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2019 Eagles Leave the Nest

Words: Natalie Knight-Griffin

On Wednesday, May 29, Centennial’s senior class of 2019 walked the graduation stage. Proudly receiving their well-deserved diplomas, the new graduates celebrated their last hoorah as Eagles.

The morning began in somewhat chaos as the grads struggled to form their lines and the overwhelming heat and humidity held a grip on the audience. Despite these struggles, the energy of the ceremony was ecstatic.

Principal Cynthia Dillon opened with several remarks about being new to the school, followed by student speakers Kieran Newell, Ashley Deng, and speeches from the county executive Calvin Ball, superintendent Michael Martirano, and Teacher of the Year Sara Duran. Students, teachers, and executives alike all had one aspect in common: the bittersweet feeling of final goodbyes and new beginnings.

As the seniors’ names were read one by one, and finally their tassels turned, the audience turned in their seats, for this class of over 300 now enters a world of new possibilities.


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Centennial Boys’ Soccer Falls to James M. Bennett in the Regional Final

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Wednesday, November 7, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team’s season ended with a tough loss against James M. Bennett High School in the 3A East Regional Final. JM Bennett edged out a 3-2 victory on penalty kicks to defeat Centennial.

It was a defensive battle throughout the whole match as the two teams could not find a way to get the ball into the back of the net, and the game would go into overtime tied at 0-0.

In overtime, senior defender for Centennial Joe Brown thought he had propelled his team to the state semifinals with a goal as the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock. However, the referee called Brown offsides. The game then went into two sudden death overtimes, but neither team could score. Penalty kicks then decided the game.

Unfortunately for Centennial, their season would come to an end as JM Bennett would beat the Eagles in penalty kicks 3-2.

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Art Overload

Words: Eliza Andrew / Photos: Minah Mubasher and Harshitha Sayini

At the end of every school year, the hallways are decorated with the most captivating art pieces created throughout the school year. Mrs. Collins, Mr. Hansen, and Ms. Elliott have collected the many amazing pieces crafted by each art class, to show off their phenomenal talents. These art pieces are on display in the hallway on the walls next to the cafeteria, as well as outside of the auditorium. The display truly embodies the amazing talent that lies within the walls of Centennial. 

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INTERVIEW: One-on-One with Editor in Chief Meghan Moore

Words: Julia Stitely

As the school year comes to a close, the Journalism team says goodbye to many faces including the Editor-In-Chief, Meghan Moore. The torch is being passed to junior Maddie Wirebach. In this video, Wirebach asks Moore about her experiences in Journalism and her hopes when she leaves.

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HCPSS School Year 2018 Extends to June 19

Words: Sarah Kruhm

On Wednesday, April 25, the Howard County Public School System announced that the 2018 school year will lengthen to Tuesday, June 19. The official statement as issued by HCPSS is located below:

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will extend its school year by two days to make up for inclement weather closings. The last day of school for students will now be Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

HCPSS schools were closed seven days this year due to inclement weather, two more than were accounted for in the school calendar. The Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE) voted on April 24 to deny a request by HCPSS to waive the two make-up days. Subsequently, the Howard County Board of Education voted on April 24 to extend the school year by two days.

The final, updated calendar for June includes:

  • Monday, June 11-Thursday, June 14: Full days of school for all students.
    • High school exams:
      • June 11: 1 exam
      • June 12–14: 2 exams
  • Friday, June 15-Tuesday, June 19: All schools dismiss three-hours early. No half-day Pre-K/RECC.
  • Tuesday, June 19: Last day of school for students.

No new graded work will be assigned at any level June 15–19.

An updated version of the HCPSS calendar is available here.

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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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