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Freshman Year Review

Words: Diana Cagas

Making the transition from being a middle schooler to a freshman in high school can be exciting, and nerve-racking. To some, freshman year of high school is no barrier to them, thinking they can handle it like a professional. To others, it is a year where they worry. To all, though, freshman year is just the start of an important high school journey. An opportunity to make new friends, meet new goals, and experience new activities all occur in the span of one’s four years in high school.

Freshman Madison Baltimore takes into account on her first year of high school. “[Freshman year] was very different than what I expected,” said Baltimore. Her thoughts were what many freshmen were thinking: What will others think of me? What groups will I fit into? Are there bullies in high school? Will I fail my classes?

“No one bothered me and the lowest grade I [received] was a C,” she added.

Although freshman year has its downs, it also highlights some amazing memories. Baltimore said, “The highlight of my year was the Homecoming pep rally and my first football game. I had so much fun at both [events] and I made a lot of new friends.”

Entering high school also gives an opportunity to reunite with friends from childhood. “I reconnected with friends from elementary school and made new friends,” she said. “I even got my first boyfriend.”

All in all, one would say that freshman year isn’t all that bad. The key to actually surviving it would to definitely not procrastinate, but also be active in clubs, sports, and meeting new people. “My first year at Centennial was amazing,” Baltimore concluded.

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Choir Flashbacks

Words: Diana Cagas

On Wednesday, April 27, Centennial’s choir department performed its last concert for the 2015-2016 school year.

Madrigals, Bella Voce, and Concert Choir performed four concerts throughout the school year.

In October, they performed the annual Pop Concert, where each choir group performed modern-day songs.

At their Winter Concert in December, they entertained an audience full of family members and friends with festive and holiday-themed music.

In March, all the choir students traveled to Howard High School for their adjudication. With all their hard work and effort in preparing their music pieces, all three of Centennial’s choir groups received an overall score of 1.

At their last concert, the choir groups came together to perform three songs, all which were in a different genre of music.

As the school year comes to an end, choir members take a look back at the school year and share their favorite memory from choir class and the concerts.

Junior Tori Green has been in Centennial’s women choir, Bella Voce, for three years.

When asked what her favorite memory from choir class was, Green said, “My favorite memory would be when Mrs. Cummings had a substitute one day, and [we spent the whole class jamming out] to Hannah Montana and High School Musical [songs].”

Green also enjoyed singing a mashup of “I Will Survive” and “Survivor” during Pop Concert, because it allowed the choir to bond for the first time.

As a current member of Madrigals and the student aid for Bella Voce, senior Grace Nardei said one of her favorite memories was during the week of the spring music trip. Although Nardei did not go, she enjoyed staying back with the rest of the students who did not go. “There was this one time where we built a pirate ship out of the chairs and music stands that were in the choir room,” she said. “[We] had a lot of free time to be creative.”

Freshman Maria Tambourakis and sophomore Zoe Schoenfeldt’s favorite memory of choir was saying goodbye to the seniors at the last concert. As the night closed out, junior Miguel Fernandez announced the last “TWO-CLAP” for the end of the year. “[Another favorite] memory is being in choir overall, and the trip was amazing,” said Schoenfeldt.

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One Step Closer

Words: Diana Cagas

This year, Towson University’s Center Stage held its 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. The Young Playwrights Festival is “a yearly competition that invites student playwrights in K5-12th grade in Maryland to submit their original works”.

Centennial junior Miguel Fernandez wrote his play, “Enlightenment in Skyzone”, which was performed by Center Stage actors at Towson University on Monday, May 2.

“[“Enlightenment in Skyzone” is about a guy] who has been working at Skyzone for ten years and discovers self purpose, thanks to the ghost of John D. Rockefeller,” said Fernandez, who wrote the play for a school assignment. Fernandez’s play was submitted to the festival, and was one of five out of a total of 600 entries to be performed.

Fernandez said he “plans to pursue theatre and screen writing in college.”

Having his play performed at Towson’s Center for the Arts takes him one step closer to fulfilling his career in the future.

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Music Outside of Choir

Words: Diana Cagas

There is more to music than being enrolled in choir class. To some people, music is just an elective. To others, it is a hobby, and to everyone else, music is their life. Those who have a passion for music do a lot more with it outside of just being involved with choir.

Freshman Matt Sorak is currently in Centennial’s Concert Choir. Besides being a singer, he is also involved with the theatre program. Sorak has been enrolled in choir class since he was in seventh grade, and has had an interest in acting since he was in third grade.

Sorak’s passion for music came from his parents who encouraged him and his brothers to work with music, and hopes to become a musical theatre actor, director, and writer. He is currently in the production of Pippin by Stephen Schwartz. According to Sorak, the whole cast is made up of Young Columbians, which is a group of extremely talented musical actors. They have performed in places including The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Theatre, and The White House.

