Tag: Eliza Andrew

Breaking: HCPSS Makes Decision to Shorten Spring Break

Words: Eliza Andrew

On the night of February 8th, Howard County Public School System’s Superintendent Michael J. Martirano decided to shorten the county’s spring break from five school days, to two school days. The new spring break will now be from March 30-April 3, removing April 4-6.

This decision was made following two additional snow days this past week, totaling the county’s number of inclement weather days to four. There is a necessity to make up these days in order to meet the required 180 days of school to complete the year.

May 18 has been designated as a make-up half day instead of the proposed February 19, which would have taken a day away from President’s Day weekend, but was not due to budgetary reasons.

June 15 has been left as an option for another make-up day, if another snow day were to occur. That is the last day that can be taken off of summer due to the state mandated end of the year.

This day has been left as a final resort because of the Muslim holiday that falls on this day. No school testing or activities can be held on this day, and only attendance would be required. If any additional days are needed, HCPSS will petition the Maryland States Board of Education for a waiver of the remainder of days.

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Centennial’s Field Hockey Team Falls to Hebron

Photos and Words: Eliza Andrew

On Monday, October 30, the Centennial Eagles field hockey players wrapped up their season and play-offs run with the 4-1 defeat against their rivals, the Mt. Hebron Vikings. For the seniors, this might be the last time they step out on the field as an Eagle, so they came ready for a fight. The rest of the team knew they had to play their hardest if they wanted to continue their journey with their senior teammates. The Eagles won possession of the ball at the start of the game, and within only a couple minutes, senior Lauren Muma scored the first goal for the Eagles with an assist coming from senior Camden Blevins. According to Muma, “I am sad that [the season] is over, but it was such a fun season and being able to score with Camden was amazing.”  The Vikings were able to score a goal, tying up the game.

Both teams defended well, and the half ended with the score tied of one to one. Once the teams regrouped after halftime, both teams went in with new energy, and within the first 5 minutes of the second half, Hebron had scored once again, taking the lead 2-1. The Eagles offense and defense played well throughout the game, but unfortunately, the Vikings scored two more times within 10 minutes, and the final score was 4-1. The 2017-2018 season was an amazing one for the Centennial Eagles, going to the third round of play-offs, and ending the season with an great game.

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Centennial Hosts County’s Cross Country Meet

Words: Eliza Andrew

On Wednesday October 25, Centennial High School hosted the County’s Cross Country Meet, with the competing schools of Atholton High, Centennial High, Glenelg High, Hammond High, Howard High, Long Reach High, Marriotts Ridge High, Mt. Hebron High, Oakland Mills High, Reservoir High, River Hill High, and Wilde Lake High.

There were 4 races: JV boys, JV girls, Varsity Boys, and Varsity girls. Centennial placed 3rd overall in the boys Varsity race, with senior Steven Mitchell placing 14th, and senior Greg Costello placing 3rd, both making the top 15 for the boys. The girls, placing 2nd overall, had 3 girls in the top 15: junior Cora Blount placed 11th, junior Alison Betler placing 6th, and senior Kirsten Wikner placing 5th. This was a great race day for Centennial, because of their top placement on the scoreboards, and was overall a great day for the Cross Country Eagles.  The Varsity teams will continue against Reservoir and Oakland Mills on November 2, at Centennial for the regional championship.

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Centennial’s 2017-2018 SGA

Words: Eliza Andrew

At the end of last year, current rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors voted for who the SGA members would be for the 2017- 2018 school year. The candidates informed the school about their intentions for the position they were running for.  Now it’s time to get to know our elected members. We congratulate all of our SGA members and we look forward to the 2017-2018 school year.

Swadhin Nalubola: Senior SGA President

What are your SGA duties?

Serve as the closest link between the student body and the administration, run SGA meetings, represent the student voice as a whole.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I am confident, passionate, and well-liked.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My biggest goal is to increase overall school spirit, especially at pep rallies. I’d also like to make sure that we have a great homecoming, especially since this is the 40th anniversary. Finally, I’d like to make SGA a more prominent organization in the school.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

Most likely no, but I definitely would like to take a leadership role in whatever career I choose.

Greg Costello: Senior SGA Vice President

What are your SGA duties?

As Vice President I help organize events such as Homecoming and the Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament. I lead meetings and fill in for the President when needed. I represent the school at HCASC, MASC, and the Board of Education as well.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

I bring communication skills, charisma, and a genuine sense of pride for Centennial to SGA.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

This year, my goal for SGA is to have a bigger role in the students getting more out of school than just an education. Things like a teach-in, game nights for Battle of the Classes, and bringing back Mr. CHS are things we are looking to get done and have at Centennial for years to come.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

SGA has given me first-hand experience in seeing what it takes to be leader and represent a large number of people. My hope one day is to be in the US Coast Guard and I feel as if SGA has shown me I have what it takes in the leadership aspect of the military.

Summer Shen: Sophomore SGA Corresponding Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

I am the corresponding secretary for SGA, which means I am in charge of marketing and relaying information to the school.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

One unique trait that I bring to SGA is my video editing/filming skills. I love producing videos, and I have made SGA videos for the morning TV announcements.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

My goal this year is to increase school spirit at Centennial and strive towards building a stronger community.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future, I hope to work in sports business as a leader. I am interested in marketing, digital media/broadcasting, and public relations, and I hope to become a Senior Vice President for an NFL team one day.

Stacy Lee: Junior Recording Secretary

What are your SGA duties?

In SGA I am the recording secretary and I basically write all the notes during meetings and assist in anything the SGA needs help in overall.

What are some unique traits you have to bring to SGA?

Some unique traits I bring to SGA are that I am responsible and I am pretty outgoing when it comes to talking to others about events and meetings.

What are some goals you have for Centennial this year?

Some goals I have for Centennial is to have more school spirit overall and fundraise money for associations like Zaching for Cancer.

Based on your interest in SGA, do you hope to have a leadership/ politically based career in your future?

In the future I actually do not have any interest in a leadership or political career but I hope to use the skills learned in SGA for my desired career!

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Juniors Beat Seniors in the Powderpuff Game

Photos: Zach Grable/ Words: Eliza Andrew

After a long and boring, yet chaotic day working hard on PSATs and correcting college essays for the longevity of the morning, there was something exciting for the juniors and seniors to look forward to at the end of the day.  Starting at 6pm Wednesday night, the junior and senior girls were placed head to head in the ultimate battle to compete for the reign of Powderpuff champions.  As the game begun, both teams were getting acclimated to the wet turf and slippery ball because of the damp, drizzling weather.  After this adaption, the juniors took the lead quick, keeping the game at a quick pace, while the seniors were struggling to keep up.  The score was 13 to 6 in the juniors favor at the end of the first half.

The second half was starting out with both teams hungry for victory.  Many intercepted and uncaught balls later, the score was now 19 for the juniors and 18 for the seniors.  It was a devastating loss for the seniors as they were only 1 point away.  For the first time in a long time, the juniors reign over the seniors, becoming the 2017 Centennial Powderpuff Champions.

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