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Centennial Celebrates Diversity at WorldFest

Words: Maggie Ju/ Photos: Harshitha Sayini

The CHS National Honor Society and the Dance Honor Society presented WorldFest, a celebration of student and staff diversity, on Thursday, April 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. It was an extremely successful event, and students could be seen throughout the school.

Most students milled around the cafeteria for the first two hours, where clubs set up to sell cultural cuisine. The Pre-Medicine Club offered mango lassi, the National Chinese Honor Society sold fried rice and dumplings, and ramen was available at the Korean American Student Association table.

In the media center, many students gathered to listen to a panel. The speakers included Dr. Calvin Ball, District 2 councilman; Mona Eldadah, co-founder of Next Wave Muslim Initiative; and Neveen Kurtom, chair of the Howard County Commission for Women. They discussed intersectionality, being part of multiple minority or disadvantaged groups.

Another popular activity was making crepes in the culinary classroom, which drew so many people that the strawberries quickly ran out. Latecomers simply piled chocolate sauce and whipped cream onto their crepes until the ingredient supply was exhausted.

The final event of the evening was a series of performances in the auditorium. Performers socialized with others before the show, admiring their decorative clothing. The theatre room, where they prepared, was a spectacle of glittering jewelry and vivid fabrics.

Representing India in the fashion show, freshmen Anushka Parab and Pratulya Chengala said that previous experiences helped them relax.

“I’m wearing modern Indian attire for the fashion show,” Parab said, doing jazz hands. Her bold red and gold apparel rivaled the bright colors of the dancers’ skirts. “I haven’t done anything like this before, but I’ve gone onstage to dance, so I’m not that nervous.”

Dances, set to music ranging from Bollywood to Blackpink, captivated the audience. Other performances had roots in West Africa, China, and Ireland. It wasn’t just physical talent that was highlighted. Centennial students Mallika Kadabha, Sindhoori Mukka, Arya Bhargav, Avni Patel, Amaka Agbim, and Bibiana Phan all choreographed their dances, an exceptional achievement.

There was a fashion show as well, where students displayed their cultural dress as Mr. Stephen Doff explained the origins. Clothing from all around the world was showcased. Nigeria, Iran, and Haiti were only a few of the countries represented.

Freshman Sarika Kapadia flaunted a turquoise Indian lehenga for the fashion show. After the fashion show, she said of her experience onstage, “It was quite scary, but once you get used to it, you realize that you’re in a supportive and cultural community.”

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Centennial Red Cross’s Holiday Gift Drive

Words: Maggie Ju

The Centennial High School Red Cross Club is holding a holiday gift drive for children at Grassroots. From the club’s tree poster outside the cafeteria, students may pick paper ornaments, which have the names of gift items on the back. Donations should be dropped off in the box in Room 914 by December 15.

Items requested include clothing, toys, and sports equipment. Club members will sort and wrap all collected gifts at Grassroots Family Center on the last day of the drive.

The club’s board said, “We selected the Grassroots Family Shelter because it is one of the closest homeless shelters to Centennial High School, and we wanted to directly help out people in our local community.”

Sharing the mission of the American Red Cross, Centennial Red Cross strives to aid humanitarian efforts and serve the community. The club meets every Friday in Room 914, Mr. Thomas’s room.

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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

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Centennial Boys Soccer Emerge As Regional Champions

Words: Parker Subasic

Photos: Sydney Beck

On November 7, our Centennial Eagles drove two and a half hours in the pouring rain to take on James M. Bennett High School in the 3A regional championship boys soccer game. Both teams came out blazing with aggressive defense and intense shots being taken.

JM Bennett scored with five minutes left in the first half, shortly after Centennial junior Hamzah Elhabashy scored with an assist from senior Nick Haskins making the score 1-1 at the end of the first half. Starting out the 2nd half, James M. Bennett quickly scored on the Eagle defense, but the high-powered Centennial offense quickly answered back with a goal from Haskins.

Toward the end of the second half, junior Matt Merkey scored making it 3-2 Eagles. Referees made a huge call to give James M. Bennett a penalty kick, which they took advantage of and tied the score 3-3. This sent the game into overtime, where neither team scored. This brought the game into double overtime.

Elhabashy drilled a dagger of a goal into the upper left corner of the goal to seal his second goal for the night as well as a win for the Eagles.

“I felt a huge adrenaline rush right after I scored, when I saw the ball hit the net I was going insane.” said Elhabashy.

The last time Centennial boys soccer won a regional championship was 21 years ago in 1996. Our Eagles will be playing for the semi-state title on Saturday, November 11 at Linganore High School.

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Varsity Field Hockey Beats Long Reach in First Playoff Game

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

On Thursday, October 26, Centennial’s varsity field hockey team played Long Reach in the first playoff game of the season.

Within the first seven minutes, Centennial was up 3-0, with senior Lauren Muma having scored all three goals.

By halftime, freshman midfielder Lily Sullivan had scored another goal for the Eagles. However, in the first three minutes of the second half, Long Reach scored bringing the score to 4-1. As the ball moved up and down the field intensely, players on both teams grew tired, yet more determined than ever.

Long Reach scored for the second time after a fast break down the field. Once again, Muma stepped up and scored another two goals to end the game, bringing to a final score of 6-2.

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Centennial JV Football Ends On High Note

Words: Hibah Kahn

The Centennial Eagles JV football team was prepared to end their trying season with one final home game on October 27 at 7pm. Confidently stepping onto the field, the Eagles played with great heart against Hammond High School.

Due to their perseverance and determination until the last second, the Eagles ended the season with one win, beating Hammond by 14 points, with the final score being 27-12. Touchdowns on Centennial’s part were scored by Justice Murrell, Anthony Mathews, and Sihier Coleman.

Due to having to dismantle the varsity football program at Centennial, the JV football team had many adjustments to make, and many saw ending the season with a win as vital in boosting the esteem of the team.

The Eagles are optimistic about the future of the program and the 2018-2019 season for both JV and varsity programs. After a season of dedication and persistence the Eagles will end their season 1-8.

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