Two Centennial Artists Surpass Two Hundred Others In Juried Art Show

Words: Xander Mauer

On January 21, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture gave high school students the opportunity to have their art presented and put on display in the 11th Annual Reginald F. Lewis Museum Juried High School Art Show as part of Martin Luther King Day celebrations.

The contest was centered around the styles and themes of Romare Bearden, a prominent African-American artist during the Harlem Renaissance. Approximately 200 students from all 24 counties in Maryland submitted drawings, photos, paintings, prints, and mixed-media to potentially be displayed.

Only 26 pieces of art were selected, and among them were two Centennial Art III students: Noni Grimes and Gabrielle Chery. Their pieces are titled “Together, Sunday Night” and “Thanks to the Nurturer,” respectively.

Centennial art teacher Nan Collins encouraged students to enter the contest, but it was not a graded assignment.

“[Collins] suggested that we could do it, but she just said that it wasn’t a mandatory thing to do, so I worked on it outside of school,” Chery explained. “I kinda had to rush the last part, and I think it turned out pretty well.”

Despite choosing similar themes, Grimes’ and Chery’s pieces are unique, shaped by their own experiences and backgrounds.

“The two themes that stood out to me the most were womanhood and history,” Grimes described. “When I read womanhood, I thought of female bonds, and when I read history, I thought of family history. Finally, my mind landed on my mother doing my hair. It seems like such a simple, perhaps superficial, thing to value, but there’s more to it.”

Most artists used personal experiences to inspire their art and bring shape to it, and Grimes was no exception, even using actual family photos in her piece.

Her painting depicts four women in ascending age. The youngest admires her older sister as she does her hair. The older sister acts the same way, admiring her older sister, and the pattern continues up until their mother, depicting the continuation of the tradition through the generations.

“I’ve always been really bad at hair and mostly depended on my mom to help me,” Grimes elaborated. “When I was little, we would play salon as she washed and styled my hair, and I pretended to be a rich client with two to seven children and she would play along. She would share stories of her own mom doing her hair, of her hilarious jerry-curl phase, of her personal rebellion with going natural.”

Grimes summarized her piece, saying, “In short, hair has always bonded me and my mother one way or another, and this bond isn’t just between us, but also her mother, her mother’s mother, and so on.”

Personal experiences, specifically familial ties, played a part in Chery’s piece as well.

“It was based off my mom’s whole journey in coming to America and kind of trying to thank her for that, I suppose,” Chery explained, outlining her process. “I tried to think of a figure that reminded me of my mom.”

Describing her choice of imagery, Chery said, “I thought of a mother hen because I have a bunch of siblings and we all kind of trail about her like little chickens, and that was my whole inspiration for the piece.”

Their artwork, along with the work of the other student artists from around the state, remained on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum throughout the month of February, extending the initial Martin Luther King Day celebration throughout Black History Month.

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Centennial Varsity Girls’ Softball Destroys Atholton

Words: Shawn Kruhm

On Wednesday, April 3, the Centennial Girls’ softball team forced a mercy rule and defeated Atholton by a final score of 14-1.

Centennial dominated in the field and at the plate. Junior Jordan Hinz pitched a full game. She finished with 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits.

Despite an outstanding performance from Hinz, she could not have done it without assistance from her teammates.

The Eagles came out swinging, scoring a quick five runs in the second inning. The girls continued to dominate throughout the following innings.

In the fourth inning, they cycled through the entire order and scored eight runs.

Junior commit Lauren Marcotte finished with three hits, including one double, one run batted in, and one stolen base.

Centennial will look to improve their 4-3 record on Friday, April 5 at Oakland Mills.

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Centennial Hosts a Track and Field Meet

Words: Sarah Paz

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Tuesday, April 2, Centennial hosted a track and field meet. Atholton, Howard, Long Reach, Mount Hebron and Reservoir competed.

The Centennial sprinting team excelled in all of their events. Both the girls’ and boys’ sprinting teams won second place in the 400-meter relay race. Senior Marco Ayhon and junior Tyler Dan scored in the top ten of the 200-meter race.

The Centennial distance team raced especially well in the 800-meter race. Seniors Alison Betler and Katie Pistner and sophomore Michelle Weaver scored in the top 20, while sophomores Jake Cole, Fernando Duraes and Andrew Bank, along with junior Jacob Muma were in the top 15.

Sophomore jumper Victoria Pearson scored fifth in the triple-jump, and sophomore Liam Lovering won first in the discus event.

The Centennial track and field team will be competing in the Pikesville Track and Field Invite this Saturday, April 6.

 

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Centennial Varsity Baseball Week in Review

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

Centennial Varsity baseball earned their first and second victories of the season last week after winning two straight games against Hammond High School and Wilde Lake High School.

On Tuesday, March 26, the Eagles defeated Hammond High School 4-1 after a strong pitching performance by sophomore Conarie Steinbach. Steinbach allowed only one hit and one run over five innings pitched. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead scoring all four of their runs in the first three innings to secure the victory.

