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Centennial Football Has a Hopeful Banquet to Conclude Their Season

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photos: Noelle Deal

The Centennial Football teams finished their season on Friday, November 9 with a hopeful banquet and potluck dinner.

As family, friends, and players gathered for a night filled with reflection, they were greeted with good food and a heartfelt speech from Varsity head coach Billy Martin.

Martin congratulated both teams for all of their hard work and dedication to the team. He also thanked the parents who have helped the team, from coming out to support to hosting team pasta parties.

Leaving his speech on a cheerful note, Martin shared some words of hope for next season.

After Martin’s speech, he called JV coach Chris Smith to the front to present certificates to all JV players. Coach Smith called each player up, saying a few words about each player and how they helped make the team better.

As JV players finished receiving awards, Martin returned to present varsity players with their varsity letter, participation pin, and a special captains pin for Junior Captain, Malik Chester.

Every player was greeted with sentimental words from Martin and a handshake from every coach, along with their awards.

Once every player had received their awards, the players went up to the front to present the coaches with awards. They thanked their coaches for helping them through the season.

The night was filled with lots of laughs as people shared jokes and memories to close the season.

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Centennial Advances to Semi-Finals, Only to be Defeated By Atholton

Words & Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Monday, November 5, Centennial’s Varsity Volleyball team defeated their rival, Mt. Hebron High School. Not only was it a big win due to the opponent; it ensured that the Eagles will move on in playoffs.

Although the game was close, Centennial managed to take three of the five matches.

In the first set, Hebron pulled ahead early with a three point lead, accumulating a score of 6-3.

Centennial quickly made a comeback and managed to bring the score up to 7-6. Despite their efforts, though, Centennial could not seem to keep their lead.

The Eagles kept fighting, but were not able to regain their lead, losing the first set by a score of 25-16.

By the second set, Centennial brought more determination to the court and got a lead early in the set, 2-1. Centennial was able to keep their lead throughout most of the second set with only a few close calls.

The girls were able to use their lead to defeat Hebron in the second set with a victory of 26-24.

Trying to contain their excitement from the previous set, Centennial pulled ahead with a 4 point lead. During this match, the teams were constantly playing catch up.

Hebron was able to pull ahead late in the set with a six point lead, 18-12. Luckily, Centennial was able to make a comeback and win the set with a score of 25-23.

With Centennial winning two sets and Hebron only one, the teams entered the fourth set. During this set, Hebron was able to take the lead early, 7-2. Hebron maintained the lead throughout the set.

Even with kills from junior Sarah Allen and senior Jackie Sterenberg, Centennial could not catch up to Hebron, losing this set 25-21.

The stakes were high, and both teams had won two sets as they entered the final set.

Centennial was put on edge due to Hebron’s 4-0 early lead. Despite their nerves, the Eagles were able to pull off a win in the final set with a score of 15-8.

The Varsity Volleyball team prepared for the next round of playoffs on Wednesday, November 7, where they were defeated by Atholton High School in a 3 set match. The Eagles lost the final set 25-15, ending their season.

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Marching Band Season Concludes with Awards

Words: Thomas Hitt

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

The Centennial Marching Band concluded their season on October 29, by having an awards ceremony and potluck dinner.

While everyone finished eating, each section was called up one at a time to receive superlatives made by the section leaders of each section. From funny, to caring and most improved, all the superlatives were a great way to thank each student for their participation in a great marching band season.

After spending time eating, talking and receiving awards, the students moved to the auditorium where the seniors gave small, moving speeches about their experiences throughout their years of marching band.

After every senior had a chance to speak, all parents were invited into the auditorium to watch a slideshow of the marching band season with the students.

The slideshow included a collection of the highlights and best moments of marching band camp and memories throughout the season.

As it was an emotional time for seniors, it was also a joyous time for everyone as the marching band celebrated the season with a potluck dinner and fun awards.

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Centennial Celebrates National Writing Day

Words: Serena Paul

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz & Maddie Wirebach

On Friday, October 25, 2018, Centennial’s advanced composition class hosted National Writing Day. The different activities that took place ranged from contests to cafeteria games. Students were able to participate in contests like the haiku contest, guess the teacher haiku contest, and caption the meme. Upon entering the building, students were greeted by quotes about writing written on the sidewalk by the advanced composition students who stayed after school on Thursday. During lunch, advanced composition students walked around the cafeteria engaging students in writing activities, in their black shirts decorated with their responses to the question, “Why write?” The contests were just one part of the day, as many advanced composition students taught classes with prepared activities involving writing. Both students and staff came together to celebrate writing.

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Boys and Girls Cross Country Perform Exceptionally at County Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Wednesday afternoon, October 24, cross country runners throughout the county were ready to take on the hilly, three-mile course at Centennial High School for the Howard County Cross Country Championships.

The Centennial boys team ended up taking third place with a score of 86 points, and the Centennial girls team scored 61 points, earning them second place.

