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Six More Sign off on the Next Four

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Tuesday, February 26, six Centennial student-athletes came together for their official signing day. 

Anthony Matthews committed to play football at Bridgewater College. Jordan Hinz and Olivia Reese committed to play softball at Washington and Jefferson College and Shepherd University, respectively. Casey Stratton committed to play field hockey at Keystone College. Ty Sams and Kieran Senisi committed to play lacrosse at the College of Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, respectively.

All athletes have made countless sacrifices to get to where they are now. 

“Signing to play Division One lacrosse was so surreal,” said Sams. “Ever since I started playing lacrosse my goal was to play on Saturdays for a D1 program; Words cannot describe the feeling I had when I put the pen to paper on my National Letter of Intent after the countless hours of practice had finally paid off.” 

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Takes Down Hammond on Senior Night

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Adithi Soogoor and Eliza Andrew

On Friday, February 21, the boys’ Varsity basketball team defeated Hammond by a final score of 59-32.

Seniors Joey Sedlacko, Matt Schickner, Brandon Bonner, Connor Carpenter, and Jeong Hwang were recognized for their dedication and hard work over the years. 

Senior Dance Company members, Olivia Wang, Lexie Fang, Divya Proper, Wenyu Yang, Danica Choi, and Jillian Sanders, were also celebrated before the game. The girls performed at halftime and in-between quarters. 

Centennial dominated Hammond on both ends of the court. The Eagles put the game away in the third quarter after scoring 17 and allowing just four points. 

Hwang finished with a team-high 12 points as Centennial defeated Hammond in their final game of the season. 

The Eagles finished with a regular season record of 17-5 and tied for second place in the county. The Eagles will play Mount Hebron High School on Friday, February 28 in the first round of the playoffs.

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Friday Night Hoops

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photo: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, February 7, the Centennial Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams hosted Atholton High School. The boys lost by a final score of 70-54, while the girls won 58-43. 

The girls dominated on both sides of the ball. Seniors Brook Anderson and Rasa Welsh combined for 30 points, and junior Tori Pearson scored a solo 15 points. The team as a whole finished with 35 rebounds and 4 steals.

Centennial outscored Atholton in every quarter except the second, and led by just two points at halftime. The girls came out hot in the second half, scoring 21 points in the third quarter alone. Centennial did not let up as they defeated Atholton by 15 points.

Unfortunately, the boys had an off night. Despite leading after the first and second quarters, Centennial struggled to defend Atholton in the second half.

Player of the week, junior Bryson Baker, was held to just four points. The Eagles’ shooting struggles persisted as the second half continued. 

Although Centennial had trouble offensively, senior Joey Sedlacko finished with a team-high 18 points. The number one team in the county lost just their fourth game of the season to Atholton. 

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Centennial Welcomes Seven New Alumni into the CHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, February 7, Centennial High School recognized five athletes and two coaches for their accomplishments in sports. The hall of fame class of 2020 included student athletes Caitlin Burr, Connor Flach, Molly Speicher, Jonathan Stumpf, Anthony Tinnirella, and coaches Chad Hollwedel and Bill Stara. Along with the seven new inductees, Centennial honored Bobby Van Allen, a member of the 2018 class, as he could not make it to the induction in previous years. 

The class is nominated by athletic coaches at Centennial and then further considered by a higher committee. 

The hall of fame ceremony was held in the gym following the girls’ Varsity basketball game, and just prior to the boys’ game. 

Due to his astonishing coaching career and the countless relationships he has created with students while teaching at Centennial, Hollwedel received an overwhelming response from the audience.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Hollwedel. “If you look at the other coaches and the level of just this class alone, this class was a very accomplished class.”

Hollwedel coached at Centennial for over two decades. He coached football for 14 years and basketball for a whopping 22 years. He specialized in the offensive line and was part of the 2006 coaching staff that won a school-high record of eight games. 

Hollwedel won 193 total games in his 12 year career as Varsity head coach of the boys’ basketball program, averaging 16 wins per season. Varsity boys’ basketball had 10 consecutive winning seasons and reached the regional championship five times under his coaching. He coached during the 2015 season when the boys basketball program won their first and only state championship. Hollwedel has received countless coaching awards and holds the highest playoff winning percentage among any coach for Howard County boys’ basketball. 

“For me, I think I have always tried to do things with the interest of the community in mind,” said Hollwedel. “With that said, I think it’s a very nice recognition for the time and energy put into that.”

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Centennial Students Spread Holiday Spirit at Winter Spectacular

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Students from many of Centennial’s performing arts programs came together to perform the Winter Spectacular for fellow Centennial students on Friday in the auditorium.

Members of Centennial’s band, choir, orchestra, and dance programs all performed in the annual holiday show, with each group playing, singing, or dancing to one or more holiday songs. Awkward Improv, Centennial’s improv comedy group, also made an appearance.

All Centennial students not involved in the Winter Spectacular’s production gathered during the first or second half of an extended third period to watch the show, which was performed twice.

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Centennial Performing Arts Programs Perform The Nutcracker

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew & Melissa Notti

Centennial’s Performing Arts Department kicked off the holiday season with its performance of The Nutcracker on December 5 and 6 in the auditorium.

Members of Centennial’s dance, choir, band, orchestra, and theater programs all collaborated to produce the famous holiday ballet, which consisted of two acts and ran for approximately an hour and a half.

