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Students’ Summer Bucket List

Words & Photos: Noorie Kazmi, Keith Hitzelberger, Adithi Soogoor

What are our Centennial Eagles doing after school ends? We hunted down three students to find out their plans for summer break.

Darren DeGroff

Freshman

”Over the summer, I will be building a PC in order to stream League of Legends on Twitch. I will be spending a week in Siesta Key, Florida with my family during July. In the downtime of the summer I will be at the pool with my friends. I might pretend to study a little, but in all likelihood I will take it easy this summer and try to rewind.”


Praagna Kashyap

Sophomore

“I’m gonna be on a research team studying neuroscience.” She, like any other Centennial student, will “study for SATs because I have to do that.”

 

Josh Kim

Junior

“I will be working as a private tutor during the summer as well as studying for the SAT on August 25th. I will also be volunteering with my church and I am going to Philly for five days.”

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Dangers of the School Parking Lot

Words: Julia Stitely

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

From the dawn of the school day to the afternoon, students and parents of Centennial are affected by the hardships of the school parking lot. In recent years, the parking lot has been known for being the site of several collisions. Between students running in between cars, ignorance to road signs and the layout of the parking lot, it’s no easy task for even the more experienced drivers.

The accidents, in part, could be caused by the overcrowding in Centennial.

Michael Guizzotti, Centennial’s security guard, expressed his concerns of the parking lot by saying, “We are overpopulated, so it’s not just the hallways that are crowded, it’s the parking lot too.”

“In the morning, it’s not that bad because I get there pretty early so I can get a good spot,” junior Casey Duhon said. “Sometimes I’ll be a little bit late and it could take me five minutes to get to a parking spot because the layout of the lot makes it so difficult.”

Michele Aylaian, mother of two Centennial students, expressed concern for students walking in from the parking lot in the morning.

“When they are late and running between cars, they are at risk of being hit by a driver who doesn’t see them,” she commented. “It’s stressful as a driver because you don’t know when a student is going to suddenly run in front of you.”

Afternoon Bottleneck

Things get hectic for Centennial students who drive to school when the clock hits 2:10. The sudden rush of students makes it easy to lose control in the crowded parking lot, giving the driver only a second to gain control before hitting something in their surroundings.

“Getting out of the parking lot after school is rather scary because everyone is rushing to get home and will cut people off when turning or switching lanes,” said Duhon.

Centennial principal, Cynthia Dillon, stated the design of the lot was not intended for the mass population.

“The lot wasn’t designed for the flow of traffic that comes through in the morning and in the afternoon,” said Dillon. “The way that the lot is marked, the road markings and the signage are not adequate.”

Dillon also believes that another problem that arises in the morning comes from parents letting their kids out in the closed second lane for drop off and in the parking rows themselves.

“People don’t honor the directions from the procedure of dropping kids off,” Dillon shared. “What they will do is pull into the second lane, but also the actual parking row.”

“They will drop their kids off one or two rows away,” Dillon added. “So the kids are walking through cars to get through the door.”

One solution that Dillon and the administrators are looking into is putting new signs up in the parking lot and painting on the roads.

“We have a stop sign on the Centennial side but they don’t have one on the Burleigh side, and they don’t have one on the main way,” Dillon said. “There should be a stop.”

Dillon and the administrators requested the Grounds Department in the Building Services Division of the Howard County system for another stop sign, and the lot is slated to be repainted in the summer.

Parking Permit Problems

In the past week, over 130 cars were found in the parking lot without a parking pass. The owners of these cars were warned that if they are found without a pass, parked on the lot, there would be disciplinary consequences.

Dillion stated the reason they did it in the end of the year rather than the beginning of the year was because of the increase of cars due to juniors starting to get their licenses.

She suggested that, “Families should take note of Safe Driver presentations and plan to attend one proactively. Students and a guardian must attend the presentation annually in order to be eligible for a parking permit.”

Some of the students that are affected are outraged by the situation. Junior Amelia Oliver lives in Old Ellicott City, and it takes her about 30 minutes to go to school.

“I think the passes should be based off where you live,” she said, “because some kids, it is much easier for them to drive. Others can walk.”

The Centennial Film Club found the humor in the parking lot situation by creating a mockumentary called Parking Purgatory and entered it into the Howard County Film Festival.

Senior, Carolin Harvey, with other members, filmed and edited the entry.

“Although our video is mostly comical, it does highlight how crazy our parking lot actually is,” Carolin answered. “The footage we captured of the morning and afternoon definitely captures some of that madness.”

The dangers of the Centennial parking lot continue to be a problem for the staff and students with the overcrowding population and the design of the parking lot. The solutions to these factors are soon to be solved; until then, students and parents are advised to stay alert and focus on the road.

