Category: Clubs

Fishing Club Success

Words: Casper Ambrose

This past Saturday, the Centennial Fishing Club took their second fishing trip this year to Wilde Lake. The club was successful in catching three large carp and one catfish in the two hours that they were there. After they caught the fish, they released them back into the lake.

Robert Yore, the Fishing Club’s sponsor, attributes the success of the trip to club president William Qu. “[He] does a great job of organizing everything” Yore stated.

Yore also said that Qu knows a lot about fishing and tries to pick places where he knows they will catch fish. Yore and Qu also plan to do hiking trips and community service activities with the club during the winter.

The club got started this year and plan to take fishing trips once a month. They are already planning their next outing to the Magothy river in Anne Arundel County to do perch fishing.

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Centennial’s Mock Trial Team To State Semifinals

Words: Natalie Keane

From Thursday, April 19, to Friday, April 20, Centennial High’s very own Mock Trial team will be attending the Mock Trial State Semifinals in Annapolis, Maryland. They are this year’s county champions, and have previously won both rounds of Circuit Championships against Rockbridge Academy and Marriotts Ridge High School. As circuit champions two years in a row, they now continue their undefeated season this week against teams from across the state.

Centennial’s team is the first Howard County team to advance to the state semifinals in history, which is significant for its members. “Because we’re the first Howard County team to ever advance to [this level], we’re all being exposed to a different environment,” says junior Anjali Gajendiran, who acts as one of the team’s defense attorneys. “It’s definitely daunting; I’m so grateful we have this opportunity.”

“One of the best parts about Centennial moving onto state semifinals is the opportunity to compete against high-level teams, which will be a great experience for us,” says senior Kayleigh Hasson, who is the captain and a defense attorney of the team. “I’m proud to say [that] we’ve had an undefeated season so far, and the experience of winning the state title would be incredible.”

Advancing even further would be an ideal result of the semifinals, but there’s more to the competition than just winning a prize or title. Reaching this far in the competition involves building strengths and learning to work closely together as a team. “I am so proud that our team is one of the top four teams in Maryland,” says Hasson. “We’ve made Howard County history by making it this far!”

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Centennial’s Table Tennis Club Update

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Table Tennis Club continues to welcome all students of Centennial High School. The club meets every other Wednesday after school in the cafeteria. Everyone interested is greatly encouraged to attend.

The Table Tennis Club is a great way to take a break from school and have a good time. It is very casual and students can go whenever they want. President Ruoheng Zeng and Vice President Tae Wan Kim are the club’s only official members.

Not only are students welcome, but teachers are also encouraged to join. Allen Leung, a teacher at Centennial High School, is the club’s newest member.

Jarret Emery said, “He has been joining us regularly and seems to be really enjoying himself.”

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the club, contact Mr. Emery at jarrett_emery@hcpss.org.

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Pre-Medicine Club Hosts Annual Medical Seminar

Words and photos: Reem Hashmi

This past Saturday, March 17, 2018, Centennial’s Pre-Medicine Club hosted their second annual medical seminar.

The group works hard each year to provide an enriching experience for all Howard County high school students interested in the field of medicine by inviting doctors to be guest speakers.

The revered guest speakers included: Dr. Kavita Hegde (Associate Professor of Biology at Coppin State University), Dr. Judy Huang (Neurosurgeon at John Hopkins), Dr. Nader Hanna (Professor of Surgery at the UMD School of Medicine), Dr. Carla Easter (Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch; National Human Genome Research Institute).

Each speaker showcased their research and medical journey with presentations in order to educate the students. Many attended with family and friends for the sole purpose to be informed and to ask the speakers questions on their experience.

Co-President Deanna Yi said, “We are always aiming to provide a welcoming and nourishing environment as we hope to help other students start their path on the pre-medicine track! We had another successful seminar this year thanks to our members and the board: Supraja Kanipakam, Co-President; Danny Hemani Vice President; Christopher Chen, Event Coordinator; Jocelyn Mathew, Fundraiser; Mallika Kadabha, Secretary; and Reem Hashmi, Member at Large.”

In addition to the guest speakers, Mathew arranged an AP book sale, selling gently used or new books for the proceeds to go to the Prem Sewa organization, which helps underprivileged children.

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Centennial Students Attend Living the Dream Gala

Words: Mikayla Martin

This past weekend, February 24th, the Living the Dream gala was held at M&T bank Stadium by the Zaching Against Cancer foundation. The goal in holding this event was to increase cancer research funds, direct patient outreach, and scholarships.

Several Horizon club board members who attended the gala, Francis Kim, said he “went because it seemed like a great opportunity to support such a great cause and I had no issue donating my time for the possibility of giving hope to someone that needs it.”

Everyone who did not know the story of Zach Lederer, a Centennial alumni, and the foundation were informed by tribute speeches in memory of him given by his family.

The Zaching Against Cancer foundation has inspired families at the event to support the cause. One woman, who sadly lost her son to cancer, gave a speech on how the foundation aided her son with his battle against cancer.

When her son passed, the foundation inspired her to support the cause further. Donations were asked at the end of the night, and the audience did not fail to show their support.

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Centennial’s Table Tennis Club Update

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Table Tennis Club welcomes all students of Centennial to attend their meetings every other Wednesday. The next meeting will be held on February 14. Currently, the club’s only official members are the President and Vice-President; anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.

Although the Table Tennis Club does not have many consistent members, its sponsor, Jarret Emery, said that the club continues to meet his expectations.

He shared, “Our club is awesome. Everything is going well.”

As always, if anyone has any questions about the club, contact Mr. Emery at jarrett_emery@hcpss.org.

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