Category: News

Allied Soccer Ends Season Undefeated

Photos and Words: Meghan Moore

On Monday, October 16, the Centennial allied soccer team made the journey to Columbia to face off against the Oakland Mills Scorpions for their final regular season match.

Both teams had a strong offense, but the ball primarily stayed in Centennial’s possession. The offense was led by the sister power duo Julia and Evie Howser-Doty. Each of them putting up one of the Eagle’s two goals during the game. Senior Matthew Na also had an impressive game, assisting J. Howser-Doty with her goal.

Our Eagle’s defense was as strong as ever, with senior goalie Mike McCarthy shutting down all but one of Scorpions’ goals the whole game. McCarthy had help from his fierce line of defense: junior Ian Winters and senior Dominic Roybal. Seniors Johnathon Hanks and Yousef Tuni also played a great defensive game, deflecting and intercepting several of the Scorpions’ attempts to take the ball downfield. 

The two teams both gave a valiant effort, and Centennial fought hard for their victory. As the whistle blew at the end of the fourth quarter, the Eagles walked off with the final score being 2-1 Centennial.

While allied soccer’s regular season has come to an end, all Howard County allied soccer teams will be traveling to Howard High School on Wednesday, October 18 for the annual Pumpkin Bowl at 3 PM.

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Centennial Tightens up on Security

Words: Julia Stitely

While students relaxed during their summer break, dedicated workers made Centennial High School a safer place, installing 30 cameras around the school’s campus. The last security addition was back in 2014 when a couple of cameras were added in the back hallways.

The purchase of the cameras and a new monitor was mainly due to a few cases of vandalism outside of the school. Around the first week of August, Principal Hafets received a call about a car on the turf field.

“Now there was no damage, fortunately, but because of these new cameras,”said Hafets, “we were able to see the car, we were able to get the license plate number, report to the police, and the police were able to charge the two students because they had the license plate number.

Hafets noted that they were not Centennial students.

Cameras weren’t the only addition to the school. Extra locks were installed. Teachers need to swipe their IDs to enter the school.

“They have them in all the elementary schools and they have them in all the middle schools,” Hafets elaborated. “They tend not to have them in too many high schools. I think with our enrollment growing, it was a necessary added  security measure.”

Students using the portables are the most affected by this added security measure. The doors are now on a schedule; they will be open during the five-minute breaks in between class and will lock once the bell rings. In the portable classrooms are extra key swipes in case students need to use the bathroom or enter into the school during the class periods.

Overall, teachers, administrators, parents, and students are happy with the advanced security measures. Michael Guizzotti, school security officer who monitors Centennial throughout the day, sees the great side of the new change. “Always looking for new and better ways to keep the students safe.”

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CHS Faculty Unite In Support of Fallen Wilde Lake Teacher

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

Wilde Lake High School is grieving after the death of loved social studies teacher Laura Wallen, and Centennial, along with other Howard County schools, has aligned in support of Wilde Lake during their time of need.

Centennial teachers and administrators have collected money to go toward a breakfast for the Wilde Lake staff. Carole Sormanti and Cheryll Beall are two staff members directly involved in assembling the money and purchasing the breakfast items to send to Wilde Lake.

Many teachers at Centennial have stepped up, offering to contribute toward the efforts to console Wilde Lake, both indirectly and directly.

“All that matters is that we do something, to show love and support,” stated ninth grade guidance counselor Irene Khaksari. “It’s a great school. Anything we can do to help one of our sister schools, we will.”

Khaksari knew Wallen, due to having worked beside her at Wilde Lake early in her teaching career. Wallen was a cheerleading coach at Wilde Lake and at one point, Centennial; many members of Centennial staff knew her personally, specifically how incredible of a woman and teacher she was.

Centennial athletics are showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when playing Wilde Lake. Girls soccer wore green ribbons in their hair on Tuesday’s game against Wilde Lake, and a moment of silence was taken during the boys soccer game. Long Reach High School had a moment of silence at their football game against Wilde Lake, as well as a donation from staff for a breakfast.

Wallen, only 31, was pregnant when her boyfriend Tyler Tessier allegedly killed her. He has been charged with her death.

Students and fellow staff at Wilde Lake loved Wallen intensely. She was voted teacher of the year in 2016, students competed to be her aide, and she made jewelry for anyone who asked. Wearing Wallen’s jewelry had become a trend around the school. Her funny, creative teaching style and effortless charm made her an incredible teacher and amazing person.

Ms. Laura Wallen will be missed by all, and each school is grieving for her loss in its own way.

Photo credit: Facebook

Welcome Back Eagles!

Photos: Zach Grable / Words: Kieran Senisi

Parents briefly relived their high school glory days as they attended Centennial’s 40th annual back-to-school night on Wednesday, September 6. Students presented and advertised their extra-curricular activities.  Centennial Boosters provided this year’s spirit wear for everyone to view and purchase, encouraging students and parents to show their Eagle Pride.



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Centennial Says Goodbye: Whalen and Spaide Retire

Words: Lisa Kerr Photos: Zach Grable

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Centennial will be losing two memorable staff members due to their retirement: Mrs. Spaide and Ms. Whalen. Although Centennial will miss them, we are thankful for all that they did in fueling students’ education.

 “I will miss the students and teachers the most,” said Whalen. One particular experience that she loved was watching her students start out in Algebra 1 in freshman year and graduate with a 5 on their Calculus AP exam in their senior year; seeing them excel made her experience as a teacher worthwhile.

When asked if there was any lasting lessons that she believed her students had taught her, she thought for a moment before saying, “Life isn’t as serious as you take it; be flexible.”

These two teachers have contributed to Centennial’s success by helping students learn and grow while developing their intellect and character. Centennial will miss them, and they will always be eagles!


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Centennial Seniors Celebrate Graduation

Words and Photos: Lien Hoang

Centennial High School’s graduation for the class of 2017 occurred on Monday, May 22, at 8 p.m. Seniors have been preparing for the ceremony with two rehearsals held in the past week. The ceremony went smoothly as students celebrated the moment they left high school after four long years of hard work.

To start the graduation, students gave musical performances to entertain guests. Several sung, the band played, a trio put on a special show by performing a piece both arranged and accompanied by Centennial pianist Ken Chen. After that, lengthy speeches were given by student speakers like Neil Rabb and Maryam Elhabashy; principal Ms. Hafets;  interim school superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano; the seniors’ teacher of the year, Mr. Whitaker; county executive Allan Kittleman, and a few others.

Then, the moment all seniors have been waiting for occurred: they received their diplomas. Students lined up and walked across the stage as their names were called, offering Hafets hugs and words of thanks.

The ceremony ended with excited and happy parents and guests awaiting to see the graduates. Merriweather Post Pavilion was crowded as eager guests tried to take pictures with the graduating class. These graduates are now ready to begin a new chapter in their lives and will continue to soar as Eagles.

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