Category: Clubs

Centennial Red Cross Blood Drive

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial Red Cross will be holding its annual blood drive on December 22 in the auxiliary gym. Forms are available until December 15 at the Red Cross table outside the cafeteria during lunch.

Blood donors must be at least 16 years of age and in good health. Donors 18 or younger should weigh at least 110 pounds, but there are additional weight requirements that vary for gender and age.

“The blood is donated to Red Cross blood centers,” said the Centennial Red Cross Board, “after running some tests on the blood, they distribute it to hospitals.”

Blood donations help victims of disasters as they recover. Currently, the American Red Cross is in critical need of O Negative and B Negative blood, but donations of all blood types are welcomed.

For more information, contact Centennial Red Cross at centennialredcross@gmail.com.

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House of Delegates Candidate Visits Centennial’s Young Democrats Club

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

On Tuesday, November 28, Maryland House of Delegates 9B candidate Dan Medinger spoke to Centennial’s Young Democrats club.

Medinger introduced himself by walking around the room and shaking the hands of each student, making a personable first impression. The meeting began by Medinger explaining his intention to discuss local issues, changes he hopes to make, and how teenagers can be activists in their community. He described himself as a progressive democrat, former journalist, environmentalist, and local businessman, having started an advertising company with his wife.

Medinger detailed his views on transportation, climate change, healthcare, and education. As his address came to a close, the club’s members were open to ask questions. Students inquired on Medinger’s ideas to lower college tuitions and his economic views as a liberal small-business owner. He then offered each of the Young Democrats an opportunity to be a part of his campaign and fight for important community issues.

The meeting came to a close with Medinger having personal, one-on-one discussions with the students before taking a group photo.

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CHS Model United Nations Conference

Words: Maggie Ju

On Saturday, November 11, the ninth annual Centennial High School Model United Nations Conference (CHSMUNC) was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eighteen high schools from Maryland, northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. yielded a total attendance of over 300 delegates.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., formally-dressed delegates filtered into the school to register, and proceeded into the cafeteria. At 9 a.m., the student leaders of the CHS Model UN club made opening remarks at the podium. They stepped aside for the keynote speaker, Maricy Schmitz of the Brazilian Embassy, who delivered a speech about the value of diplomacy. When the applause ebbed away, the delegates dispersed into their committees’ rooms, ready to begin the conference.

Split into nine committees, delegates representing countries or acting as specific people debated and drafted resolutions to issues. The largest committee was the General Assembly, with over 60 delegates, discussing indigenous people’s rights. Other topics were varied — the Joint Crisis Committee devised plans for the fate of Harry Potter, while the Historical Committee simulated the Greek city-states uniting against the Persian invasion.

CHSMUNC is the largest high school-sponsored Model UN conference in Maryland, and each year, a member of CHS Model UN assumes the role of its coordinator. This year, the Fall Coordinator was sophomore Caio Goolsby. He coordinated the staff, contacted schools, and kept track of delegates.

“One of the most grueling duties was giving assignments,” he said. “I had to assign people or nations to all 318 delegates that attended the conference.”

Goolsby also found the keynote speaker — a feat made even more impressive by the fact that it was coordinated internationally. He credited many people in his endeavors, including CHS Model UN’s Co-Secretary Generals, the club’s teacher advisors, and his parents.

“My staff and I, we really poured our hearts and souls into that conference,” Goolsby said.

Charu Dwivedi, a sophomore at Centennial, worked on the United Nations Security Council to solve the current conflict in Ukraine. It was her second time attending CHSMUNC.

She said, “It is guaranteed that every attendee will learn something valuable from the event, whether that be about an important world issue, working with others, communication, or how the UN works.”

CHSMUNC is open to those who do not have any experience with conference procedure, serving as a gateway to collegiate conferences for novices. One such novice was freshman Chris Lidard, who expressed some apprehensions before the conference.

I was initially worried that a lot of upperclassmen would be so experienced with parliamentary procedure and debate that I wouldn’t be able to contribute at all,” he admitted.

CHSMUNC allowed me to understand how Model United Nations works, which consequently allowed me to develop a sense of leadership, communication, and global citizenship that will continue throughout my high school career and beyond.”

Saf Masood, a junior at Paint Branch High School in Montgomery County, was a returning participant. “I think this conference is a good kick-off to the Model UN year,” he said. “The Centennial staff does a great job putting this out every year, so I commend them.”

When asked about his opinion of the conference, Goolsby praised the delegates’ performance. “They were well put together, very intelligent, and confident,” he reflected. “In fact, the Brazilian speaker commented on several occasions how well the delegates were speaking and said…that these kids are our future. And with them at the helm, I think it is a bright future indeed.”

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Centennial’s Math Team

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The Math Team meets every Wednesday after school in room 902. Every month, the team takes 20 members to math competitions held throughout the county and compete against other high schools. The Math Team has won the county title the last six years, so the team’s goal this year is to continue their dominance and win another math team county championship. For more information or questions about the team, please contact Ms. Cashmark at Stacy_Cashmark@hcpss.org.

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Centennial’s Table Tennis Club Update

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Table Tennis Club Sponsor, Jarrett Emery, has confirmed that the club meets on Wednesdays at 2:15 in the cafeteria. The club still does not play against any schools outside of Centennial. In the future, they are hoping to expand and compete against other clubs at other high schools. The Table Tennis Club is a great way to have fun and play the game you love with some friends. As always, if you have any questions about the club contact Mr. Emery at jarrett_emery@hcpss.org.

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Centennial’s International Thespian Society

Words: Sarah Kruhm

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a universal theatre honors society with chapters established all over the globe, including at Centennial High School. Sponsored by Centennial’s theatre teacher and director Ms. Kathryn Carlsen, the club meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, the club is discussing this year’s annual fall play, Almost, Maine, which will show November 16-19.

On November 1, the club discussed the current point system, in which every member must earn 8 credits each quarter to remain in the honor society, and the multiple ways an individual can receive credit, such as by seeing a show or attending set build on Saturdays.

Senior and International Thespian Society President Ethan Kinstler divided the club into separate committees consisting of the various components that contribute to the production: Marketing, Design, Costume, Props, and Set. He requested each board to create a schedule of due dates to complete their designated assignments, including the creation of the playbill, the building of the set, and the possession of costumes and props, in pursuance of making the show’s performance next weekend something to remember.

More information about the show, and about ITS, can be found at chstheatre.org.

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Centennial’s Best Buddies Club

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Best Buddies Club, which is run by President Sophie Lovering and sponsor Mrs. Engle, aims to develop relationships for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The club meets every third Tuesday of the month. Best Buddies is a very well- known club with a large enrollment of members. There are many different chapters throughout the state.

As a member of the club, you can have a one-on-one friendship or be a part of a small group. Each smaller group organizes activities outside of school that each member can attend. The whole group organizes monthly activities that every member is invited to attend. If you want more information about the club you can contact Mrs. Engle at elizabeth_engle@hcpss.org.

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