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Cherry Blossom Festival

Words: Abby Vall

The trees are budding and the temperature is rising to seventy degrees in the middle of March, throwing a huge curveball at Maryland. That curveball is that Spring is quickly approaching, meaning the cherry blossoms are coming out. The flowers bloom in Washington D.C where an annual festival is held to celebrate.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a weeklong event in Washington D.C., where beautiful blossoms can be found by famous monuments like the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Junior Fayyaz Zaidi shared that taking a stroll through the National Mall “was like nothing I have ever seen…it was so enticing that we spent around [two] hours just observing the true beauty of it.”

People from all over Maryland, and other countries and regions, come to see the beauty that visitors like Zaidi talk about.

Zaidi’s first time at the festival was in 2008 and he continues to go with his family. He said, “It was the mixture of the jubilant weather and the overall beauty of the flowers that made me want to keep going.”

When the sun starts shining consistently throughout the day, the buds bloom into a marvelous sight for all to see. There are other events going on while the flowers are out, like the Japanese Cultural Festival that senior Claire Lee attended. Lee found it convenient that both events were happening at the same time, and took advantage and enjoyed both.

Some students, like junior Carolina Requejo, have never been to the festival but look forward to going someday.

“[I] would be ecstatic to finally see the famous cherry blossoms,” said Requejo.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a breathtaking sight for many students and Requejo shares, “It would be a great family trip and a once in a lifetime opportunity I’d love to experience with my family!”

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Pop Concert and Photos

Words: Ashley Berry

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Wednesday, May 20, Centennial High School held their annual choir Pop Concert. Students from every Centennial choir group performed various popular songs from different genres such as: Stay by Rihanna, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

Solos, duets, A Capella, small groups, and large groups made the show a night to remember. The Acafellas and C#, Centennials two A Cappella groups, sang to 21 Guns, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Geronimo; Concert Choir started the night with Bohemian Rhapsody. Madrigals ended the first act with Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Women’s Choir started the second act with My Boyfriends Back by Angels. An all freshman group, Aparajita Kazi, Moitri Kazi, Max Shen, Basilica Arockiaraj, and Minu Mandal, performed Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Soloist Stephanie Boisvert took the show in a different direction when she sang to Life of the Party, while Cece Denby danced contemporary on the stage. Montria Walker, a powerhouse singer, took on the classic I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston and earned much praise. Other soloists, Eddy Choe, Mackenzie Brandon, Cecilia Hsu, Jayla Waters, Juhl Dwivedi, Sky Betz, Jun Lee, and Jesse Kinstler sang It’s A Beautiful Day, 1901, Simple as This, Stay, Skinny Love, Warrior, Lay me Down, and Hallelujah, respectively.

The only duet of the night was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown sang by John Hunter and Montria Walker. All Centennial Choirs sang the Skyrim Theme, ending the night, along with a big ‘thank you’ to their beloved teacher, Jessica Cummings.

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