orchestra to take their places on stage.

The String Orchestra featured many seniors playing a short version of their last winter Orchestra Concert. The performance started out with “Serenade for Strings” conducted by Mr. Leung and featured soloists from Mary Monroe and Peter Ho. It ended with the popular song “Sleigh Ride” conducted by Ms. Konopka. At the end of the show Mr. Leung took the time to give recognition to Daniel Wu, Suzi Byun, Siri Neerchal, Sahil Saini, Sean Cooley, and Ethan Lin, the seniors who made All State.

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Holiday DIY Ideas

Words: Laila Abughaida

Ornament Wreath:

Start off with a foam or straw wreath and an assortment of decorative glass ornaments in various sizes. To attach the ornaments, remove any hanging hooks and hot glue them to the wreath, starting with the largest ornaments then filling in any gaps with the smallest.

Mini Snow Globe Ornament:

Add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a small toy plastic tree. Fit the tree into a large plastic clear ornament and push it in using a skewer. Next, use a funnel to add white glitter. Add more hot glue to the lid of the ornament to seal the lid tightly. Then tie with a bow using ribbon or twine on the top.

Wreath Snowman:

Wire three wreaths together, the smallest wreath on the top and the largest on the bottom, using two pieces of wire to connect each wreath. Add a hat at an angle on top of the smallest wreath. Wrap a scarf around where the small sized and medium sized wreath meet. Place boots on floor below wreath to look like feet. The wreath can be hung outside or inside.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

Take two cups of white granulated sugar and mix in a ⅓ cup of coconut oil. Add the oil slowly until you have a nice soft consistency that is not too heavy. Then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Once mixed together, divide the scrub into two equal parts in separate containers. Keep one part white and turn the other red by adding some raspberry juice. Pour the scrub into a jar, alternating between the red and white mixes. Decorate the jar as desired.

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Winter Spectacular

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

Centennial High School held their annual Winter Spectacular during on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2. The music and arts groups, led by Mrs.Clark, produced a riveting show for the community.

The show featured the Madrigals, Senior Dance Company, Junior Dance Company, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Musical Theatre.

The show started out with the entire cast performing “Snow Business,” a crowd favorite. It continued on with the Junior Dance Company performing their dances before moving on to a more modern hip-hop style dance. The Madrigals appeared on stage in their Rennasissance attire and performed their popular songs such as “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding.”

Color Guard then performed “Happiest Christmas Tree.” Both Junior and Senior Dance Companies also came out and performed some of their popular songs such as “Hot Choclate,” “The Nutcracker,” “Marshmallow World,” “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The show ended with the entire cast coming together to sing “Feliz Navidad,” another crowd-favorite, under the conducting of band director David Matchim. It was a full house for both of the shows.

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Harvey Review

Words: Lien Hoang

The Centennial High School play production of Harvey began on Thursday, November 10 and ended on Sunday, November 13. Performances started at 7pm on the first three days of production and 3pm on the last day.

Harvey is a hilarious and entertaining play about a charming man named Elwood Dowd, played by senior Miguel Fernandez, who believes a giant six-foot bunny is living in his home. His sister, Veta Louise Simmons, played by senior Mevie Henderson, tries to commit him to a sanitarium, which leads to all kinds of comedic issues.

The production of Harvey entertained the audience with its creative plot.

Freshman understudy Ali Ibrahim said, “Being a part of the production of Harvey was an incredible experience.”

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