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Students Come Together for One Centennial Day

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Monday, January 28, Centennial High School hosted their second annual One Centennial Day.

During One Centennial Day, students came together to educate and encourage each other to be part of an inclusive environment.

As students entered the building they reported to their first period class to sign up for the workshop of their choice. Each workshop was designed to inform and help students become more involved members of the community.

Sophomores and seniors went to workshops for session one, while freshmen and juniors gathered in the auditorium for an assembly. After session one, the sophomores and seniors went to the assembly and the freshmen and juniors attended workshops.

Some of the workshops offered included School Spirit and Leadership Through Athletics.

The assembly was full of guest speakers, performers, and others who wanted to give a voice to an issue they feel affects the Centennial  community.

To conclude the day, everyone returned to their first period class to complete a survey on their experience with One Centennial.

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Centennial Indoor Track Performs Exceptionally at the 25th Hispanic Games and the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Meet

Words: Joey Sedlacko & Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5, the Centennial Indoor Track team competed in the 25th Hispanic Games. Over the weekend, the team travelled to New York City to participate in the annual indoor track meet.

Multiple runners finished in the top ten of their respective events. In the girls’ triple jump for the Freshman/Sophomore division, sophomore Cherakie Pierre placed sixth with a jump of 30-10.50 meters; breaking Centennial’s long jump record. In the Novice division, junior Tyler Dan finished first in the boys 55 meter dash with a time of 6.71. Also in the novice division, junior Zack Garwacki ran a 8.71 in the boys’ 55 meter hurdles to place ninth.

In terms of Varsity, Centennial shined in the field events and long distance events. Junior Anthony Matthews finished ninth in the boys’ triple jump after jumping 42-03.05 meters. Another junior, Jack Ragonese placed tenth in the boys’ shot put. Senior Alison Betler represented Centennial well in the girls’ 1500 meter race and one mile race. In both events, Betler placed tenth.

The indoor track team’s following meet, the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Challenge, took place at the PG Sportsplex on Monday, January 6. Both boys’ and girls’ Varsity teams competed against 11 other schools in the region.

Numerous Centennial runners from both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams placed in the top five of their individual events. In regards to the boys’ Varsity team, junior Zachary Garwacki placed second in the 55 hurdles.  Sophomore Adrian Nwakalor took fifth in the boys’ triple jump.

The girls’ team excelled throughout the meet, as junior Leah Alkire placed fourth in both the girls 500 meter as well as the girls’ 500 dash. The Varsity girls took fourth out of all eleven teams in the 4×400 relay. Senior Christina Stavlas dominated her respective events, landing an impressive third place in both the girls’ 3200 meters and girls’ 300 meters.

Centennial’s indoor track team will next meet on Tuesday, January 15, for the Howard County Championships.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Takes Down Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, Centennial Boys’ Varsity basketball defeated the Howard Lions by a final score of 50-37.

The first quarter was all about defense. The ball was back-and-forth the entire quarter as both teams struggled to convert on big plays. Centennial led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.

As play resumed, Centennial continued to fall short on missed opportunities. Howard began to take advantage of the Eagles’ poor offensive series, resulting in Centennial scoring just five points in the second quarter. Heading into halftime, Howard led by a score of 18-13.

Despite their lackadaisical first half, Centennial came out ready to win. They scored 21 points in the third quarter alone. Assisted by numerous turnovers, Centennial held Howard to just seven points.

The Eagles completely turned the game around as they converted on a crucial run and closed out the third quarter with a 34-25 lead over Howard.

Centennial kept their fast-paced game plan throughout the second half. In the fourth quarter, they continued creating turnovers, resulting in easy buckets in transition.

The Eagles finished the game on a 37-19 run, giving them the win. Junior Joey Sedlacko was a big factor in Centennial’s comeback win. Leading the team in scoring, Sedlacko finished with 15 points, leading his team to victory.

The Centennial Boys’ basketball team will travel to Marriotts Ridge for their next game, on Wednesday, January 9.

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Students Dress Up as their Favorite Holiday Characters

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Centennial students dressed up as their favorite holiday personalities for Holiday Character Day on Friday. Students dressed up as characters like Santa Claus and even Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation.

The fun theme helped cap off Spirit Week and put students in the holiday spirit before winter break.

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CHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball Defeats Long Reach

Words: Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Last Friday, the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team faced Long Reach for the third game of the season. The final score was 57-49, with the Eagles taking the win.

“We played great as a team,” said junior Rasa Welsh. “We moved the ball really well and made the right adjustments as the game went on.”

Welsh also added that one of the best contributors to the game was a collective effort of staying calm under pressure. “We had nothing to lose playing this game,” Welsh said. “We knew that Long Reach was a good team, but [also that] we could handle it.”

In terms of preparing for the next game, Welsh noted that it was going to be difficult. “We really have to work on our passing, getting back on transition, and taking control of the game.”

Varsity Girls’ Basketball will take on the Reservoir Gators at home on Monday, December 17, at 5:30 pm.

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Centennial Varsity Boys’ Basketball Destroys Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Wednesday December 12, the Centennial Boys’ basketball team hosted arch-rival Mount Hebron. The Eagles smothered Hebron by a final score of 69-44.

After losing their season opener to Atholton last Friday, Centennial came out and dominated throughout the entire game.

The Vikings were able to generate a short run at the start of the game. Centennial was down 6-2 early on, but they were able to put the small, four point deficit behind them. Holding Mount Hebron scoreless for nearly four minutes, the Eagles finished the first quarter leading by a score of 13-9.

Centennial played outstanding defense during the first and second quarters. Their consecutive stops on defense consequently led to near-perfect ball movement and open shots.

Junior Joey Sedlacko and senior Ryan Hollweldel took over in the first half, scoring a combined total 18 points. Centennial ended the first half with a 32-23 lead.

Despite the nine point lead, the Eagles continued to dominate. Hollweldel would finish the game with 18 points of his own, along with 17 points from Sedlacko.

The Vikings found that after a tough first half, they would not be able to recover. After scoring 22 points in the third quarter, Centennial took a strong 54-36 lead.

Poor offensive play would ultimately be Hebron’s demise. Holding the Vikings to just eight points in the fourth quarter, Centennial converted 15 of their 20 free throw attempts to finish them off by a score of 69-44.

A blowout win against Mount Hebron puts the Eagles back at .500.

Centennial will attempt to expand on their 1-1 record Friday December 14. They travel to Long Reach to take on the Lightning at 7:00pm.

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