Category: A&E

Avengers: Infinity War Rises

Words: Julia Stitely

After going strong for ten years, Marvel has released their most anticipated movie yet. Avengers: Infinity War broke the record as the highest box office opening in movie history. The film brings at least 80 characters together to beat the optimum villain. Now, do they make it work?

The story of Infinity War gives us the ultimate battle of heroes coming together. What the movie strives is bringing characters that haven’t been together and pairs them up. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) are the leaders of one group, where their egos make for great dialogue and chemistry. Another group is the Guardians with Thor, which also creates great scenes. The ending of the film will leave you breathless.

The movie has a star studded cast and shows the best of their abilities. The most notable is Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, who usually is comedic, but in this film, is given even more emotional scenes. One emotional scene even displays the young talent of Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Josh Brolin as Thanos, is the best villain in Marvel history. Not only is he the most powerful, but he has emotions. His facial expressions show that even though he might be a Titan, he has human emotions.

Besides the characters, the action scenes in this movie are absolutely amazing. Infinity War uses the camera to their advantage and provide us a full view of the climactic battles.

Infinity War won’t be the last of the Marvel films, but it will be one of the best. With the new added emotion and the same Marvel flair, it will keep the audience on the edge of their seats even after the credits and after walking out of the theater. So, bring your tissues and grab a seat at the next screening of Avengers: Infinity War.

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Centennial’s Wind Ensemble Makes History: First HCPSS School to be Accepted to Midwest Clinic

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

On April 4, 2018, Centennial’s band director, David Matchim, announced to Centennial’s Wind Ensemble members that they made it into The Midwest Clinic. The Midwest Clinic is an annual conference taking place from December 19 to 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. It is a highly selective and prestigious music conference in which only five high schools from across the nation are selected to compete. Centennial is the first Howard County school to have ever made it into the clinic, as well as the fourth school in Maryland since 1973.

“The Midwest Clinic is the largest instrumental music education conference of its kind and we will be performing for an audience of the best musicians and educators in the world,” said Matchim. “It’s a sign that a lot of things are going right.”

At the December conference, Wind Ensemble will be performing a piece titled “Harrison’s Dream” by Peter Graham, which they having been practicing since the beginning of the school year and played at their adjudication in March. The piece won the band a series of ones from the judges, the highest score a band can achieve, meaning “exemplary.” Harrison’s dream is a dramatic, 15 minute long musical depiction of the sea, both at a calming and rigid state.

“It’s incredibly challenging both technically and artistically,” detailed Matchim. “It’s definitely the most challenging piece that we have ever performed.”

When the news of the band’s acceptance was announced to Matchim’s third period class, the room erupted into screaming, tears, and laughter. Matchim videotaped the reactions and posted the video to Twitter, describing the feeling as overwhelming pride and gratitude. The students will be practicing for the next several months in preparation for their performance at the conference, their acceptance made possible by the hard-working students, supportive community members, and director David Matchim.

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​Centennial Dresses Wackier Than Ever

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos:  Zach Grable

On Wednesday, May 2, students and staff wore their wackiest apparel to celebrate another successful day of prom spirit week. Students enjoyed wearing anything but their normal attire.

Many showed their school spirit by rocking their craziest hats, funniest shirts, and wildest socks.

Students can look forward to participating in two more spirit days: Class Color Day on Thursday, and College Sweatshirt Day on Friday.

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Centennial Shows Out For Maryland-Zaching Spirit Day

Words: Delanie Tucker
Photos: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, May 1, Centennial students dressed up for the second day of prom spirit week; Maryland Day, which also served as Zaching Against Cancer Day.

Many Centennial students chose to honor Zach Lederer, a former Centennial student who died of cancer, with t-shirts and hoodies with the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation logo on it.

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Prom Spirit Week off to a Sleepy Start

Words: Maggie Ju

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Monday, April 30, Centennial staff and students kicked off Prom Spirit Week in cozy pajamas. Some donned fluffy onesies, long bathrobes, and even sleep masks to participate. For the students finishing PARCC, it was a relief to end the stressful testing in comfortable sleepwear.

Leading up to Prom on May 5, this spirit week was the last of the school year. The success of Pajama Day was a sign that Centennial spirit persists as the year draws to a close.

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Ready Player One Puts Spielberg Back in the Game

Words: Julia Stitly

The film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling novel, Ready Player One, has finally hit the big screen. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, brings the future of virtual reality. The movie follows Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, who like the rest of the world, is on a treasure hunt to find the golden egg of James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS. With the help of his friends, Wade tries to stop the evil corporation, IOI, from finding the prize before they do.

Visually pleasing, the film has beautiful visuals, and the world of the OASIS is breathtaking. But making the virtual world entertaining can cause the audience to loss interest in the real world, which is impoverished and struggling, so people escape to the OASIS.  Even though the cast give all around solid performances, the characters, for Spielberg, are kind of bland and not as memorable. The most notable is Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, Nolan Sorrento, who tries with what he has, but doesn’t command fear. His sidekick, played by Hannah John-Kamen, gives a comedic performance even though she is supposed to be feared.

Overall, Ready Player One has flaws, but makes up for it with a fun adventure. If you can, snag a ticket for a screening of Ready Player One on the biggest screen possible.

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You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me: Dr. Michael Fowlin Speaks to Students

Words: Hibah Khan

On the morning of April 20, the students at Centennial listened to Dr. Michael Fowlin, who went by Dr. Mykee, a psychologist and speaker. He gave a speech that emphasized the fact that everyone wears masks to hide their true selves in an effort to evade pain.

The event, organized and paid for by the Centennial PTSA, was offered in two assemblies to the entire school.

Dr. Fowlin incorporated five characters in his talk based off of true events he witnessed or experienced in his lifetime. These stories were used to convey different messages to the audience about important issues like gender equality, racial injustice, and mental illnesses.

Many of the students were deeply moved by this emotional talk because it exposed them  to truths about themselves that they may not have seen before. Dr. Fowlin explained that people are more than their handles: what they wear, the color of their skin, and the grades they get are not what defines a person. He emphasized that pain is not a bad thing; pain is the thing that empowers a person to create something magnificent in the world. His mission was to explain to the student body that they are not alone, and they have a purpose in this life.

“I think it was really eye opening to me and some parts of it I’d never thought of before. I hope everyone takes it with them and learns from it!” said sophomore Regina Wang.

Dr. Fowlin received a standing ovation after he spoke, indicating that he was able to connect with the audience in a way that the students hadn’t experienced before. He voiced the concerns the students have beyond their “handles.”

In the end it was an impressive event that allowed the students to view their struggles in a new light.

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