Although the dancers in the junior and senior dance companies were the focal point of the performance, choir members also sang and performed on stage at various points throughout the show. Band and orchestra members formed a pit orchestra below, providing a live soundtrack for the performance. Meanwhile, theater students served on the backstage crew and assisted with technical aspects of the production.

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Centennial Students Commit to Colleges

Words: Sasha Allen

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On November 13, six high-achieving Centennial athletes signed their commitment to their future colleges. Rasa Welsh signed for Campbell University, Lauren Marcotte for Penn State University, Gabrielle Castle-Smith for St. Mary’s College, Ashley Bilger for Frostburg University, Sarah Thorman for Allegheny College, and Zack Steen for Bloomsburg University.

Bilger, a soccer player who will be attending Frostburg for the next four years, found the event extremely sentimental. 

“It was a really special event because it marked the culmination of all of the hard work I’ve done,” Bilger said.

Although Bilger is leaving Centennial, she is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.

“I’m looking forward to playing a high level of soccer and meeting new teammates.”

The signing was an incredible event for showcasing the athletes’ achievements, and family and friends came to celebrate their students.

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Changes to Centennial’s Parking Lot

Words: Mariam Abd El-Shafy   

Photos: Eliza Andrew

When students returned from summer break for the 2019-20 school year, there were some major changes made to Centennial’s parking lot. 

Last school year, students without parking permits overcrowded the school’s lot. Parents dropping off their children were unfamiliar with the drop-off rules in the morning, which made it extremely difficult to park. The after-school rush of buses and students all leaving at the same time without adequate traffic rules caused the parking lot to break out into chaos daily. 

Autumn Moore, a driving senior at Centennial, recounts, “there were always so many traffic jams, you couldn’t park. You couldn’t even exit the parking lot because there were so many cars.” 

This year, the school has formalized processes in an attempt to make the parking lot safer. The school has established rules for dropping children off, differentiated between student and staff parking with paint-markings and signs, changed the pattern of the stop signs by adding two new ones and taking one away, and limited the amount of permits given to students. 

“Last year, I got 12 anonymous letters in the mail from parents begging me to do something about the parking lot.” Principal Cynthia Dillon explains that these changes were necessary for the school to maintain a sense of safety. 

“It’s definitely more controlled now,” said Moore, reacting to the new changes. 

“It’s not as hard to park in the mornings; there’s not as much confusion.” 

However, some parents have a different outlook on these new changes. “Things are slow now,” Balpreet Bhamra, a Centennial parent, claims, and “no different than before,” in terms of student safety. 

Some parents, like Jonathan Davis, have the complete opposite view. “If a parent drops off earlier instead of waiting until they are near the gym, they can exit more quickly. The crossing guard is a vital part of the new system,” says Davis. “With everyone dropping off along the curb it’s safer!” 

Davis, however, does see room for even more improvement. “To be even safer, I wonder if they could actually pave along the curb all the way up to the tennis courts since that is where you are asking us to drop off our kids. I’m worried that when it’s snowy, wet, no one will want to get out and walk on the dirt path.” 

Senior Helen Pantoulis agrees with Davis and Moore.

“I see what the stop signs… were intended for, and I believe that something needed to change,” she says.

However, Pantoulis does not believe these changes have been for the better.

“It’s really scary and confusing, and everyone who parks around me has expressed frustration. Many students in a rush will speed out in front of other cars,” says Pantoulis. “I think [the parking lot] has become even more chaotic.” 

Before the school year, many school departments, such as administration and building services, held a meeting in order to address the dangers of the lot. Cameron Rahnama, assistant principal of Centennial, explains the process of establishing these changes. “We involved all of the responsible parties that we could think of to have out there, so when we developed what we were going to do, it was a joint effort, it wasn’t just Mrs. Dillon and [me].” 

Administration admits one of the negative side effects of the changes is parents dropping off their children in random places across Centennial Lane. “It’s really not safe,” Dillon says. “This is not about ruining someone’s day or year by not giving them a permit or by forcing them to drop kids off on the right side of the road; it’s about keeping kids safe, and when parents or students don’t follow the rules, it makes it harder to do our job, keeping people safe.” 

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Dominates on Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Sara Ferrara & Eliza Andrew

The Centennial Boys’ Varsity soccer team faced off against opponent Long Reach High School on Thursday, October 10, defeating the Lightning 4-0 after a strong all-around performance from the Eagles.

Before the game, senior players and their families were recognized for their commitment to the soccer program. Seniors Ryan Zaman, Kyutae Sim, Darian Avery, Zach Grable, Rob Hix, Elliott Keppler, Radwan Mezghanni, Toby Moser, and Kieran Senisi were all honored.

The Eagles’ offense took advantage of scoring opportunities in the first half. Juniors Bryson Baker and Kevin Salazar, as well as sophomore Sammy Molz, each scored a goal to put the Eagles up 3-0 going into halftime.

The defense for Centennial continued their solid play from previous games and held their opponent to zero goals for the third straight match.

A goal by senior Elliott Keppler sealed the victory for Centennial.

“It was a very good team win. We made smart decisions and played calm in the back. We also controlled the midfield well and finished our chances,” said Baker.

With this win, the Eagles are now 5-3. In their next game on October 15, the soccer team will face River Hill High School, the toughest opponent in the county.

 

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