Centennial’s Final Day of Spirit Week

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial held its traditional pep rally on Friday, October 13, along with Color Day.  Students dressed in their class colors of black, blue, white, and red. They filled the bleachers in a sea of color.  With banners, each sports team ran across the field towards the cheering spectators. Performers included the Star Wars-themed marching band, cheerleaders, and two dance companies. Representatives from each grade participated in tug-of-war, the seniors emerging victorious over all classes.  The pep rally, which preceded the homecoming carnival, marked the start of the Homecoming festivities over the weekend.

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Centennial’s Acafellas Club

Words: Xander Mauer

Accafellas is an all-male a cappella choir group with the voice parts of tenor, baritone, and bass. They meet once a week in the choir room (703) after school every Tuesday at 2:15-3:00. They practice songs they hope to perform at the three concert choir concerts throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining, contact the student presidents, Steven Mitchell and Leo Wu. Don’t wait too long, or you’ll be behind in learning the music. The group usually only learns one song per concert due to their limited time to practice.

Any male singer can join, regardless of musical experience or background. There are no auditions, although it is expected of you to show up every rehearsal and participate. It is a good substitute if you wanted to take choir, but had no schedule space or a conflict. It’s a good way to meet people with shared interests.

Centennial’s She’s the First Club

Words: Piper Berry

The She’s the First Club is very excited for their third year at Centennial. The purpose of the club is to raise money for girls’ education around the world. They are currently supporting the educations of Roopa in India, Kimberly in Guatemala, and Jayanthi in India.

Senior Caroline Chu, the club president, believes that “everyone deserves a shot at an education, regardless of gender.”

The club plans to sell lemonade and other drinks at the Homecoming Carnival and has plans this year for Zumbathons, bake sales, an Ice Cream Social, and much more!

The first Zumbathon will be on October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

She’s the First Club typically meets on the first Tuesday of every month and the second, third, and fourth Monday of every month after school in Ms. McKinnon’s room, Room 904. Come check it out!

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Centennial Celebrates USA Day

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida / Words: Jack McGowan

On Thursday, October 12, Spirit Week continued with USA Day.  Students dressed in patriotic red, white, and blue. Many students chose to wear school apparel as matches the colors of the flag.  Other students chose to bring in their own flags to wear as capes and other accessories.  Students seemed excited to show their patriotism and love for their country.  Many teachers joined in on the fun by dressing for the occasion.  Students look forward to Friday and the school favorite Color Day.

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Centennial Field Hockey’s Senior Night

Photos: Sydney Beck / Words: Eliza Andrew

After countless days of long and tiring practices, late nights at away games, and many times of irreplaceable memories, the senior class of 2018 is now able to say goodbye to the team that has served them well for the past 4 years. Centennial’s varsity field hockey team played their last home game on Thursday night, against the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs. The 11 seniors, Lauren Muma, Camden Blevins, Samantha Dippel, Ally Parisi, Callie Andrew, Gracie Rockefeller, Julia Grable, Zahraa Hotait, Kate Reis, Grace Rout, and Meg Thompson (accompanied by their manager, Sarah Kruhm), all had their time in the spotlight as each of their names were called out before their game.

The first half of the game, was neck and neck, with the Centennial defense playing very well. The score at halftime was 1-0 in favor of the Mustangs. After the break, both teams came out stronger than ever. The game was tough for both teams, but in the end, Marriotts Ridge came out with a 4-0 victory.  We congratulate the seniors on a great four years!

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Centennial Announces “Red, White, and Blue Musical Revue”

Words: Maggie Ju

On Saturday, October 14, Centennial’s Theatre alumni and current students will present the “Red, White, and Blue Musical Revue” at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Under the direction of Kurt Boehm, Berta Sabrio, Kathryn Carlsen, and Holly Pasciullo, the cast will be performing musical numbers from past shows to celebrate 40 years of Centennial’s theatrical excellence.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Staff members can receive two complimentary tickets at the door.

Carlsen stated that some alumni have performed on Broadway and appeared in major motion pictures. The alumni featured in the revue are Melissa Corona (Class of 1997), Anne Marie Demme (2015), Jeremy Goldman (1996), Danielle Kalivretenos (2016), Eddie Lovern (2004), Jeff Miller (2011), Nina Parekh (2015), Katharine Pembroke (2004), Alex Porter (1980), Allie Press (2011), Melanie (2001) and Whitney (2004) St. Ours, Danny Townsend (2006), Anna Turpin (2003), and Melinda Wise (2003). Mo Dutterer, Centennial’s first theatre teacher, will also make an appearance.

The current student ensemble will perform in “Magic to Do” from Pippin, “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” from Seussical, and “Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street. The students featured are Ifechukwu Alachebe, Allison Brown, Kai Daley, Sydney Grossman, Noah Katz, Ethan Kinstler, Cole Lashley, Ilana Mongilio, Kieran Newell, Sabrina Ochoa, Caroline Pekrul, Akhil Pramanik, Julia Stitely, Lauren Wei, William Qu, and Abby Zoller-Griz.

This is the first musical revue in Carlsen’s 14 years at this school. She said, “We have such an incredible theatre program here that I jumped at the chance to honor it and its many illustrious alumni who have gone on to perform on stage or in front of the camera. We are incredibly lucky to have the amazing talent and hard working students that we do.”

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Centennial’s Future Business Leaders of America

Words: Jack McGowan

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the oldest and largest student business organization in the world. FBLA focuses on cultivating young entrepreneurs into full-blown businessmen.  They meet in Kristin Taylor’s room (913) every other Tuesday during Eagle Time.  

The first meeting was on Thursday, September 14.  However, if you are interested in joining FBLA, contact Ms. Taylor directly.

The FBLA team competes in competitions at the regional, state, and national level.  They also do things around the school, like starting mini businesses and selling shirts.  They have great leaders, such as President Alice Xue and Vice President Ashley Deng, but Ms. Taylor still “hopes for more participation.”

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