Tag: Chythanya Murali

PARCC Testing Finished For Now

Words: Chythanya Murali

The Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing has been completed at Centennial High School. Students currently in Algebra I, Algebra II, or English 10 took the performance-based assessment from March 5-20.

Pamela West, assistant principal and director of the online exam, felt that the testing went well despite some technical difficulties. The technical issues were associated with the PARCC program, not the school’s computers.

“Overall, students were able to follow the charts and were in the right time and right place,” said West. West said that the school is discussing the technical issues with the Assessment Office..

Scores for testing are scheduled to be released in December. This is the first year that it is a mandatory requirement for graduation. The end of year testing for PARCC is set to begin on April 20-22.

Get Your 2014-2015 Yearbook!

Words: Chythanya Murali

Come buy  your 2014-2015 Yearbook!

2014-2015 Yearbook sales are here at Centennial for a limited time.  The Yearbook team is allowing students to purchase yearbooks during lunch shifts at school this Wednesday and Friday for $95.  Cash or checks will be accepted.

Online orders will be accepted until December 17, through www.yearbookordercenter.com.  Enter the code 5591 in order to purchase a yearbook.  Prices are $95 and up.  The office also provides order forms which must be returned back to the office in order to receive a receipt after the order is processed.

Photos from Centennial’s First Hour of Code

Words and Photo: Anna Mitchell

Neal Patel plays Code Combat in Mrs. Norris’ second period TV class.

Words: Giana Han

Photos: Minnie Gregorini

Warren Zhang, Christopher Savage, and Ryan Sorak engage in an activity that demonstrates coding uses during Mr. Pauller’s class.









Words and Photos: Chythanya Murali

Jennifer Han learns the basics of JavaScript on Khanacademy in Mr. Pauller’s third period.







Miguel Fernandez and Adharsh Babu, along with Nicole Hammond, use their phones to learn coding in Mr. Pauller’s classroom.







Garn Piyarsirisilip uses his tablet to learn coding during the Hour of Code.







Cecilia Dewitt and Neil Rabb pull out their phones to experiment with coding.







Words and Photos: Rus VanWestervelt

Shannon Lear codes instructions for Ice Age characters to find their missing acorns.









Madeline Subasic receives her certificate of completion for coding Frozen.









Logan Um and Anna Crowe draw different shapes using codes.

Kayode Fatodu codes instructions for the popular game, Angry Birds.
Ahmad Shah and Sang Man Yoon code various moves to complete level 2, stage 5 in LightBot.

Day of the Girl Funds Help Haitian Family

Words: Chythanya Murali

The Delta Scholars used the money raised from Day of the Girl yellow ribbon sales to purchase a female goat for a family of four in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Day of the Girl was celebrated at Centennial High early last month as a weeklong event that concluded with festivities. The movement is an international one which strives to end violence against women and empower them for the future. Yellow ribbons were sold throughout the week at a dollar each in support of the cause, and the funds were used to help out the family in Haiti.

Three-fourths of the money raised was used to buy a female goat for the family. The goat can be sold along with any offspring it produces to provide the family a means of income. The money made from the goat will help keep food on the table as well as keep both children in school since public education is not free in the area. The family is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010, and now will be able to help themselves in that process of recovery.

Ms. Mckinnon, a special education teacher at Centennial, is planning to host a club to continue supporting the Day of the Girl movement in January. The club has yet to be named.


Reflecting on Eagle Time

Words: Chythanya Murali

Eagle Time has just had its first trial at Centennial High School.  On Wednesday, Nov. 19, students were given 25 minutes after second period to hang out in designated areas of the school to enjoy or study for tests. For others, it was time to do the homework due tomorrow or next period.

Eagle Time was introduced by the Student Government Association. The president, Pranav Ganapathy, said that they felt that Eagle Time would be great for Centennial’s rigorous academic environment.

“The SGA talked about what was going on [at Centennial],” he said, “I saw the success it had in other schools and thought it would be beneficial for Centennial.” The idea was approved by Mrs. Hafets, the school principal.

Reviews about Eagle Time have been mostly positive. Freshman, Sumana Peddibhotla, felt that it was a time for finishing homework and studying done. “It was a good use of time and it is really resourceful,” she said.

Sophia Yao, a sophomore, also enjoyed extra time. “It was very nice,” she says, “I got more time to do homework and I finished an entire math worksheet!”

