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Centennial Advances to the National History Bowl Competition

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos Contributed by: Cynthia Dillon

On Saturday, December 1, five teams from Centennial High School participated in the National History Bowl Regional Championship, held in Washington, D.C. Of the five teams, teams A and B were Varsity, while teams C, D, and E were Junior Varsity.

A total of 41 teams attended the competition, ranging from elementary school to high school.

Centennial’s A Team came in second place, earning a finalist trophy and a spot in the National History Bowl Competition. This team consisted of Anthony Duan, team captain, Peter Wilschke, and Mahta Gooya.

The second place slot did not come from a lack of trying, though, as the A Team placed higher than Richard Montgomery High, Montgomery Blair High, Georgetown Day School, and two teams from Thomas Jefferson High before falling to McLean High in the final match.

In addition to the varsity team’s success, the C Team, made up of Pingan Tang, Nathan Ho, and Benjamin Kantsiper, also qualified for the National Tournament.

Duan and Tang also advanced to the finals of the JV History Bee in 2019.

Beyond the high school teams, Burleigh Manor Middle School won in the middle school division, beating Centennial Lane Elementary School in the finals.

Six of the eight playoff teams were from Burleigh Manor or Centennial Lane.

The National History Bowl Competition will be held in April 2019.

Photo contributed by Cynthia Dillon

 

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Redistricting Options Proposed at HCPSS Family Night

Words: Delanie Tucker

On Monday, November 26, the Howard County Public School System held a Family Night for the parents/guardians of Centennial High School students to discuss options to reduce overcrowding.

HCPSS Staff shared information on the five options Centennial students will have in upcoming school years, all of which can help to reduce the number of students during portions of the school day.

The five options are: additional ARL courses, work-based options, a shuttle to Howard Community College, Project Lead the Way at Marriotts Ridge High School, and school reassignment to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge High School with provided transportation.

All options are completely optional and based on student interest.

Due to the impact these decisions will have on community members, there was a decent-sized turn out.

According to Cynthia Dillon, Centennial’s principal, around 200 parents and students showed up, which, despite the fact that the night was aimed towards Centennial parents, also consisted of parents from both Howard High School and Marriotts Ridge High School.

Additionally, several people from Centennial’s student services team and Howard County’s Central Office attended.

This group of people included: Bill Barnes, Chief Academic Officer, Laree Siddiqui, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Restia Whitaker, Coordinator of Student Support Services, and Pat Saunderson, Community Superintendent.

According to Dillon, the parents attending from Marriotts seemed to be curious if they would be affected by students moved to their school. Howard and Centennial parents seemed to interested in the five options.

“The parents I talked to after [the Family Night] was over seemed to be very interested in some of the options,” Dillon explained. “And I think that’s important.”

Overall, the reaction of the majority was positive and accepting of the information presented.

Another Family Night will be held on December 4 at Marriotts Ridge High School.

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Student Athletes Sign Off

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, November 13, seven of Centennial’s student athletes made their college intentions public.

Each of the seven had already committed to their college of choice, where they will go to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Although they all signed at the same time, none of the seven will attend the same college, and their sports of choice differ.

The students that signed are: Jackie Sterenberg to Frostburg State, Alison Betler to Towson University, Abby Doff to McDaniel College, Marissa Lagera to Monmouth, Courtney McVicker to Marshall University, Ashley Molz to American University, and Jason Kraisser to Campbell University.

Both McVicker and Molz will be attending college to play Division 1 soccer, as they played together on Varsity for Centennial.

“Committing was really rewarding for me because I grew up wanting to play collegiate soccer,” McVicker expressed. “It made me feel like all of the effort and training I had put in finally paid off.”

She continued this by stating how she decided on a college.

“Choosing Marshall was a simple decision. As cliche as it sounds, the first time I stepped on campus I had a ‘this is it’ moment; I knew it was where I wanted to go to school.”

Betler is one of the few that chose to stay local. She will attend Towson University, a school in Maryland, for cross country.

Lagera, attending Monmouth, will continue her athletic career, playing D1 lacrosse.

Lagera is very proud of her accomplishments, and thanks everyone that helped her achieve them.