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Centennial Boys’ Lacrosse Keeps Undefeated Season Alive

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

On Tuesday, April 9, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity lacrosse team kept their undefeated season alive by defeating Arundel High School 10-4. The Eagles advanced to 7-0 this season.

Centennial was led by senior attackman Peter Krawczyk who scored five goals in the game. Junior attackman Connor Carpenter contributed as well, with two goals of his own. Junior midfielder Ty Sams distributed the ball nicely and finished the game with two assists.

The first half was a defensive game, as Centennial only had a 3-1 halftime lead, but thanks to Krawczyk and his three goals in the third quarter, the Eagles’ offense was able to extend their lead.

The Eagles were in control throughout the entire game. Centennial never allowed Arundel to take the lead.

The boys’ lacrosse team looks to continue their undefeated season when they go up against one of the top teams in the county, Marriotts Ridge High School, on Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm.

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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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Centennial Girls Dominate in Rematch Against Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

With a devastating loss in early December on their minds, the Girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted a rematch against archrival Mount Hebron.

On December 12, Centennial traveled to Mount Hebron High School, only to be defeated by a final score of 46-32. After nearly two months of preparation, the Eagles were able to get their revenge, and they did not disappoint.

On Monday, February 4, The Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball team defeated the Mount Hebron Vikings by a score of 56-48.

Despite the victory, the Eagles struggled early on. Mount Hebron took a 6-0 lead after just two minutes of play.

After a timeout from Coach Rob Slopek with four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Centennial was able to put it all together.

Following the timeout, seniors Ashley Molz and Jordan Dossett each had crowd energizing blocks on back-to-back defensive possessions. The defensive stops greatly fueled the team, as they entered the second quarter trailing 15-14.

Despite junior Brook Anderson’s three-point struggles throughout the game, she made several clutch plays, including shooting six-for-six from the line. Down three points, Anderson nailed a deep shot from beyond the arc, tying the game at 17.

After several minutes of play, Centennial found themselves down five; however, they would not give in.

To close out the first half, The Eagles went on an 11-0 run, capped off by a contested three-pointer from Anderson. They led Mount Hebron 30-24, heading into halftime.

The third quarter was dominated by junior Rasa Welsh. Welsh recorded her first block of the game and carried the team on both sides of the court.

Centennial struggled during the opening minutes of the second half, but figured out how to guard Hebron with their zone defense.

Welsh scored nine points in the third quarter alone. After recording her third steal of the night, Welsh carried the ball down the court. With just three seconds remaining in the third quarter, Welsh shot a contested three-pointer. To Mount Hebron’s dismay, Welsh hit the buzzer-beating shot that put the Eagles up 12 points.

“I was just focused on defense and making sure they did not score,” said Welsh. “I got the steal and saw three seconds on the clock. I shot it, and sure enough it went in.”

Hebron began the fourth quarter strong, scoring several quick points, but fell short of Centennial. Molz hit a crucial three-pointer with few minutes remaining to put the game out of reach.

Centennial won by a final score of 56-48.

“It was super important to get this win over Hebron,” said Welsh. “Having lost to them at the beginning of the season and then coming back and beating them by eight [points] was amazing!”

Welsh led the team in scoring, finishing with 21 points, one block, and four steals. Anderson followed, scoring 17 points of her own.

Centennial will look to improve their record this Friday against Long Reach at 7:00pm.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Faces Devastating Loss Against Marriotts Ridge

Words: Sasha Allen

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

On Wednesday, January 9, the girls’ Varsity basketball team played a tense game against Marriotts Ridge, losing by a final score of 48-36.

The first quarter started out slow, with both teams keeping up strong defense. With just over five minutes left in the quarter senior, Jordan Dossett scored the Eagles their first basket of the game. However, in less than thirty seconds, the Mustangs came back to score a basket, leaving them with a slight edge against the Eagles for the first quarter.

In a stressful second quarter, Marriotts Ridge barely held their lead in the game due to Centennial’s strong defensive play. The quarter ended with a score of 22-17, giving Marriotts Ridge a five-point lead.

The Eagles desperately tried to make up the points that they had lost, but by the middle of the third quarter, the Mustangs had a six-point lead and were not backing down. The Eagles tried to bring the score up ending the quarter at 34-29, slightly in favor of the Mustangs.

In a last attempt to bring back the game after ending the third quarter, the Eagles pushed to stay on the offense. With only five minutes left and a score of 38-30, the Eagles called a last-minute timeout in a tense moment to motivate the team. After the timeout, both teams surged with a last burst of energy, and with just over a minute left in the game the Eagles scored their last point.

The Mustangs’ offense was no match for the Eagles as they went on to score four more points, winning 48-36.

The Eagles play their next game on Friday, January 11 against Glenelg.]

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