For the girls, seniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler and sophomore Katerina Talanova represented Centennial well in the Girls Varsity A Race, all finishing in the top ten. Blount finished fifth with a time of 19:32.23, while Betler placed sixth with a time of 19:36.79. Talanova came in ninth at 20:06.95.

The boys team had two finishers in the top ten of the Boys Varsity A Race.  Sophomore Jacob Cole placed eighth after finishing at 16:29.14, and senior Justin Ziegler finished ninth with a time of 16:33.88.

Both the boys and girls cross country team look to carry the momentum of their excellent performance at the counties to the 3A Regional Meet on November 1.

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Howard County School Board Narrows Redistricting Options

Words: Delanie Tucker

The Howard County School Board is in the process of resolving the overpopulation of several Howard County schools.

In a recent Board Meeting on October 11, 2018, the board met for the second time this academic year to discuss redistricting options for upcoming school years.

Caroline Walker, Executive Director of Program Innovation and Student Well-Being, presented and explained several options to relieve the overcrowding of Howard County schools, particularly focusing on Howard High School and Centennial High School.

The options consist primarily of voluntary changes, some for only a portion of the school day and others for the entire year.

The ideas presented were: a Howard County Community College Shuttle, JumpStart Program at Wilde Lake High School, Project Lead the Way at Marriotts Ridge High School, reassignment, additional ARL courses, and additional sections of work-based options.

The Howard County Community Shuttle would consist of participating students, juniors and seniors staying at their home school for first period to participate in classes such as band or orchestra and then taking a bus to HCC. The students will take and receive credit for college-level courses, as well as finish out their graduation required classes.

Students would be picked up by bus from their home school and be taken to HCC. These buses, though, would cost $9,000 a piece if they were to travel to Centennial or Howard to pick up students.

The problem presented with this option, pointed out by Sandra French, a member of the Board, was that music classes are not during first period, and not all classes can be moved to first period to fit the needs of certain students.

Walker predicted, based off a previous survey, that 40-60 students would participate in the HCC shuttle.

The JumpStart program at Wilde Lake High School would require students to transfer to Wilde Lake in order to participate.

It has an estimated price of $250,000, which would vary depending on the number of participating students.

This particular program is directed towards students interested in performing arts and film production. The arts program at Wilde Lake is looking to progress, and offers better opportunities for interested artists. The estimated participation for this is 15-20 students from each school.

Project Lead the Way, on the other hand, consists of a Biochemical Academy and a Computer Science Academy.

Again, this option would require a school transfer, this time to Marriotts Ridge High School.

Additionally, Walker presented an estimated price of $63,000, which is a combination of material and training for all academies.

The option of reassignment, previously known as open enrollment, would give students free reign to transfer to either Glenelg High School or Marriotts Ridge High School. A problem presented with this, though, is that students would have to provide their own transportation.

A positive with this option is that it would cost nothing to implement.

Additional sections of work-based options would help to decrease overcrowding during the day. Examples are GT intern/mentor, apprenticeship, and work release, all of which would help upperclassmen get real-world experience.

The problem with this, though, is the more students that enter the program, the more teachers they will need. A new teacher would cost the board $84,000.

Ideally, the Board would like to implement most, if not all, ideas at once. Their concern revolves around the question: where will the money come from?

The last option to fix overcrowding issues, presented by Anissa Brown Dennis, Chief Operating Officer, was redistricting in the form of boundary changes.

Her original intent was to present all plan options, which included: 2017 Feasibility Study Plan, 2017 Attendance Area Committee Plan I and II (August and September), Community plans as identified by Board members, and Howard High School small feeds.

The Board, however, voted to discontinue the presentation after the 2017 Feasibility Plan, and instead had conversation about small feeds.

Their votes were primarily based around the fact that, in a previous meeting, they had voted to not change school boundaries for the upcoming school year, so the presentation did not seem necessary at that moment.

The Board will begin making decisions in regard to the 2019-2020 school year in a meeting on October 18.

In a previous meeting on August 23, there was an idea of temporary and permanent freshmen redistricting, but this idea seems to have been taken out of the conversation, as it was not mentioned in the recent meeting.

This option would have consisted of incoming freshmen being relocated, either for just their freshman year or possibly their entire high school career.

Since no final changes have been made, Centennial students will have to work through the issues overcrowding brings.

Cynthia Dillon, Centennial’s principal who was present at the meeting, is confident in her students’ ability to make their school environment as comfortable as possible, despite the circumstances.

“The distances the students have to travel, while they are in some crowded hallways, they are very creative about how they get from point A to point B,” Dillon stated at the meeting. “They are also using their time. They are walking with a purpose, they are being efficient with how they get from point A to point B and we have not identified a problem with students arriving to class tardy.”

Ellie Zoller-Gritz contributed with background information, analysis and images for this article.

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