“Having my friends, family, and coaches [with me] made it even more special, because they too have worked so hard for me to be able to have this and I loved being able to share my success with them.”

Another committed student was Doff, who will play collegiate field hockey.

Sterenberg, a volleyball player, is another that felt it was important to find a college that is relatively close to home.

“I was looking all up and down the east coast and something about Frostburg made me feel comfortable and at home,” Sterenberg commented. “I am most excited to contribute to the team as they compete division 2 for the first time and be part of a welcoming atmosphere.”

Lastly, Kraisser, the only male athlete, will be attending college for wrestling.

“Something I learned as an Eagle is to always persevere,” Doff expressed. “I will definitely be taking that with me through college.”

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Centennial Cross Country Wins Big at 3A East Regional Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Thursday afternoon, November 1, Centennial High School hosted the 3A East Regional Cross Country Championships. It was a big day for Centennial, as both the Centennial Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams were able to take home the regional championship.

The boys’ team placed second at last year’s regional championships, but this year they scored 34 points to secure their first place finish. Four runners from Centennial placed in the top ten.

Sophomore Jacob Cole placed third with a time of 16:45. Following Cole, senior Chris Bieberich finished fourth at 16:54. Senior David Riina came in at seventh after running a 17:04, and senior Justin Ziegler crossed the finish line six seconds later to secure eighth place.

The girls’ team scored 35 to achieve a first place victory and secure their second regional championship in a row. The girls team had four runners finish in the top ten.

Senior Cora Blount placed second with a time of 20:18. In fourth place with a time of 20:41 was senior Alison Betler. Sophomore Katerina Talanova finished seventh after running a 20:59, and junior Apoorva Ajith secured tenth place at 21:29.

Centennial Cross Country now looks towards their biggest race of the year, the state championships. The state meet will take place on November 10 at Hereford High School at 10:00am.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Advances to Semi-Finals

Words: Delanie Tucker

On October 30, 2018, the Centennial Boys Soccer team played Reservoir High School in the first round of playoffs.

In the opening minutes of the game, Reservoir held the majority of possession, but the Eagles were able to take control of the ball and get the ball in the back of the net. After just the first 40 minutes, Centennial was up 3-0.

The first goal came from senior Hamzah Elhabashy, followed by a second from sophomore Kevin Salazar. To finish off the first half, Elhabashy got a second goal.

For the rest of the match, the Eagles were able to dominate possession and not give the Gators any room for a comeback.

Although the second half finished without any additional goals, both teams played hard to try to keep their team in the game.

Centennial will host Atholton High School on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 to advance to regionals.

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Centennial Varsity Football Falls to Hammond on Senior Night

Words & Photos: Delanie Tucker

Last night, October 26, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Football team played Hammond High School for their senior night game.

Prior to kick-off, both the seniors on the football team and the senior cheerleaders walked onto the field with their loved ones to be honored by their teams.

Despite all of the energy the team showed during warm-ups and the opening minutes of the game, Hammond quickly took control of the game and was able to pull off a 46-0 win.

Regardless of the score, the Eagles played hard throughout the game and never gave up.

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Centennial Varsity Field Hockey Takes Down Long Reach in First Playoff Game

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Thursday, October 25, the Centennial Girl’s Varsity Field Hockey team defeated Long Reach by a final score of 5-2.

The Eagles struggled moving the ball down the field early on. Neither team was able to make anything happen on offense, until junior forward Eliza Andrew scored Centennial’s first goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Despite several Long Reach fast breaks, sophomore Jane Hudson was able to clear the ball out in two 1v3 instances.

The Eagles were tied 1-1 going into the second half.

Only five minutes into the second half, sophomore Lily Sullivan assisted junior Sara Ferrara on her first goal of the game. Sullivan later scored a goal of her own and recorded her second assist; a strategic pass to senior Annabel Baldy with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Andrew sealed the game off with her second goal of the night with under 30 seconds remaining.

Defensively, the Eagles played very well. Along with great help from the defenders, junior goalie Casey Stratton allowed Long Reach to score just two goals.

Centennial’s victory against Long Reach advances them to the next round. They will play their next game on Monday, October 29, at Mount Hebron High School.

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