The baseball team then faced Wilde Lake High School the next day on March 27, where they were able to win 9-0. Again, the Eagles’ pitching led the team to victory as senior Matt Durkee pitched five scoreless innings and only allowed two hits. Offensively, nine different players got at least one hit for Centennial.

The Eagles’ winning streak ended on Friday, March 29, after an 8-3 loss against rival Mount Hebron High School.

The baseball team’s in-county record is now 2-2 and overall 2-3.

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Student Exchange Day Highlights Differences in Schools Across County

Words: Sasha Allen and Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, March 27, six students from Long Reach in the Howard County Student Exchange program visited Centennial to see what it was like to go to a different school.

Overall, the response to the exchange day was positive. “It’s not too different from Long Reach, but it’s very unique,” said Elijah Saunders, a junior at Long Reach. However, Sanders did notice a social difference.

“Everyone [at Centennial] seems to get along with each other pretty well, but at Long Reach people are pretty distant,” said Saunders.

Other Long Reach students saw a different side of the social interaction at Centennial. Jada Sanders, a visiting student, decided to ask James MacLellan, Centennial freshman and her guide for the day, about the rumors she had heard.

“I heard some stuff about how it’s ‘clique-y,’ and I asked [James] if that was true and he said in some ways, yes because people like to stick with their own groups and sometimes don’t talk to other people.”

“Despite what group people associate with, [Long Reach students] talk to other people,” says Sanders. She was excited to participate in the exchange day, and was glad she went. “I wanted to have an open mind and see what you guys did on a daily basis… I heard things [about Centennial] but I went to see for myself what it was.”

The visiting students did come to an agreement on the biggest difference at Centennial, and Long Reach student Sui Cin highlighted this variation between the schools. “The diversity of the school, that is very different. I think that here, it is very distinguished, but if you go to Long Reach it’s so mixed… here you can see [what types of] people go [to Centennial].”

Sanders also seemed to notice this difference. “Looking in most of the classes and in the halls, demographics [are very different than at Long Reach].”

Cin also seemed particularly impressed by the fine arts at Centennial. “This school has many fine arts. I was watching theatre and you guys were so passionate about it.”

Rachel Henry, a senior at Wilde Lake and the creator of the program had the chance to visit Glenelg on Wednesday as well. “The halls are very quiet at Glenelg. You won’t hear chatter…it’s just silent.”

However, she, like the Long Reach students, noticed the difference in diversity.

“[The swap day] was the first time in all of my years of schooling I had a class without any African American people. Though I tried not to notice race as much, it was inevitable.”

On April 3, Centennial students will travel to Long Reach and Glenelg students will go to Wilde Lake. Although all of the students noticed differences between their schools and the exchange school, they were able to come together and share their experiences at the two schools, and students look forward to the next exchange day.

 

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Howard County Releases Updated Reports on Lead in Water

Words: Delanie Tucker

The Howard County School System has released updates regarding lead levels in the water of schools across the county, including Centennial High School.

Since September 2018, the HCPSS Office of Environment has tested the water in all Howard County schools for lead.

In Centennial’s initial testing, which was done in November 2018, ten water sources tested positive for lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb).

The board quickly took action, assessing the problems within the fixtures and deciding how to proceed.

On January 31, 2019, Centennial High School released their first two reports, which laid out the remedial action taken against two of the affected outlets.

An additional six reports were released on March 27.

Of the eight faucets the county fixed to improve the lead levels, four of them were replaced, as the outlet itself was the cause of the lead.

For the other four, more drastic measures were taken, including three being totally removed from the water system in Centennial.

The last outlet was left alone due to the levels dropping to 5.3 ppb and 1.7 ppb in separate additional tests.

The HCPSS Office of Environment is still working to fix the remaining two water outlets, which, as of now, are not in use.

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The Impact of One Choice

Words: Sarah Paz

Photo: Eliza Andrew

*Editor’s Note: April 1, 2019– This article has been modified to reflect that the Centennial PTSA hosted the guest speaker. The previous version stated that Centennial was the host.*

On Tuesday, March 26, Centennial’s PTSA hosted an assembly presented by public speaker Tony Hoffman, who spoke about how one choice affected his entire life.

Hoffman started his story from when he was in high school and started doing drugs at parties.

He didn’t realize it at the time, but he made a decision that impacted the entire course of his life.

His bad choices resulted in his arrest and ultimately, prison time. Hoffman decided to change for the better by improving his life with little habits.

Hoffman’s determination to stay sober helped him to live out his dreams of professionally BMX biking and starting a nonprofit which is now called The Freewheel Project.

Since his time in prison, Hoffman has been successful in other areas such as being a coach for BMX athletes and helping to spread awareness about drugs as a public speaker.

After the speech, Hoffman answered questions about his message.

Many students enjoyed how unique his story was.

“[It had an] interesting perspective,” said sophomore Honor Reed. “I don’t think anyone expected the story brought forth.”

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