Many students also felt that the 25 minutes served as a great time to relax. “I like it. It’s a time to talk and de-stress,” said sophomore Rachel Scheetz. Others like Nicole Hammond also felt that it helped her get ahead. “It was a good way to spend time to de-stress and work on academic material to be ahead of the game,” she remarked.

However, the lack of mobility during the 25 minutes was problematic for some students like Deanna Yi. “What if I need help for two classes?,” she asks, “I can’t move around from one place to another.”

Ganapathy saw it as a success even so. “It went well and should continue,” he stated. The SGA plan on discussing whether to continue this program or not in January.

Eagle Time will continue each Wednesday till the end of December. The next Eagle Time is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Wingspan is Thankful this Thanksgiving

Words: The Wingspan Team

The Wingspan team has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season, from our award winning news magazine to the great people that are on the team.

We are given opportunities every day to be grateful for what already exists in our lives. Every weekday, at 7:25 am, I am reminded of how grateful I am for my students and for all members of the Wingspan team. These individuals invest the minds, hearts, and souls into bringing you the news and sharing the stories that make a difference. To all of you: thank you. My life is enriched because you are in it.


I am grateful to all the wonderful opportunities that have presented themselves to me and the promising future ahead.

~Amanda Krew

I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences that the Wingspan has provided me during my journalism career and will continue to provide in the coming years.

~Madhu Lal

I am thankful that I am apart of an amazing community at Centennial. It is the greatest thing to know that you are part of place that inspires happiness and giving.

~Chythanya Murali

I’m thankful for Netflix!

~Amanda Ali

I’m thankful for my family and friends for always supporting me.  I’d also like to thank VW for everything he does for the journalism program.

~Martha Hutzell

I’m thankful to live in such a safe, supportive community.

~Anna Mitchell

I’m thankful to have caring and trustworthy friends.

~Sammy Kastner

I’m thankful for J1 kids that do work at a moments notice and for my family, friends, and anyone who has a positive  impact on my life.

~Corey Grable

I am thankful for my family and safe travels.

~Jonah Drenning

I’m thankful for being able to wake up every day safe and healthy and for the chance to achieve anything I choose.

~Sabrina Han

I am thankful the Wingspan team that gave me a place where I can follow my dreams and be myself.   I’m also thankful for my wonderful friends and family, including my sister who I get to spend every first period with in the Wingspan room.  And for VW who never stops supporting us.

~Giana Han


Centennial Student Shows Excellence at National Science Fair

Words: Madhu Lal

Broadcom Masters, (Math, applied sciences, technology and engineering rising stars), is a program which helps encourage middle school students to pursue their interests in math, science, and engineering fields.  Centennial’s own Chythanya Murali was selected out of the 300 semifinalists to present her research project at the Washington D.C. Science for Science and the Public (SSP) science fair. The program is exclusively for middle school students, and Murali was chosen last year for her project on finding methods for cleaning oil spills using bio-addictive enzymes and biodegradable bacteria.

Broadcom masters, (Math, applied sciences, technology and engineering rising stars),  is a program which helps encourage middle school students to pursue their interests in math, science and engineering fields. The program is exclusively for Middle school students. Murali had been selected out of the 300 semifinalists to present her research project on bio-addictive enzymes and bio-degradable bacterias, which may serve as a unconventional way in cleaning oils spills, at the Washington DC SSP (science for science and the public) science fair. Murali created her project on finding methods for cleaning oil spills when she was in middle school and was selected to participate in the event.

Murali was one of the few students who placed in the top 10% of the SSP affiliated science fair, as a result, she qualified to be part of the Broadcom masters competition. Murali had the opportunity to be awarded the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize.

On Saturday Murali and her team presented their project at the Smithsonian. Then, for the two days following their presentation, participated in challenges against 6 other teams.

The challenges that Murali, her group, and other participants engaged in were challenges which showcased their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. According to Murali, “They [the challenges] were difficult, but I think we each grew as a person and learned to deal with difficult problems and how to work as an efficient team.”

By the end of the event, it was announced that Murali and her team, the white team, were awarded 1st place in the Engineering portion of the 8 STEM awards and were awarded $3,500 along with $500 prize given to all 30 finalists. The white team was also awarded the overall team award, an award allocated to the team who collaborated the best together. When asked how it felt to win 1st prize along with a cash prize Murali replied,  “The most important feeling is knowing that I may be doing something that might save someone’s or something’s life. And that is the greatest feeling ever.”