Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam
On April 2, three of Centennial’s It’s Academic teams competed in the Thomas Jefferson Invitational Academic Tournament in Fairfax, Virginia. Centennial’s A team, sophomores Jakob Boeye, Bryce Plunkett, Fayyaz Zaidi, and captain Steen Alme, defeated rival groups from Montgomery Blair and Langley High Schools. The A team secured the championship trophy for Centennial.
Next Saturday, April 9, Centennial’s It’s Academic team will compete at the Richard Montgomery Tournament, and on Sunday, April 10, Centennial will be hosting 34 middle and elementary school teams for a student-run QuizBowl tournament.
The following week, the teams will take part in the Johns Hopkins Tournament, and on the weekend of April 23, five of Centennial’s teams will be competing in the History Bowl National Tournament in Crystal City, VA. Additionally, It’s Academic will film its semifinal round for the TV Tournament, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30.
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Words: Madhu Lal
Yesterday Thursday, November 18 the auditorium was filled with students waiting for their peers to recite poetry during the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.
Poetry Out Loud is a national competition aimed to encourage youth to explore the subject of poetry through selecting and memorizing a poem of their choosing. The organization also hopes to help individuals who participate in Poetry Out Loud, with strengthening their public speaking skills through recitation.
Students first participated in class competitions, the winners moved on to the school competition. The contestants included Tara Laneheart, Chetana Jadhav, Tori Montanez, Anna Moorhead, Fayyaz Zaidi, Miguel Fernandez, Mackenzie Brandon and Megan Hromek.
After a series of impressive performances, the winners were named, the Poetry Out Loud winner was Miguel Fernandez, first runner up was Megan Hromeck and second runner up was Fayyaz Zaidi. These students will be moving on to the next stage of the competition, the regional competition which will be held at the College of Southern Maryland.
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Words: Madhu Lal
The sophomore and freshman group within the It’s Academic team, team A, participated in the Johns Hopkins NAQT Tournament on Sunday, April 19. Team A consisted of sophomores, Rohan Laljani (captain), Sahil Saini, Steen Alme, and Jakob Boeye. In a 16 team tournament, team A came in 2nd place, losing to Richard Montgomery, a team composed of upperclassmen. Team A, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, is now the third team to qualify for the NAQT Nationals, held in Chicago. Team A also defeated the Varsity teams of River Hill, George Mason, Annapolis, Walt Whitman, and Easton high school.
In addition to Team A’s victories, Centennial’s B team, consisting of sophomore, Aidan Newell, William He (captain), Bryce Plunkett and Fayyaz Zaidi. Team B came in 4th in the tournament, behind George Mason. Both the A and B teams qualified for the PACE National Tournament held in Reston, Virginia in June. Centennial’s academic team has qualified 4 teams for PACE National tournament. Individual accolades are not yet available.
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