Category: News

Centennial Security Alerts Students and Faculty of Recent Car Break-ins

Words: Delanie Tucker

Centennial’s security staff sent out a warning email to all faculty today, February 15, highlighting the importance of locking car doors during the school day.

According to the email, people of high school age are milling the parking lot looking for unlocked cars.

Student Resource Officer Marc Carneal, said that once an open car is found, the individuals proceed to search through the car, taking any cash they can find.

“They’re not actually breaking windows,” stated Mike Guizzotti, on-site Security Guard. “They’re just going around and trying different [car] doors.”

While no positive identification has been made, a description of the subjects’ car has been released. It has been described as an “older model Toyota Camry, gold in color, missing the passenger front hub cap, sticker on the right side of the trunk,” according to the email.

Carneal advises staff members to “keep an eye out for any suspicious subjects or vehicles in [Centennial’s] lot.”

Guizzotti extended the warning to students as well, notioning that they, too, should be cautious about leaving their cars unlocked.

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Senior Luau: Summer in February?

Words: Madison Baltimore

Photos: Rasa Welsh

On February 7, the annual Senior Luau took place in the cafeteria from 5 to 7pm. A night filled with blue and red slushies, Instagram photoshoots and catered food from Mission BBQ, seniors danced the night away dressed in their favorite Hawaiian clothing. Teachers and junior students volunteered to help hand out drinks and complementary leis and sunglasses.

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Students Come Together for One Centennial Day

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Monday, January 28, Centennial High School hosted their second annual One Centennial Day.

During One Centennial Day, students came together to educate and encourage each other to be part of an inclusive environment.

As students entered the building they reported to their first period class to sign up for the workshop of their choice. Each workshop was designed to inform and help students become more involved members of the community.

Sophomores and seniors went to workshops for session one, while freshmen and juniors gathered in the auditorium for an assembly. After session one, the sophomores and seniors went to the assembly and the freshmen and juniors attended workshops.

Some of the workshops offered included School Spirit and Leadership Through Athletics.

The assembly was full of guest speakers, performers, and others who wanted to give a voice to an issue they feel affects the Centennial  community.

To conclude the day, everyone returned to their first period class to complete a survey on their experience with One Centennial.

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Office of Environment Takes Action

Words: Delanie Tucker

In early November of 2018, Centennial High School’s water was tested for lead. The tests revealed that 10 of 58 samples taken held levels above the Action Level of 20 parts per billion (ppb).

After a second look at each impacted fixture, the Howard County School Board Office of Environment determined what will be done to bring the lead levels below 20 ppb.

For 8 of the 10 water sources, the Board determined that the fixtures themselves will be replaced, as the pipes are not the source of the lead.

For the other two fixtures, a sink and a water fountain, the Office of Environment has decided to get rid of them, rather than replace them.

The water fountain, which is in the World Language planning room, is too small for most Centennial faculty to use, due to the room previously being used for Child Care and Development.

The sink is in the science and math planning room, which has another sink, so a second one is not needed.

None of the affected fixtures will be turned back on until the Office of Environment assures the water is safe.

“The fixtures are scheduled to be replaced and then retested,” Centennial Principal, Cynthia Dillon, commented. “Then we’ll know where we stand.”

 

For more information on the original tests, visit https://chswingspan.com/2019/01/22/office-of-environment-finds-unsafe-lead-levels-in-centennial-high-schools-water/.

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Centennial Choral Ensembles Perform in Winter Concert

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

The Centennial Music Department hosted the annual Winter Choral Concert Wednesday night, featuring performances from all of Centennial’s choral ensembles and clubs.

Concert Choir, the largest ensemble in the Centennial choral program, kicked off the evening with their rendition of Hlohonolofatsa, a South African greeting song. Rebecca Vanover, Director of Choirs, explained how her goal was to explore many different cultures in the music her ensembles performed.

While additional songs by Concert Choir, Bella Voce, and Chamber Choir provided more international flavor, the various ensembles helped put the audience in the holiday spirit as well. Vocal Jazz and Chamber Choir sang the traditional winter songs of The First Noel and Carol of the Bells, respectively. Chamber Choir also sang Serenissima una noche, a holiday song with an international twist.

In addition to Concert Choir, Bella Voce and Chamber Choir, Centennial’s choral clubs, C# Acapella and Vocal Jazz, also made appearances. C#, a student-led acapella group, performed 715 – Creeks. Vocal Jazz, a new group this year, sang The First Noel and They Say it’s Wonderful.

Following performances by all five groups, every singer packed on to the stage for one final song. Afterwards, Vanover thanked the audience for coming and praised her students for their success.

“They truly make me proud to do what I do,” she concluded.

The choral concert capped off a week of concerts for the Centennial music program. All choirs, bands, and orchestras will play again during the spring concerts beginning April 2nd.

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Centennial Advances to the National History Bowl Competition

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos Contributed by: Cynthia Dillon

On Saturday, December 1, five teams from Centennial High School participated in the National History Bowl Regional Championship, held in Washington, D.C. Of the five teams, teams A and B were Varsity, while teams C, D, and E were Junior Varsity.

A total of 41 teams attended the competition, ranging from elementary school to high school.

Centennial’s A Team came in second place, earning a finalist trophy and a spot in the National History Bowl Competition. This team consisted of Anthony Duan, team captain, Peter Wilschke, and Mahta Gooya.

The second place slot did not come from a lack of trying, though, as the A Team placed higher than Richard Montgomery High, Montgomery Blair High, Georgetown Day School, and two teams from Thomas Jefferson High before falling to McLean High in the final match.

In addition to the varsity team’s success, the C Team, made up of Pingan Tang, Nathan Ho, and Benjamin Kantsiper, also qualified for the National Tournament.

Duan and Tang also advanced to the finals of the JV History Bee in 2019.

Beyond the high school teams, Burleigh Manor Middle School won in the middle school division, beating Centennial Lane Elementary School in the finals.

Six of the eight playoff teams were from Burleigh Manor or Centennial Lane.

The National History Bowl Competition will be held in April 2019.

Photo contributed by Cynthia Dillon

 

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Redistricting Options Proposed at HCPSS Family Night

Words: Delanie Tucker

On Monday, November 26, the Howard County Public School System held a Family Night for the parents/guardians of Centennial High School students to discuss options to reduce overcrowding.

HCPSS Staff shared information on the five options Centennial students will have in upcoming school years, all of which can help to reduce the number of students during portions of the school day.

The five options are: additional ARL courses, work-based options, a shuttle to Howard Community College, Project Lead the Way at Marriotts Ridge High School, and school reassignment to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge High School with provided transportation.

All options are completely optional and based on student interest.

Due to the impact these decisions will have on community members, there was a decent-sized turn out.

According to Cynthia Dillon, Centennial’s principal, around 200 parents and students showed up, which, despite the fact that the night was aimed towards Centennial parents, also consisted of parents from both Howard High School and Marriotts Ridge High School.

Additionally, several people from Centennial’s student services team and Howard County’s Central Office attended.

This group of people included: Bill Barnes, Chief Academic Officer, Laree Siddiqui, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Restia Whitaker, Coordinator of Student Support Services, and Pat Saunderson, Community Superintendent.

According to Dillon, the parents attending from Marriotts seemed to be curious if they would be affected by students moved to their school. Howard and Centennial parents seemed to interested in the five options.

“The parents I talked to after [the Family Night] was over seemed to be very interested in some of the options,” Dillon explained. “And I think that’s important.”

Overall, the reaction of the majority was positive and accepting of the information presented.

Another Family Night will be held on December 4 at Marriotts Ridge High School.

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