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Ellicott City Turns Into Harry Potter World

Words and Photos: Alexandra Valerio

On October 5-6, the Old Ellicott City Partnership held a Harry Potter-themed day for helping the National Federation of the Blind. Many people came for a spectacular time and brought their wands, brooms, and costumes into the heart of Old Ellicott City.

Costumes were welcomed by both children and adults. Many owners participated in the event and stores provided some Harry Potter exclusive themed items and events.

Stores such as Main Street Yoga provided sorcerers’ stones, Manor Hill provided a Pizza Wizard Theme, and Macha Time Cafe had butterbeer, cookies and collective cards. Moorenko’s Ice Cream cooked up some special unique flavors, and Reclaimed by You! had a tournament for competing for the House Cup.

More than ten stores participated in the Harry Potter theme; some also offered discounts to people who were decked out in Harry Potter themed wardrobes.

Julio Algeria, the owner of Gamer Corps, provided Harry Potter wardrobes and ties. Algeria says he “loves to read Harry Potter- genres and loved the scavenger hunt idea that Old Ellicott City created.”

The Old Ellicott City Partnership also provided selfie stops to allow visitors to travel into the Harry Potter World.

The Flower Barn Owners, Teresa Graham and Stephanie Wells, decided to create the Harry Potter theme for Teresa Graham’s daughter, Naudia Graham. She is a big fan of Harry Potter.

Naudia Graham decided to give back to the National Federation of the Blind and their community. Their plans for next year are “much bigger and much better” due to the strong response with the first one.

They give their thanks for people who came to the event and who are from Centennial High School, since Naudia Graham’s sister, Tiana, recently graduated from Centennial.

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Senior Sisters Create New Native American Club

Words: Alexandra Valerio

The Native American Student Union, founded by Seniors Kayla and Autumn Moore, is now a fully sanctioned club at Centennial High School. 

According to the club President Kayla Moore, the goal of the Native American Student Union is to “raise awareness on issues in the Native community [and] raise money for the Native American Human Rights Fund.” 

Kayla also hopes the club provides a safe environment for all indigenous and non-indigenous people. “The club is for anyone who wants to learn about the culture, Native or not.” She emphasizes that the club is happy to have new members and would like to hold elections for the Native American Student Union. 

Kayla and Autumn are members of the Lumbee Tribe, centered in North Carolina. Kayla feels that the Native American community is one that is “severely overlooked and appropriated.” Their objective as the Native American Student Union is to provide knowledge of Native American heritage.

Kayla’s biggest inspiration for creating the club was her late grandfather Hebert Locklear, who founded the Baltimore American Indian Center.

“I was thinking of ways to create my own Native community at Centennial and figured a Student Union would be the best way to do it,” Kayla said. 

To reach the Native American Student Union, the club’s Instagram is @chs_nasu and their email is chsnasu@gmail.com. The Native American Student Union meets every other Tuesday in Room 908.

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