“[Being enrolled in choir and theatre programs] is very good experience for me to get better at what I hope to do in the future,” said Sorak.

Another student who is involved with music is freshman Ashley Xu. She is currently in Centennial’s Women’s Choir, Bella Voce. Outside of Centennial’s walls, Xu is a second-year member of Peabody’s Children’s Chorus’s highest group called Cantate. Being a part of the group, Xu had the opportunity to perform in Austria and Germany during the summer of 2015. “It was an incredible experience,” she said. Xu also performed in the All State Junior Chorus and takes piano lessons weekly.

Music has been a part of Xu’s life since she was young. “Part of the reason I do music is to inspire others as much as it inspires me,” she said.

Xu joined choir because it allowed her to interact and build friendships. Although she does not plan to major in music professionally, she is positive that music will remain important to her in the future.

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A Freshman’s Experience in Choir

Words: Diana Cagas

Centennial High School’s choral department consists of three different choir classes: Chamber Choir, formerly known as the Madrigals, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir. Auditions are only held for the Chamber and Women’s Choir, having the expectations set very high for those interested in auditioning.

According to choir director Jessica Cummings, 85 students auditioned for the 2016-2017 choirs, although only a total of 49 students made it. Freshman Courtney McVicker is one of the many students who auditioned, and is currently a member of Centennial’s Concert Choir.

McVicker has had a lot of experience in the music field, stating that she has, “been in a vocal group since elementary school.”

As a former student of Burleigh Manor Middle School, she feels fortunate to have been involved in choir prior to being part of Centennial’s Concert Choir program. At Burleigh, McVicker was able to attend the American Choral Directors Association, multiple adjudications, choral competitions, and Solo & Ensemble.

“These experiences have given me the opportunity to build my voice and learn what I am capable of as a singer,” McVicker said. “It also allowed me to set standards for myself, which makes me want to improve and continue to raise those standards.”

When asked about the differences between the middle school and high school choirs, McVicker stated that the schools certainly have their differences. According to McVicker, her choir class at Burleigh read music at the fifth level. Comparing middle to high school, she believes that high school choir is more relaxed. Regardless, McVicker still enjoys being a part of the Concert Choir.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Words: Diana Cagas

This weekend was a big moment for Centennial’s theatre program. On March 17-20, the school’s auditorium was illuminated with colorful beams of light and the stage was decorated with amazing set designs as the theatre department performed The Drowsy Chaperone.

Centennial theatre does an excellent job when it comes to engaging an audience with its best quality of work, especially when the cast and crew put in an endless amount of effort to rehearsals.

Not only did the show include live music from some of Centennial’s best musicians, but the musical also featured jaw-dropping choreography.

In the third musical number titled “Cold Feets”, Robert Martin, the male lead played by sophomore Steven Mitchell, sang about having the jitters on his wedding night. Moments later, Mitchell was joined onstage by senior Eddy Choe, who played George, Robert’s best man. Both actors sang and tap danced, but that was not the best part. What seemed to impress the audience was when both Mitchell and Choe started on the left side of the stage and took turns carrying each other in flips until they ended up on the other side. After this moment happened, the auditorium was filled with parents and children saying “Wow!”

It is always a great thing to see the actors having a grand time on stage. Throughout the show, the audience was in awe at how amazing the roles fit each actor.

The Drowsy Chaperone could not have portrayed itself as “a pu-pu platter of tunes” if it weren’t for senior Kevin Costello and junior Jack Goodman’s pastry puns, senior Grace Nardei’s hysterical spit-takes on freshman Colton Smith, junior Minnie Gregorini and sophomore Sydney Grossman’s vexing yet hilarious role as Kitty, junior Maddie Caldis’ fitting personality for playing the drowsy chaperone, sophomore Ethan Kinstler and senior Nina Parekh’s outstanding narration as the Man in Chair, the 50+ background singers as the staff and guests of the wedding, the pit band, the background producers, and of course Kathryn Carlsen, the show’s director.

The musical also featured some first time leads, including Mitchell playing the fiancé of senior Stephanie Crispell’s character, Janet Van De Graaff, and junior Jun Lee portraying his role as Feldzieg.

The show had a total of four productions, and a long-lasting applause was held at opening night on Thursday, March 17. It truly was a wonderful performance by all who contributed in Centennial’s spring musical.

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Carnation and Valentune Sales

Words: Diana Cagas

Carnation Flowers:

The Red Cross club will be selling carnation flowers during all lunch shifts for $1. Buy a flower for your special someone or a friend for Valentine’s Day. The carnation flowers will be distributed to students on Friday, February 12 during second period.


From February 9 through 11, Centennial’s Choral Department will be selling Valentunes for $1 during all lunch shifts. On Friday, February 12, choir students will be singing short love songs during periods 1, 2, and 3.

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