Centennial’s Vintage Voices Club

Words: Sarah Kruhm

On Saturday, February 17, Vintage Voices will perform a special Valentine’s Day compilation at Brighton Gardens of Columbia. The performance will occur at 2:00 p.m., and it will include classic songs that reflect the holiday’s theme: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Footloose,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Although the performance occurs at a private senior home away from the public eye, students are always welcome to join and participate in the club and in its performances.

Sophomore Maddie Hasson is one of the co-presidents of the club, and she happily praised its impact on the community. “Being in Vintage Voices is a lot of fun,” Hasson gushed. “Performing for senior citizens is always rewarding, especially when they sing along with us! Overall, being the club is a very special experience.”

If you would like more information about Vintage Voices and its events and how you can join, email vintagevoiceschs@gmail.com or visit Ms. Borowski in room 908.

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Delta Scholars Host Annual Food For The Soul, Words For The Heart

Words and photos: Camryn Desai

On Friday, February 9, Centennial High School’s Delta Scholar’s Club held their annual Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart event. The night was specially coordinated by Mrs. Shalonda Holt and Delta Scholars, with parents and friends attending the event. The event is held every February for Black History Month, and highlights African American pride, this year’s theme being “to be fearless is… .”

Poems, speeches, and songs made up the performances by the scholars and their fellow students, as well as one musical number by sophomore Muchiri Mbungua.

The student speakers who were featured included: Nova Grissom, Olumoroti Adewole, Aneisa Babkir, Nicole Attram, John Yayi Bondje, Renee Ofori, Nasia Lawton, Hadeel Hamoud, and Kylie Fromm. Fellow students Selaya Smithery, Tamara Dowding, Madison Baltimore, Nicole Attram, Dalaysia Hammond, Tatyana Hampton, and Kylie Fromm each performed a song as well.

Sophomore and Delta Scholars member Lisa Nganga, said events like this “make [her] feel that even though we live in a society where darker skin tones are frowned upon, events like this make [her] feel comfortable and accepted.”

With great food served, and hearts filled with pride, the night was an overall success for the Scholars.

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Centennial Boys Varsity Basketball Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

Words: Josh Horen

After defeating the Long Reach Lightning, 57-43, the Centennial Eagles boys varsity team has now extended their winning streak to five games, their longest streak of the year.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, and ended the first quarter leading the Lightning 15-5. Senior Sean Taylor led all scorers with seven points at the end of the first quarter. Fellow senior Jaden Williams brought great energy and hustle off the bench as well to highlight a very well rounded first quarter for the Eagles.

The pace picked up for the Lightning in the second quarter, but the Eagles easily matched their speed and went into halftime holding a 25-17 advantage.

The third and fourth quarter remained the same with the Eagles continuously stepping on the gas and not letting up.

Long Reach just seemingly could not close the gap.

Senior Andrew Hohmann led the scoring attack with 18 points, followed by Taylor with 13 points.

With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles know how important it is to finish out the season strong and not ease up.

“It is very important to finish these last three games of the regular season strong and with wins. Now is the perfect time to get our chemistry 100% right before playoffs. We are rolling right now and I see that continuing for this team,” said Taylor.

Centennial looks to keep their streak alive tomorrow, February 10, when they take on Carver Vocational Technical High School at home at 2:00.

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EXCLUSIVE: Wingspan Interviews Hall of Famer Jean Vanderpool [Podcast]

Interview: Caroline Chu and Natalie Knight-Griffin
Photos: Camryn Desai

This past weekend, Jean Vanderpool was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. The Wingspan team was fortunate enough to speak exclusively with Vanderpool just days before the induction ceremony.

Wingspan staff members senior Caroline Chu and sophomore Natalie Knight-Griffin conducted the interview with Vanderpool, and sophomores Eliza Andrew, Julia Stitely, and Xander Mauer handled all technical aspects of Wingspan‘s very first podcast.

We are excited to share this podcast, the first of many to come, with our followers.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety below.

To read Wingspan’s article regarding Vanderpool’s induction, click here.

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Who Will Win?

Words: Julia Stitely

An Oscar is one of the most prestigious awards someone in the film industry can earn. Every February, creators from all around celebrate the movies of the year that spark interest. 2017 was an astounding year in film which makes the competition more heated.

What most viewers focus on is the Best Picture award. Fifteen movies are in the running for the main prize. World War II dramas Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour are two nominated. Movies with female main characters like Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Shape of Water are up against others like Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, Phantom Thread and The Post.

This Oscar season is also groundbreaking in the director category. It is only the fifth time a woman (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird) and an African American (Jordan Peele, Get Out) have been nominated for Best Director.

Unlike last year, which had obvious spotlight films like Moonlight and La La Land, the winner this year seems blurry. The Academy could go with the creative storytelling of Get Out, the performances of Three Billboards, the action of Dunkirk, or the passion of The Post.

But Sophomore Kruthi Mattupalli already has an idea for the winner. She has “high hopes” that Lady Bird will win the gold for Best Picture. “I’ve heard good things about the movie. It even won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress.”

It may be too early in the race to ultimately know who will win. What we know now is that all of these films are amazing enough to be nominated and marks a year of change in the film industry.

The opinions stated in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the Wingspan staff as a whole.

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Breaking: HCPSS Makes Decision to Shorten Spring Break

Words: Eliza Andrew

On the night of February 8th, Howard County Public School System’s Superintendent Michael J. Martirano decided to shorten the county’s spring break from five school days, to two school days. The new spring break will now be from March 30-April 3, removing April 4-6.

This decision was made following two additional snow days this past week, totaling the county’s number of inclement weather days to four. There is a necessity to make up these days in order to meet the required 180 days of school to complete the year.

May 18 has been designated as a make-up half day instead of the proposed February 19, which would have taken a day away from President’s Day weekend, but was not due to budgetary reasons.

June 15 has been left as an option for another make-up day, if another snow day were to occur. That is the last day that can be taken off of summer due to the state mandated end of the year.

This day has been left as a final resort because of the Muslim holiday that falls on this day. No school testing or activities can be held on this day, and only attendance would be required. If any additional days are needed, HCPSS will petition the Maryland States Board of Education for a waiver of the remainder of days.

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Friends of Music Bingo Night

Words: Maggie Ju

On Friday, February 23, Centennial High School’s Friends of Music, a fundraising group for the CHS music programs, will host a bingo night and a silent auction in the cafeteria from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Entry is $10 per person or $40 for a family of five, and includes a dauber and a bingo card with three plays each round. Payment is with cash or via Square at the door. The event will also feature performances from CHS Jazz Band students.

Prize basket donations of various themes are needed for the silent auction. Donors should indicate their planned donations in the SignUpGenius and give them to one of the music directors by Thursday, February 15. Concession donations may be brought the night of the event between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Concessions and Giant Food gift cards will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event support the CHS band, orchestra, and chorus programs.

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